Ok, so you may be wondering what is that pretty graphic I see on Michele’s web pages? That is a tensegrity
model, and that is what Structural Integration and Pilates
are based upon. So, to explain further I borrow this excerpt from Roger Golten..
The Discovery of Tensional Integrity
and its impact on Understanding Human Structure. By Roger Golten
Tensegrity structures, those whose integrity is maintained more by tension rather than by compression have provided an intuitively very satisfying conceptual model for how the human body is organized on a gross level. They are used in Hellerwork & other Structural Integration Practitioner training’s to demonstrate an alternative to compressional structuring, the kind most visible up to now. Tensegrity architecture is now being scientifically acknowledged and verified to be the way Nature actually builds her structure from a subatomic to a cosmic scale (as Bucky Fuller preached), and the human body, last bastion of unconsciousness, is included. This recognition may stimulate some fundamental advances in the way we take care of our bodies.
The Big Picture
Gravity itself is a tensional force. It's a force that operates invisibly over millions of miles, and even more mysteriously, when you consider that it does not exist in isolation - only as a relationship between two objects.
is a systematic programme of myo-fascial manipulation originated by Ida P. Rolf PhD (1896-1979).
The goal of structural integration work, or S.I. for short, is to optimise the organisation of the human body with regard to the strongest force acting on us in our whole lives; the force of gravity. Rolf can be regarded as one of the great early pioneers in the development of the human potential movement in the early 20th century, along with FM Alexander, Moshe Feldenkrais, Milton Trager and Joseph Pilates
. It was Rolf who first recognised the primacy of the fasciae and the importance of gravity in the development and functioning of human structure.
The S.I. protocol utilises the plasticity of the fasciae, the tissues that surround, envelop and contain the various structures of the body, to optimise the overall relationship of the person to the planet and the parts of the musculo-skeletal system to each other. S.I. falls within a general therapeutic area known as somatic education - education of the body through the body, and it is further distinguished from other modalities by the discipline and direction imposed by the line of gravity.
The fasciae are a part of what is known as the connective tissues of the body, distinguishable in embryology as part of the mesoderm, as opposed to the endoderm (digestive tract) and the ectoderm (nervous system). The mesoderm or connective tissues include bone, muscles, ligament, tendons and surprisingly, the blood. Connective tissue connects and mobilizes the body, and is highly developed in athletic types, whereas an academic may be more ectomorphic or an opera singer endomorphic. www.golten.co.uk