The Ten Series
Rolfing has a reputation of creating changes that hold. This reputation is greatly attributed to the "whole body" process known as the Ten Series. We're not looking for a change that will last 24 hours, we're looking for a long lasting shift. For a shift like that to hold, it may require your whole body to change. Most people I work with choose to do a series of sessions for that reason. This is not the only way I work, but it is the most powerful.
You look at a dilapidated house and see that its roof has caved in after a small storm. Was it the small storm that created the damage, or was this damage just a small part of the greater picture? In this house the doors are askew, the walls are cracked and down below the foundation is sinking. Our bodies are not so different. It takes time to create an injury or feel chronic pain. In a Ten Series, we have to start from the beginning, build a foundation and gradually find a way for your body to stand in a way that is not painful.
There is a logical wisdom to this sequence of bodywork that follows the body’s own patterns of organization. Ida Rolf spent a lifetime watching her clients change. Her scientific mind understood that the whole body is connected, but work had to be done in a certain order for that change to hold. This is a brilliant framework of organization that is adaptable enough for any body’s needs.
The First Three Sessions
The first three sessions are the "foundation" of the ten-series: they provide the necessary foundation to accommodate changes throughout the entire system. They work to address the breath to make breathing easier, work on the feet and lower legs to provide a stable support for the rest of the body, and begin to provide space through the core of the body.
The Core Sessions
Sessions four through seven address structures in the core of the body, from the hips to the head. It works on the deeper structures to relieve tension being held deep within the body.
The Integration Sessions
The last three sessions are what we call the "integration" sessions. They work to organize the body as a whole, giving specific attention to areas that still need work, and balances the entire structure.