SI KMI is one process broken into several parts over12 sessions. This process has a beginning, middle, and end. It is not an ongoing therapy.
Structural integration is a system of manual therapy and sensorimotor education that examines your posture and alignment. The goals of structural integration is to unwind the strain patterns residing in your muscular and fascial system restoring it to its natural balance, alignment, length, and ease. This work can be seen as a companion to osteopathic or chiropractic care, but rather than adjusting bones back into place, we adjust the fascial ‘guy-wires’ so that they stay in place, along with recommendations to movement work.
Structural Integration was originally developed by Dr. Ida Rolf in the 1940s-1970s. Rolf was a doctor of biochemistry whose main goal with SI was to organize the human body structurally in relation to gravity. Dr. Rolf theorized that the body functions best when the bony segments are in proper alignment.
Alignment is important.
Anything that pulls us out of alignment means that gravity works on pulling us into more misalignment or increased tension to counteract the force. Compensation begets compensation, and more symptoms.
Structural Integration is designed to unwind this process and reduce structural stress.
Common strain patterns come about from inefficient movement habits, and our body’s response to cars, desks, telephones, and airplanes. Individual strain patterns come from imitation when we are young; from the invasions of injury, surgery or birth; and from our body’s response to traumatic episodes.
Exactly what happens during a session?
Each session begins with a body reading that examines how your joints are positioned in relationship to one another, and how your soft tissue is being pulled, twisted, compressed, or over-stretched. This helps determine where you are tilted, rotated, shifted, and bent in your body. The treatment will be performed with you lying on a massage table, seated on a bench and you will often stand and walk many times throughout the session to evaluate the changes that occur. There is little to no lotion used. The work is focused, slow, intentional, and works at the level of the soft tissue restriction so the depth of pressure can vary from superficial to deep. The work is different than receiving a massage, and people often report feeling more free, expanded, lifted, and grounded.
Will I need to undress?
Most SI sessions are conducted in fitted boxer briefs or running split shorts for men and full coverage underwear and bra, sports bra and fitted shorts or two-piece swim suit for women. I can work within most people's comfort level but the more that we can see and access, the better results you will have with the series.
The KMI brand of Structural Integration
Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI) consists of 12 or 3 sessions of fascial and muscular manipulation, coupled with movement re-education. The KMI ‘recipe' for structural integration is based around the “Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians”concept, developed by Thomas Myers, who was a student of Dr.Rolf. Anatomy trains are long continuous chains of myofascia, examining the connective tissue system together with muscle fiber direction. By tracking these continuous lines of force the entire body is covered through the series.
• KMI uses a wide “vocabulary” of touch, not just deep work, to evoke lasting and progressive change in body pattern.
• KMI’s method of “bodyreading” (visual analysis of the body) is logical and coherent, utilizing the method step-by-step throughout the SI series.
• KMI’s “recipe” for the unfolding of the sessions is based around the Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians.
• KMI proceeds from an understanding of “issues in tissues” (the emotional underpinnings of body carriage and tension).
Why will Structural Integration benefit me?
We are actually one integrated system, but we are accustomed to dictating to our bodies from above, believing a cultural myth that our minds and our bodies are separate. The series is a time to listen for the messages coming up from below.
When we develop a deeper awareness of the subtle messages we are constantly getting from our body, telling us when we are getting off track, we are empowered to readjust how we are moving and holding ourselves.
Benefits of these sessions vary widely from person to person, but often, the results below are reported.
- Greater energy and vitality if you’ve been feeling “old” and worn down
- More open and positive attitude toward yourself and the world
- Increased efficiency in movement
- Less pain
- Improved mechanical function
- Increased awareness, and mindfulness of one’s self
Who is Structural Integration Ideal For?
It’s ideal for anyone who wants to experience change and feel better in their bodies.
- Mothers who have had difficult deliveries and your body never felt quite right since
- Change makers, visionaries, and creatives
- Desk workers and factory workers
- Survivors of sexual trauma and/or physical, mental, or emotional abuse
- People who are tired, immobile, and in pain