What is KMI?
KMI is a type of structural integration. Structural integration is the umbrella term for modalities like Rolfing, Hellerwork, and KMI, otherwise known as Kinesis Myofascial Integration. KMI was developed by Tom Myers, a student of Ida Rolf, who identified and named the lines of fascia in the body which he termed Anatomy Trains.
KMI 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 the connective tissue called fascia.
Due to overuse or misuse, we develop restrictions along these lines that can contribute to patterns of pain and cause postural distortions.
Each session is aimed at working with one continous 'train' or line of fascia, to reorganize it efficiently along its line of force so that it is able to slide and glide with ease.
"Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider's web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater."
- John Barnes
What is fascia?
Tensegrity is a word coined by Buckminster Fuller to explain the principle of a system that has tensional integrity.
It is model of interconnectedness which can be used to explain the system of fascia in the body. Tensegrity is a balance of two forces: tension and compression. The body is a system of bones, or compressional elements, that are suspended in a sea of tension elements, the muscle and fascia. This means that the body is dynamic, forming relationships throughout the body, and not just stacked up vertically like a house. With structural integration work, the relationships between bones is affected by working on the lines of fascia.