The Ten-Series is a systematic approach to aligning your overall structure through Rolfing® Structural Integration.

Frequency between sessions is generally spaced one week apart but could extend between one to four weeks apart if your schedule requires. Your initial experience with Rolfing® SI is likely to be formatted within the three to fifteen series sessions, depending on  the goals involved.

That being said, typically Rolfing SI is received in a Ten Series.  Rolfing SI is different from most forms of bodywork because it works to improve the organization of the entire structure in a relationship to the body’s interaction with gravity (often with evidence in visually improved  posture), rather than focusing on a place that hurts or feels stiff or on relaxation.

While massage is relaxing, you may find the same area bothering you shortly after you leave the office. This is often because the area that hurts is usually a secondary or compensatory issue.

You may have shoulder or neck pain because you are not getting the proper stability in your pelvis, or support from your feet, and / or because your shoulders are rounding forward or poor mobility of ribcage (or all of these).

Until proper balance returns through the entire structure, the neck is going to stay strained trying to keep your head upright. Rolfing SI focuses on the problem by considering the organization of structure within gravity, instead of directly on the symptom.

The Rolfing SI Ten Series (sometimes 12-15 sessions) is similar to an overall renewal for your body. The Ten Series is a systematic approach to aligning your overall structure with each session building on the last and preparing the body for the next.

The sessions one through three focus on the more superficial layers of connective tissue and fascia. Sessions four through seven work on the deeper layers of the body that are more closely related to the spine.

The remaining sessions integrate and organize the body’s alignment as a whole with transition of movement through arms, legs, and spine. This continues to help improve balance, enhanced range of motion, facilitates corrective movement patterns and resulting in a higher level of energy.

The Ten Series provides Rolfer’s® with a map, yet still remains individually tailored to one’s needs. Each session has a format with structural goals similar between clients but is as unique as the person receiving it.  This is because each session is based on individual needs, structure, movement patterns and learned behaviors.

Sessions 1 - 3: The Superficial Layers

Session One

This session focuses on opening up the ribcage, breathing, respiration and beginning to free the shoulder and pelvic girdles from the ribcage. This is accomplished by working superficial tissue around the shoulders, arms, ribcage, and hips.

Neck and back work are included to complete almost every session providing balance and integration of the work. Most people report feeling relaxed after this session.

This session is excellent for addressing neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, feeling less restricted in the ribcage and hips.

Sessions 4 - 7: The Deep Layers

Sessions 8 - 10: Integration and Overall Function

What's next? After the Rolfing Ten-Series

The Ten-Series is designed to leave your structure at a balanced place.  Some clients will need or want to continue after the completion of the Ten Series and others will not need to.

Some considerations for post ten series may be the following:

  • Some clients decide to use Rolfing to ease muscle soreness and promote relaxation in their bodies instead of massage.  Many clients find enormous benefits at Whole Body Kinetics and with a monthly Rolfing SI maintenance program, coupled with online group mat Pilates classes.
  • Private Pilates sessions are encouraged as they continue to deepen the integration of the Rolfing series.  Pilates helps to improve strength, stability, coordination, balance and will continue to have a positive influence on your body wide fascia system.
  • There are many clients who complete a ten-series but due to their performance levels, physical stresses, or other clients may need to continue with an Advanced Series.
  • Some clients may only decide to complete a certain part of the Ten Series such as the superficial layers (Session 1-3).
  • There may be some clients who have specific needs or goals and require a modified Mini- Series that only addresses those.
  • Some clients experience great results and may decide to receive another ten series after taking a break for several months or years.
  • Other clients may view Rolfing as an important way of maintaining their bodies and come in for regular "tune ups / maintenance".  This is more common among athletes, runners, dancers, adults with scoliosis and heavy computer / tech users.
  • Other clients take a break for several months after the ten-series and then request a post ten series. Generally, these continued sessions are three-five sessions long, focusing on specific goals.
  • Some clients call when they experience additional injuries, accidents, after childbirth, during life changing events or when "something feels amiss."
  • Others having good results, may never feel the need for another session.
  • Some clients who go through the Ten Series will benefit from an exercise program after.  Pilates is an excellent option for them.
  • Clients who have received the Rolfing SI Ten Series and continue with Pilates at Whole Body Kinetics have the additional option to receive a quick 10-15 minute Manual Therapy “tune-up” prior to Pilates.

Discuss your goals and options with Whole Body Kinetics to find the best direction for you.

Private Pilates lessons, online group mat Pilates and home exercises are an excellent method for maintaining and enhancing the structural changes that have occurred during the Rolfing Structural Integration series.