Take your Yoga, Pilates, or Martial Arts practice to the next level with KMI Structural Integration and targeted bodywork to improve alignment, flexibility, and balance.

 

KMI for Yoga, Pilates, & Movement Practitioners

KMI Structural Integration can help you reach your alignment goals and accelerate your progress from modifications to full versions/advanced variations of the exercises and techniques you find challenging. Our results-oriented bodywork sessions and series can be tailored to custom-fit the unique goals and needs of a variety of movement practices. Beginner, advanced, or professional, we can help you progress or refine your practice with fascia-based bodywork.

Persistent alignment problems and faulty movement patterns are often rooted in neuromyofascial restrictions that aren’t easily addressed via stretching or muscle-focused techniques. Targeted fascial work can help you resolve these types of issues, with long-lasting results. Using a variety of Structural Integration and neuromuscular re-education techniques, many of which involve active client movement, KMI sessions can aid you in fine-tuning details of alignment and proprioception between your workouts. Below are some examples of how we can help you progress your practice.

 

Structural Bodywork for Yoga Practitioners

  • Correcting leg alignment issues during standing poses, Virabhadrasana (Warrior) series, etc.
  • Issues maintaining standing balance poses due to foot, ankle, and hip misalignments
  • Reducing pain and upper arm sensitivity during arm balances such as Bakasana (Crow)
  • Improving your Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel) and other backbends with abdominal/iliopsoas work and deep differentiation of the myofascia on the front/sides of the thighs
  • Find a more spacious and three-dimensional breath
  • Deepen your mind-body connection and enhance perception of subtle energy flows in the body; cultivate a sense of equanimity and balanced energy—both on and off your mat
  • Find more length and ease in sidebending and twisting postures
  • Chest, neck, shoulder, and arm alignment issues, including hyperextended elbows
  • Recurring wrist issues during yoga classes
  • Hamstring flexibility issues
  • Adductor/inner thigh flexibility issues in Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle), etc.
  • Just about anything else you receive frequent adjustments/corrections for in your Yoga classes

 

Structural Bodywork for Pilates Practitioners

  • Correcting persistent ankle alignment issues in Footwork, Foot Corrector, 2x4 exercises, etc.
  • Ankle range of motion and fluidity of movement through dorsiflexion and plantarflexion
  • Improving range-of-motion and correcting alignment-based difficulty with the Short Box series, Roll Up, Neck Pull, and many other exercises that involve controlled articulation through the spine and/or hinging backwards with a straight back
  • Improving Teaser and lower back flexibility via deep abdominal/iliopsoas work
  • Correcting hip, sacroiliac (SI) joint, and/or low back pain during Shoulder Bridge, etc.
  • Improving precision, neuromuscular control, and balanced breathing (via intercostal work), as well as deepening your connection to other Pilates principles
  • Reducing pain and inner thigh sensitivity during Horseback on the reformer
  • “Gripping” or overuse of hip flexors
  • Correcting side-to-side imbalances
  • Chest, neck, shoulder, and arm alignment issues, including hyperextended elbows
  • Wrist issues during mat or reformer classes
  • Hamstring flexibility and leg/knee alignment issues
  • Just about anything else you might be receiving consistent alignment corrections for in group classes/private sessions with your Pilates instructor

 

KMI Sessions & Series Info

In addition to the Yoga and Pilates examples listed above, we also work with practitioners and professionals from a variety of other movement backgrounds. For more information about what we do, check out the links below:

 

about KMI Structural Integration

Learn how KMI Structural Integration works, our bodywork philosophy, and what to expect during your sessions. Whether you are interested in single sessions or series-based work, we can help you on your journey towards balanced alignment and fluid, embodied movement. Read more →

 

About Marla Hanken, CMT BCSI

Marla has nearly a decade of experience working with fine details of alignment, joint, nerve, and myofascial issues. In addition to her background with KMI, she has trained extensively in a variety of other bodywork and movement modalities including Neuromuscular Therapy, Thai Structural Bodywork, Yoga, Pilates, and Reusi Dat Ton (Thai Hermit Yoga). Read more →