The explanation of the basic 10 series
This series is completed with the Rolfing 10 sessions, and each session has its own theme.
The sleeve sessions
– The first 3 sessions are sleeve sessions in which a practitioner work on the superficial fascia beneath the skin layer (imagine a stocking covering the whole body)
The first session (Red colour area in the picture above)
-Open the breath: A free and open breath prepares the body for the demands of the upcoming changes. A full breath provides support for the chest, shoulders, and neck. Some work on the arms may occur.
The second session (Green colour area in the picture above)
-Find the feet: Opening the breath changes the physical demands on the feet, so we create flexibility and adaptability there so that the whole body can feel supported.
The third session (Yellow colour area in the picture above)
– Lengthen the sides, balancing front and back: Now we open up the sides of the body and differentiate soft tissue of the pelvis from that of the ribs to allow the pelvis more movement options.
The Core Sessions
The next 4 sessions (4 through 7) are core sessions in which a practitioner work on the deep layer of the fascia located in the center of the body and around the spine.
We differentiate the core from the superficial layer.
The fourth session (Red colour area in the picture above)
– Find support for and access “the core” from the bottom: The core begins from the base of the pelvis up through the roof of the mouth. We start this session by finding support through the ankles up along the inner leg before accessing the core.
The fifth session (Green colour area in the picture above)
– Access the ore from the front: We focus on the deep tissues dealing with the front of the spine and core space to establish flexibility in the low back.
The sixth session (Yellow colour area in the picture above)
-Access the core from the back: We address the deep tissues of the back of the spine and core space to establish flexibility in the low and upper back.
The seventh session (Blue colour area in the picture above)
– Access the core from the top: By working in, on, and around the head, we balance the head and neck atop the flexible spine.
The Integration Sessions
The last 3 sessions are integration sessions in which we work on either upper or lower body to integrate in the 8th and 9th sessions. The 10th session is the integration for the whole body.
The 8th session (Either red or green colour area in the picture above)
– Integrate the upper/lower body: Depending on the needs that present themselves, we solidify changes in the upper or lower body. Integration sessions help reprogram movements and make changes last.
The 9th session (Either red or green colour area in the picture above)
– Integrate the upper/lower body: Changes in the other part of the body are reviewed in light of the changes of the previous session.
The 10the session (Yellow colour area in the picture above)
– Integrate the entire body: We coordinate soft tissue movement across multiple joints so that movement can be as unfettered and free as possible.
(Originally created by Matt Hsu, Certified Rolfer™)
This is a good movie about Rolfing made in France with an English subtitle.