KMI Structural Integration is based upon the Anatomy Trains concept, developed by Tom Myers, an Advanced Rolfer who studied with Ida Rolf.
Dr. Rolf believed that structural imbalances place excessive demands on the network of muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments. She developed her approach combining influences from myofascial work, osteopathy, yoga and the Alexander Technique.
The body’s adaptability, movement, shape and posture is governed by the soft tissue. All of our muscles, organs, nerves, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels are ensheathed or made up of fascia. In fact, the body is enclosed in a web of fascia. When it is healthy it is pliable and elastic and is integral in movement and stability. Forces applied then the whole system redistributes the tension/strain in adaptation to maintain stability.
Each session has a specific focus on a particular fascial line/area of the body and progressively works to free restrictions and improve your posture. You will be asked to move in specific ways and to walk and stand during the session to facilitate the opening and realignment of tissues and to help you integrate any changes you feel.
Finding one’s balance in the world is crucial to living well. How we move – how we think – how we feel – how we act – it is all connected. Our structure affects every way we move, our whole range of motion and what we can and cannot do. Good structure means a body that works efficiently, moves with grace and ease, stands tall, upright and is open and relaxed.
Fascia is the key to a balanced body.
Structural Integration can help to improve your posture, function, flexibility, adaptability and energy levels. The Structural Integration approach is to free the bound and shortened fascial tissues and to reeducate and reintegrate your body, breath and movement patterns to hold a more efficient, balanced and natural position.
Each session includes functional movement cues to build awareness of how you can use your body in a way that supports you better. These may address walking, standing, shoulder and core stability, breathing and other postural cues that root the work done within the session.