The Ten Sessions

The Ten Sessions

Session 1. The process begins with freeing the lungs to allow fuller breath. This is accomplished by working all superficial tissue related to the breathing mechanism. Areas all around the ribcage, shoulders, arms, and hips may be worked, as well as the neck and back. Neck and back work is included in almost every session to balance and integrate the work into the body.

Session 2. Next we address your foundation. The feet, lower legs, and possibly knees are opened and aligned to better support the body in gravity. Often, the client feels a greater sense of support and balance coming up from their feet after this session, as well as better contact between their feet and the ground. Foot problems such as high or fallen arches are also addressed in this session.

Session 3. Now we move to your sides. We want to ease the body in the front-back dimension, and create a peaceful relating between your upper and lower body. We will work the sides of your torso, your neck, and your hips to allow those major segments to better support each other.

Session 4. We move back to the legs in this session, focusing on the inside of the leg from the ankle to the pelvis, at a slightly deeper layer. This session provides the feeling that the legs are supporting the abdominal core and providing lift for the upper body. Torsions at the knee and hip are also addressed in this session.

Session 5. This is a continuation of Session 4. Work is done in the front of the hips as well as the abdomen, diaphragm, and ribs. This session opens the front of the body and provides a new dimension of lift up the core.

Session 6. This is a back session. Starting in the legs, if necessary, we address the calves, hamstrings, the back of the pelvis, and up both sides of the spine to the head. The opening in the back matches the opening in the front achieved in Session 5.

Session 7. This session focuses on the upper shoulders, head, jaw, neck, and sometimes the arms. After this session clients often feel that their head is more "on".

Session 8. The last three sessions are about integrating all we have done. Session 8 is usually a lower body session with the goal of integrating the legs with the whole body.

Session 9. This is the other half of Session 8 - the upper body. The ribcage, shoulders, arms, neck and head are the usual focus, with the goal being always to integrate.

Session 10. The final integration. This is our opportunity to complete, for now, all we have been able to free. We will smooth the fascial wrappers over the structural changes that you have gained, and make peace with anything that remains. This session usually involves the whole body at a somewhat more superficial layer.

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Rolfing in Munich with Tom Cooper, certified Rolfing® practitioner Rolfing in Munich with Tom Cooper, certified Rolfing® practitioner