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Question: How is KMI structural integration different from massage therapy?
Answer: KMI structural integration is a series of sessions that is specifically designed to balance the entire body over time. Each session builds the foundation for the next, and is designed to meet the needs of your particular postural patterns. KMI is an interactive therapy that relies on client participation for success. You will be given specific movement cues during each session while your practitioner works to reposition the connective tissues in the area to evoke a more optimal and functional alignment. Your active participation is fundamental as it helps us to awaken the uninformed parts of your neuro-myofascial- and-muscular systems which overtime, will become your new pattern, and create a greater opportunity for long term success.
Q: What is Fascia? Myofascia? Connective Tissue? Why is it important?
A: My favourite question! These collective group of words are commonly used to describe the connective tissue fabric that holds us together. There is not one single part of your body that isn’t connected to the next…the fascia is this connection that surrounds every muscle, ligament, tendon, organ, nerve, and blood vessel in the body. Myofascia is the collective word for the muscle and its surrounding fascia. Fascia has superficial and deep layers that ultimately decide the positioning of, and functional wellbeing of our bodies major systems. The stooped shoulders of your grandfather, the head forward posture that remains long after you leave your workstation, or the swayback of your niece in gymnastics are all examples of fascial holding patterns. The repetitive nature of our lives creates the imbalance in fascia and thus causes pain and dysfunction throughout the body. Align the fascia and you will stand taller, be stronger, have less pain, and be more aware of your postural habits.
Q: What does a session look like?
A: Each session begins with a postural assessment which is done in standing. We look at all 4 sides of the body, searching for clues that will determine our treatment approach for each session. In order to be accurate, we need to see as much as possible. For ladies, this can mean wearing a two piece bathing suit, or shorts and a bra top/camisole. For men, shorts are ideal. Blankets are available during the session to keep you warm while working in other area’s. Depending on the session, you may begin on the table or seated on a bench. A typical session is 60-75 mins and includes interactive participation of the client and therapist with movement, positioning, and alignment of the myofascia.
Q: Is this work painful? I have heard that this type of massage is intense and painful.
A: Fascia carries the load of the body and can definitely feel intense at times during a session, especially in area’s that really need it. Together, we will determine the proper depth and adjust this according to your pain threshold. It doesn’t have to feel like torture to be effective. It is our joint responsibility to monitor your pain, as we both want the best possible outcome from your series.
Q: I have massage therapy coverage under my extended health insurance. Will it cover this type of work?
A: Yes, your therapist is a registered massage therapist in good standing and your treatment will be covered as per your specific extended benefit plan. Please review your policy to determine your coverage, as each are different. Most plans are a specific $$$ amount per year and may not completely cover a full 12 series. You will be responsible for the remaining sessions.
Q: What if I have a particular problem that I would like addressed, but it does not fit into today’s session?
A: Throughout a series there are often both old and new area’s of the body that will demand attention regardless of our treatment agenda! So, although our goals for each session are specific to the series approach, there is always a little room to address a current issue, it just may not be the only focus of the session. We do not chase symptoms with this work, we treat the whole system, and symptoms tend to resolve over time.
Q: How often should I come for the best results?
A: Each person is different, so it may depend on your current situation. Ideally, weekly sessions are a great way to get some momentum and change happening in your body. This also helps if you experience profound change in the beginning, as this can sometimes leave you feeling unstable or vulnerable in between each session. The last 4 sessions are a great place to go bi-weekly, as your body is working on integration and sometimes needs this extra time to process. Of course there is always room to adjust this, to meet your specific needs.
Q: What happens after I finish my series?
A: After completing a series, your body will need time to fully integrate the new postural patterns that we have developed. Your body will continue to change and evolve well beyond the series and it could be years before you require more treatment of this nature. The changes that occur beyond the series can often be more profound than the series itself. You will know what your next step is, and ultimately it is your journey! There is advanced work that can be done in the future, once your body has settled into its new pattern, but only time will tell.