Being There: The Unique Contribution of Structural Integration to Spatial Medicine

Friday, March 26, 2021, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Session Description 

This talk celebrates the history of the modern expression of Structural Integration from Ida Rolf's arrival at Esalen 60 years ago across the busy decades to the current resurgence of SI across the world, with a new diversity of applications to sports, rehabilitation, performing arts, education, and trauma resolution, as well as our assigned task from Dr Rolf: promoting better structural hygiene for the general public and the rise of the next (and crucial) generation.

In the midst of a culture so focused on ‘doing’, SI occupies a unique niche of ‘being',  We do not ask, like so many other current rehabilitative modalities, “What can you do?”, or “What can you not do?”, but rather “Who are you?” and more particularly "Where are you?”  From osteopathy to physiotherapy to Pilates to yoga to martial arts to the many forms of fitness training now on offer, this talk places SI in the constellation of Spatial Medicine - how can we alter health by shifting how people shape their inner space?

Our singular approach to the neuromyofascial web merits the attention it is now increasingly receiving. How do we rise to the challenge?



Tom Myers
Anatomy Trains

Tom Myers, BCSI, directs Anatomy Trains, which offers certification in Structural Integration in the USA, Australia, and Europe, as well as short courses in manual therapy and functional anatomy worldwide. Tom is author of Anatomy Trains (2020, 4th ed), and co-author of Fascial Release for Structural Balance (2017, 2nd ed). 

The Anatomy Trains myofascial meridians, which connect the muscles through the fascial fabric, is increasingly employed in a wide variety of rehabilitation and performance enhancement modalities. 

Tom studied directly with Buckminster Fuller, Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, Judith Aston, Emilie Conrad, and a variety of European osteopaths. He has practiced Structural Integration for over forty years in a wide variety of clinical and cultural settings.



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