ten Series

Session 1

Goal: Release the body’s fascial sheath “stocking” that lies just below the skin’s surface.

Anatomical focus: Lateral aspects of the thighs; hamstring insertions into the ischial tuberosity and greater trochanter; lateral and frontal aspects of shoulders; frontal rib cage.

Result: Clients feel they can breathe more deeply with more freedom of movement in their hips and pelvis.

Session 2

Goal: Optimize weight distribution over the feet so that the inner foot is more biomechanically engaged. This creates a better base of support for the low back.

Anatomical Focus: Feet and ankles: plantar fascia, intertarsal fascia, retinaculum of the ankles, insertion of tendons of the lower leg muscles

Result: Increase spring in the lower leg.

Session 3

Goal: Integrate the work of Sessions 1 & 2 by lengthening the sides of the body.

Anatomical Focus: Soft tissue attachments of the hip stabilizers and rotators; fascia overlaying the lateral aspect of the rib cage and neck.

Result: Freer breathing and a feeling of being balanced between the front and back body.

Session 4

Goal: Build stability in the pelvic floor creating length in the central line of the body.

Anatomical Focus: Medial aspects of the legs (i.e. adductor muscles).

Result: Increased sense of length coming up through the centre of the body.

Session 5

Goal: Continuing the work of Session 4, focusing on lengthening up the front of the body.

Anatomical Focus: Lengthen and separate the rectus, obliques and transverse abdominals to allow space for the psoas to maintain a healthy lordotic curve.

Result: Feeling of legs extending out of the pelvis when walking.

Session 6

Goal: Establish length in the back body to match the length created in Sessions 4&5

Anatomical Focus: Posterior aspect of the legs including the hips and pelvis, ligamentous attachments of the sacrum and 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae, and lower back.

Result: Mobilized sacrum in relation to the hip bones to alleviate tension in the lower back.

Session 7

Goal: Decompress the cranium and cervical spine.

Anatomical Focus: Jaw and facial muscles, neck muscles (i.e. scalenes and sternocleidomastoid).

Result: Head and neck in alignment with the shoulder girdle.

Session 8

Goal: Continue balancing hip girdle and legs in relation to the spine.

Anatomical Focus: Lower and upper leg musculature and hip muscles.

Result: Continued freer range of motion in the hips and legs.

Session 9

Goal: Continue balancing the shoulder girdle in relation to the spine.

Anatomical Focus: Rotator cuff musculature, arms and neck.

Result: Continued freer range of motion in the shoulder girdle and neck.

Session 10

Goal: Continue enhancing the biomechanical goals for a given individual.

Result: More efficient and refined patterns of movement with overall bodily awareness of one’s body in gravity.