Why do we do a 10-series in Rolfing and what is each session trying to achieve?
Rolfing is typically done in a 10 series. Each session focuses either on one area of the body or one idea of what is trying to be aligned.
What are the general goals of each Session?
Session1- Freeing up the breath, movement in shoulder and pelvic girdle. This session helps with shoulder, rib, neck pain, and relaxing the client.
Session2- Feet and lower Legs. Giving you a foundation to build on. This session can help with Balance and feeling grounded.
Session3-Sides of the body establishing a lateral line and there-dimensional space (opening the “seams” of the body!). This session can help relieve IT-band tightness, shoulder and hip balance and ease.
Session4- Inside line of the legs. From foot all the way up to pelvic floor on the inside of your leg. What is the pelvic floor? Come find out! It can be an intense session for some, as body workers do not often work this part of the body. This session helps bring the legs under you, so if you feel you have to stand with wide legs to stand this session is perfect! It can also help with hip and knee pain.
Session5- Back to the front working from Knee to rib cage. Lengthening the front of the body and working into the deep Psoas muscle that attaches your legs to your spine. Did you know that? This work can help you have a longer stride, reduce back pain, and help sitting be more comfortable!
Session6-Back to the back from knees to the middle of your back. Mirroring the work we did in session five a bit. This session is essential as we opened the front, and if you don’t open the back it can lead to back discomfort from the front being so open. This session we work into the sacrum and can be beneficial for sciatic pain, scoliosis, and tight hamstrings!
Session7- Head , neck and shoulders! Rolfers work the skull bones from the inside of the mouth and nose. This can help with headaches, puts your head back on your shoulders, and releases shoulder tension.
Session8 and 9- Are the beginning of the integrative sessions. One will be an upper and one will be a lower. Diagnostics will decide which comes first. These two sessions look to balance the shoulder and pelvic girdle, and add some movement homework to create new motor pathways.
Session10- Integration of all the previous work. Gentle work from toes to scalp. Bringing closure to the client, and maybe even a last bit of balance.