Culture of the Core – Visceral Manipulation
**Workshop postponed from June 2021 to 2022. The exact date will be announced. This is an 8 day course**
Based on the work of Liz Gaggini, M. A.
This course is designed for the Structural Integration practitioner interested in learning a visceral approach that supports and enhances their structural work. One of our goals of Structural Integration is to affect the client’s alignment, balance and kinetic behaviour. Sometimes, just organizing the myofascial components does not aid in the sustaining support and full embodiment we hope to impart to our clients. In these cases, a fascial visceral restriction may be the cause and/or a part of the problem of misalignment and imbalance of kinetic dysfunction. If so, we need to be able to assess for a visceral component, and if found, address it.
Those wanting to acquire:
- IASI Type II Credits - 48
- ERA credits: 3 elective
This course will cover the fascial anatomy of the following organs along with each organ’s relationship to surrounding organs and the myofascial and bony structures.
- Large Intestines
- Small Intestines
- Stomach and Liver
- Lungs and Bronchi
- Bladder, Ureters, and Kidneys
- Uterus and Prostate
The unique fascial relationships of the organs to one another and their different textures, densities, functions, sizes and shapes, begin to define what we call the “culture of the core”. During this course, students will learn:
- How to adapt touch and listening skills to better support the visceral fascia.
- How to differentiate one organ from the other and surrounding tissues.
- How to develop kinesthetic abilities to perceive the different textures and densities of the fascial system.
- How to integrate any work done within the core into the myofascia.
The class will include lectures with discussions of the fascial anatomy and function of the organs. Visual, movement and palpatory assessment skills will be emphasized and practiced. Each organ technique will be demonstrated by the instructor and then practiced by students. Each day will contain:
- Lecture and discussion of anatomy.
- Assessments; visual, movement and palpatory.
- Discussion of integrative techniques.
- Discussion and questions.
By the end of the course, practitioners will have the skills to continue to teach themselves about the culture of the core, and incorporate visceral work into both their series work and post series sessions. These skills include:
- A respectful, discriminating, “non bossy” touch.
- An ability to observe and experience the motility of each organ.
- Visual, movement and palpatory assessment skills for each organ.
- Working with an “indirect” approach to resolve restrictions in the visceral fascia.
- The ability to encourage harmony within the core while maintaining discrimination between each organ system.
- Knowing what clues to look for when a structural problem could actually be a restriction within the visceral fascia.
- Strategies to include visceral work within the goals of the series, or post series sessions.