The Basic Ten Series of Structural Integration.
This description gives a basic overview of the goals of a Rolfing series. A series often consists of around ten sessions. Different individuals usually require variations in the sequence format to account for particular structural issues.
SESSION ONE. Establish a freer, more balanced and efficient breathing pattern by working around the torso, shoulders, neck and head. Begin the process of mobilizing and horizontalizing the pelvis by working around the hip joint and legs. Start working with the client’s specific structural issues or problems. This continues throughout the series.
SESSION TWO. Work with feet, lower legs and knees to create a more stable base of support for the upper body. Straighten or enhance the spinal curves, as appropriate, by working in the lower, middle and upper back, and in the neck and head.
SESSION THREE. Enhance front/back balance and continue working with the client’s breathing pattern through work from the side surfaces of the legs, arms, torso, neck and head. Lengthen or release the back of the spine.
SESSION FOUR. Begin working to establish a core of support in the legs, from the inner arches of the feet up the inside surfaces of the legs. Lengthen and ease the spinal curves.
SESSION FIVE. Lengthen and soften the outer abdominal wall. Work in the tissues that line the front of the torso and pelvis to create a more balanced relationship between inner and outer structures. Connect legs to spine through the iliopsoas muscle.
SESSION SIX. Free the back of the legs and pelvis. Establish more freedom of movement and resilience in the whole spine through work around the back of the pelvis, back, neck and head.
SESSION SEVEN. Continue work with the upper back, shoulders and neck. Work with neck, cranium and facial structures. Balance the rhythms of cranial movement.
SESSION EIGHT. Work with pelvic girdle and limbs to create better lower body integration and support for the upper body. Additional attention to individual problems.
SESSION NINE. Work with the shoulder girdle and limbs to create better upper body integration and a more balanced relationship to the lower body. Additional attention to individual problems.
SESSION TEN. Establish horizontal planes of support and movement from the feet up to the head. Additional attention to individual problems.