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Structural Integration Sleeve Sessions 1, 2, and 3, at Somatic Synchrony in Kent, Wa. 98032

The first three sessions, also known as 'sleeve sessions,' help introduce touch, build trust, increase breath capacity, levity, body awareness & connection, begin to reorganize the outer fascial layers.


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Session 1: Ribcage
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Session 2: Feet and Lower Legs
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Session 3: Sidelines

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SESSION 1: RIBCAGE
Your introduction to Soma! This session can be done as the beginning of series work, as an introduction to the sessions, or as a stand-alone. I often recommend Session 1 over Somassage for those who think they may be interested in the series work, but are unsure about the commitment.

This session introduces fascial reorganization, increases breath capacity by focusing on releasing the fascia around the chest and along the sides, and reconnects you with the oft-forgotten, 'very best stress-reducer': deep, nourishing, & rejuvenating breath.

A reduction in pain and/or stress, an increase in energy, a shift in perspective, and a sense of well-being are the results I hear most often from clients after this session.
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SESSION 2:
FEET & LOWER LEGS
Our focus in Session 2 is the feet and lower legs. Foundation begins with our connection to the earth, so we ferret out any impediments and begin to support your body from the ground up. This session also includes some gait re-education; this is the beginning of connecting the nervous and muscular systems in a more conscious way.

This session was the beginning of significant change for me when I did the series work; we often underestimate how something as simple as connection to the earth affects our attitudes and beliefs. When we stand better, we experience better, understand better, feel better and manage our lives better!
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SESSION 3: SIDELINES
In Session 3, we return to expanding and reconnecting the breath by lengthening the sides of the body, freeing the shoulder girdle and continuing to reorganize the fascia around the ribcage, making energy more immediately available throughout the system.

In preparation for the following sessions, we begin to balance the cradle of movement: the pelvis. The work we've done to this point can stand on its' own, and you can elect to stop here, if needed or desired. Those who continue on into the core sessions and integration sessions often find this work to be an opening into a different way of moving and experiencing the world.
Structural Integration Core Sessions 4, 5, 6, and 7, at Somatic Synchrony in Kent, Wa. 98032

The four core sessions are geared toward organizing everything that pulls on the pelvis, reorienting us around a central vertical gravitational axis, and reducing the energy it takes to move.


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Session 4: Inner Core Line
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Session 5: Front Line
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Session 6: Back Line
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Session 7: Head and Neck

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Session 4: Inner Line
In Session 4, we move into the 'deep' parts of the body, affecting change along the inner line, beginning to bring inside and the outside tensions into balance while lengthening the muscles below the pelvis. You will start connecting to 'the line,' an important part of learning (or re-learning!) to move more freely, with less energy. This helps you find resilience to daily stresses, and opens the possibility for more flexibility and grace in your body and your life!
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Session 5: Front Line
Session 5 is focused on the deep front line and the things that help bring the pelvis into front/back balance, particularly the psoas. The psoas runs along the spine and through the pelvis, connecting to the thigh and assisting in hip flexion (when the back is straight) or in back support (when the legs are straight). This deep muscle can be a culprit in things like low back pain; when it functions well, and when you connect more consciously to it, life becomes much more manageable.
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Session 6: Back Line
Session 6 is the back session. We've released the inner, outer and front lines, releasing the back allows the pelvis to sit more horizontally balanced in the body, thereby reducing stress throughout your structure. The pelvis connects the top and bottom of the body, holds most of our internal organs, and provides support and stability to the whole structure; balance and ease in the pelvis are reflected throughout the body.
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Session 7: Neck & Head
Session 7 focuses on the shoulders, neck and the whole skull. We work to realign the smaller muscles up top to their support system down below. In our 'forward head' culture, we don't often realize how much additional stress this misalignment can cause. After this session, you will realize how much tension you hold in these areas. Most people feel great after Session 7, and begin to walk taller, and feel lighter on their feet. This is a place where we can hold for a time, if needed; when I went through the series the first time, there was a 10 month break between this and the integration sessions. I will say, however, that the work didn't feel complete in that space of time, and the integration sessions were pivotal to holding the changes I'd made.
Structural Integration Sessions 8, 9, Arms, and 10, at Somatic Synchrony in Kent, Wa. 98032

These final sessions establish cooperative relationships between body sections, reinforce conscious connection throughout your body, and encourage you to move in more optimal and efficient ways.


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Session 8: Lower Body Integration
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Session 9: Upper Body Integration
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Session 9.5: Arms
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Session 10: Completion
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What's After the Sessions?

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8 & 9: Integration
We've spent the first seven sessions finding aberrations, opening stuck places, and getting the individual bags of fascia to slide over each other, now we turn our focus to getting those fascial connections to act in supportive, cooperative ways. Sessions 8 and 9 incorporate movement and awareness to enhance the skills you've been learning up to this point. Session 8 focuses on the lower half of the body, Session 9, the upper.
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Session 9.5: Arms
Between 9 and 10 is a session focused on the arms, and how they connect to the body. We call it the arm session, and it causes confusion occasionally as it brings our total number of sessions to 11, instead of the Rolf-originated 10. It is an important part of the series work, and was developed when it was found the arm work typically done in Session 9 was adding a great deal of time onto that session, and was yielding results which were less than optimal. We spend the entire session on the fingers, wrists, hands and arms, then help reconnect them through the shoulder girdle and supporting musculature to the trunk. This can be a marvelous session if you have any issues like carpal tunnel, wrist pain or shoulder impingement.
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Session 10: Completion
The final session is for resetting joints and completing the series. We've spent the past 10 sessions working soft tissue with an occasional nod to joints as we've worked the soft tissue and fascia. The joints, while not directly worked, have been altered through the realignment of everything around them, and the sensors inside the joint capsule also need to be 'reset'.
We also spend some time reviewing information from the sessions, and discussing changes you've noticed throughout the series.
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What's Next?
I'm often asked what happens when the series is complete. The short answer is: That's up to you! The work we've done throughout the series can continue on well past the end of the formal work.

For continued maintenance or further series work, recommended waiting time is at least six weeks while the series work takes hold and you have a chance to integrate (embody) those changes. After that time, many clients find a maintenance schedule that works for them. Sometimes this looks like Somassage every month or two, sometimes they simply check back in when they feel they need to. Some clients opt for a maintenance schedule for several months and then return to do the series again. I also have clients who go through the series and move on into their lives without looking back; there is no 'one-size-fits-all' option.