What to Expect from a Session.
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There usually a visual assessment and brief interview to start each session, this ensures that treatment is tailored to the individual’s needs.
Myofascial manipulation sessions can be used to resolve particular problems, or as a 'tonic' for your posture and movement. This treatment can be seen as an extended course in re-acquainting yourself with your body’s function, regardless of your activity level. Through the course of our lives, most of us have collected extra tension – either from injury or surgery, from our repetitive activities, or from attitudes we've acquired along the way. These patterns become written into our muscular tensions, or skeletal form, and into the tissues that go between – the connective tissues. Manipulation of the Myofascial tissues aims to free the binding and shortening in these connective tissues – what we refer to as the ‘fascial network’ – and to re-educate the body in efficient and energy-sustaining patterns.
Treatment takes place with the client lying down or seated. Often clients are asked to move around during a session to check the treatment progress. Most clients receive treatment in underwear or a bathing suit – your comfort is paramount, but we do need to get directly to the tissues that are restricting the free flow of movement. Your safety and comfort is of primary importance so please express your concerns if they arise.
There are usually 'homework' suggestions, to enhance the treatment effectiveness, offered by the therapist. This could be a postural awareness, a change in daily habits or a more complex exercise.
This process happens over a series of sessions – the KMI process has 12 separate and progressive sessions, although the actual number you will need may vary. To begin these sessions, your KMI practitioner will talk over your physical history with you, and will help you set realistic goals for the process. The sessions progress through the body: the first four sessions are generally more superficial, freeing the tissues on the front, back, and sides of the body, and free the shoulders and arms from any binding to the trunk. The middle four sessions address the 'core' of you body, working into the central stabilization muscles closer to the spine. The last four sessions integrate 'core' and 'sleeve' into your habitual movement (and address specific problems you bring to the table), leaving you with a lasting and progressive change that will echo throughout your body.
To read a first hand account of a KMI series, written by Kirk LaPointe of the Vancouver Sun, click here.
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This treatment process is tailored the clients' needs and goals. Treatment can happen in a progression of sessions or for specific conditions. See FAQ's for more...
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