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Rolfing Integration - Final Movement

Dec 14, 2007
Throughout this exploration of the Rolfing journey there has been quite a bit of change initiated into the clients' structure. Manual manipulation alone is not sufficient to integrate the change accumulated in the Rolfing series.

An element of physical and psychological therapy is utilized in almost all movement session's that are used. These three movement sessions enable the client to play a vital role in their mastery of other. The tissue and nervous system have been communicated to and with. We have hydrated, differentiated, and are integrating this blessed individual with their direct involvement in the inquiry. The final movement strategy is known as movement three: Upper integration.

The movement begins with the client sitting in a chair facing a wall, their toes flexed and against the wall with the ball and heal of each foot grounded to the floor, this communicates to the nervous system that a contra lateral integrative technique is at hand. Client explores making the connection from the toes to the pelvis. Moving and leading into a sensory exploration of each individual leg and the legs together of how they are differentiated and yet joined at the pelvic girdle and exploring that up to MDH.

The integration should transmission from the foot to the pelvis, and from the pelvis to the spine. Next, have the client position the palmar surface of each hand planted against the resistance of the wall, feet not touching, and lead them through the same exploration with the upper girdle that was used with the lower. This movement allows the client to experience and cultivate integration from the hand to the shoulder girdle, and from the shoulder to the spine.The arms are also differentiated and yet connected via the shoulder girdle and the client should be able to make that connection down to the MDH.

Another great technique used to integrate the upper girdle is similar to a movement used for the pelvic girdle, ocular decoupling of limbs of expression. The client is supine, head is neutral while they follow the passive range of motion of each arm with peripheral vision. The range of motion should be broad and encompassing the whole span of range. When the arm is out-of-sight, have the client do a scan of the arm making the connection and relationship of spacial posotion through sensation.

Have the client come to standing and make that body wide connection exploring with the G and G' tendencies and orientation in the gait cycle.
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John Barton, Certified Rolfer & Rolfing Fort Worth, Texas-
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