KMI Structural Integration—Tom Myers
Thomas Myers the creator of KMI studied with many noted pioneers of body work and SI since the early 1970’s, among them Ida Rolf and Moshe Feldenkrais, Buckminster Fuller (noted Architect). It was during teaching courses for the Rolf institute that he started to use his method of “Anatomy Trains” as a teaching Tool for his students. Years later “Anatomy Trains” has become a best selling anatomy book that has achieved renown among movement and manual therapists alike. KMI now has a worldwide body of highly skilled practitioners that use his system of KMI Structural Integration therapy.
So what is Fascia—”Fascia is a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, connects all the body’s structures”
If we could imagine that all the other materials in the body could be made transparent and we could for a moment only see the fascia, we would still be able to identify that persons features as theirs. Such is the density and complete interwoven nature of this amazing body system.
Since your fascia is primarily collagen based, it can like all collagen, lose its hydration, its elasticity and it can become matted and disorganised. This can lead to postural changes over time. Issues with fascia in some people can contribute to restriction or even instability in daily life. What fascia pioneer and author Thomas Myers has found through his research is that although fascia is everywhere in the body, it also runs in what he identified as twelve structural and functional lines.
These are the lines we aim to treat using manual therapy techniques that are intentfully aimed at restoring a healthy balance to fascial lines and the body as a whole.
KMI – A Pathway to Treatment
Once you have decided to take this journey, your practitioner will work with you to understand your overall goals and assess your posture and myofascial meridians (lines) using what we call “body reading”. Once a strategy is established, you and your therapist begin to work together on a journey of creating space and alignment in the body. There are a number of ways that you can receive structural integration therapy with us;
- Three Series Structural Bodywork , where you receive a strategy based 1.5hr treatment once per week over three weeks.
- Twelve series where you receive a comprehensive strategised, structural integration (SI) treatment weekly for twelve weeks.
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