The Rolf Method of Structural Integration consists of ten sessions. Each session has its own goal. It is designed to address the entire body in a systematic manner, working from the outer, superficial layer to the deeper structures of the body.
Each session builds on the results of the previous one. While the course of ten sessions provides a general framework, each session is specifically tailored to address the particular needs of the client.
At the beginning of the first session a health questionnaire is completed. The practitioner starts by evaluating the client’s structure through visual observation of the posture and by testing the movement patterns.
The treatment itself consists of applying slow, stretching manipulation where the fascia is restricted. The client is asked to participate in releasing the restriction by making slow, specific movements. This is an important educative part of the process when the client explores new movement patterns and enhances body awareness.
Each session ends with a postural and movement education based on the area, which the practitioner and client have worked on.
The following summary of the ten sessions provides a general map of what you may expect of each session.
Session 1: Breathing
Free up the breathing, releasing the fascia of the rib cage, shoulder girdle and hips.
Session 2: Feet – The Foundations
Address the foundations of the body. The structures of the feet and lower legs are differentiated and aligned to better support the body within the gravitational field.
Session 3: Feeling The Vertical Line
This session works along the sides of the body, addressing the position of your pelvis and how it lines up with the shoulders above and legs below.
Session 4: Internal core support
The emphasis now changes to the deeper, core structures of the body. We work to release the tension and create order from the feet all the way up to the pelvis to bring balance to the centre of the body.
Session 5: The Core Stabilization
In this session we separate and balance the superficial and deep structures of the abdomen to allow length and lift through the centre of the torso.
Session 6: Hips and back
We work to release the deep muscles of hips, pelvis and back to restore good articulation of the pelvis
Session 7: Neck and head
Balancing the head and the shoulders is a vital piece of the jigsaw in bringing a body into line with gravity. We work to release restrictions in the upper back, shoulders, neck as well as in the face and jaw to achieve balance between cranium, mandibula and cervical spine.
Session 8, 9 and 10: Integration and Balance movement
These sessions are more educational than the first seven. We continue to release any restrictions in the connective tissue which block good coordination and movement patterns. Focusing on generating good connectivity through both the pelvic and shoulder girdles to sustain optimal balance and natural, graceful, easy and erect alignment.