The Rolfing 10 Series

The hallmark of Rolfing SI is known as the 10 Series. It consists of ten sessions which allow to thoroughly address the whole body. The goal is to systematically balance and optimise both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire body for achieving the highest level of somatic and perceptual integration possible.

Session 1: Opening the breath

Humans breath approximately 20,000 times per day. Repetitions shape soft tissues and skeleton, which in turn determine our way of breathing and reinforce our pattern. Chest and abdominal breathing are not right or wrong in absolute terms, it depends on the situation, therefore we need adaptability. The first Rolfing session focuses on soft tissues and body patterns that prevent a full-inbreathe and full out-breath

Session 2: Ground support & adaptability

The feet are our foundations, their position affect the position of all structures above. Chronic foot pronation / supination cause the pelvis to tilt, which in turn changes the tightness of the surrounding myofascial tissues and therefore the position and curves of the spine. The goal of the Rolfing session is to balance the soft tissues of the feet and their extrinsic myofascia structures in the legs so your feet provide ground support while being adaptable.

Session 3: Lateral lines

The third Rolfing session deals with balancing the lateral lines along the entire length of the body. When one lateral line is chronically tighter than the other, the short tissues pull one side lower making the body bend and rotate to one side, This can be a cause of disc compression, lower back pain and sacroiliac pain.

Session 4: Mid-line

In the fourth session we address the medial line from the inside arch of the foot up to the leg. The adductors located on the inner compartments of the thighs can be described as the inner anchors of the pelvis. When they are imbalanced they restrict leg swing in walking and affect the balance, tone and elasticity of the pelvic floor muscles and the position of the pelvis.

Session 5: Front line

The fifth Rolfing session is concerned with balancing surface and deep abdominal structures to the curve of the back. A short front line pulls the ribs down and prevent full body extension. In walking we aim at having the legs swing using the psoas muscles for a gracious, effortless gait.

Session 6: Back line

Length is not just about the distance between two points, it is also the quality of being able to lengthen and lift to our full potential using gravity for support. In this Rolfing session we work the entire back line from the soles of the feet all the way up to the back of the cranium.

Session 7: Head & neck

A common pattern is chronic flexion in the lower cervical vertebrae and hyper-extension of the higher cervical vertebrae, which causes chronic tensions in the flexor and extensor muscles of the neck. During the seventh Rolfing session we ease tension in the myofascia structures of the neck, including the sub-occipitals which play a key role in coordinating head, neck and spine. We also address any tension in the jaw, mouth and facilitate opening of the nasal passages

Session 8: Pelvis

From the eighth Rolfing session we begin to integrate all the work and advancements of the previous sessions. The pelvis links the upper and lower segments of the body, supports the spine in a vertical position, and allows rotation of the spine. To improve these functions, our work is to free and horizontalize the pelvis. We aim at core connection, movement from the lumbo-dorsal joint and contra-lateral movement in walking.

Session 9: Shoulders & arms

The goal of the ninth Rolfing session is to release excess tension in arms and shoulders, which can contribute to neck pain. In raising the arms the shoulders remain down unless specifically directed to rise, the shoulders move with little participation of the spine and the spine moves independently of arms and shoulders.

Session 10: Integration

In the tenth Rolfing session we aim at bringing the client to the highest level of integration possible and close the series. The session serves to inspire a sense of order and balance. The end of the 10th Rolfing session is not the end of the integration process. This is a time to reflect on what has been gained from the Rolfing process and what has been accomplished. As the client has found new ways to stand and move, his awareness and wellbeing can continue to develop well after the 10th session.

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