Did you know Tom is one of the most highly trained ski instructors in Australia? He decided to follow a career in alignment and health after going through the Ten Series of Rolfing himself. The benefits he discovered were so profound in both his skiing and his general life he chose to study Structural Integration.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL SESSION LIKE?
Typically Structural Integration is performed over ten individual sessions. This consists of 10 sessions which are designed to balance your body in segments with each session addressing a different aspect of your structure and movement. For example one session's goal is to lengthen the front half of your torso. Another is to free the shoulders from the torso. The results become cumulative as each session adds to the results of the previous session. The amount of time between sessions varies and is determined on an individual basis. The average spacing between the sessions is generally one to three weeks apart. The process begins with a consultation to understand your goals as well as a brief exploration of your health and personal history to help guide the process. You will be observed as you stand and move to assess your levels of balance, alignment, and posture. Pressure is applied to your body in a systematic way incorporating a variety of techniques including slow, deep stretching strokes. The fascia begins to unwind and the strain patterns release their hold on the body. You may be asked to breath into a particular area or to make subtle coordinated movements in response to the pressure. The pressure of the manipulations combined with your attention and responses help to facilitate release and realignment of your body’s segments.
WHAT IF I ONLY WANT TO DO ONE SESSION?
There is no problem at all with just doing one session or even a few to see if structural integration is for you. The benefits are definitely cummulative and complimentary the more you do. Talk with Tom as to your individual case.
WHAT ABOUT AFTER THE TEN SERIES?
After the ten series it is suggested to wait a period of time to allow the changes to your structure to be integrated. This period can be anywhere from a few months up to a year or even longer. The benefits of the ten series often lasts years especially if you choose to utilise your new movement and posture. You may want to come in for a tune up after an accident, a serious event happening in life or to prepare for a sporting competition. Many atheletes use Structural Integration as a way of staying balanced, mobile and efficient in their chosen sport.
Structural Integration and the Ten Series
Before and After 7 sessions of Structural Integration