The basic Rolfing® series of Structural Integration consists of ten sessions. A Rolfer starts by evaluating the client’s structure and by taking photographs for later reference. The client is then asked to lie on the table, as the Rolfer sensitively applies just the right amount of pressure where the fascia is restricted.
Rolfers don’t just work with connective tissue; they work with rhythms of respiration and other responses of the body. They also educate the client in ways of using the new found freedom.
The client may be asked to breathe into the area being worked and/or to make synchronized movements. The combination of applied pressure and synchronized response frees and repositions the connective tissue and aligns the body’s segments.
The combination of applied pressure and synchronized movements by the client frees and repositions the connective tissue and permits the body segments to realign.
Each Rolfing session builds upon the results of the previous one, so that the results are cumulative. The first seven sessions remove strain from specific areas of the body: the lower back, neck, knees, etc. The remaining sessions organize and align the body as a whole, resulting in better balance, enhanced freedom of movement, and a higher energy level.
Sessions last from an hour to an hour and a half. The amount of time between sessions varies and is determined on an individual basis. The average spacing is a week to two weeks.