Body Analysis for Somatic Psychology

Skills in Structural Integration with Bruce Schonfeld

Mobility enhances motility as Qi cannot optimally flow where fascia is fixated

Much of the art and science of Manual Medicine lives in the ability to strategize an intervention based on what you see and feel. Long before form and technique, perceiving var­i­a­tion in the body’s mobility, symmetry, and tone is crucial to interpreting a tricky client’s anatomy and problem solving on deeper levels. Once identified, often the key is addressing the asymmetry in asymmetrical terms. For ex­am­ple, know­ing there is a legitimate leg length differential in play can be extremely helpful in explaining whole body com­pen­sa­tion.

With mutual support and respect, we will visually analyze and manually palpate each other for alignment and range of motion. Concepts and skills demonstrated and practiced include:

  • Postural Analysis – Seeing anatomical relationships
  • Palpatory Analysis – Feeling anatomical relationships; Motion Testing
  • Polyfascial Perspective – Craniosacral, Musculoskeletal, Neural, Visceral
  • Structural Strategies – “Structural Types,” “Primary Lesion,” & Adaptation
  • Clinical Applications – Holistic, Orthopedic, & Movement Education
  • Experiential Movement – Embodiment and evolution of class concepts

These skills translate well clinically and can potentiate other practices.

This is an invitation for cross-pollination appropriate for Yoga, Pilates and Movement Teachers; Personal Trainers, Somatic Meditators; Artists; Alexander Technique; Feldenkrais; Somatic Psychologists; Acu­punc­turists; Naturopaths; Chiropractors; Physical Therapists; Sports and Integrative Physicians; and of course, Manual Therapists. Together we will seek to meet the body on its own terms.