A KMI Structural Bodywork 3-series is a realignment of your body’s myofascial system (muscles and connective tissue). Through opening tissues that may have been pretty stagnant for a long time, you’ll have access to more freedom and choice in your body, now less stuck in old habits. It’s a way of exploring your body, its spatial relationships and the effect those have on your overall well-being.
The series entails opening and balancing the myofascia of first the lower body as foundation, then the upper body, and ending with balance and life of the head, neck and spine.
It’s meant to initiate change (for the better) in your posture, your movement, your energy, and your general dynamism to adapt to all that life demands.
It’s an awesome series, and also a great introduction to the world of Structural Integration (a full SI series consisting of about twelve 90-minute sessions).
To sign up, go to my online schedule to book your appointment.
Any questions, as always feel free to send me an email.
A little Q and A …
Q: Does the work hurt? I’ve heard Structural Integration can hurt.
A: It doesn’t need to by any means, nor is it a case of “the more it hurts, the better results you’re going to get …” We’ll talk in person about this, but in short, the intensity of the session will be largely determined by both of us, and ultimately by you; as in: you’re in the driver’s seat.
Also of note: consider that we as a culture have really only one word for pain. And really, we experience intense sensations in a lot of different ways. The sensation of stored pain leaving the body is a very different sensation than getting punched in the stomach. This series will likely include the sensation of pain becoming unstuck in your system, though again, as much as you care to handle is best, no more.
Q: What should I bring?
A: As you’ll be getting on and off the table, and for the bodyreading portion of the session, please bring undergarments that you feel comfortable wearing for the whole 90 minutes. I’ll have a blanket to cover you for warmth if you’d like while you’re on the table. For most people, this will be underwear and a bra, or a swimsuit.
Q: What’s the bodyreading part?
A: This is part of what I think makes this work so unique and so powerfully effective. The start of each session, and more briefly throughout, you’ll stand in your undergarments and we’ll get a good sense of your posture, i.e. where your bones are in the space of your soft tissue system, and that will largely inform the work we do.
This really isn’t about “good posture/bad posture” or “you should be doing this or that.” It’s about working most skillfully for you and your body. Every body, every session, will be different, and this is a big part of determining those differences. It’s a really great part of the work.
Q: Is this a good remedy for sore muscles after a workout?
A: Not really. It’s less that type of bodywork than it is looking at the long arc of use and postural patterns. Ultimately, in a roundabout kind of way, it’s a re-inventing of this “you” that moves through the world, which may include less sore muscles in the first place.
Q: I’m still not sure about this …
A: Great! To a large extent, I’d encourage all of us to be skeptical about something until we know it for ourselves one way or another! I will say that this length (3 sessions as opposed to 12 for longer series work) is a great introduction and way to find out more, experientially. We can only read so much to understand, no?
And lastly, this work isn’t for everyone. Though if you’ve made it this far in this Q and A, my guess would be there’s something in it for you …