NEWSSI Continuing Education | Liz Gaggini


This 8-day class teaches a full body approach for correcting the structural misalignments that create pain and degenerate joints. These whole body patterns greatly disrupt equilibrium and integrated movement.

An extensive manual of study material will be available prior to the class. This class incorporates all of the material from the previous 16-day format but eliminates participant exchanges of the work. There will be extensive assessment exercises, palpation exchanges and instructor demos of the work.

In addition to all of the information from the previous longer format series, this class includes information from two Advanced Biomechanics classes, “Working with Dysfunctional Patterns” and “Cranial Patterns in Asymmetries”. (It’s amazing how much time is available when you eliminate those pesky practitioner exchanges!)

Day 1 – Natural Alignment:

You will learn to assess different skeletal types and the unique natural alignment that each structure needs to have. Several assessments based on tissue density and length, movement patterns and skeletal shape will be shown. You will learn to determine the natural alignment of structures regardless of their misalignments or dysfunctional overlays.

Day 2 – Asymmetry and Adaptive Alignment:

You will learn to identify patterns of asymmetry through visual evidence, palpation and movement. You will learn the fundamental process of adaptive alignment that is the very nature of tensegrity structures. You will see how, due to adaptive alignment, a whole body asymmetry can result from just a single misaligning injury.

Day 3 – The Biomechanics of the Pelvis:

You will learn the anatomy and kinesiology of the different patterns of tilt, shift, symmetry and asymmetry that can be found within the pelvic girdle. Work will be demonstrated for bringing the pelvis into balance and symmetry.

Day 4 – The Biomechanics of the Shoulder Girdle:

As with the pelvis, here you will learn the anatomy and kinesiology of the different patterns of tilt, shift, symmetry and asymmetry that can be found with the shoulder girdle. Work will be demonstrated for bringing the shoulder girdle into balance and symmetry.

Day 5 – Appendicular Counter-Rotations:

You will learn how appendicular counter-rotations create adaptive function. Specific assessments for all the joints of the legs, feet, arms and hands will be demonstrated and practiced. You will learn specific techniques for de-rotating segments of the legs, feet, arms and hands for creating greater adaptive range.

Day 6 – Axial Biomechanics:

You will learn to apply the principles of spinal biomechanics to the entire skeletal and fascial matrix of the entire torso. You will learn palpatory, visual and movement techniques for assessing vertebrae and rib alignments. You will learn a full matrix approach for correcting the side bends and rotations of the spine and ribs that integrates with the work for the pelvic and shoulder girdles.

Day 7 – Cervical and Cranial Biomechanics:

As with the torso, on this day you will learn to apply the principles of spinal biomechanics to the neck and head. You will learn to assess the side bends and rotations of the cervical vertebrae and the boney segments of the cranium and a full matrix approach for realignment.

Day 8 – Assessment and Whole Body Correction Protocols for Dysfunctional and Functional Asymmetries:

One Session whole body protocols for working with functional and dysfunctional asymmetries will be demonstrated. You will see how not all asymmetries are functionally adaptive. These dysfunctional asymmetries prevent the progress of any structural integration applications. You will learn special correction protocols for transforming these dysfunctional alignments into functional asymmetries that then can be further corrected with structural work.

The information presented in this class is a whole body system for understanding how the body balances injuries with misalignments. These misalignments affect every joint of the body in predictable ways. In Structural Integration, with each session, we endeavor to create further integration for our clients. If we only address part of a misalignment pattern, we are often disintegrating what was an integrated adaptation. However, if we know where to go to interact with the entire pattern, then the changes we create will be experienced by the client as a more integrated way to be.

Registration, Tuition & Information

Schedule: February 18-29, 2016  (days off: 22 and 23)

Cost: $1500 with a $400 deposit received at least 30 days in advance, $1700 otherwise. Persons who have previously taken the full Biomechanics Series can take a 50% discount on this class. Early deposit rules apply to repeating participants.

Manuals: Tuition includes a study manual for each class that can be downloaded once the final tuition payment is received. You should plan to read the manual before coming to class. You will need to bring it with you to class. Printing the manual on a color printer or having it loaded onto a laptop or tablet at class will be necessary.

Deposits are refundable less a 25% adm. fee if cancellation is more than 30 days prior to a class.

Final Tuition is due not less than 2 weeks prior to a class. Class manuals can be downloaded whenever final tuition is paid.

Payment: Make checks payable to Liz Gaggini and mail to: PO Box 763, Katonah, NY 10536. Payment by credit card can be made at At the PayPal site click on the “Send Money” tab. In the box labeled “TO”, enter the email address,

Continuing Education Credits are available at the Manipulation Level, one credit per day of class, with the Rolf Institute and at the Type 1 level, 6 Category 1 credits per day, with the IASI.

Further information on this and other Biomechanics and Core Integration classes is always available at You can also email Liz with any questions at


3-day classes on advanced approaches for resolving misalignments and creating more lasting and profound integration. If you are taking these classes for the first time, they should be taken in the sequence listed. These classes are open to persons who have completed the Biomechanics of Alignment series.

Dysfunctional Asymmetries: Working with AA/PP Patterns – 3-Day

A class to further your understanding of the structural and functional logic and profound impairment created by dysfunctional asymmetries. You will learn how not to create these patterns in the course of your SI work. You will learn how to quickly assess these patterns and how to design a single session to resolve the AA/PP dysfunction. 3 Days.

Using Indirect Work: Joint Assessment & Deep Strain Resolution- 3-Day

In this class you will learn how to use fulcrums in the connective tissue matrix and the mid-tide to assess fascial rotations, joint alignments and trauma locations. This class will include learning to use inherent motion to assess and treat joints, diaphragms, myofascial chains, pre-vertebral tissues and nerve pathways. You will learn to use indirect techniques to release trauma and long-held restrictions to realign the deeper tissues. You will learn a technique for comparing restriction sites to determine which is primary and which is secondary. 3 Days

Cranial Patterns in Asymmetries – 3-Day

The cranium responds to asymmetric patterns with predictable rotations and counter rotations. If functional adaptability is not able to occur here there can be significant problems with alignment throughout the head, jaw, neck and shoulders. You will learn to assess the position of the major bones of the cranium and how to use direct and indirect techniques to release and realign the fascia of this very important region. 3 Days.

Training Schedule (dates to be anounced, contact us for more info)

Dysfunctional Asymmetries
Indirect Work
Cranial Patterns

Registration, Tuition & Refunds

Please contact for registration information.
For more information contact Liz Gaggini at

CORE INTEGRATION - including the viscera in structural work

The fascia of the viscera has strong affects on the structure. Releasing strains in the visceral fascia can be very helpful in enhancing core transmission and organizing the spine, pelvis and shoulder girdle. This comprehensive six-day class will cover indirect and direct work with the organs of the pelvis, abdomen and thorax. Detailed anatomy and the structural relationships of the viscera will be central to this class. We will cover both normal and abnormal mobility and motility. All of the information and techniques will be presented for working from an integrative perspective. Several ways of seeing, assessing and treating visceral restrictions will be shown.

Basic Visceral Class

This comprehensive eight-day class is the result of Liz Gaggini’s twenty years of study of visceral manipulation and her ongoing attempts to find value in the visceral techniques for integrative structural work. Visceral work as it is taught by Osteopaths is a treatment for visceral disease. However, there is a way of working with the fascia of the viscera to help with the goals of Structural Integration, as well. Any fixation in the visceral fascia can affect line, balance and ease just as a fixation in the myofascia or a joint would.  Visceral tissue, just as with structural tissue, is best worked with and re-aligned in an integrative manner.  By understanding the anatomy of the viscera and how to combine indirect and direct techniques, we can release, balance and integrate this core fascia and further open,  align and integrate the entire structure. 8 days.

Training Schedule (dates to be anounced, contact us for more info)

8 day class

Registration, Tuition & Refunds

Please contact for registration information.
For more information contact Liz Gaggini at