Structural-Visceral Integration: Gastrointestinal Interrelationships (SVGI) Generally following the trail of larger visceral ligaments associated with the Gastrointestinal Track, SVGI offers a complementary approach to Visceral Manipulation. Rooted in respectful direct technique and hands-on skills familiar to a Rolfer/SI Practitioner, the abdominopelvic organs are addressed within the same general 3-D architectural framework as Dr. Rolf’s recipe sessions 1-6. SVGI incorporates a ‘Principles Approach’ to strategizing, troubleshooting, and problem-solving sessions as developed by Sultan, Salveson, and Maitland.
SVGI contextualizes the low-back, pelvis, and abdomen with the organs and membranes of the gastrointestinal system. A primary goal is to better balance membranous tension associated with the parietal peritoneum. In concert with keeping a global structural perspective, SVGI is further contextualized with the lumbodorsal fascia, lower extremities, and feet.
Appropriate for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike, SVGI offers a ‘Combined Technique’ approach to Fascial Manipulation. Membranous and visceral structures covered include the peritoneum, cecum, appendix, ascending colon, hepatic flexure, liver, gallbladder, stomach, spleen, splenic flexure, descending colon, sigmoid colon, urinary bladder, lesser and greater omentum, and the root of the mesentery. Bridging biopsychosocial and anatomical gaps, Structural-Visceral Integration offers a systems anatomy approach to Structural Integration. The goal is systems symbiosis.
Fascinated by the inter-relationship between the container and the contents, Bruce Schonfeld was Certified in Rolfing Structural Integration and as a Rolfing Movement Teacher in 1994. Since then, he has taken the Rolfing Advanced Training 3 times. He has studied Visceral Osteopathy/Manipulation since 1996 with many different teachers. Bruce took his first class with Jean-Pierre Barral in 2000 and has logged over 300 hours with him directly since then. More info on Bruce at http://www.advancedrolfing.