Rolfing is usually done over the course of 10 sessions. Each session focuses on a specific goal and territory 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 before we begin treatments.
Session 1: Opening the sleeve (freeing breath & superficial fascia) Territory: ribcage, sternum, shoulders, neck; lateral pelvis/leg & hamstrings tension relief in the ribcage to optimize breath function and release the superficial connective tissue layer of the body lengthening the torso away from the pelvis. Defining the relationship between ribcage and pelvis.
Session 2: Support (establishing relationship to the ground) Territory: feet, lower legs, and knees, mobilizing the ankle, the toe hinges ,release restrictions and tightness in the lower leg achieving even weight distribution through the whole foot. Bilateral support and better athletic balance.
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). The last of the “sleeve sessions” this session largely addresses front to back balance and getting the center of gravity of the upper pole in line with that of the lower pole.
Session 4: Medial line (beginning releasing core restrictions and building proper support thereof). 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. The beginning of the “core sessions.”
Session 5: Deep anterior line (front of spine, 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 abdominus-psoas balance. Clients often say that this is one of the more transformative of the 10 series.
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), allowing greater spinal motions where there is restriction, coordinating motion along the posterior chain, enhancing symmetry above and below the pelvic girdle. It is imperative that after we coordinate musclulature that controls flexion in the body that we then balance those that extend.
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. The head is filled with sense organs and collects the majority of information for us. Balancing the head on top of a much more organized body is a great way to integrate what was done in the core sessions.
Session 8: Structural Integration (stability and adaptability) Territory: girdle that shows more restrictions (shoulder or pelvic). Integrating and addressing the girdle that shows main obstruction in bringing the body into a better relationship with gravity. Also a good oppurtunity to pick up work that may have been unfinished. At this point the client really has a lot more responsibility and control over the work.
Session 9: Functional Integration (contralateral movement and goals after session 1 should be met). Territory: girdle that shows less movement (shoulder or pelvic girdle) creating an intervention that encourages movement across one or more joints refining contralateral movement, encouraging that all initial movements comes from core.
Session 10: Final integration & closure (horizontal lines) Territory: fascial sleeve surrounding major joints and gentle joint mobilization. eg. ankles, knees, hips, ribcage, elbows, shoulders, neck, and cranium. Preparing client for assimilation and manifestation. Stabilizing layers (surface to deep) for uniform, structural awareness of up and down and horizontalizing joints.