As we work our way through Dr. Rolf’s Ten Session recipe, it becomes apparent that layers of muscle and connective tissue that have adhered together can also be compressed together. That layers in the body’s anterior compartment can be compressed into the body’s posterior compartment. And that before the body’s outer sleeve and its inner core can move independently, these layers and compartments need to be differentiated and decompressed.
This is also where we really see that using too much pressure will simply compress layers together and limit their mobility. And that such a course of action is counter our intention to mobilize layers of muscle and tissue, and support their ability to move independently.
At this point, we’re really starting to see the big picture. And, thus, to attend to our clients’ repetitive motion patterns, their fixed rotations and side-to-side imbalances throughout the body. We’ve shifted focus from working on muscles to working between muscles. From working on a joint to working between joints. And from working on the core to working through the core.
It’s now apparent that adhesion between layers in one part of the body can generate rotations throughout the body. And that adhesion in one part of the core can limit the transfer of motion through the entire core. And, by now, it’s obvious that what we do in one part of the body will affect the entire body.
In short, we’re really beginning to understand the challenges and complexities of this work. And if the biomechanical aspects aren’t challenging enough, we’re also seeing the emotional impacts of this process – both on the clients and on the practitioners.
It’s increasingly clear that this work has not only changed the way our clients move, it has also impacted the way they feel. It’s not only changed our perspective and working relationship with our clients, it has also changed the way we feel and relate to our own bodies. And to everyone around us!