LMT, ACSM, NSCA, USAW
Combining exercise science and massage therapy with over two decades of experience, Stephen finds himself very comfortable working in the rehabilitation setting with special populations as well as athletes. Stephen Flam is a graduate of The Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in New York City. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of New York and South Carolina. His massage specialties are deep tissue, sports, medical, Shiatsu, Swedish, trigger point therapy, rapid release technology (RRT), and manual lymphatic drainage and lymphedema management therapy. Stephen also has an extensive background in exercise science and is nationally certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Pilates Sports Center (PSC), Level II certified Kettlebell instructor under Kettlebell Concepts, Olympic lifting coach under United States of America Weight Lifting (USAW), TRX Suspension Training | Suspension Weight Training., Mad Dogg Athletics | Spinning® and Schwinn Cycling Spinning® Instructor | Spinning® Certification and attended Woodward from 1983-1985, where he trained and competed. Stephen has also served as the U.S. team massage therapist in Athens, Greece at the 2004 Mixed Martial Arts World Cup.
"Stephen Flam served as our U.S. Team Head Massage Therapist in Athens, Greece at the 2004 Mixed Martial Arts World Cup. Stephen's exceptional knowledge of anatomy and exercise physiology, as well as kinesiology as it related to our competitors, was superb. Stephen's consummate professionalism, confidence, and competence in treating our fighters, both in preparation for the matches and for recovery and maintenance thereafter were a godsend. I would recommend Stephen Flam to anyone with the utmost confidence and highest regard"
-Kaicho J. Palais
Chairman, Kitoshakai International
Former World Champion Martial Artist
Coach, Trainer, & World Martial Arts & World Karate Union Hall of Fame Inductee
At Pinnacle Fitness & Wellness, we work hard to provide a natural alternative for improving our clients' overall health. Recognizing that our clients have many different needs and goals, we offer a wide array of services, from Kettlebells to Pilates to massage therapy, all tailored personally to help each individual client reach their full fitness and wellness potential.
"Stephen was my student at the Swedish Institute (College of Health and Sciences). During his course work, I had the pleasure of having Stephen as a student in all of the Exercise Science Courses. He was always prepared and contributed to the class discussions in appropriate ways that raised the level of the learning experience for all his classmates. Stephen's positive demeanor and attitude were a pleasure throughout the program and helped him communicate and motivate his clients during our Fitness Fairs. It is my opinion that Stephen is a skilled massage therapist and personal trainer who has the requisite interpersonal, communication, and hands-on skills to be effective in any setting."
-𝐕𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐳𝐨, 𝐌𝐀, 𝐋𝐌𝐓, 𝐂𝐒𝐂𝐒
Dean Exercise Science/Personal Training, Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences
"Mr. Flam has been my massage therapist for over 12 years. He is a dynamic "take charge" kind of guy! I am a very big fan of treatments and enjoyed them all over the world at various hotels, resorts, "body shops" and numerous cruise ships. Stef is the best massage therapist I have encountered. His regimens are most therapeutic and his stretching techniques at the end of the treatments are outstanding. I am presently 55 years old; look 40; feel terrific and am in the best form of my life. I believe his care is responsible for my youthfulness, agility, and overall well-being."
-𝐑𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐈. 𝐇𝐚𝐥𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐧
"I could not have survived the last trimester of my pregnancy comfortably without Stephen. I was having excruciating leg cramps and back aches which were making it difficult to walk and sleep. Stephen gave me weekly massages which were fantastic. He checked in with me during the massage about my comfort level and the pressure. My leg cramps and back aches subsided after the first session! He knew the areas that he could not massage because of the pregnancy and also suggested stretches to do between sessions to alleviate the cramping. I recommend Stephen without reservation; he is phenomenal! My only regret is that I didn't start using him earlier in my pregnancy."
Pre-natal Massage Client
"Stephen has been my trainer for about a year. He has a 'take charge' approach, he is very energetic and motivating. When I started working with him, I had bad posture, no muscle tone to speak of and the list goes on. Training with Steph twice a week with kettlebells, weights, and low-impact aerobics has changed all that. My posture has improved tremendously, my core is stronger than it has ever been, and I have good muscle tone all over my body. Most importantly I feel good, and I am very happy! I am always looking forward to my twice-a-week exercise routine with Steph."
"Regarding Stephen Flam and Pinnacle, I have a very simple statement to make: He has literally changed my life. I am in the best shape of my adult life and, as a result, enjoying my life more. Stephen is both intuitive and scientific at the same time. He possesses a wealth of knowledge about training regimens from cardio to weight training to Pilates to nutrition, which he tailors for each specific client. Each session is customized, and I can say I have never had the same session twice in over 6 months of working out with Stephen. He introduced me to Kettle Bells and has brought me to a level of proficiency that I never dreamed possible. By combining the weight training with Pilates movements aimed at strengthening my core, I have dropped 4 inches from my waist and added lean muscle mass throughout my entire body. We burn 750 to 850 kcals a session but never feel overcooked in the routine.
Stephen is a godsend. The best trainer I've ever had bar none. My highest recommendation!"
"Stephen has added a level of personal and creative attention to my rehab program for my back that focuses on my personal physiology. There is very little more important to me than feeling healthy, and strong every day which allows me the freedom to do as I choose with my time, without limitation. I was progressing with chiropractic, and core strengthening programs, but Stephen's combination of intensive strengthening and stretching has helped me to more rapidly achieve a new level of core strength, and long-term functional mobility. As a hiker, biker, and passionate traveler I have incorporated many of his ideas into my daily routine."
"Stephen has in-depth knowledge of how the human body works. Combine that with his sincere desire to help people get healthier and you have one of the best trainers and massage therapists around."
"I was recommended to work with Stephen Flam to improve my diet. He took the time to work with me and help me strategize a plan to realize a complete nutritional balance in addition to my initial goal of weight loss. Stephen is very knowledgeable and explained why certain foods worked together as well as what to avoid. After analyzing my food intake, he advised me on a plan to overhaul my eating habits in order to reach a better state of health. By making adjustments in my diet, I was able to lose over 20 lbs. in the first 2 months! I feel better overall and feel like I have finally shed the extra weight I have been struggling with for years."