The Ten Series

Designed by Dr. Ida Rolf, the Ten-Series is like a tune up for your body. The Ten-Series is a systematic approach to aligning your structure; each session builds upon the last and prepares the body for the next. Each session focuses on freeing restrictions or holdings trapped in a particular region of the body. A practitioner also maintains a holistic view of the client’s entire system during each session, thus ensuring the transformational process evolves in a comfortable and harmonious way.

The first three sessions in the Ten-Series work on the more superficial layers of connective tissue. Sessions four through seven remove strain from deeper layers of the body. The remaining sessions organize and align the body as a whole, providing better balance, enhanced range of motion, and a higher energy level.

Sessions 1 – 3:

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

Specifically, the first session is devoted to enhancing the quality of breath with work on the arms, ribcage 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 within the context of this new vision.

Sessions 4 – 7:

Green life in natureSessions 4-7 are referred to as “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 the 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 moment from the legs, pelvis and lower back, while the seventh session turns its sole attention to the neck and head.

Sessions 8 – 10:

Hands take care of small plant“Integration” is emphasized throughout the remaining three sessions, as session 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 is free to decide how best to achieve this integration, as the protocol is unique for each individual.

The tenth 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 will drive and support the body with health for years to come.

After the Ten-Series

Many clients complete a Ten-Series, get good results, and never feel the need for another session.

Others, view Rolfing® as an important way of maintaining their bodies and come in for regular “tune ups” (anywhere from bimonthly to quarterly). This is particularly common among athletes, heavy computer users, and adults with scoliosis.

Some clients find so much more ease and relaxation in their bodies after Rolfing® sessions, that they use it instead of massage.

Other clients take a break for several months after the Ten-Series and then request a post Ten-Series, generally five sessions in length, which may focus on the client’s specific goals.

Lastly, some clients only call when they fall off their bike, and “something feels amiss.”

These are all good ways to use Rolfing® after you’ve completed the initial work. Do what makes sense to you.

This is the gospel of Rolfing:  When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through. Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself.
Ida P. Rolf, Ph. D.

As a young musician and a scoliosis patient, my life is anything but symmetrical. After years of barely managing with Advil, heat packs, massages, and physical therapy, my desperate search for relief from chronic arm and back pain finally led me to Rolfing and yoga. I’ve completed ten Rolfing sessions and I have been amazed by the results. I have never felt this good! I continue to gain mobility, ease of movement, and structural support, all of which help rid the body of unnecessary tension. As my muscles learn to let go, I’m finding freedom, both physically and musically. I’m managing my symptoms better than ever and am able to play my viola with much less pain and discomfort. Even if you have a crooked spine or spend hours a day playing an instrument, there is always balance; it just takes some time to find it.
Angela K., Waverly, Iowa