This systematic approach addresses each area of the body one layer at a time. The classic 10 series approach honors Dr. Ida P. Rolf’s famous “recipe” for structural integration. Consider your Ten Series a full body tune-up. Each session is designed with intentions leading to full body alignment and embodied integration.
The Sleeve Sessions (1-3)
Using the Rolf method of Structural Integration, the first three sessions are referred to as the superficial sessions. The “sleeve” of your body is the outer fascial layer. This is the part of your body that does the “doing," the fast movements. You can think of it as the sleeve or thin wet-suit just underneath your skin. The goal for these sessions is to open, lengthen, and organize these extrinsic layers. This will create space for the deeper layers to unwind and release.
Session 1: Opening the sleeve Terrain-- ribcage, sternum, shoulders, neck; lateral pelvis/leg & hamstrings You will get a sense of lift in your body. Your breathing pattern will be addressed by releasing the superficial fascia of the ribs and thorax.
Session 2: Support for the body terrain-- feet, legs, knees, thighs, pelvis. With this session, you will get a sense of grounding in your body. Your feet will be more fluid and adaptable as they support the vertical dimension in your body.
Session 3: Lateral line Terrain--neck, arms/shoulders, torso, pelvis, thighs and knees. You will get a sense for the dimension of depth (otherwise known as front-to-back balance). You will also experience freedom of the arms and shoulder girdle from the spine.
The Core Sessions (4-7)
Also referred to as the ‘deep’ sessions. The “core” of your body is the inner fascial layer. This part of your body is your “beingness," the area of slow, postural movements. The goal of these sessions is to open, lengthen, and organize these intrinsic layers.
Session 4: Medial Line Terrain -- ankle, knees, medial thigh, pelvic floor. You'll build up core support and strength from your feet through your legs to the bottom of your core, experience more lift in your body, and start to get a sense of “the Line.”
Session 5: Anterior Line - visceral organization and core activation Terrain-- front of the legs, abdomen, psoas, diaphragm, ribs & sternum. You'll extend your line of support up to the head along the front of the spine to further your sense of front-to-back balance. You'll also get a sense of leg movement from the core, rather than from the hips.
Session 6: Posterior Line Terrain-- posterior ankle, calves and thighs, gluteals, deep rotator muscles, sacrum, spine (lower and upper back). You'll feel a sense of length in the front and the back of the core and experience movement from your legs to your undulating spine.
Session 7: Adaptability Terrain-- chest, shoulders, neck, jaw, cranium. You will feel the relationship of your head and neck as a fluid extension of your spine.
The Integrative Sessions
The first seven sessions are about taking the body apart to get the individual parts working better. The last three cycles of sessions is about putting the individual parts back together into a better functioning whole. This is the place where the sleeve and the core meet and interact. You will begin to experience motion, initiated by your core layer, smoothly and efficiently transmit out through the sleeve layer of your body.
Session 8: Structural Integration Terrain: lower girdle, legs, hips, and pelvis You will experience a secure foundation in the pelvis and legs for the upper body, neck, and head to be supported. This creates a sense of stability and adaptability in your body.
Session 9: Functional Integration Terrain: upper girdle, arms, shoulders, chest, back, head and neck You will experience contralateral movement in your body. You will feel the transfer of motion and energy from the core to the sleeve. All movement will start to initiate from the lumbodorsal hinge, the area in front of the vertebral column at the mid to lower back.
Session 10: Integration Terrain: ankles, knees, hips, diaphragm, neck, cranium You will have a sense of “the Line” and of everything being connected. You will have a full sense of your body in 3 dimensions and moving in any direction with equal ease.