What is the Rolfing Classical 10?

The Classical Ten Series Format for Rolfing

Sessions 1-3

Called the “sleeve” sessions, session 1-3 strive to loosen and balance surface layers of connective tissue.

• The first session is devoted to enhancing the quality of breath with work on the arms, rib cage and diaphragm. Opening is also started along the upper leg, hamstrings, neck and spine.

• The second session helps give the body a stable foundation by balancing the foot and muscles of the lower leg.

• The third session typically involves a “side view” for an understanding of how the head, shoulder girdle and hips are positionally related to one another when standing under the influence of gravity. Then, the body is addressed with in the context of this new vision.

Sessions 4-7

“Core” sessions and examine terrain found between the bottom of the pelvis and top of the head. The idea of core also includes the deep tissue of the legs for its role in support.

• Session four begins this journey; its territory extends from the inside arch of the foot and up the leg to then bottom of the pelvis.

• The fifth session is concerned with balancing surface and deep abdominal muscles to the curve of the back.

• Session six seeks to enlist more support and movement from the legs, pelvis and lower back, while the seventh session turns its sole attention to the neck and head.

Sessions 8-10

“Integration” is emphasized throughout the remaining three, as session, as sessions 8-10 provide an opportunity for the practitioner to blend previously established advancements, and ones yet to be made, into the body in a way that encourages smooth movement and natural coordination.

• During sessions eight and nine, the practitioner determines how best to achieve this integration as the protocol is unique for each individual

• The 10th and final session is also one of integration but more importantly, serves to inspire a sense of order and balance. Once completed, the wisdom of the Rolfing Ten Series drives and supports the body with health for years to come.