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can address to move the pattern along toward increased
balance and support. If there has been no change, then
our strategy was wrong, and we go to Step 2 to develop
another strategy, addressing a different set of soft tissues
in hopes of freeing the skeleton to return to balance. If
several successive strategies fail, it is time to refer to a
mentor, refer the patient to another practitioner, or find
some new, as yet untried, strategy.
again and again over the arc of a life. It is our privilege
as structural therapists to be present for, and midwives
to, the birth of additional meaning within the individu-
al's story.
Postural analysis of five 'clients'
The following analyses of these clients are made solely
on the basis of the photographs included herein. They
were chosen to demonstrate particular patterns and
because the compensations are easily seen in the small
photos allowed in a topic format. In person, much
smaller (but still important) deviations can be observed,
noted, and treated. A few other photos are in-cluded on
the accompanying DVD; and many more photos are
included in our Bodyreading DVD course (DVD ref:
BodyReading 101).
Except for one set, we have no more history or access
to their movement patterns than the reader does. Any
photographic process necessarily involves some subjec-
tive elements - the happenstance of the clients position-
ing themselves, principally. Within those limitations, we
will run through the steps of this process. In practice of
course, the client's history, subjective reports, move-
ment patterning in gait and other activities, and most
importantly the repetition of the patterns observed
would be part of our assessment. This section is designed
simply to give the reader some practice with looking at
postural compensation in this way.
It is very important to note here that there is no virtue
involved in having a symmetrical, balanced structure.
Everyone has a story, and good stories always involve
some imbalance. Without doubt the most interesting and
accomplished people with whom we have had the plea-
sure and challenge to work have had strongly asymmet-
rical structures, and live far from their optimal posture.
In contrast, some people with naturally balanced struc-
tures face few internal contradictions, and as a result can
be bland and less involved. Assisting someone with a
strongly challenged structure out of their pattern toward
a more balanced pattern does not make them less inter-
esting, though perhaps it will allow them to be more
peaceful or less neurotic or to carry less pain. Just, at this
juncture, let us be clear that we are not assigning
any ultimate moral advantage to being straight and
balanced. Each person's story, with so many factors
involved, has to unfold and resolve, unfold and resolve,
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