Cleaning up after the most recent class and realizing how many boxes of exam gloves and tissues we had used, I had to laugh. We had finished Sessions Eight and Nine and were all sitting in our closing circle, exhausted and talking quietly. We had just spent two days working from within the core, releasing the remaining adhesions keeping our clients’ cores rotated and their girdles from moving freely.

We worked within the mouth, releasing the sphenoid, maxilla and cranial base. Within the throat, releasing fascial layers adhered to the thoracic outlet and inner thorax. And within the abdomen, releasing the diaphragm and intrinsic layers close to the anterior surface of the lumbar spine.

There had been tears and laughter as students worked, but mostly the room was quiet and focused. When it was over and the clients stood up, we could see the elongation and ‘lift’ in their core. We could see them move from and through their core. We could see them find their ‘line’.

At that moment, I realized that this year’s class had passed through an initiation of sorts. That they had found their line. And that they had moved beyond being students to being Structural Integration practitioners.