Biomechanics of Adaptable Alignment Module 2

Coming 2023

€ 520,00 EUR
Workshop details

The Biomechanics of Adaptable Alignment Module 2 

Course Description

Shoulder Girdle Biomechanics 

This 3-day module is the second of four modules that define, differentiate, and explore the integral relationship between, Natural Alignment and the Biomechanics of Adaptable Alignment as developed by Rolfer ™ Liz Gaggini. 


Module 2

The Biomechanics of the Shoulder: Integrating the shoulder and pelvic girdles helps clients to achieve ease of movement and come closer to sensing and inhabiting their own Natural Alignment. There are specific anatomical contributors of the different patterns of tilt, shift, symmetry and asymmetry found within the shoulder girdle. Techniques to bring the shoulder into balance in relationship to the thoracic spine, pelvic girdle, and Natural Alignment are observed, practiced, and discussed 

The full course consists of four modules: 

  1. Natural Alignment/ Biomechanics of the Pelvic Girdle
  2. Biomechanics of the Shoulder Girdle
  3. Appendicular Rotations and Counter-Rotations
  4. Axial Biomechanics 

For more information you can access additional resources via the following links:

1) The Asymmetric Pelvis

2) Adaptive Alignment Tensegrity Frozen Shoulders and Problem Thumbs

3) Natural Alignment

Instructor Bio

Alyssa Dodson completed her initial Structural Integration training in 2002 at The Guild for Structural Integration with teachers Emmett Hutchins and Peter Melchior. Since then she has had a private client practice and has been teaching Structural Integration techniques for 18 years. 

Alyssa teaches two courses: The Biomechanics of Adaptable Alignment, and Core Integration; Visceral Manipulation. Both courses are based on the work of  Elizabeth Gaggini, a Rolfing™ practitioner and teacher who Alyssa has assisted for 10 years.

Prior to her Structural Integration career, Alyssa was a modern dancer for 15 years and taught movement and alignment, including with the Martha Graham Company, The Metropolitan Opera, and Tanglewood Music Festival.

Her teaching is influenced in her work by Monica Caspari in Structural Integration, Juliu Horvath in the Gyrotonic System, and Irene Dowd in anatomy. 


Alyssa Dodson  

Organisational Host

Janco Volk


IASI: 21 Category 1  ERA: 3 elective KTNO: 1ECTS


Completion of Module 1


Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Course fee


Early bird till 1st May 2022   € 520.-

Alyssa Dodson
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