Rolfing Structural Integration is a holistic approach to bringing the entire body into greater ease and alignment with gravity. There are lines and patterns of stress and strain that run through the structure of the body. These patterns as well as the shape of the body are held by the connective tissue matrix (fascia). It is within this matrix that the Rolfer works, like a tailor, fine tuning the human suit. Going through and working with each joint and angle of the body to release tension so that the weight of the body can transmit and drop all the way through to the ground, rather than get caught at joints (knees, low back…).
This is different from most methods of bodywork, because the Rolfer understands that any injury or incident to one part of the body is spread into the whole body matrix, often creating postural deviations. Thus to find a more lasting change and relief from the pain/pattern, the whole body must be addressed. For this reason, the 10 series was developed, to bit by bit bring a higher level of organization and flow into the body system. Movement education is an integral part of the series, so that the changes in structure can be processed by the Nervous system and “movement brain”, and the integration can take hold on a movement level. To the degree that this crucial education is embodied, the structural integration will last. Conversely if we move in exactly the same patterns we moved in before the series, our body will go back to it’s old pattern for the most part. The ten series is ten sessions that each focus on a different aspect of the body. The sessions are cumulative, each one preparing for and making way for the work of the next.
Sessions 1-3: Called the “sleeve” sessions, session 1-3 strive to loosen and balance surface layers of connective tissue. Specifically, the first session is devoted to enhancing the quality of breath with work on the arms, ribcage and diaphragm. Opening is also started along the upper leg, hamstrings, neck and spine. The second session helps give the body a stable foundation by balancing the foot and muscles of the lower leg. The third session typically involves a “side view” for an understanding of how the head, shoulder girdle, and hips are positionaly related to one another when standing under the influence of gravity. Then, the body is addressed within the context of this new vision.
Sessions 4-7: Sessions 4-7 are referred to as “core” sessions and examine terrain found between the bottom of the pelvis and top of the head. The idea of core also includes the deep tissue of the legs for its role in support. Session four begins this journey, its territory extends from the inside arch of the foot and up the leg, to the bottom of the pelvis. The fifth session is concerned with balancing surface and deep abdominal muscles to the curve of the back. Session six seeks to enlist more support and movement from the legs, pelvis and lower back, while the seventh session turns its sole attention to the neck and head.
Sessions 8-10: “Integration” is emphasized throughout the remaining three sessions, as session 8-10 provide an opportunity for the practitioner to blend previously established advancements, and ones yet to be made, into the body in a way that encourages smooth movement and natural coordination. During sessions eight and nine, the practitioner is free to decide how best to achieve this integration, as the protocol is unique for each individual. The tenth and final session is also one of integration, but more importantly, serves to inspire a sense of order and balance. Once completed, the wisdom of the Rolfing Ten Series will drive and support the body with health for years to come. Rolfing Structural Integration is a holistic approach to bringing the entire body into greater ease and alignment with gravity. There are lines and patterns of stress and strain that run through the structure
Rolfing sessions cost 100$ for a 75 minute session.
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