As new SI practitioners, you are just learning to see patterns of strain and side-to-side imbalance that spiral through your client’s body as they move. You now know that if a joint is unable to flex and extend fully, your client will be forced to rotate around the joint. And if sets of joints (ankles, knees, hips) are unable to flex and extend fully, your client will be forced to rotate their whole body when walking.
In class, you are being asked to see whole body patterns of movement and to see how rotation and side-to-side imbalance in one area affect the entire body when your client moves. You are learning to see not just isolated areas of strain, but to step back and see the big picture as your client moves. As SI practitioners, we are always looking for joints to be able to flex and extend fully, and for side-to-side balance between sets of joints.
As new practitioners, you are learning to think three-dimensionally. To assess for side to side, front to back, upper to lower and outside to inside balance, and to build a three-dimensional picture of what is happening in your client’s body. And when you see rotation and side-to-side imbalance in one area of the body, to immediately ask what is happening elsewhere in your client’s body as they move.
You are also learning when you see rotation in the legs and arms, to ask how those rotations affect the structural alignment of the pelvic and shoulder girdles and their ability to pivot. And, of course, to ask what fascial layers have adhered together near the humeral and femoral heads that are forcing the girdles into rotation and limiting their ability to pivot. And when you see rotation between the girdles to immediately ask, how will these rotations affect the transfer of motion through the body’s vertical center (core) and the client’s ability to be grounded and centered?
As new practitioners you are discovering the outer myofascial shell that surrounds the entire body. And that this surrounding myofascial sleeve has integrity and needs to be mobilized before we can access the deeper myofascial layers closer to the body’s vertical center.
You’re also discovering that the body has a structural core, and that this core also has integrity and must be mobile to functional optionally. And, of course, you’re learning to differentiate the body’s structural core from its outer sleeve, and thus to support the core’s functional integrity and the balance between the core and the outer sleeve.
Most important, you’re learning to think strategically, planning many steps ahead and doing the groundwork necessary to build a solid foundation for your client’s future growth and long-term stability. It’s becoming clear that each Session of Dr. Rolf’s Ten Session Recipe builds upon the previous Session – that you can’t do Session Three without having done Sessions One and Two. And, of course, that you shouldn’t do Sessions Four through Seven without having done Sessions One through Three.
You are learning not only what there is to do, but in what order and when to do each step. And of course, you are learning the discipline that it takes to do Structural Integration and to support your client’s structural balance and integrity.