Geri's Experience of Sessions 2 & 3: The Superficial Front Line and Lateral Line

The second session of the SI 12 series is focused on addressing superficial tissues along the back of the body from the bottom of the foot to the top of the head. The Superficial Back Line (SBL) supports the body to stand upright, and prevents the tendency to curl into a fetal position. 

The SBL has to do with front to back movements, and is partnered with the superficial front line. Since we are born in a flexed position, the balance of the SBL is linked to the development of the curves of our spine.  As Tom Myers’ writes in Anatomy Trains, the muscles of the SBL “provides a functional link across the waves that constitute the primary and secondary curves of the spine and legs.” Thus, in this session the practitioner begins to see where the primary curves (cranial, thoracic, sacral, and heel) need to be balanced with the secondary curves (cervical, lumbar, knees, and arches), and where the myofascia has become out of balance.

 Session 3, the Lateral Line (LL) addresses the sides of the body from the from the inner and outside mid-point of the foot, up the outside of the thigh, along the trunk in a crisscrossed pattern under the shoulder, and ending at the skull around the ear. 

The lateral line (LL) mediates forces across front to back and left to right. It stabilizes the trunk and legs like a brake for sidebending and rotational movements of the trunk.  Issues such as lumbar compression, ankle pronation and supination and shoulder restrictions due to head forward posture are some examples that can addressed through this line.  

Passivity is something I am finding I will have to moderate as I continue to work through my KMI sessions. As I found in my first session, this form of therapy is very interactive and requires my attention throughout the session to be open to all my senses whether these sensations are positive, negative, or absent to me. In my second and third sessions I found, through the continued work done on my lower extremities, back and shoulders, that my passivity not only hinders my mind but also my body.

Kammaleathahh stretched and massaged muscles and tendons within my calves, shins, and knees that I not had sensed in many years. As she worked on the more tenuous and tight sections of my body, Kammaleathahh offered to decrease the pressure, but I found that counting through my breathing helped me move past pain and pressure.

The practitioner considers how strain, trauma, and movement tend be passed through the whole body along the Anatomy Trains - these fascial lines of transmission.

At the start of each session, Kammaleathahh assesses me and we go through each section of my body that we will work on during the session, discussing how each area affects the structural continuity and stability of my alignment and balance. Each session is designed to build upon the previous session and manipulates those areas where strain has set in.

As part of the KMI series, connecting with benefits derived from bodywork done outside of the sessions with Kammaleathahh can help continue my structural integration and help my body stay motivated.

After sessions, the practitioner will often give awareness homework to help support the changes that have taken place throughout the person’s structure.

For sessions two and three I was given awareness exercises to help me strengthen and lengthen my lower back and lower abdominal area to support my back, which I have issues with due to scoliosis and the turning of my pelvis. These small exercises only required me to have a chair or to stand with enough space to gently maneuver my upper torso. I have found these tasks simple enough to do throughout my week, whether at work or home.  I have also made an active effort to walk each morning to help clear my mind.

Walking is encouraged before and after sessions. This gives someone a chance to feel the ‘before’ and ‘after’ in their body, which can help someone integrate the changes from the session, and give the head an opportunity to clear before returning to the absorption of everyday life.

Taking walks helps me to better connect with the work I am doing in the KMI sessions. I look for the stresses or the lack of pronounced sensations that I noticed before my first, second, and now third session. The strain of passive muscles is less pronounced as I move away from each session. For instance, my shins felt much better between sessions two and three, but now that time has passed and my next session is due a twinge has returned just slightly.

My expectation for the coming session is to find that the tension in my lower legs, knees, and hips has lessened. I am truly surprised at much less fatigued my legs are at the end of the day. As Kammaleathahh moves forward with the coming sessions, I hope to be able to engage with the emotive aspects of the sessions.