The Rolf Method of Structural Integration is a process-based approach to manual and movement therapy, using 10 sequential goal-oriented sessions called The 10-Series.
The goal of the 10-Series is to help all parts of the body to realign together under the center of gravity, to allow the body that can move with as much enjoyment as possible. This work was established and pioneered through the insights and hard work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf, whose legacy is maintained through the thousands of practitioners who continue to work with The Recipe.
Using a culinary metaphor, Dr. Rolf dubbed the 10-Series as “The Recipe”:
“I don’t want people to simply follow The Recipe – any cook can do that.Dr. Ida P. Rolf
I want chefs, people who understand why the Recipe is as it is.”
What she meant is that while the 10-Series has an incredible intelligent and effective framework, it is designed to be modified to the uniqueness of your body. Every human body has commonalities and differences, and our practice acknowledges that in order to be as effective as possible for our clients.
“Structural Integration is a process centered modality; each session progressively building upon the last. The process of Structural Integration includes balancing the body in segments and achieving vertical alignment from balancing the body from front to back, side to side, top to bottom and inside to outside.
At the beginning of the first session the client completes a health questionnaire and spend some time speaking with their practitioner about the goals and intentions as applied to their unique situation and structure. The practitioner will observe the client, how they stand, walk and other general movements.
The practitioner will apply the appropriate pressure, based on the clients needs and feedback. During most of the sessions the practitioner will help the client to become aware of habitual patterns of movement and imbalances in their body and will help them work toward making changes in these patterns in their daily life.
After the basic ten series is complete a client usually allows a period of time for the body to adapt and fully integrate before scheduling additional work. The waiting period can be anywhere from one month to one year based on the client’s unique experience. After the waiting period the client can return for tune-up sessions or advanced sessions to further the process of integration. In some instances practitioners will work with clients in ongoing sessions to achieve specific goals”
The Guild for Structural Integration
Holding as a template to guide your healing process by integrating your nervous system to musculoskeletal system, so that old patterns of movement and neurology can be reset, and replace them with movement and breath that makes you feel at home in your body again. That uses radical curiosity to discover how freely each part of your body can move, function, and express itself in a way that feels good (as opposed to restricting, tight, or painful).
We systematically address your whole body with skillful touch, guiding movement awareness. The series and each session is designed as a journey: with a clear middle, beginning, and end. Just like the archetype of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey (think Luke Skywalker or Frodo), this journey is transformation.
During your 10-Series, your skilled clinician will as your guide, catalyst, and facilitator. You’ll find that it is a collaborative effort, curiosity exploring your senses and range of movement, adopting new realizations into your movement repertoire. We systematically begin to open and realign the body; “awareness is the healer”. Most of us have detached from our bodies from the necessities and stressors of modern life- what we do is connect you with sensory “blind spots”, demystifying movement and your pain patterns so you can be your own hero.
Each of the sessions in the 10 series focuses on a different area of the body, and is divided in three sections.
Sessions 1-3 are the Superficial sessions.
These are designed to decompress the outer most parts of the body: arms, feet, and sides. This is done because we must unwind old, important tissue compensations before core sessions, allowing for for long-term changes and shifts to occur often quickly and seamlessly.
Sessions 4-7 are the Deep sessions.
They are designed to take away uncomfortable, self-limiting, compensation postures which may have been around for decades, and which are usually interfering with your body functioning it’s best.
We can achieve some very productive changes in the first three sessions, but these are the sessions than can rewire your posture, level your pelvis, breathing, and comfort levels in remarkable ways.
Sessions 8-10 are the Integration sessions.
By now, all portions of the body has been addressed and contacted at least once. Now we get to go back and connect all the dots. Building a joyous cohesive fluidity in movement. But attempting to describe the experience is nothing like the experience- you simple would have to feel it for yourself it relate to these descriptions.
The Goal of Each Session:
Session 1: Increases your air flow and ease of breath.
Session 2: Builds a more stable and dynamic foundation for your entire body.
Session 3: Extends the lateral line of your body.
Session 4: Extends the center line of your body.
Session 5: Continues where session 4 left off, extending the medial line of your body.
Session 6: Extends and balances the lower end of your spine.
Session 7: Balances your head on top of the spine.
Session 8: Balances the whole lower segment of your body.
Session 9: Balances the whole upper segment of your body.
Session 10: Integrates the previous work by balancing your entire body.
*Usually followed by a minimum 3-6 month break to allow the new body to complete adjusting into place.
**Post-10 sessions can continue to help the client to continue to achieve progressive improvement over the rest of their lives.