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Pilates & Structural Integration

Thea Gudgeon

Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI) is one of several schools teaching ‘Structural Integration’, the pioneering work of Dr Ida P Rolf. The KMI School was founded by Tom Myers.

KMI is a holistic series of bodywork sessions (usually twelve) involving deep, slow fascial and myofascial manipulation coupled with re-education of movement patterns. It is designed to unwind the individual strain patterns held in your body, restoring it to its natural balance, alignment, length, and ease.

The focus of KMI is on deep, lasting work that creates significant and lasting change. We work with anatomical precision combined with movement. The sensitivity of the practitioner encourages an individual experience of the work to gradually unfold, and our aim is to provide an education where the client becomes increasingly more aware of their body.

‘From the first day we see a client, we are putting him together, we are integrating him. We integrate him at the end of his first hour, at the end of his second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth. At every hour before that man or that woman walks out the door, we should have integrated him to the place where he has the best, most efficient use of his system that he can have at that level. at the end of the eighth hour he should certainly have an efficient use of a higher level of operation than he had at the end of the seventh hour or at the end of the second hour. If, in our presentation to the world, enough stress can be laid on this, we will have a certain amount of publicity indicating that we are less therapists than we are educationists. I am not hiding behind a bunch of words here. This is what I mean, this is my goal: an educational process.’
Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D

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