A tensegrity model is a structure suppoorted by the balance between tension and compression. Tensegrity is a term originally coined by the famous architect Buckminster Fuller to describe the concept of “tensional integrity” in his building designs.
The body is a bio-tensegrity model. When we look at the body from this perspective, it opens up a whole new understanding of how the body moves, how it compensates and how it functions. We actually have to start thinking about the body from a completely different perspective.
The icosahedron tensegrity model made of dowels and elastic cord we use in class, effectively demonstrates this concept of tensegrity. Imagine the dowels as our bones and the elastic cord as our fascia and myofascial tissue. When the model is compressed the tensile forces are distributed throughout the structure demonstrating the strength and flexibility of the design. We also notice that the entire model is affected no matter where compression or a pull is exerted on the structure, confirming that everything is interconnected and every movement or action affects the structure as a whole.
Here is a quote from the BodyTalk Fascial Balancing course instructor regarding tensegrity: “The bones and the fascial tissues of the body form a complex unit of tensional and compressive dynamics that allow the body to be very light weight and flexible while allowing for great strength and durability. When a body is in harmony, the biotensegrity complex is at ease and the bodymind functions extremely efficiently. When fascial compensations occur, the biotensegrity structure is compromised which can lead to extensive postural, bio-mechanical, emotional and energetic restrictions.”
It is the fascia that connects everything in the body and creates tensional integrity and glideability in the body so that our bodies function with amazing strength and flexibility. Fascia is one giant sheet, a single uninterrupted web that encases, connects and interlaces everything in the body down to the cellular level. So fascia is involved and influences every action, activity and function within the body.
Come to a course and delve deeper into this holistic integrated model to learn how fascia plays a major role in all our anatomical and physiological functions, and how we can influence the fascia to have a profound effect on the body.