Often the most challenging aspect of learning Structural Integration is learning to align and ‘open’ the body’s inner core and learning to support the transfer of breath and movement through it.
As SI practitioners, when we work deeply within our client’s body, we are focused upon supporting their ability to move and ‘breathe’ within their inner core. And toward this end, upon the mobility of the myofascial layers adhered to the spine and respiratory ‘diaphragms.’ It can be helpful to imagine the body’s inner core functioning much like the shaft of an elevator and the body’s many transverse myofascial diaphragms like the elevator cars that must be free to move upward and downward within this three-dimensional column.
To support the alignment and ‘openness’ of the inner core, we focus on easing rotation of the spine, and torsion between the bony pelvic and shoulder girdles. To support the transfer of breath and motion through the core, we work to mobilize the pelvic floor, respiratory diaphragm, plural dome, floor of the mouth, maxilla and sphenoid. And like untwisting a garden hose, easing rotation of the spine and torsion between the girdles eases strain within the body’s vertical center and supports the transfer of motion through it.
When Structural Integration practitioners work deeply within a client’s body, our intention is not only to ease muscular strain and side-to-side imbalance, but to support the structural integrity and optimal functioning of the core. And, simultaneously, to support our client’s ability to be grounded, connected, and centered.