What is Anatomy Trains Structural Integration? (formally KMI Structural Integration)
Anatomy Trains Structural Integration (ATSI) uses hands on techniques to manipulate the myofascia (muscles and fascia) to reorganise the body’s structure. Its goal is to improve postural alignment, balance and flexibility. As a result it can be excellent at helping with many of the long term chronic problems a lot of people suffer from, like back ache, neck and shoulder pain, and can improve our wellbeing and quality of life.
Anatomy Trains Structural Integration features:
12 progressive sessions:
Each session is normally received 1 or 2 weeks apart over a 3 to 6 month period, but can be adapted for each individual’s circumstances.
Reorganises the body segment by segment:
Each session builds on the previous session to create better alignment, movement and function.
Hands on techniques:
The sessions involve hands on techniques that manipulate and reorganise the myofascia (muscles and their connective tissue) layer by layer.
At the beginning of each session a postural assessment is taken.
Anatomy Trains Structural Integration is a form of structural integration which incorporates the Anatomy Trains myofascial model developed by Tom Myers into its 12 session series.
The Anatomy Trains is a tool which enables the Anatomy Trains Structural Integration (ATSI) practitioner to see the soft tissue connections throughout the body. Anatomy Trains allows your ATSI practitioner to see your body as a whole rather than a collection of individual parts. ATSI aims to integrate all these parts so we can move through life more efficiently.
The myofascial system consists of muscles (greek: myo) and the connective tissue (fascia) that intertwines the muscles and forms a continuous web throughout the body. As the tightness in the myofascia is released, many of the everyday aches and pains and chronic problems that you feel can disappear and your posture can be greatly improved. Movement becomes easier and energy levels improve as your body begins to work more efficiently.
What to expect
This work is carried out on a massage table usually with the recipient in their underwear although your modesty is respected at all times. A typical session will start with me assessing your posture, and then from this visual assessment I will choose which areas are tight and restricted, and work progressively each session in order to undo the tightness and restrictions. Photos are maybe taken before the first session and at the end of the 12th session as an aid to assessment as well as a reference for the changes that have taken place over the sessions.
Each session lasts 90 min and builds on the previous sessions, so that by the end of the 12 session series, the whole body has been worked on in order to undo restrictions and tightness within the myofascial sysyem.
The myofascia is in layers throughout our body and the outer more superficial layers, which we call the sleeve, are addressed in the first 4 sessions. A big difference between massage and structural integration is that we work on the fascia and not just the muscles: fascia binds everything and is our organ of support so it can be manipulated and stretched in order to allow our postures to improve. In a structural integration session, you will be asked to do small movements as I work on an area to help the fascia to release.Once the outer layers of myofascia are softened and more open we are then able to work into the deeper myofascia more effectively, and the middle 4 sessions work on these deeper layers which make up our core.
The final 4 sessions are the integrating sessions and give us both the chance to go back and readdress areas in the sleeve and core which are held particularly tight. These final sessions will also balance the pelvic and shoulder girdles as well as the spine, and integrate the sleeve and core so as they work with each other instead of against each other.
After the 12 sessions you will not be expected to receive more structural integration work for up to three to six months to allow the work to integrate further. After that time I will invite you back for the occasional top up session. Structural integration has been proven to create ongoing changes for a long time after the initial 12 sessions and there has been further visual improvement in people’s posture a year or more after their initial 12 sessions.
Benefits of Anatomy Trains Structural Intergation
- Longer lasting results
- Improved posture
- Easier movement
- Increased flexibility
- Reduced or complete resolution of pain
- Less tension
- Calmer mind
- More energy
- Better awareness
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