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Why Do I Need KMI Structural Integration?

During the course of our everyday lives, from youth to adulthood, we all experience traumas due to various types of injuries such as falls, sports mishaps, car wrecks, and emotional stresses. Each of these insults cause a contraction somewhere in your body, which, over the course of many years, results in a general tightening and shortening of your entire body. You can compensate very well for the first few dozen injuries, but eventually you become entangled in these very compensations, resulting in pain.

Often this pain seems mysterious and it can be difficult to ascertain its cause. But let’s look at that same pain from another angle: the fall from your bike at age seven causes your shoulders to tighten against your rib cage; the car wreck at age twenty-one causes your back and hips to tighten and shorten; the emotional trauma of a death in the family at thirty causes your head and shoulders to slump forward. Now as you walk, put on a coat, drive your car, or just bend over you must work around these contracted areas in your body for the rest of your life.

To better understand this concept, try holding your shoulders tightly to your body, tighten your hip and back muscles, and drop your head forward. Now, maintaining those same tensions, try to walk normally, swing a golf club, or just take a deep breath. Notice the awkwardness and the pulling sensations that any kind of activity causes you to feel. Now here is the really important part; that same sensation of restriction and loss of movement, given enough time, would not be noticeable to you until it began to hurt!

This, then, is the source of your mysterious pain, and the reason for KMI Structural Integration. KMI is a system designed to discover, ease and unravel painful tensions in the body.

How is This Idea Used in a KMI Session?

Before a typical KMI session, the practitioner will assess the shape and movements of your body, and create a strategy to lengthen and ease any contracted areas. The basic idea in KMI is that both desirable and abnormal tension in the body is carried along recognizable muscular lines from head to toe, and by inspecting and working with these long lines of tension, positive change and pain relief can be brought to the client. Sometimes, relieving tension in the legs can ease migraines, and easing a stiff shoulder can reduce hand pain.


What Is It Like to Receive a Session?

During a session, you do not disrobe completely, but instead men wear shorts, or their boxers, and women wear shorts and a jog top, or bra and underwear. You may be draped with a blanket, or not, depending on your preference and the time of year. At the start of the session, you will stand in front of the practitioner, showing all four sides of your body in turn, so that a complete view of the established tensions may be assessed. You may then be asked to sit on a bench, or lie on a table to begin the work. The practitioner will then use his hands, and your movements, to lengthen any contracted areas. Pain is not desirable during KMI work, so the practitioner will always try to maintain a pressure that brings relief without causing undue discomfort.


How Many Sessions Do I Need?

Some individuals need only two or three sessions to relieve painful body tension, while others will require more. The actual number of sessions needed depends upon the severity and areas of your unique symptoms, and the frequency of the sessions applied. One session a week is common. A single session can be effectively applied for temporary relief of one body part, but a series of sessions is always advisable for a more complete and lasting change for the entire body.

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