What makes KMI different?
Although many people come to KMI and Structural Integration because of some kind of pain or restriction, the intent of this work . . . is to get to the condition behind the immediate problem. The KMI series is designed to progressively build support, sturdiness, and balance throughout the structural system, so that there is a whole new ‘frame’ underlying your posture and movement, which can keep old injuries from coming back and help to prevent new ones from happening." . . .
What to expect
Most KMI sessions are done in underwear or a bathing suit, without draping. Your practitioner will usually want to observe you standing and walking before the sessions start, in order to assess your current structural patterns. Your practitioner may take photos in order to give you a visual sense of the ‘before’ and ‘after’, since there can be some fairly dramatic changes in your shape. And sometimes there will not be dramatic visual changes – judge your KMI experience
by how you feel rather than how it looks." . . .
"The design of KMI is to unwind the strain patterns residing in your body’s locomotor system, restoring it to its natural balance, alignment, length, and ease. Common strain patterns come about from inefficient movement habits, and our body’s response to poorly designed cars, desks, telephones, and airplanes, etc. Individual strain patterns come from imitation when we are young, from the invasions of injury or surgery or birth, and from our body’s response to traumatic episodes." . . .
Structural Integration is a series of bodywork sessions in which the main goal is to establish ease in the body. This is achieved by balancing the relationship of compression and tension in the body by working on layers of the connective tissue called fascia.
Due to overuse or misuse, we develop restrictions along these lines that can cause postural distortions and contribute to patterns of pain. Each session is aimed at working with one continous 'train' or line of fascia, to reorganize it along its line of force so that it is able to efficiently slide and glide with ease. This process happens over a series of sessions- the KMI (one school of structural integration) process has 12 separate and progressive sessions.