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Atlanta, GA - The Biomechanics of Adaptable Alignment Module 1
Thursday, March 14, 2019 to Sunday, March 17, 2019
Category: National CE Courses


Module 1: March 1417, 2019
Module 2: TBD
Module 3: TBD
Module 4: TBD
Module 5: TBD


Atlanta, GA


Module 1: $700

Contact Lou Benson to register.


Lou Benson
(617) 504-6912
[email protected]


The Biomechanics of Adaptable Alignment – Module 1

Instructor: Alyssa Dodson

Organizational Host: Lou Benson

Credits:  28 IASI Category 1

Course Description:

This 4-day module is the first of 5 modules which define, differentiate, and explore the integral relationship between and the biomechanics of Natural and Adaptable Alignment as developed by Liz Gaggini. Natural Alignment is the individual structural blueprint with which we are born. Adaptable Alignment describes the body's ability to orient, balance, and function in gravity. In order to achieve Adaptable Alignment, asymmetries and compensatory patterns must be addressed in the context of one's Natural Alignment. 

The full course consists of five modules:

  1. Biomechanics of the Pelvis
  2. Biomechanics of the Shoulder Girdle
  3. Appendicular Counter-Rotations
  4. Axial Biomechanics
  5. Cervical and Cranial Biomechanics

Functional, dysfunctional, and adaptive asymmetries will be defined, explained, and discussed. Specific assessments and protocols will be taught through demonstrations and trades. Methods for integrating these principles and techniques in series work will be addressed. 

Instructor Bio: 

Alyssa Dodson 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 and assisted Liz with teaching from 2007 until 2016. Liz retired from teaching in 2016, and Alyssa became one of a small group of practitioners authorized to teach her material. Along with her Structural Integration practice and teaching, Alyssa brings 15 years of performing and teaching Martha Graham Technique and movement/alignment education at various elite schools and festivals. Alyssa has also trained extensively with and taught Gyrotonic System for Juliu Horvath. Her work has been further influenced by Hubert Goddard, Monica Caspari, Emilie Conrad, and Irene Dowd. Alyssa mentors practitioners and oversees specialized study groups in Biomechanics and Visceral Manipulation. She maintains a private practice in New York City.

The Biomechanics of Adaptable Alignment