Natural Alignment and Visceral Integration in Structural Integration


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  • August 13 – 14, 2021
  • Walpole, ME, USA
  • This course is intended for Manual Therapists.
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Presented by Alyssa Dodson

Note: This course is primarily intended for manual therapists, however certain movement professionals may qualify to attend. Please contact with questions about your eligibility. 

This two day introductory course presents two central ideas based on the work of Liz Gaggini, Rolfer ®.

Natural Alignment
Natural Alignment is not the same for all bodies. There can be significant differences in the preferred alignment for different structures. This can most easily be seen as a difference in the preferred position of the two girdles. Understanding and assessing each client’s unique Natural Alignment helps practitioners refine their integration skills and adds a new way of looking at how each client relates to their “Line” or orientation in gravity.

Core integration: Visceral Manipulation
Visceral fascia has strong effects on supporting or inhibiting integrative movement and optimal alignment. Releasing strains and organizing the viscera and related fascia can enhance core transmission and deepen the goal of organizing the spine, pelvis and shoulder girdles. This approach to visceral assessment and technique is focused on how visceral work can be incorporated into series work or post series work and be integrated into the goals of a practitioner’s session with their client.

In these two days you will learn:

What Natural Alignment means

  •  How to asses Natural Alignment through:
    • Recognizing different skeletal types
    • Different tissue densities and lengths
    • Girdle positions
    • Anterior – Posterior Spinal Curves
    • Appendicular Rotations
    • Line of Maximum Density
    • Circle of Orientation
  •  How to integrate Natural Alignment assessments in your series work
  • What Culture of the Core means
  • How visceral fascia can support or inhibit Natural Alignment
  • How to see visceral connective tissue strain patterns and how they may affect ease of movement
  • Indirect listening” touch needed to work with visceral fascia
  • How to work differently with visceral fascia versus myofascia
  • How to differentiate between myofascial patterns and
    visceral fascial patterns
Alyssa Dodson, a BCSI practitioner, teaches courses and mentors practitioners in Biomechanics and Visceral Manipulation, and has been in private practice in New York City for over 15 years. She completed her initial SI training in 2002 at The Guild for Structural Integration with Emmett Hutchins and Peter Melchior. She began studying with Liz Gaggini in 2005, assisting her teaching until Liz’s retirement in 2016, and is now one of a small group of practitioners authorized to teach Liz’s methods. A former modern dancer with The Martha Graham Company and other dance companies, Alyssa has taught movement/alignment education at various elite schools and festivals, and was trained by Juliu Horvath and taught the Gyrotonic System. Her teaching methods have been influenced by Hubert Goddard, Monica Caspari, Emilie Conrad, and Irene Dowd. For more information: or (001) 917-974-7363

Anatomy Trains Covid-19 Compliance Policy for in-person courses, Summer Program in Maine 2021.

Thank you for your interest in attending Anatomy Trains’ inspiring summer program. We have been running infection free manual therapy certification programs in Structural Integration in 2020/21, and our intention is to continue to provide a safe and healthy experience for students, teachers, and all involved, following Maine CDC and DHHS guidelines. Maine currently has the highest percentage of population vaccinated, and the lowest COVID infection rate in the United States. To continue to reduce the risk of infection we are requiring all students to provide proof of vaccination as a prerequisite to attend our 2021 Maine based summer program. 

Further details will be provided upon registration. You may request a copy of our Covid-19 student waiver in advance by emailing

We want you to feel safe and comfortable attending our classes this summer. We have some general guidelines in place to ensure student and community safety as we happily gather again for in-person courses.

  • Anatomy Trains will comply with all local public health guidelines in place at the time of class
  • Anatomy Trains will require proof of vaccination against Covid-19 for all students and teachers
  • Students will be asked to comply with a brief health screening before entering the classroom
  • Persons with confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19 will not be admitted to the classroom and / or asked to leave and quarantine
  • We reserve the right to implement for further measures to ensure the safety of our staff and participants
  • We reserve the right in our discretion to cancel any event, even if not required by local or national public health authorities
DatesAug 13 – 14, 2021
LocationWalpole, ME, USA
VenueAnatomy Trains Classroom
Address180 Clark's Cove RD
Walpole, ME, 04573
Class Times
9:30 AM – 5:30 PM each day
(1 hour for lunch)
Teacher(s)Alyssa Dodson
Credits Earned14 CEs NCBTMB; 14 CEs IASI
Cancellation FeeUp to 30 days prior, full refund less $100 admin fee; less than 30 days prior, nonrefundable.
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