Workshops

Structural-Visceral Approaches for Mid-Back, Thorax and Diaphragm (SVMB):

Structural-Visceral Approaches for the Mid-Back, Thorax & Diaphragm (SVMB) primarily balances membranous tension of the pleura and pericardium within the thoracic cavity.

Encouraging optimal mobility between the container and its contents, SVMB correlates basic joint biomechanics of the thoracic spine and ribcage with the underlying membranes and organs. In concert with keeping a global structural perspective, SVMB further contextualizes the thoracic and mediastinal cavities within the thoracolumbar fascia and upper extremities. Special attention is paid to the articular system's distal connections into the wrist, hand and fingers.

Pattern recognition of inhalation/exhalation breathing preferences will be explored with clinical applications in mind. Additional visceral components of interest include the esophagus, esophageal hiatus, trachea, heart, fibrous pericardium, sternopericardial ligaments, interclavicular ligament and phrenopericardial ligament. SVMB’s approach is volumetric, effecting aspects of the respiratory, cardiovascular and neuromusculoskeletal systems.

Appropriate for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike, this class offers a 'Combined Technique' approach to fascial manipulation. Primarily set up in Direct Technique, SVLB takes a respectful and moderate approach to force. Students will develop clinically effective assessment skills and fascial manipulation techniques through lecture, demonstration, supervision and practical hands-on exchanges.

Student Learning Objectives (SLO's) for SVMB include:

  • Students will correlate basic biomechanics of the thoracic spine and ribcage with the underlying lungs, pleura and pericardium.
  • Students will utilize the upper extremity as long lever when indicated.
  • Students will range of motion test and treat the hands and fingers when indicated.
  • Students will utilize Structural Integration perspectives on holistic anatomy, postural analysis, structural strategies, physical assessment and direct technique.
  • Students will utilize Visceral Manipulation perspectives on regional anatomy, palpation, 'The Primary Lesion’, ’The Lesional Chain’, physical assessment and indirect technique.
  • Students will consider others from local and global perspectives.
  • Students will gain a deeper insight into insidious, non-specific and non-obvious mechanisms potentially effecting the thorax and breathing.
  • Students will demonstrate general competence in identifying and offsetting common Structural-Visceral strain patterns.