Full course description

  February 3-5, 2017
Course Number:
  Jan Sultan & Bruce Schonfeld
  $650 if registered 60 days in advance, $795 thereafter
+ $25 administrative fee
CE Credits:
  3 Required Intermediate Credits
Class Info:
  Jan Sultan or Bruce Schonfeld

Yo San University
13315 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

"What is the nature of the interface of structure and viscera and how does it impact the practice of Structural Integration?" - Jan Sultan

Especially in the context of competent musculoskeletal and biopsychosocial care, visceral restrictions can be the key underlying issue, and/or proverbial 'anatomical elephant in the room', causing dysbalance. Incorporating the organs and membranes into the SI Practitioner's critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and hands-on technique, SVGI addresses more of 'The Whole' while troubleshooting the manual therapy equation.

Generally following the trail of larger visceral ligaments associated with the Gastrointestinal Track, SVGI structurally correlates the Psoas and Diaphragm with the organs and membranes of the pelvis and abdomen.

Abdominopelvic 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, kidneys, and the fascia of Told.

Appropriate for beginners and seasoned SI practitioners alike, the visceral anatomy associated with SVGI is conceptually organized within the same general architectural framework of Dr. Rolf's sessions 1-6. SVGI offers options to adjunct the recipe. SVGI is also consistent and cohesive with a "Principles Approach" to SI, as developed by Sultan, Salveson, and Maitland. http://www.somatics.de/Prado_Advances.pdf

This SVGI class is being offered to SI Practitioners only.

The educational objective of this class is "Bridging organ and membrane structures of the gut from the diaphragm to the pelvic floor." - Jan Sultan

Having both studied Visceral Osteopathy/Manipulation with French Osteopaths Didier Prat DO, Alain Croibier DO, Olivier Bazin DO, and Jean-Pierre Barral DO directly, Jan and Bruce will provide a broad spectrum of experience, theory and technique to promote mobility and continuity across the structural-visceral continuum. The goal is systems symbiosis.

Jan Sultan first trained with Ida Rolf in 1969 and was invited by her to teach in 1975. Jan took his first class with Jean-Pierre Barral in 1987. A voracious student and lifelong learner, Jan has studied manual therapeutics of the organs, membranes and nervous system over a lifetime.

Fascinated by the inter-relationship between the container and it's contents, Bruce Schonfeld was Certified in Rolfing Structural Integration in 1994. He has studied Visceral Osteopathy since 1996. Bruce took his first class with Jean-Pierre Barral in 2000 and has logged over 300 hours with him directly since then.