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Structural Integration

Structural Integration in KMI

All SI series are based on the Classic 10-series pioneered by Dr. Ida P. Rolf. It’s a hands on manually applied therapy. It is designed to progressively go through the body by working in a systematic way with first, the superficial tissues while always preparing to go into deeper tissues in 12 integrated sessions. Sessions 1-8 have specific territories of our body’s tissue referred to as Anatomy Trains. Sessions 9-12 also have specific territories they are just much larger. The Anatomy Trains is an analogical concept based on specific kinetic chains of tissues/muscles or mechanical forces as our bodies move through gravity. Every session is designed to prepare the way for future sessions.

What does Structural Integration (SI) work on?

Structural Integration works on the history of patterns in our bodies. This history is made of past injury, surgery, accident, mimicking others, birthing process, repetitive activities and others. Otherwise known as our postural habits combined with the available range of motion (ROM) in our joints. SI influences this by lengthening, stretching and awakening the neural kinetic connection between connective tissue collectively called fascia.

SI aims to balance the forces of tension and compression. These two forces rule our planet as the only way to exert force on something. Simply put, one can either push or pull. Think of a belt and belt loops. Which one is more important? They are both necessary for optimal function of their intended use. They are symbiotic to one another. Our joints work best when the force applied to them travels through as near the center as possible. When tension and compression forces become more balanced they allow our joints to work with greater ease and less physical effort.

Does everyone need Structural Integration you may ask? That simple question does not have a simple answer. I can say the following are facts: Everyone has fascia. Everyone has received at least one injury to their body, if not several during their lifetime, no matter the duration. Everyone has some type of restriction in their fascia. Everyone has the ability to change.

The following are subject to opinion: Everyone may have a joint they would like to move differently. Everyone may have some type of pain. Everyone may want that pain to go away or diminish its intensity/regularity. Some of that pain may be related to a fascial restriction.

So, to answer the first question as to does everyone need SI? The answer in my opinion is yes, if they desire the opportunity to change. Generally speaking, it’s difficult to change while also staying, being or doing the same things.