“In Structural Integration, we expect to give a cycle of 10 sessions. There is a reason for this. We are not dealing with local problems. We are not dealing with the kind of thing that you can say, ‘Well, I fixed that, that’s all.’ We are dealing with an intent to make a body more secure, more adequate within the field of gravity. This requires that muscles be balanced, and need to be balanced around a vertical line. And when I talk about balancing muscles, I’m talking about balancing the right side against the left side. About balancing the front of the body against the back of the body and, finally, about balancing the innermost muscles against the outermost, the inside against the outside, this is the most important of these balances, and we start from the outside working in, and it takes ten hours before we can get to the place where we can really balance the outside against the inside.”
–Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D
The ten series is a set of ten sessions that are designed in a way to unravel and balance the body. This allows for greater rang of motion, decrease in chronic pain and better posture. Each session has a focuses on a specific territory and always looks at the body in a holistic way. Each session is customized to the client. Even though the territory may be the same no two session look alike. Here is a breakdown of what the ten series will consist of. It is a recipe that assists in educating people about their bodies and increasing their awareness.
Sessions one through three are the sleeve sessions and work the more superficial layers of the body.
- Session one: This session is dedicated to enhancing the persons breath.
- Session two: In session two a strong sense of foundation and support is created by stabilizing the lower leg.
- Session three: This is where we address the position of the head, shoulders, and hips in relation to each to each other and create more depth in the body.
Sessions four through seven are known as the core sessions where the deeper layers are addressed.
- Session four: This is where we start stabilizing the medial line of the body by working the inside of the leg all the way up to the pelvis.
- Session five: In five the deep core muscles of the abdomen are addressed in order to assist the lower back especially the hip flexors.
- Session six: Six is where the deep muscles of the back and the orientation of the sacrum are addressed.
- Session seven: This is dedicated to the cranium, neck, mouth, and nose. It is the completion of the core sessions.
Sessions eight through ten are all about integration!
- Session eight/nine: These are the integration sessions of the upper and lower half. It is in these sessions that the changes are solidified.
- Session ten: In the final session the finishing touches are established so that the body is as free as possible.
Lauren Harmon Certified Rolfer™
Certified Equine Structural Integration Practitioner
Rolfing ® Structural Integration Longmont and Fort Collins Colorado