Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI)Are you wondering if Structural Integration is right for you? Fascia is a hot topic these days, and thus we have recently noticed an influx of inquiries from Winnipeg residents who are looking to try structural integration. The name structural integration was coined by Dr Ida Rolf when she was developing this myo-fascial treatment approach, yet somehow her name became the term for her work, and voila, Rolfing was born, and it really stuck.

There are numerous schools that teach structural integration, all with slight variance in their approach and philosophy. What structural integration schools all have in common is looking and treating the body from a myo-fascial or connective tissue perspective. Two of the more well known schools are Anatomy Trains Structural Integration (ATSI) & The Rolf Institute.

Cristy Harper is an Anatomy Trains Structural Integrator located here in Winnipeg in the Osborne Village area. She was taught structural integration by Tom Myers, and his team of instructors. Tom Myers was originally taught by Ida Rolf in the 1970’s and went on to teach for the Rolf Institute until he decided to part ways and develop his own school based upon the original rolfing method. Tom Myers applied the rolfing method to a series of myo-fascial meridians (continuous chains of myo-fascial connections) that he had been curious about, and over the course of the last 20 years he developed, dissected, and discovered what is now widely known as the Anatomy Trains Lines.

So what is the difference between the two schools?

The greatest difference is the additional 2 sessions that are done in the ATSI 12 session protocol. These additional 2 sessions include an arm line balancing session, and a spiral line session that is the final superficial sleeve work that is applied before the core sessions. The Rolf method uses a 10 session protocol.

If you wish to learn more about structural Integration you can visit the International Association of Structural Integrators website. Here you will be able to further your knowledge and understanding of the structural integration method.

If your ready to make a big change in your posture and try something different, Cristy Harper offers Anatomy Trains Structural Integration here in Winnipeg Manitoba. If your tired of living with chronic pain, joint problems, or are just looking to enhance sport performance & overall wellbeing, Cristy can help.

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