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Session Ten! Of ten! We made it, you guys! This is it! The end of the 10-series! I don’t know why I always use so many exclamation points when talking about Session Ten. It just seems like such an accomplishment. To make it through the 10-series requires such commitment, so much perseverance, and so much vulnerability. It is such an honor to work with someone all the way through; I feel the desire to bow to each person who makes it this far. It’s a big undertaking. So nicely done, you, if you’ve made it this far. I’m proud of you.

Like I mentioned last time, Session Ten is not the time to start new projects. Session Ten is about closure. Dr. Ida Rolf said, “In the 10th hour we put bodies together. Putting together means relating imperfect segments so that they create a functional whole; not working for one hour to correct bad feet or bad whatever.” I like describing Session Ten as the session where we frost the cake. Hopefully, we’ve built a strong, stable, balanced foundation, and when we put on those final frosting touches with this session, everything will work beautifully together, and look pretty in the process. One of the goals of Session Ten is, no joke, “uniform brilliance.” Or maybe it’s “unicorn brilliance.” One of the two, for sure. (If I could make my clients into brilliant unicorns in 10-sessions, my phone would never stop ringing.) But for real, in Session Ten, we tie up any loose strings, smooth out any rough edges, and send you on your way. Or, said another way, we bring the body to the highest level of integration that it needs and can sustain for an extended period of time. And we say goodbye. After Session Ten, it is advised to take a break from Rolfing for three to six months to let the whole series settle out and integrate. After that, you’re free to never get another Rolfing session again, if you’d like. Or, you can go to a maintenance schedule of your choosing (I like once a month, but I’m pretty damn reliant on my body working well). Or you can just come in when something hurts for a little tune up. I love how self-directed Rolfing is.

Before my trade of Session Ten with Dave, I’d gone for a little backpacking trip (this was a while ago, obviously) and I was having a little neck and shoulder pain. I also had a little, strange soreness in my lower right ribs, even though I had no memory of an injury or impact there. I know my liver’s under there and it felt more related to anger than a physical problem. But all in all, I was feeling pretty good. I was curious to see what Dave would find. At the very start of the session, Dave lightly touched those lower right ribs and instantly, I felt my right side contract, as if to protect, from my hip to the top of my head. It felt heavy and uncomfortable, but after a minute or two, that feeling shifted and I felt much lighter. Things felt easier and I felt calmer. Sometimes a minute or two of discomfort is worth the relief it brings in the end. Through the whole session, it felt like Dave was working on an energetic and emotional level, more than a physical level. Afterwards, I felt whole. I hadn’t realized I felt less-than-whole before, but now that I had the sense of wholeness, I found it very comforting. I felt peaceful and relaxed and my breath felt full and steady. I always find it bittersweet to end the 10-series, because I love receiving Rolfing so much and never want it to stop, but I feel so good and complete I can’t imagine what we’d work on next time, if there was a Session Eleven. This time through the series, I think I felt a more profound sense of completion than any previous time. Maybe the third (and a half) time through the series is the charm. As they say.

There’s this concept that Session Ten should leave you feeling energized and whole because whatever work still needs to be done, your body will now be able to do on its own. Bodies are really good at healing, after all. Bodies want to be healthy and functional and efficient. It is always my goal and my hope that with each client I take through the 10-series, the work has given them a nudge and a poke in the direction of health and now their body will take that and run with it.

Alright.  We’re going to streamline this and I’m going to talk about Sessions Eight and Nine at the same time.  Laziness and efficiency are super closely related.  Trust me on this one.

So, with the start of Session Eight, we are officially finished with the core sessions and into the integration sessions.  And, as my hero Rolfer, Ray McCall says, “With Session Eight, the trail thins out a bit.” In Sessions One through Seven, there’s a clearly defined ‘territory’ of the body we’re working with.  There are clearly defined goals.  With Sessions Eight and Nine, there’s a lot more that depends on each individual’s circumstances, so these sessions are very customized.  Basically, we’re trying to differentiate anything that has not yet been differentiated in the previous seven sessions.  And integrate all these new changes so that they’re comfortable and easy for your body to use.  As it’s taught to newbie Rolfers, there’s usually an upper body session and a lower body session.  But it can be two middles.  It can be a left side and a right side.  It can be a right lower and a left middle.  And as Ray also likes to say, “You get to vote, but I get to decide.”  Not to remind you of our current political situation or anything.  So, this is when I really, really want to know what you think is still missing.  What still needs attention?  Was there a session you felt ended way too soon?  What area of your body still feels neglected or stuck?  I’m going to make the final decision about what needs work, and in what order, but I really do want to know what you’re missing because these two sessions are our last chance before the end of the series.  Session Ten is not for new projects.

Because Sessions Eight and Nine don’t have well defined territories or goals beyond differentiation and integration, they’re a little tricky to talk about.  But basically, I just want to see all the parts of your whole body working well together.  I want your core to be able to express through your sleeve without restriction or distortion.  I might ask you to walk or do some other diagnostic tests to see what looks restricted or where movement has to go around instead of through.  There are some really funky positions I might put you in during these sessions, too, trying to link everything up.  These are not your standard “face up” or “face down” positions, but rather “while on your stomach, turn your head to the right, raise your right arm up by your head, bring your left arm down by your side, turn your hips so that your left hip is on the table, while your right hip is stacked above it, bring your left knee up towards your chest and straighten your right leg a little behind your (quite twisted by now) midline.”  Go ahead and try it.  I’ll wait.  It’s easier with help from your Rolfer, but it’s always a little awkward.

When it was time for Dave and me to trade Session Eight, I was ready for some body work.  Before Session Eight, I had fallen twice while running and my left shoulder was bothering me.  Dave started working on that left shoulder and I got all emotional, which was surprising but not uncomfortable.  It passed fairly quickly.  After the session, I felt relaxed and open.  My upper body felt spacious, my shoulders were back without any effort, my head was upright, and for some reason it felt like there was more space between my teeth.  I haven’t had any shoulder pain since, so I’d call that a win.

When we traded Session Nine, I actually wasn’t desperate for bodywork.  I felt really good walking into the session, with nothing calling for attention, so I guess I was almost ready to be done with the series.  Since I wasn’t in any physical discomfort, and things felt like they were moving well together, Dave was free to do a very energetic session, just using SourcePoint Therapy and his intuition to guide him.  Over and over again, I felt big waves of tension being released that I hadn’t known were there.  Big breaths, neck stretching, and hip wiggling were my contribution to the work.  Afterwards, I felt like popped popcorn: expanded in every direction.  I felt light and calm and easy like no problem was too big or heavy or serious.  I felt like my emotions could just flow through me instead of getting stuck and spinning around.  So basically, no complaints.

Sessions Eight and Nine are where the art of Rolfing comes into play.  We get to leave the formulas behind and play with the beauty of the body.  It’s a magical part of the series, even if it’s a little hard to talk about.

Hey, ya’ll.  Next week we’ll be getting into how and why I got into Rolfing in the first place, but first I have to tell you about the exciting events coming up in May.  As you may know, I’m leaving town (again!) today and I won’t be back home until May 16th.  O little town of Bethlehem, here I come!  The thing is, I’ll be gone for my (31st!) birthday, on the 12th.  Also, Rolfing® Structural Integration National Awareness Week (what a mouthful, eh?) is May 14th-20th this year.  Also, also, Ida Rolf’s 116th birthday is May 19th.  In short, there’s a lot (and I mean A LOT) to celebrate upon my return to the States.  So, without further ado, let’s do this thing!

Announcing Pay What You Can Week! May 19th through May 26th!
Are you as excited as I am?  If not, maybe you should be.

Here’s the deal:

As you well know, my session fee is normally $120.  You know what you get, right?  Rolfing and SourcePoint in one, magical hour-and-a-half combination.  My undivided attention.  Communion with your healing spirits.  Access to my healing guides.  Elbows in your glutes and IT bands (if you need/want that).  Feeling all light and yet grounded and also expanded and integrated for the rest of the day.  You know, that magical, I-just-got-Rolfed-and-now-I-feel-a-little-stoned feeling.  Not to mention better posture and alignment and less pain.  You know what I’m talking about.

Now, for the week of May 19th through May 26th, you get all of that, for whatever price you can afford.  What you think is fair based on what it’s worth to you and what’s in your bank account.  Magical, no?

There are endless ways to play with this, but let me just explore a few of them with you.
Obviously, you can come in for a session and Pay What You Can, which may be $40 and may be $120.  Simple.
Another possibility is you can PWYC for someone else to receive a session.  Give it as a gift.
Or, you can PWYC for your session, as well as someone else’s session.  A pay-it-forward-pay-what-you-can combo!
Or, if you’re feeling generous and able to do so, you can pay a little more than the regular rate of $120, with the extra going towards covering someone else who may only be able to afford $10.
Or, if today you only have $5 in your pocket but you know that over the course of the next year, you could afford more, you can give me 4 post-dated checks (for 3, 6, 9, and 12 months from now) and I’ll even send you an email before I deposit them.

A couple of notes to make sure this stays fun:
Everyone pays something.  This isn’t Theresa-works-for-free-week.
No bartering or trades this week.  Cash, check, or credit card, baby.
It’s this week, May 19th through May 26th, and this week (technically 8 days) only.  If you’re out of town this week, or due to deliver your baby this week, or have 7 graduations and a wedding to attend this week, or just can’t make it this week, I’m sorry, but you’re out of luck.  (Also, I don’t work Thursdays and Fridays.  So take that into consideration.)
Once the spots are filled, they’re filled.  Don’t call me on the 25th and complain that I’m booked on the 26th and you didn’t get your chance at PWYC week.  You’re getting plenty of heads up and you know it.

So that’s it.  Pay What You Can Week!  Happy Birthday to me!  And Happy Birthday to Dr. Rolf!  And Happy Rolfing Structural Integration National Awareness Week!  And happy I’m-(probably)-staying-in-the-country-for-the-rest-of-the-year!  I could go on, but we’ll leave it there for now.

Schedule your PWYC sessions the same way you schedule any other sessions.  Click here to schedule online in Denver.  Or leave me a voicemail and I’ll return it when I get back in town.  Either way, get yourself and your friends in for PWYC week and celebrate!  And if you have any questions about anything, just shoot me an email and I’ll get it answered asap.  Much love until I return!