What is Tensegrity Medicine™?
Tensegrity Medicine is a person centered approach to therapy focused on the relationship of the individual and their interaction and response to their internal and external environments. Using the concept of biotensegrity as its foundational principle, the method approaches the bodymind as a biologic organism comprised of ‘equal forces of tensional compression and distraction’.
Differing from a traditional reductionistic therapy approach that treat symptoms and body parts in isolation, Tensegrity Medicine instead examines and treats the global adaptive patterns from a systems approach, examining patterns as they develop following injury, trauma, repetitive movement patterns, outdated belief systems or unprocessed emotions.
This unique form of therapy derives its inclusive foundation on the latest research related to connective tissue science, neuroscience, trauma informed care, and neuropsychoimmunology. These concepts are utilized in a relational way as a means to understand global patterns within the individual’s system.
Along with physical injury or disease processes, an individual’s perceptions and responses to life’s challenges and stressors contribute to the global symptoms’ health and functioning. Tensegrity Medicine evaluates and addresses the whole person and their relationship with their environments to create awareness and new adaptive choices for modified behavior and movement.
A comprehensive holistic evaluation incorporating physical, emotional, perceptual history and experiences is performed to better understand the clients history of lifestyle stressors, coping mechanisms, and belief systems. This approach assists the therapist in establishing a comprehensive treatment approach to better understand the current physiologic state and pattern(s) within the system.
Dialoguing about the origin and the perpetuation of the patterns is interwoven into the treatment setting as a means to provide alternatives to the habitual ‘way of being’ which may no longer be serving 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 biotensegral assessments are used to determine stagnation patterns that may be contributing to altered tension patterns and system(s) wide restrictions. Using these specific diagnostic assessments, the therapist is thereby able to create a customized treatment plan, individualized for 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 may arise during the session. Often these sensations become a basis of inquiry to allow tensional patterns to shift and expand. They may or may not hold an emotional charge or belief pattern that may come into the clients’ awareness. This is explored in a supportive safe environment to allow full discharge.
Movement re-education is incorporated either during or after the session as a means to integrate the body’s response and to allow an adaptive three-dimensional change within the system. Education on new movement and postural patterns along with lifestyle choices are emphasized as a means for the client to express the new freedom of movement, experience of balance, and new way of being within the system while they explore their environment(s).
Treatments usually last 1-2 hours.