Thomas Myers studied with Drs. Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Buckminster Fuller, and has practiced integrative bodywork for over 30 years in Europe, the UK, and the USA. He incorporates many movement and manual disciplines. Tom is the author of the best-selling book, Anatomy Trains (Elsevier 2001), as well as over 60 articles for trade magazines and journals, and a dozen video programs on fascial technique and dissection. He directs Kinesis and lives with his wife, Quan, on the coast of Maine.
Lou Benson has been studying the three dimensional moving puzzle of the human body for over 30 years, first as an athlete and amateur bodybuilder, and beginning in 1991, as a massage therapist, anatomist and technique teacher. Since then, she has developed curriculum for and taught a wide variety of courses in massage, anatomy and kinesiology for massage therapists and yoga teachers. Lou began her studies with Tom Myers in 1994, and certified in the first KMI class in 1999. She is a lead teacher for KMI and currently serves as KMI’s Educational Director. Lou is also certified in Aston Patterning, and is the founder and director of The BodyWork Education Project. She maintains a private practice in Atlanta, GA.
James Earls (BA Hons, KMI) is an Advanced Practitioner of KMI and has been running a private practice in structural integration in Belfast, Northern Ireland since 2001. As co-director of Kinesis UK with Tom, he has arranged a number of trainings around Europe and led workshops in many places. James has authored many articles on anatomy and bodywork which have been published in a range of journals. He has also brought a number of leading edge trainers to the UK. James has a wealth of experience in the organization and running of workshops.
Kelly Chadwick has been doing bodywork since 2005. Following a career in community mental health administration and crisis counseling, she developed her passion for structural bodywork as a student in the KMI program. Kelly has been assisting in Kinesis courses since 2008. She is enthused by the emotional and spiritual changes that occur with structural integration work. Her focus is working with children and teens. She maintains a private practice at Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts Bodywork for the Soul near Cincinnati, OH.
Carrie Gaynor, BSN, RN, KMI is a Board Certified Structural Integrator and a graduate Kinesis where she has been a faculty member since 2006. Carrie divides her professional time between teaching for Kinesis and a thriving private Structural Integration practice in Rochester, New York, where she also Co-Directs ABSOLUTE yoga & wellness.
Carrie’s strong foundation in the health sciences began with her nursing education earned at the University of Rochester in 1993. She now integrates teaching, clinical practice and research as a means of informing her classroom, private practice and professional endeavors.
A trusted and experienced teacher, Carrie leads professional training programs (KMI Structural Integration with Thomas Myers and other senior Kinesis faculty) and Anatomy Trains intensives in the US and abroad. Her diverse knowledge, infused with a lifetime of athletic interests including nearly two decades of practicing and teaching yoga, allows her to engage with movement and manual therapists.
Most recently, Carrie has written two articles on Structural Integration that were published in the International Association of Structural Integration 2011 Yearbook. She has also delivered presentations on both Structural Integration and Yoga at internationally attended seminars such as Natural Health Practitioners of Canada: Annual National Conference and Atlantic Yoga Conference. She currently serves as a member of the Certification Board for Structural Integration and the Board of Directors of the International Association of Structural Integrators.
Peter Ehlers has been a body worker since 1995, maintaining a busy practice in Santa Fe, Mew Mexico. He has trained in Neuromuscular Therapy, KMI Structural Integration, Functional Neurology for Bodywork, and Barral Visceral and Neural Manipulation. He was an instructor of Connective Tissue bodywork at the Scherer Institute for 10 years before he began teaching Anatomy Trains and KMI Structural Integration in 2005. Peter has a passion for teaching this work, as well as a deep compassion for the human spirit.
Denotes this practitioner has passed the certification exam offered by the Certification Board for Structural Integration.