I am currently reading the book “Train your Mind Change Your Brain”
by Sharon Begley (recommended to me by http://www.annelieberman.com/). I am delighted to find the brain research in this book is similar to what Dr. Rolf was relating to working with the body and the plasticity of the fascial matrix. Ida Rolf’s (and my) belief was that the body is malleable and able to be retrained from hard and rigid to soft and free moving. According to this book the brain, it is now known, is plastic as well and able to be retrained.
This concept of plasticity apparently isn’t something brand new. William James, the father of experimental psychology in the United States had this to say in 1890, “organic matter, especially nervous tissue, seems endowed with a very extraordinary degree of plasticity.” Meaning, it is a “structure weak enough to yield to an influence.” Because he was merely a psychologist and times where different, this positioning of his never went very far.
But TODAY the world, and hopefully you, has learned that it is possible to CHANGE! Not only your brain can change but your body can change. The simplest way I know to create lasting change in a human structure is through the Rolf Method of Structural Integration, the 10 series Recipe.
The 10 sessions all build upon one another creating one complete session. If you pay attention you will be able to feel the work unwind your body and leave you with a new way of relating and being in the world.
The 10 Sessions
- Free the ribs and intercostal muscles in order to increase your vital energy and expand your breathing capacity. Begin separating the girdles by raising the chest off of the hips. Begin horizontalizing the hips.
- Create a solid base for you to stand your ground by focusing on the legs and feet. By creating a better foundation your back is allowed to lengthen to its full extent. Again, horizontalize the hips.
- Create the lateral (outer) line of the body with the primary focus being between the neck and hips – shoulders play a key role in this session. Relationship between the front and back of the body is main focus of this session.
- We begin to go deeper in this session by talking to the inner core space, the pelvic floor. The dynamic inner (medial) line begins to come alive by working the pelvic area, hips, adductors, hamstrings and some sacral tissue. Upper back works balances out the new legs which begin to emerge.
- The medial line is carried through the central vertical line adding length to the front of the body. The abdominal area, hip flexors, quadricep, arms and hands are main areas worked in this session.
- In order to create a free and breathing sacrum the entire gluteal area, hamstrings, sacrum and back extensors will be recruited for work during this session.
- In order to put your head on in this session, 1-6 need to have occurred (Ida Rolf believed if you do not have a solid base you will hang from above). Upper back, thoracic inlet head, neck along with some mouth work will be the primary areas addressed.
- Session eight and nine is where integration begins and can be alternated between upper and lower sessions. 8 is usually a lower body session relating the lower body structures to the lumbar-dorsal hinge (low back).
- Usually an upper body session relating the structures of the upper body to the mid-dorsal hinge (mid back).
- Reconnects and integrates the core and sleeve of your body. Usually beginning at your feet and continuing up to your head. Creating an entire integration of your body is the goal. You will feel free in your body as you leave this session.
Change is possible.