Geri’s Experience of Session 1 The SuperficialFront Line:

The first session of the SI 12 series is focused on addressing superficial tissues along the front of the body from the top of the foot to the head. 

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At the beginning of a 12 series, we do a bodyreading that paints the overall picture of how areas in the body have tilted, shifted, bent, or rotated.  We go through one’s health history and the specific goals a client has. Here Geri speaks to hers:

During my first session, Kammaleathahh had me go over my symptoms of discomfort that I take notice of on a regular basis. We discussed what Kinesthetic Structural Integration series would offer me as a whole, what I should look for, during and after each session. I stood in front of her and we spoke about my current alignment. Having worked with Kammaleathahh before, we discussed this as an opportunity to be engaged during the session.

I have scoliosis, which affects my lower back and, in turn, my hips and knees. I was introduced to chronic migraines as I crossed the threshold of my thirties, which contribute to not only unbelievable persistent fatigue in my upper back, but tightened muscles throughout my scalp, neck, and shoulders. Some mornings, I have tightness in my jaw with residual clicking from clinching during the night. Also, I suffer from pain and pinching in my right shoulder when I move it to certain angles due to a work injury. I also recently suffered a miscarriage.

The KMI series will help me become more aware of my body’s needs and to be present in what I can provide through simple adjustments to my daily routines.This series offers me the opportunity to listen to the messages that my body has been sending me and the messages I hope to interpret throughout the KMI 12 Part Series.

Geri, one of SHC's two Structural Integration candidates.

Geri, one of SHC's two Structural Integration candidates.

This line has to do with front to back movements.  When it malfunctions it acts to create forward movement or to restrict backward movement. Issues such as knee hyperextension, forward head posture, and breathing restrictions are addressed specifically through this line.

After the initial overview, the session started with a focus on my feet, ankles, shins, and knees. I was asked to be active throughout her treatment. Whether it was moving my ankles, knees, or shoulders, participation is required that needs an open mind and focus on Kammaleathahh’s work. Breathing is also a part of the process. The points of my knees, shins, and ankles were so tight that I had to breath through the stretches.

SI work seeks to address the body holistically.  Practitioners will evaluate how work in one area affects the entire system.  The client is often stood up to evaluate the local and global shifts throughout the body.

In between each area she worked on, she had me stand up and walk around the room. This allowed me to comprehend how my body was reacting. For instance, after breathing through the work Kammaleathahh did on my shins and knees, there was an obvious looseness in my lower extremities. She worked on my abdominal area, shoulders, and neck, continuing to have me do small, active movements.

Many clients experience immediate changes in specific areas of their body as well as throughout their whole system.   Also just as often, the person will perceive changes days after. Some people wonder if these changes last. For Geri, she has noted that some of theses changes have continued whereas others have not lasted.

In this moment, I am aware of the looseness of my knees and ankles. The tension in my shins has diminished significantly. This is a tension I hadn’t realized had been plaguing me for some time, made considerably more noticeable after a good walk or going up several flights of stairs. Over the two weeks, the sensation that resulted from the stretches and message done to my legs has not diminished.

The work done on my abdomen made me feel like I carried more length when I stood within the first week. That has not lasted as long over the two weeks since my first session due to my having to lift and move heavy items at work. This is also true of the work that was carried out on my shoulders.

For now, I do not have any expectations that my upper back or shoulders will be changed immediately. I can only expect that time, further exploration with the therapy I am receiving from Kammaleathahh, and exercise can assist with remedying the issues in those areas.

Having now experienced my first KMI session, I am excited about how my experience will go.