What is Tensegrity Medicine™?

Tensegrity Medicine is a person centered approach to therapy that focuses on the relationship of the individual and their interaction and response to their internal and external environment.  Using a biotensegrity  informed approach as one of its foundational principles, the method approaches the bodymind as a biologic organism comprised of ‘equal forces of tensional compression and distraction’.

Differing from a traditional reductionistic therapy approaches that treat symptoms and body parts in isolation, Tensegrity Medicine instead examines and treats the global adaptive patterns from a systems approach, examining patterns that develop following injury, trauma, repetitive movement patterns, outdated belief systems or unprocessed emotions.

This unique form of therapy derives its inclusive foundation from the latest research related to connective tissue science, neuroscience, trauma informed care, and neuropsychoimmunology.  These concepts are integrated in a relational way to understand global patterns within the individual’s system.

Along with physical injury or disease processes, it is understood that an individual’s perceptions and responses to life’s challenges and stressors contribute to global symptoms and overall functioning.  Tensegrity Medicine evaluates and addresses the whole person along with their relationship to their environments as a means to enhance awareness and new adaptive choice points for modified behavior and movement.

A comprehensive holistic evaluation that incorporates  physical, emotional, perceptual history and experiences is performed to better understand the clients history of lifestyle stressors, coping mechanisms, and belief systems.  This lens of viewing assists the therapist in establishing a comprehensive treatment approach that addresses  the current physiologic state and pattern(s) within the system.

Dialoguing about the origin and the perpetuation of patterns is interwoven into the treatment setting as a means to provide alternatives to habitual ‘ways of being’  which may no longer serve the individual.  New perceptual strategies and movement patterns are introduced and explored as a means to modify lifestyle habits and maximize overall health and well being.

A wide variety of diagnostics tools and assessment principles are utilized within this model. An emphasis on connective tissue evaluation via tensegral assessments are used to determine stagnation patterns that may contribute to altered tensional patterns and system(s) wide restrictions.  By using specific diagnostic assessments, the therapist is able to create a customized treatment plan that addresses the client’s unique patterns.

The Tensegrity Medicine™ therapist utilizes a number of innovative light touch techniques, based on the latest science of the nervous and connective tissue system.  This approach targets the abnormal tension patterns which may be altering optimal  joint, muscle, ligament, tendon, or nerve functioning.  During these hands on and movement therapy techniques, an emphasis is placed on heightening the client’s interoceptive awareness of their holding patterns, as well as sensations that arise during the session.  Often these sensations become a basis of inquiry that allows tensional patterns to shift and expand.  They may or may not hold an emotional charge or belief pattern that can come into the clients’ awareness.  This  exploratory process is done in a safe supportive environment in order to allow full discharge.

Movement re-education is incorporated either during or after each session as a means to integrate the body’s response and to allow adaptive three-dimensional change within the system.  Education on new movement and postural patterns, along with lifestyle choices are encouraged as a means for the client to express new freedom of movement, experiences of balance, and new ways of being in their environment.

Treatments usually last 1-2 hours.

To learn more in-depth information related to the Tensegrity Medicine methodology, please check out Kelly’s book:

Tensegrity Medicine-An Integrative Approach to Bodymind Wellness