Rolfing Therapy is traditionally structured in ten sessions, and for good reason. Pain is rarely located in only one area of the body. Though it might be your shoulder that hurts, your shoulder is connected to the rest of your body, and something in your posture or movement is causing you to move your shoulder in a way that causes pain.
Therefore, Rolfing consists of ten sessions. The Rolfing ten series sessions build one on top of another, so the work done in session one lays the groundwork for session two, and so on. This is how Rolfing addresses the body holistically instead of just chasing the symptoms of pain around and around.
But what happens when you finish your Rolfing ten series? Do you never get another Rolfing session? Or do you continue to get Rolfing every other week until the end of time?
Fortunately, neither is the optimal scenario. In most cases, the Rolfing ten series will create dramatic shifts in posture and movement and you will feel much more flexible as well as being pain-free. However, we are human and we live in a world that is constantly changing and putting demands on our body.
Stress and poor living habits (like having a desk job that forces you to sit most of the day or doing repetitive motion tasks like typing) as well as sports injuries and athletic training are continually shaping our bodies. Most people find that “tune ups” are beneficial in maintaining the results of their ten series.
I strongly recommend seeing a Rolfer at least once a year for a mini three-series of Rolfing sessions to keep you in optimal alignment. People are constantly changing; the notion of static posture is a myth. You want to be sure your body is changing for the better and not for the worse.
Athletes and people who play hard – that means you, weekend warriors! – need more frequent work because training puts a lot of stress on the joints and soft tissue. The smallest movement compensation can become magnified and result in injury with so much stress on the body.