At this stage in your Structural Integration training, you are beginning to realize that the entire body is surrounded by, and encased in, a dense plastic-like ‘exoskeleton’ of fascia. And you are realizing just how much work it will take to mobilize this outer casement in its entirety.
You are beginning to think in three dimensions and have begun to attend to your client’s movements, and patterns of movement. You now know that the upper and lower halves of the body can move in opposite directions, and that the entire body can be rotated from one end to the other. You are beginning to shift your focus from a static vision of the body to a dynamic vision of movement and flow. And from attending to isolated parts, to seeing and attending to the interrelationships between joints and the body’s weight-bearing segments.
You are learning to release fascial adhesions from the edges of bones, and to separate fascial envelopes where they have glued together. And you are beginning to have references. You can see and feel what becomes possible when the body’s outer casement is ‘opened’ and mobilized. You can see the changes in your client’s movements that have happened in this past month. And you are beginning to envision what their movements will be like in the future.
You have learned to watch your client walk, sit and move before deciding what and where to work. And you can feel where the fascial ‘shrink wrapping’ is adhered to the bones and to the deeper musculature and fascial layers as your client moves. You have shifted away from objectifying your clients and their symptoms, to attending to the way they move and live within their body.
And, by having released and mobilized these outer fascial layers, you have set the stage for the exploration of the core and the movement that flows through it.