Structural Integration is a process the supports the ability of clients to move freely and express themselves. It is not a process to move the muscle and connective tissue layers of clients, any more than a dance teacher would attempt to dance for students! There is a radical difference between you moving clients’ musculature and connective tissue and them moving their body, and the techniques utilized to teach clients to move themselves are radically different than those you would use to move them.
In these first few sessions, we have worked with clients to mobilize their surrounding ‘fascial envelope’ – their outer body. Like untwisting a jumpsuit, mobilizing these extrinsic fascial layers supports clients’ ability to breath fully, extend their shoulders and bear weight equally on both legs.
As we move our clients through the Ten Session Series, we are also tasked with helping them to untwist, align and mobilize their inner body. And, of course, attempting to mobilize these intrinsic fascial layers and envelopes – their inner core – will be radically different from helping them mobilize their outer jumpsuit.
As SI practitioners, we define ‘opening’ as the ungluing of fascial layers and the spreading apart of large fascial envelopes. Thus, to ‘open’ the body’s inner core, our intention will be to unglue and spread apart fascial layers and envelopes that surround and hold the body’s inner core twisted and immobile.
When I work to open the inner core, I imagine being able to spread apart fascial layers and envelopes that have collapsed and twisted. That rotations in the shoulder or pelvic girdles – and torsion between them – will twist and block the flow of motion through the core, like kinking a hose blocks the flow of water through it.
The challenge we now face will be to open the body’s inner core and to support its ability to transfer motion through it!