Structural Integration in Vancouver, BC
KMI (Kinesis Myofascial Integration) springs from the pioneering work of Dr Ida P Rolf, as developed, by Thomas Myers. KMI consists of a multi-session protocol of deep, slow fascial and myofascial manipulation, coupled with movement re-education. KMI is one of a number of schools that train practitioners in ‘Structural Integration’, Ida Rolf’s name for her own work. Structural Integration is practiced as an old-world craft with a 21st century comprehension of how your body structure works.
The KMI ‘brand’ of structural integration concentrates on doing deep, lasting, and significant work, with anatomical precision, blended with movement and sensitivity to the unfolding individual experience. The KMI ‘recipe’ for structural integration is based around the “Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians”, which are explored in a book by Thomas Myers, published in 2001 by Harcourt Brace.
The design of KMI is to unwind the strain patterns residing in your body’s locomotors system, restoring it to its natural balance, alignment, length, and ease. Common strain patterns come about from inefficient movement habits, and our body’s response to poorly designed cars, desks, telephones, and airplanes, etc. Individual strain patterns come from imitation when we are young, from the invasions of injury or surgery or birth, and from our body’s response to traumatic episodes. Beginning as a simple gesture of response, movements can become a neuromuscular habit. The habitual movement forms one’s posture, and the posture requires changes in the structure – the body’s connective tissue ‘fabric’. In other words, a gesture becomes a habit becomes a posture and eventually lodges in our structure. These changes are rarely for the better – anything that pulls us out of alignment means that gravity works on pulling us into more misalignment or increased tension to counteract the force. Compensation begets compensation, and more symptoms. KMI is designed to unwind this process and reduce structural stress. The method depends on a unique property of the body’s connective tissue network.
Connective tissue is a remarkably versatile bit of biology. It forms every supportive tissue from the fluid blood to the solid bone, and a host of sheets, straps, and slings in between. The muscular tissue moves us around, but it works through the connective tissue fascia, tendons, and the ligaments at every turn, and it is the connective tissue complex that holds us in the shape we are in. When we are injured or stressed, no matter what the source, there is a neuromuscular response – usually involving some combination of contraction, retraction, immobility, and often rotation. These patterns put some muscles under strain and also pull at this fascial fabric, requiring it to shift, thicken, glue itself to surrounding structures, and otherwise compensate for the excess sustained muscular holding.
Especially for chronic and long-held patterns, it is not enough to release the muscular holding, though that is definitely a good start. Freeing and repositioning the fascial fabric, along with re-integrating the movement patterns so that they stay easily in their proper positioning, is the job of KMI. In this sense, KMI could be seen as a companion to osteopathic or chiropractic care, we adjust the fascial ‘guy-wires’ so that they stay in place – the new alignment simply becomes part of who you are, not something you have to work at or repeatedly see a practitioner to maintain.
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I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Sherri many years ago. She helped me through an old sports injury. After weeks of working though other structural issues, she identified the root cause of my problem and handled it. I have moved away since, but she is the gold standard against which I measure all other therapists against. I remain hopeful that I may some day meet her equal therapeutically but know they would lack her humanity. Great skill and a great person. If she can't fix you,
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Sherri is a highly skilled, inquisitive, knowledgeable, and holistic clinician. She not only keeps up to date by taking courses, as an expert in her field, she is an educator as well. In addition to her 'hands on' talent, she is also a caring, open minded, and a very cool person. Not to mention that her therapy space is truly stunning!
Very good service. Made a real difference!
I as very impressed with the service I received from Sherri. I immediately felt the difference and this difference I believe contributed a great deal to my much improved performance at my most recent competitive commitment. My treatment was targeted, specific and had great carry over to my sporting demands. I look forward to my next appointment.
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I am very active and cycle and hike year round. I could not be as active as I am without seeing Sherri on a regular basis. I have increased my mobility and stability and performance since starting to see her. Sherri provides exceptional care and I could not continue to be as active as I am if I didn't have her "on my team". THANK YOU!
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Sherri is completely professional providing caring thoughtful relief. She has helped me rediscover my body making me mindful and cognisant of my strength (and weaknesses). Her office provides a calm patient place that is mindful and varied in its approach. Sherri is never stuck or hung up on a diagnosis but always listens and provides the stimulation that reawakens my ability to hear my body. Through her care I am excited to exercise and improve my strength and fitness. Her care has improved my life immeasurably by stimulating me to be active and enjoy movement again.
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