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.
Yaron Gal Carmel has worked as a bodyworker since 1987 and trained in numerous bodywork modalities in Israel, Europe and the US. Yaron studied extensively with Tom Myers and is certified in Kinesis-Myofascial Integration (KMI) in 1999. Yaron has also served on the faculty of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Massachusetts, where he has taught anatomy, kinesiology and Thailand massage. He teaches certification courses in Thailand Traditional Massage, as well as his own method, “Thai-S.I.,” which marries Thailand Massage to Structural Integration.
Kirstin Schumaker is able to help clients find long-lasting relief from pain, discover life-changing improvements in posture, and ultimately move through life with greater energy and ease. She offers a gentle and specific approach to KMI Structural Integration through her specialization in neurofascial release. (In 2006, she began studying manipulation of peripheral nerves with Christoph Sommer. Since then she has also studied with Don Hazen and assisted Jon Martine in teaching neurofascial work). Her own kinesthetic understanding of the body has developed through participation in martial arts, a variety of sports, and diverse physical work experiences. Her current exercise interests are yoga, contact improvisation, and ecstatic dance, and she appreciates watching all forms of dance and movement.
Andrew Mannino has been a bodyworker since 2003, and a KMI practitioner since 2008. His practice, Body In Focus, is located in Belmont, MA. Andrew finds bodywork to be a fun balance of science and art that keeps him curious, engaged and inspired to continually explore on a deeper level. Andrew joined the KMI faculty in 2012 and was also certified as an Associate Teacher for the Anatomy Trains courses that year. Time outside of his practice will find Andrew exploring projects related to music, art, and meditation. Learn more about Andrew by reading this fantastic article in the Boston Voyager.
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