SVGI primarily balances the organs and membranes of the pelvic and abdominal cavities with the low-back and lower extremity.
Generally following the trail of larger visceral ligaments associated with the gastrointestinal track, SVGI offers a complementary approach to Visceral Manipulation and low-back pain. SVGI correlates basic joint biomechanics of the lumbar spine, sacrum and sacroiliac joints with the peritoneum and organs of the gastrointestinal system. Visceral structures covered include the cecum, ascending colon, hepatic flexure, liver, gall bladder, stomach, spleen, splenic flexure, descending colon, sigmoid colon, urinary bladder, lesser and greater omentum, root of the mesentery and the fascia of Toldt.
In concert with keeping a global structural perspective, SVGI is further contextualized with the lumbodorsal fascia and lower extremity. Special attention is paid to the kinetic chain and the articular system’s distal connection into the ankle, feet, and toes.
Appropriate for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike, SVGI offers a ‘Combined Technique’ approach to fascial manipulation. Primarily set up in Direct Technique, SVGI takes a respectful, moderate, and client-centered approach to force. With the aid of a class workbook, students will learn valuable clinical reasoning skills as well as practical physical manipulation techniques through demonstrations, audiovisuals, practicums, and supervised exchanges between class participants. Bridging biopsychosocial and anatomical gaps, SVGI offers a systems anatomy approach to Manual Therapy and/or Structural Integration. The goal is systems symbiosis.
Rooted in respectful direct technique and hands-on skills, the abdominopelvic organs are addressed within the same general architectural framework as Dr. Rolf’s recipe sessions 1-6. SVGI incorporates a ‘Principles Approach’ to critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and problem-solving sessions as developed by Jan Sultan, Michael Salveson, and Jeffrey Maitland.*
“Four out of five American adults will experience low-back pain during their lives”
– NCCAM (September 2010 issue of the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) newsletter Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Focus on Research and Care newsletter of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), page 1.)”