What is integration through the lens of movement? Integration can be observed as changes in coordination. We can notice before and after difference in motor patterns for each session. This helps clients know, visually, conceptually and tangibly, what the point of each session is. Learning to see coordination grounds the idea of what it means to “see” as a somatic skill.
Coordination isn’t something one can pretend to do. When we see, or feel through touch, the way a person pushes or reaches, we sense immediately if the intervention has integrated or not--if the spine and extremities speak to each other in nuanced harmony, or if the girdles dominate the movement.
Each session has hallmarks of coordinative success and each one builds the basis for a successful series.
Tonic Function is a holistic model for structural integration. Tonic function grounds Ida Rolf’s statement that gravity is the therapist. Our bodies are built around a system that responds to gravity, and gravity orientation is the basis for how the body establishes stability and security. This workshop takes a Tonic Function view of the structural integration ten series--therefore part of evocation of change is the way we consciously notice the activity of gravity orientation—how, for example relationship to weight and space underlies plasticity in coordination.
Orientation is linked, in turn, to shifts in “pre-movement--” the crucial preparatory moments before the movement itself--the gate for coordinative change. www.resourcesinmovement.com for full flyer
Kevin Frank (Instructor) is a Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Rolf Movement® Practitioner and Rolf Movement Instructor at RISI. He has worked with the Godard-derived Tonic Function Model since 1991 and has written on this topic from 1995 to the present. Kevin advocates for an “information system” view of structural integration to help bring this field of SI into congruence with modern understanding of motor control and perceptive/coordinative processes.
Caryn McHose (Assistant) is a Certified Rolfer™ and Rolf Movement® Practitioner, as well as a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner and Certified Biodynamic Cranial Practitioner. She is the collaborator for Bodystories, A Guide to Experiential Anatomy and The Place of Dance, by Andrea Olsen and is the co-author (with Kevin Frank) of How Life Moves, Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness.
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