Touching Life, LLC 

Elizabeth Brittain Liotta, CMT

The Ida Rolf Method of Structural Integration-10 Series

The 10 series is a profound and life transformational journey into releasing what can be a lifetime of compressions and restrictions in the physical body. We seek to re-align, restructure and reshape your body around what is called the Rolf line.  Our goal is not for perfection but to work towards a more balanced, stronger, healthier and energized body. Clients also often find this translates into feeling better emotionally and being more empowered in their lives.

The following is a brief description of what occurs during each session of the series: 

Session 1: Work to lift the upper body out of the lower body, create more space around heart and lungs, begin to free up trochanter and more. Techniques that begin to increase life-force energy.

Session 2: Work to pull twists out of the fibula and the tibia and expand the inter-osseous membrane between both bones, attention is given to the arches of the feet and to the entire foot with the focus of creating a better sense of grounding and connection with the earth.

Session 3: Focus on the third hour line-which means lengthening the space between the humerus and the hip bone, creating more space and length in the body between the last rib and the hip bone, placing the line down the side of each femur.

Session 4: The fourth hour line-focusing on helping the length on the inside of the leg to match with the length on the outside of the leg, opening the pelvic floor wider and bringing the sit bones to a more helpful supportive place.

Session 5: Freeing up tethers from the rectus abdominus muscle chain that would be connected and pulling on the front of the spine. Really focusing on techniques that will help the breath to enter and fully expand the abdominal and pelvic cavities.

Session 6: The sixth hour line-placing the line in the back of the legs, freeing up the sacrum and the coccyx with a focus that breath can make it all the way to the coccyx. Also that the coccyx and the sacrum can be flexible and moving allowing greater movement through the pelvis.

Session 7: Cranial session, releasing compressions and balancing the bones of the cranium. Work is done in the mouth and also the nose during this session. Focusing on techniques that help the cranium to breathe with the sacrum.

Sessions 8 & 9: Working upper and lower sections of the body in order to connect them more fully with the Rolf line.

Session 10: We have just spent 9 sessions focusing on many vertical lines in the body. Session 10 is about focusing on the horizontal lines of the body and bringing all of the previous work together harmoniously.

    Connective Tissue Therapy/Myofascial Release

What is the most plentiful tissue in the body -- and the most ignored? 

The answer is fascia (connective tissue) -- the gooey, gliding stuff that holds you together. Fascia is a broad term for the extracellular matrix of fibers, "glue" and water surrounding all your cells, and wrapping like plastic wrap around muscle fibers and muscles, organs, bones, blood vessels and nerves -- and finally as a second skin around your entire body.

"Fascia is like the Cinderella tissues of the body," says Tom Myers, a leading thinker in integrative anatomy and author of Anatomy Trains. "It has been the most ignored of all the tissues in the body -- at least up until recently. Yet, fascia is critical to understanding the body and what it takes to keep your body functional and healthy all life long."

Fascia is not just a passive wrapping material, but a live, biological fabric, which directs the traffic of forces around the body, and responds and remodels itself as forces change.

In its healthy state, the fascial network stretches and moves without restriction. However, birth trauma, age, injuries, repetitive stress, poor postural habits and even emotional trauma can cause fascia to lose its flexibility and become tight and restricted. This helps stabilize the body in the short term, but unfortunately, it also locks you into a chronic strain pattern that can be hard to correct. Think of it like wearing a thin nylon suit. If you pull on one part of the suit, the tension patterns will show up throughout.

Fascial strain patterns translate through the entire body, and affect the structural network of the entire body. They may lay at the root of chronic pain and health issues like migraine headaches, chronic back pain, fibromyalgia, hip and knee pain, digestion issues, constipation, fertility problems and more.

For this reason, bodywork techniques focusing directly on the fascia, such as Connective Tissue Therapy and myofasical release therapy, can often stimulate tremendous physical and/or emotional release where other modalities come up short.

This therapy is performed without massage oils or lotions and we ask that the client not put any lotion on if they are coming for a session.  It is important for the practitioner to be able to "hook" the fascia in order to stretch and manipulate it. Lotions and oils will only allow a practitioner to slide on the top surface of the skin.

Connective Tissue Therapy is a very focused and comprehensive therapy that is done in a series of sessions.  Therefore, the entire body is not always worked on in a one hour session.

Connective Tissue Therapy is very lengthening and expansive to the entire body.  It does not take a long time to experience immediate and lasting results.  Other forms of massage therapy are compressive in nature and create a false sense of relaxation and a short sense of relief from symptoms.  Many of my clients who experience the Connetive Tissue Therapy refuse to go back to regular massage therapy as a form of support for their body.


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