Your first experience with Rolfing Structural Integration (Rolfing SI) is likely to be in a Ten-Series format. Rolfing SI is different from most forms of bodywork because it focuses on improving the organization of the entire structure (often visible as better posture), rather than on just the area of complaint, a place that hurts, feels stiff, etc. Although massage is relaxing, you may find the same area bothering you again shortly after you leave the session. This is because the area that hurts is often a compensatory or secondary issue.
You may have neck pain because you’re not getting the proper support from your feet, or because your pelvis is askew, or because your shoulders are rounding forward, or all of the above. Until we balance the entire structure, that neck is going to stay strained trying to keep your head upright. Focusing where it hurts is going after the symptom and not the cause of the problem.
Designed by Dr. Ida Rolf, the Ten-Series is like a tune up for your body. The Ten-Series is a systematic approach to aligning your structure; each session builds upon the last and prepares the body for the next.
The first three sessions work on the more superficial layers of connective tissue. Sessions four through seven remove strain from deeper layers of the body. The remaining sessions organize and align the body as a whole, providing better balance, enhanced range of motion, and a higher energy level. If yAppointments requires a break between sessions, ideal places to pause the process are after sessions three and seven.
The Ten-Series provides Rolfers with a map. But as anyone who travels knows, “the map is not the territory.” Although structural goals may be similar, the same session may look very different for different clients based on their structure, learned behaviours and movement patterns. Each session is as unique as the person receiving it. For most people, the series progresses as follows: