ROLF Method: Basic 10 Series Described
Dr. Ida Rolf spent her lifetime researching and developing the body of work known as the Rolf Method of Structural Integration. She developed through years of experimenting the Basic 10 Series recipe.
The Rolf Method is a way of systematically re-organzing the connective tissues, from the feet up, working through the layers from the outside in, moving the structure toward a higher level of balance and integrated, fluid movement and function.
Superficial Extrinsic Sessions
The first 3 sessions of the Basic 10 Series of the Rolf Method of Structural Integration are addressing the Superficial Fascial Layers, just below the skin and are focused on opening up the surface.
This is considered the hour of vital capacity. The general goals for this session are to begin to open up the ribcage, begin to free the shoulder girdle from the ribcage, begin to lift the thorax off the pelvis, and to begin to bring the legs under the body.
This is considered the hour of the feet and lower legs and the lumbar spine. The general goals of this session are to balance the relationship between the tibia and the fibula, to balance the malleoli, to balance the relationship of the arches within the foot, to free the knee capsule, to open and create space in the hip joint and to free the pelvis from the thorax.
Session 3: This is considered the hour of the quadratus lumborum. The general goals for this session are to create a midline from the greater trochanter to the mastoid process, to create a sense of a front and a back from that midline, to open up and create space in the lateral and posterior aspect of the ribcage, to continue to free the shoulder girdle from the ribcage, to begin to transition into the core or intrinsic layers by freeing the quadratus lumborum.
Core Intrinsic Sessions
The next 4 Sessions are considered to be Core sessions, or working on the finer, intrinsic muscles in relationship to the extrinsic muscles. We want to produce balanced movement between these 2 muscle groups. The largest percentage of people use the gross/extrinsic muscles to move themselves around in the field of gravity, rather than to float and move with ease and effortlessness.
This is considered to be the hour of the adductors. The general goals of this session are to begin balancing the pelvis from side to side by freeing the adductor muscles, to create a midline from the malleolus to the ischial ramus, to balance and free the floor of the pelvis.
This is considered to be the hour of the psoas muscle. The general goals of this session are to continue balancing the pelvis from front to back by lengthening the psoas, bring integrity to the floor of the pelvis, and to begin to lengthen the cervical muscles by freeing the lumbar muscles.
This is considered to be the hour of the sacrum. The general goals of this session are to balance the sacrum in its relationship to the pelvis, to balance the spine by balancing the sacrum, to continue to lengthen and free the lumbars in relation to the thoracic muscles and the thoracic muscles to the cervical muscles.
Session 7: This is considered the hour of the head, neck and shoulders. The general goals of this session are to align the head and neck in relationship to the spine, to release the cranium and the jaw, to align and balance the head front to back, side to side.
The final 3 Sessions of the Basic 10 Series are focused on balancing relationships and movement re-education. These sessions are about balancing each girdle. One will balance the lower (pelvic) girdle and the other will balance the upper (shoulder) girdle.
Sessions 8 and 9:
The goals of these 2 sessions are to balance and integrate all the structures that we have worked to free the connective tissues in from the previous seven sessions.
Session 10: This is considered to be the hour of the joints. The general goals of this session are to balance and free the joints, to create horizontality within the joints, to integrate structure and function within the joints. Session 10 is the beginning of the Advanced work. Any work received after this Basic 10 Series is considered to be Advanced. From here further refinement is possible, but not necessary.