THE 10 SESSIONS EXPLAINED
1 FREEDOM TO BREATHE
The main goal of the first session is to evoke a more balanced and efficient breathing pattern by freeing fascial restrictions around the torso, shoulders, neck and head.
2 FINDING SUPPORT
The Rolfer works mainly with the feet, lower legs and knees to establish a more stable and adaptive base of support for changes that will take place later in the upper body.
3 CREATING SPACE
The Rolfer will invite front/back balance through work with the side surfaces of the legs, arms, torso, neck and head. Work will continue to free the breath and evoke four-way movement in ribs.
4 FINDING YOUR CORE
In this session the Rolfer will 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 to the pelvic floor. We also need to lengthen the spinal curves to allow energy flow through the core.
5 ACTIVATING THE CORE
The theme of session five is to teach walking with ease. Connecting the legs to the spine through iliopsoas muscle and using the spinal engine improves efficiency and lessens stress and strain on the lumbar spine and hip flexors.
6 FREEING THE SPINE
Continue the work started in session five by working with restrictions in the back, legs and pelvis.
7 GETTING THE HEAD ON STRAIGHT
The Rolfer continues easing restrictions in the upper back, shoulders and neck and begins work on the muscles and fascia of the face and inside of the mouth for a balanced relationship between cranium, spine and mandible.
8 PUTTING IT ALL BACK TOGETHER
Session eight is the final chance to resolve any specific structural imbalances before bringing everything back together in sessions nine and 10.
In these two final sessions, the Rolfer must make sure that all of this new information is integrated to the best effect by the client and the client has a clear idea of what might be thrown away and what might be usefully explored further.
The Rolfer works all planes of the body, enhancing the effectiveness of breathing, as well as bridging old with new patterns. This is a time to reflect on everything that has been gained during the process.