Dr. Ida P. Rolf, the creator of Structural Integration, had been practicing her work for years before developing the 10-session series. She believed that the more organized a person’s body was, the more easily that person could move and go about his daily life. The Ten Series is a systematic approach to balancing the structure of the body and, therefore, enhancing its function. Dr. Rolf says it best in her book Rolfing and Physical Reality. She writes,
Rolfing does not "cure" symptoms. The goal of Rolfing is a more resilient, higher-energy system.
The organism then is better able to defend against illness and overcome stress, and the greater energy does its own beneficial work in healing and relaxing. Rolfing does not achieve perfection; it begins a process. Its goal is to establish balance in gravity. The ten-hour cycle is a first step in that direction. Rolfing is an ongoing process that continues long after the work has been completed. Bodies have a natural liking for uprightness, comfort, and ease. Insofar as they can experience it, they try to live in a place of balance. In this place, the energy of gravity can flow with (not counter to) the energy of the individual.
Sessions 1-3 | The Sleeve Cycle
The first three sessions are focused on the outermost layers of connective tissue. The first session is devoted to enhancing the quality of breath; generally, the arms, ribcage, diaphragm and neck are addressed. The second session helps give the body a stable foundation by bringing balance to the foot and lower leg. The third session connects the work done in sessions 1 & 2; generally the sides of the body are addressed.
Sessions 4-7 | The Core Cycle
Sessions 4-7 are focused on the deeper layers of connective tissue. The goal of the fourth session is to bring dimension & support to the inner line of the leg and the pelvic floor. The fifth session is concerned with creating freedom in the abdominal and thoracic cavities, while the sixth session seeks to bring balance through working the back line of the body from the spine to the feet. The seventh session is dedicated entirely to the neck and cranium.
Sessions 8-10 | The Integration Cycle
The last three sessions provide an opportunity for the practitioner to blend the progress that’s been made (as well as progress that has yet to come) into the body in a way that encourages smooth movement and natural coordination. During sessions eight & nine, the practitioner determines how best to achieve this integration, as the protocol is unique for each individual. The tenth and final session is also devoted to integration, and serves to inspire a sense of awareness & cohesion. Once completed, the Ten Series will continue to serve the body for years to come.