Generally following the trail of larger visceral ligaments associated with the Gastrointestinal Track, SVLB offers a complementary approach to visceral manipulation rooted in respectful direct technique and hands-on skills familiar to a Structural Integrator.
Also conceptually familiar to a Rolfer, the viscera associated with SVLB are organized within the same general architectural framework of Dr. Rolf's sessions 1-6. SVLB additionally utilizes the 'Principles Approach' to strategizing sessions as developed by Sultan, Salveson, and Maitland. http://www.somatics.de/Prado_Advances.pdf
Structural-Visceral Integration for the Low-Back, Pelvis & Abdomen (SVLB) primarily balances the lumbar spine, sacrum and sacroiliac joints with the parietal peritoneum and organs of the gastrointestinal system. This class promotes better symbiosis between the container and the contents. In concert with keeping a global structural perspective, SVLB is further contextualized with the lumbodorsal fascia and lower extremities. Special attention is paid to the articular system's distal connection into the feet and toes.
Appropriate for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike, SVLB offers a 'Combined Technique' approach to fascial manipulation. Membranous and visceral structures covered include the peritoneum, cecum, ascending colon, hepatic flexure, liver, gall bladder, stomach, spleen, splenic flexure, descending colon, sigmoid colon, urinary bladder, lesser and greater omentum, root of the mesentery and the fascia of Toldt.
Bridging the anatomical gap, Structural-Visceral Integration is systems anatomy approach to Structural Integration. Appreciating the Whole, SVLB is respectful of the gut-brain axis, neuroscience, pain science, microbiome, and biopsychosocial considerations.
Fascinated by the inter-relationship between the container and it's contents, Bruce Schonfeld has studied Rolfing Structural Integration and Visceral Osteopathy since 1992. More Bio at www.iahe.com/html/about/developers/fi.php
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