The Ten Series
The process of integrating the whole body typically involves a series of ten sessions. While benefits can be achieved with a few sessions, the full series is recommended in order to achieve complete and lasting results.
1-3 “The Initial Sessions”
These first three sessions are known as the more “superficial” sessions. We are generally greeting the person and going over their personal history and related stories, getting to know their body and how it will respond to the work, and opening and making space so that we can go deeper into the core.
4-7 “The Core Sessions”
These hours are known as the “deeper” sessions, and are important in that they aim at establishing inside/outside balance of the legs and organize the major sections of the torso in their proper relationships so that a dynamic vertical polarity can take place. This creates what we refer to as the “upper” and “lower” pole. These core sessions could not take place successfully if the previous work had not been done properly.
8-10 “The Integration Sessions”
Integration translates as expansional balance in these sessions. Ida thought that only after the first 7 sessions was this type of balance achievable. Here we try to find as much expansional balance in the client’s body available at that particular time: first with one girdle, then the other, and then integrating both the upper and lower parts of the body with a stable torso that constantly counterbalances all four limbs. These sessions involve even more active participation from the client than earlier sessions and very much focus on the source of this movement.
“Essentially in 1-7 you establish a place for a line to live, in 8-10 you help to evoke it in living, breathing, and moving”
– Jeff Linn
After the 10 Series
The process of integration continues long after the last session. The body is assimilating a new way of moving, feeling, being. The increased movement asked of the client throughout the series allows the client the opportunity to take ownership of these changes and incorporate them in an enduring and specifically meaningful way to his or herself. A new awareness, perhaps a new sense of presence within the body, has been born. The more the client allows this awareness to encompass daily life, the more engrained and lasting the changes will be.
Clients might want to explore further work by returning for post-ten “tune-ups” or Advanced Work. It is recommended that clients wait several months before receiving more sessions after the initial 10 Series, so that the mind and body have time to process and integrate the transformations.