Structural Integration (SI) is myofascial release that is done in a sequence of sessions called a series with each session building off of the last.
SI focuses on the entire body system as a whole. Structure is defined as “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” When our bodies are experiencing “symptoms” these signals are being processed by hundreds and thousands of sensory inputs throughout the body so by only focusing on a symptom we may not be addressing the cause. The focus is to unwind body patterns in order to balance the body in the gravitational field. Ida Rolf believed that “when the body gets working appropriately, the force of Gravity can flow through, then spontaneously, the body heals itself.”
Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI) is a type of Structural Integration that incorporates movement with all of the manual techniques in order to reeducate and re-pattern your body structure. The evolution of KMI also uses the Anatomy Trains myofascial meridians map to guide the practitioner to help with your body patterns and fascial strains. Anatomy Trains has been put to use by diverse health professionals – physical therapists, personal trainers, massage therapists, athletes and coaches, Pilates and yoga teachers, chiropractors and osteopaths – anyone interested in effecting lasting changes in body structure and movement through updating their idea of how the body regulates its biomechanics.
By opening up the body systematically for your unique body patterns, we connect parts of your body that have been asleep…kind of like when your foot or arm falls asleep and it feels really heavy and then when it slowly wakes up you can feel the blood flowing again and the tingly sensation. It then becomes lighter and more flowing. This happens when we connect your outer layer with your inner layer after we have taken time to “wake up” all the layers.