The KMI Structural Bodywork has a 3 Series and a 12 Series
Structural Bodywork is a comprehensive manual therapy that attempts to improve posture and reduce pain and discomfort.
It is based on the pioneering discoveries of Ida Rolf and the masterful re-invention of her work by Tom Myers, the founder of the KMI school. (Kinesis Myofascial Integration)
Unlike massage, the therapist does not use oil or lotion on the client.
The hands on work is slow and deep and requires maximum traction and minimum glide.
The goal of this work is to rid the body of restrictive postural patterns by stretching and liberating the underlying fascia beneath the skin.
Fascia is an all encompassing web of connective tissue that encapsulates, supports and carries the various structures and elements of the inside of your body.
How it is shaped decides how you will feel when you move and rest.
Many of us do repetitive things in life that can challenge a healthy posture. Driving daily for long periods of time,
sitting at a desk slumped over a computer or sleeping on an ill suited mattress are just some of the many challenges our bodies face in a modern world.
Structural Bodywork attempts to support you through these experiences.
For instance this is a brief overview of the 3 Series (the 12 Series is much more in-depth):
Session 1 starts with your therapist doing a thorough evaluation of your posture.
The client stands in under clothes or sports attire and the therapist takes notes on a chart to record their findings.
This is important because the whole session will be based on what your body reveals about its relationship to gravity.
Is one of your shoulders higher than the other?
Do either one of your feet, or both of them turn in or out?
Does your head rest centered, above your shoulders or does it come forward?
After your posture is noted your therapist will take a series of four photos. One at each quarter turn. This will be done at the beginning of each session.
This is also important because it removes the guess work and subjectivity from the appraisal of whether or not progress has been made over time.
After photos, the hands on portion of the session begins.
The therapist will start at the feet and work his way up to the hips.
You will be seated on a bench or lying on a table.
At times, after a section of treatment, you will be asked to walk around the room to note any differences you may feel in the part of your body that just received work.
Session 2 is quite similar, except your shoulder girdle, the sides of your back and your abdomen will be the primary areas of focus.
Session 3 has the same sequence. Only this time the focus will be on the spine and neck.
I hope you found this introduction helpful and I hope you try this transformative work.
If you have any questions please call or email me.
Here's to creating a healthy life!