What To Expect
How Is It Different
KMI Structural Integration is a form of body work. It uses manual (hands-on) techniques, which look similar to massage, however it feels different. The techniques target fascia tissues, which are tissues just below the skin and in-between the muscles. Muscles and fascia are intimately connected, however they are composed of different types of cells which respond differently to the depth, speed and direction of touch. Fascia therapy therefore requires a different form of touch to massage, which generally targets muscles.
KMI provides a systematic framework for analysing the fascial relationships between body parts. These relationships provide an understanding of the factors contributing to your process of pain or restricted movement. Therefore treatment encompasses the whole body, not just the part that is painful.
The 12 Series
To rebalance the entire body 12 sessions are recommended. Each session of the 12 series focuses on an individual fascial plane (anatomy train), therefore the first session focuses on the front of the body, the second session balances the back of the body and so on. The KMI series is designed to prevent you from regressing back into old patterns, each session builds on the previous one. These positive changes can continue to develop in the months following the end of the series. The aim is that you complete the 12 series, then you are provided with a self maintenance program. The self maintenance program consists of a few exercises relevant to your individual posture.
The 3 Series
The 3 series provides a condensed version of the 12 series. It’s a good way of testing to see if you like the process, and you should feel some benefits from the 3 series, however the changes may not last as long as the 12 series.
Depending on the trigger of your pain a single session may provide temporary relief. The specialised treatment of the TMJ or the intranasal work (for sinus release) are best done as part of the 12 series, however they can provide short term relief of symptoms within a single session.
Each session begins with a posture and movement assessment. Depending on your individual pattern, a mixture of manual and movement techniques are applied. The sessions are interactive, which means you will be asked to get on and off the table with repeated posture and movement assessments through out. You will also be taught some movements to enhance the effects of each session.
Photos are normally taken in the first session. Some postural relationships are seen more clearly in photos. Photos also provide a point of reference so you can observe any visible changes that may occur by the end of the series.
What To Wear
Posture and movement analysis requires observation of the relationships between the joints in the body as well as observation of how the skin moves. Therefore please wear comfortable underwear or 2 piece bathers. Short-shorts are also acceptable.
How It Feels
The manual techniques are all hands on, using fingers, knuckles, hands, forearms or elbows. A variety of techniques are used, some involve a light touch, which often feels like nothing is happening whereas other techniques involve a deep touch. It will be within your sensory threshold. The sensations should be a ‘good pain’ not an uncomfortable pain. Communication is key and constant feedback from you is essential.
Some sessions will leave you feeling uplifted, taller and lighter. Some sessions may have you feeling tired and light headed. Some people can become emotional during the session or after the session. Sometimes you can just feel different or weird, others also experience unusual dreams. These are all normal sensations which are part of the nervous system re-setting. The adverse sensations should only last a few hours.
Getting The Most From Your Sessions
The aim of the sessions is to evoke structural and neurological change, i.e. changing the way your tissues move and how the brain organises these movements. Maintaining the changes that occur are beneficial for long term relief of pain.
- Allow time for a walk after your session. Walking helps the nervous system to recognise and integrate the changes from the session. If you can, a walk prior to the session is also beneficial so you can feel the difference.
- Communication. These sessions are for your benefit, not mine. You are in control so if the sensations are unpleasant, too strong or not strong enough then please express this. A huge part of success is trust. If you feel yourself tensing up, or having negative thoughts during the session then you may not be receiving the most benefit. Everyone has different sensory thresholds, so listen to yours rather than grinning and bearing it.
- Just go with it. Don’t try to correct your posture or force movement. The aim of this work is for you to hold and move your body in a more aligned posture, but with ease. It you have to work at holding a ‘proper’ posture or moving ‘correctly’ the posture or movement is not integrated. It takes time to make long lasting change, especially when changing long held patterns.
- Take notes, write a journal and create an awareness of you body. Often we are only aware of pain when it hurts. When the pain resolves, we can often forget that it was hurting until it hurts again. So keeping a diary of how you feel prior to starting (pain levels, moods, energy levels and functional limitations) can provide you with a measuring guide of your achievements.
- If you are concerned at anytime, please call.