The five principals of Rolfing are the basis of our sessions. It is what we as Rolfers™ are taught to assess and impact through our sessions with our clients. Whenever you come for a session, be it a session in the 10 series or a random "tune-up" session, I am assessing what I need to do based on these 5 Principles:
1) Wholism. This is the "meta principle" as it governs all of the others. Basically, this principle is all about seeing you as a whole person and seeing patterns of structure and function and the implications that those have for you.
2) Adaptability. At the functional level of a session, this is about your pattern recognition. What is available for change? It is also about freedom of motion between joints and fascial planes. In order to influence change, we must work within the current degree of adaptability.
3) Palintonicity. This principle involves the unity inherent within opposition. What does this mean? Structurally, the relationship between opposites is what gives us dimension. Because there is space and pull between muscles, bones, etc. we have our shape. If there was no palintonicity, we would be blobs. Functionally, this principle includes the capacity for multi-directional relationship with the environment (i.e. how you interact with the world).
4) Support. This is about your ability to to receive support from the environment, the earth, your own legs, feet, and spine. Do you have adequate support for change to occur. Support and Adaptability, are two sides of the same coin. You need both to be able to integrate and affect lasting change and integration of the work.
5) Closure. Each session has a beginning, a middle, and an end. My goal with any session is that the process ends in a way that empowers you and fosters embodiment of the work. I ask myself, "is the a place where you can integrate the work without further intervention?"