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Structural Integration (KMI)

Structural Integration (KMI)

Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI) is a manual therapy that consists ­of a multi-session protocol of Structural Integration work: deep, slow myofascial work, coupled with movement re-education. It was developed by Tom Myers as a result of his decades of practice in many cultures and clinical settings, and his training with (principally) Dr Ida Rolf, along with ideas and practices from Dr Moshe Feldenkrais, Buckminster Fuller, European osteopathy, and many movement disciplines including martial arts, Continuum, contact dance, and Aston Patterning. Myers developed the KMI concept for Structural Integration work called Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians. The Anatomy Train Meridians map the ‘anatomy of connection’ – the whole body fascial and myofascial connectivity, linking the individual muscles, tendons and bones into functional complexes.

KMI involves direct manipulation of the fascia along the Anatomy Train lines to bring about a body-wide balance of minimal tension and maximum movement ability, helping client’s find ease, balance, and length in their bodies – and a vivid, accurate kinesthetic body image.


How it works:
Structural Integration (KMI) aligns and balances the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia, allowing the muscles to move more efficiently. It works using the connective tissue system (fascia) which surrounds everything within the body. By ‘holding’ all the essential ‘bits and pieces’ in place (bones, muscles, ligaments, organs, nerves, blood vessels etc), fascia gives the body structure, which in turn, allows the body to function and adapt to changes in the environment. Structure and function are inextricably linked and it makes sense to keep the structure in good working order so that it has access to its full range of functions. When all is well, fascia slides and glides smoothly and allows us to move without even noticing what is going on, like a well oiled machine. But when things go wrong, may it be because of an (old) injury, held postural patterns or imbalanced movement patterns or when feeling stressed the body’s tissues become stressed too – they can get stuck, short and hard which in turn can make it difficult to move. Once one area has been affected there is a knock-on effect to the rest of the body, with some tissues being constantly overly shortened while others are constantly overly lengthened, with joints being compressed or pulled out of alignment … the whole body can become imbalanced affecting not only our ability to move easily but our organs, our breathing, our overall health and well-being. Structural Integration aims to lengthen the tissues that are held short and free the areas that are stuck so that the joints are free,  a more normal level of fluidity throughout the fascial network is restored and the tissue network is allowed to work  more effectively and with ease again.


What’s different:
The KMI practitioner examines patterns that exist throughout the whole body, not just focusing on the ‘problem or pain spot’. Injury, trauma, posture or movement patterns can affect the body in unique ways and the knock-on effects can often be felt some distance away as discomfort or pain. By freeing the fascial connections based on the logic of the Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians, KMI can help to:

  • give long lasting relief from pain and the effects of stress and tension,
  • provide freedom, fluidity and efficiency in movement,
  • improve breathing and performance,
  • raise body awareness,
  • re-educate the body into efficient patterns for both posture and movement,
  • prevent injury,
  • improve mental, emotional and/or spiritual well-being and
  • promote overall health and well-being.


Types of Sessions:

Treatments are usually arranged as either single sessions or as a defined series of sessions, depending on the goals and issues being addressed.

Single sessions – Myofascial release techniques will be applied to specific body areas depending on the goals and issues addressed. For example, to help with persistent headaches a session may focus on the face, jaw, neck and shoulders or to address lower back pain the session can focus on the pelvis, hips and lower back.

12-session series –  is a series of deep bodywork sessions that works progressively through the entire body; first surface, then core, then bringing the two together in integrated harmony. Each session has its own plan and purpose unique to the individual and building upon the last, until the cumulative effect of complete integration is achieved. The aim is to give the body space and freedom to move with ease.

3-session series – is the shorter integration series that can address individual body patterns. The whole body is worked by focusing on the lower-body, the upper-body then unifying the work through the spine.

A series of sessions is followed by a break for integration and application. Very occasionally, chronic or severe symptoms may require longer-term work.


Why Structural Integration:
Clients come for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • to get help from the effects of stress and tension,
  • to improve sports or dance performance and increase body awareness,
  • to speed up the recovery process from injury,
  • to be free from persistent joint and muscle pain incl. headaches, migraines, back and neck pain, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, RSI, jaw tension and TMJ disorders
  • simply to feel their body’s full potential.


What happens in a session:
A session lasts between 60 and 75 minutes and each session begins with an assessment of the body, either in standing or in movement. Treatments are a process in which the client actively participates, creating movement as the practitioner works on the fascia. Most of ­the work is completed on a treatment table, however some floor, seated or standing work may be called for. Sessions are usually carried out with the client in underwear or swimwear.

Sessions can include a discussion about what specific exercises can be done between sessions to reinforce the work.

 

For information and advice please contact Ramona directly through her website: www.bodyorchestra.com

07966 741 296

info@bodyorchestra.com

KMI ­is recognised by the IASI (International Association of Structural Integrators), the leading organisational body for Structural Integration. For more information on the method visit the KMI Anatomy Trains website.

SESSION TIMES

Tuesdays 8.30 - 11.30am
Thursdays fortnightly 5.30 - 9.30pm

PRICES

£60 - 1 hour
£70 - 1 hour 15 mins
£80 - 1 hour 30 mins

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