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.
Especially in the context of competent musculoskeletal and biopsychosocial care, visceral restrictions can be the key underlying issue, the proverbial anatomical elephant in the room’, causing dysbalance to the body. In Structural-Visceral Integration: Thoracic Interrelationships (SVTI), we will examine the inter-relationships between the thoracic organs (heart, lungs), membranes (pericardium, pleura), diaphragm, thoracic spine, ribcage, and shoulder girdle. Motion continuity throughout the container and the contents will be our strong focus. The theme is reciprocal tension membrane. The context is systems anatomy. The goal is systems symbiosis. Appropriate for beginners and seasoned SI practitioners alike, the visceral anatomy associated with SVTI is conceptually organized within the same general architectural framework of Dr. Rolf’s Sessions 1-6. This class can be used to adjunct The Recipe or as Pre/Post-10 Work. Structural-Visceral Integration is happily in accord with a “Principles Approach” to SI, as developed by Sultan, Salveson, and Maitland. http://www.somatics.
What is the nature of the interface of structure and viscera and how does it impact the practice of Structural Integration? – Jan Sultan
In this class, we will examine the intricate interrelationships of the neck and head that underlie Dr. Rolf’s 7th Session. Especially in the context of competent musculoskeletal and biopsychosocial care, visceral restrictions can be a key underlying issue involved in physical dysbalance. The incorporation of organs and membranes into the SI Practitioner’s critical thinking, troubleshooting, and hands-on technique, further deepens one’s understanding of Dr. Rolf’s classic recipe. With systems anatomy in mind, SVCC addresses more of the whole body and whole person, deepens the core/sleeve dynamic and expands our skill set of the manual therapy component. SVCC primarily balances the reciprocal tension membrane of the craniosacral system with it’s surrounding hard frame components, this class deals with both the container and the contents. In this way, neuromyofascial and neuroarticular considerations related to the cranium, sacrum, neck, jaw, and face will be addressed. Appropriate for beginners and seasoned SI practitioners alike, SVCC is consistent with a “Principle-Centered Approach” to SI, as developed by Sultan, Salveson, and Maitland. Students will learn clinically effective assessment skills and manipulation techniques. Students will take home a deepened appreciation and approach to the 7th Hour as well as Pre/Post-10-Series skills in working with the head and neck. The workshop will move between lecture, video, demonstration, and supervision during hands-on exchanges.
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.