KMI is a form of Structural Integration (SI) with unique perspectives relative to Rolfing®, GSI, Hellerwork, Soma, Core & other good schools. . .
• KMI is system-oriented, not symptom oriented
• KMI work is applied gently and sensitively, with full client participation
• The KMI series works directly with the Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians
1) Although many people come to KMI and Structural Integration because of some kind of pain or restriction, the intent of this work - especially when undertaken as a series of sessions, is to get to the condition behind the immediate problem. . .
Many shoulder injuries, for instance, are caused by the lack of support from the rib cage. Just fixing an immediate problem can leave the underling cause to show up again! The KMI series is designed to progressively build support, sturdiness, and balance throughout the structural system, so that there is a whole new ‘frame’ underlying your posture and movement, which can keep old injuries from coming back and help to prevent new ones from happening.
2) KMI work is not imposed on the client. The work should be on this side of the pain threshold, and the client and practitioner work out where the pressure and intensity level should be for maximum benefit. No good will come of ‘grinning and bearing it’ through an entire series. Occasionally, it is beneficial to ‘expose’ pain stored in the body, but ‘imposing pain’ is not a part of KMI work.
3) The KMI school, and KMI practitioners, welcome other therapeutic inputs to your process. KMI is compatible with osteopathy, chiropractic, cranial work, and most forms of massage, yoga, and exercise. We recognize that no way is the ‘one true way’ in manual and movement therapy, and we are always learning from other disciplines. Sometimes we absorb what we learn into our work, sometimes what we learn tells us when to refer to the other competent professionals within the wide spectrum of healing available.
4) The KMI series is a project, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. The idea is to create the conditions where the client is independent and stable on their own, not to create a long-term dependency on the therapist or continued work. Of course people come back for more work, but not on a continuous basis. This work does its best in short, intense periods of work, followed by longer periods of absorption. We want you, within a reasonable period of time, not to need us any more.
Call Matthew with any Questions you may have. . . 541-848-9271