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Why 10 Rolfing sessions?

Rolfing is usually done over the course of 10 sessions (“the 10-series”), and each session focuses on a specific goal and region of the body. The results of Rolfing are cumulative, and each session builds upon the results from the previous one. However, If you do not wish to commit to a series of 10 sessions, I am also able to work out a treatment plan with less sessions, or do non-formulistic, single sessions that focus solely on your specific issues. The most suitable plan should be discussed at the beginning of our treatment.

Outline of the 10 sessions:

Session 1: Opening the sleeve (freeing breath & superficial fascia)
Territory: ribcage, sternum, shoulders, neck; lateral pelvis/leg & hamstrings

• tension relief in the ribcage to improve breath
• releasing the superficial connective tissue layer of the body
• lengthening the torso away from the pelvis
• defining the relationship between legs and pelvis

Session 2: Support (establishing relationship to the ground)
Territory: feet, lower legs, and knees

• mobilizing the ankle, the toe hinges and the knee
• release restrictions and tightness in the lower leg
• achieving even weight distribution through the whole foot

Session 3: Lateral line (creating front/back dimension)
Territory: neck, arms/shoulders, torso, pelvis, thighs and knees

• addressing structural relationships that limit depth (anterior/posterior)
• differentiating the rib cage from the shoulder girdle and the pelvis for better support
• extending midline through neck and cranium

Session 4: Medial line (building up core support and strength)
Territory: ankle, knees, medial thigh, pelvic floor

• establishing an inner pillar from which the limbs can hang
• initiating the support of leg through the pelvis
• freeing the leg from the pelvis
• evoking the span/tone of the pelvic floor (core support)
• addressing torsions, by de-rotating lower leg relative to
upper leg & hip

Session 5: Anterior line (visceral organization and core activation)
Territory: front of the legs, abdomen, diaphragm, ribs & sternum

• addressing visceral adhesions that cause structural restrictions
• creating more abdominal space for the inner structures
• “waking up” and reasserting the deep, abdominal musculature (core strength)
• initiating psoas-rhomboid balance, as well as rectus-psoas balance

Session 6: Posterior line (creating a poised vertical line of symmetry)
Territory: posterior ankle, calves and thighs; gluteals, deep rotator muscles, sacrum, spine (lower and upper back)

• addressing rotations in the leg (hip rotators)
• freeing the sacrum from the ilia (SI joint)
• coordinating the hinges in the back (lumbo dorsal & mid dorsal hinge)
• enhancing and extending symmetry above and below the pelvic girdle

Session 7: Adaptability (balancing the neck & head on the spine)
Territory: chest, shoulders, neck, jaw, cranium

• creating relationship between neck and thorax
• improving range of motion of neck
• establishing the inner line through the head
• horizontalizing the cranial diaphragms
• releasing exterior & interior fascial tension of the face, throat & cranium.

Session 8: Structural Integration (stability and adaptability)
Territory: girdle that shows more restrictions (upper or lower girdle)

• identifying and addressing girdle that shows main obstruction to bring the body into the best possible relationship with gravity
• freeing structural and functional inhibitions
• relating girdles to the vertical (mid) line

Session 9: Functional Integration (contralateral movement)
Territory: girdle that shows less movement (upper or lower girdle)

• creating an intervention that encourages movement across one or more joints
• refining contralateral movement
• encouraging that all initial movements comes from the LDH (pre-vertebral)

Session 10: Final integration & closure (horizontal lines)
Territory: ankles, knees, hips, diaphragm, neck, cranium

• preparing client for assimilation and manifestation
• stabilizing layers (surface to deep) for uniform, structural awareness of up and down
• integrating and balance diaphragms in relation to each other
• horizontalizing joints

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