I spent the better part of 10 years working for and studying with Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains and founder of KMI Structural Integration School. He has been and continues to be a pioneer and communication leader on the progressive edge of teaching about fascia.
Tom’s impact on me has been deep and long lasting. I gathered incredible wisdom and potent teachings watching his determination, courage, and drive to put fascia on the map. It was an honor to be part of that process as he expanded his audience to include movement and fitness instructors. Together we expanded the audience of his work in and around New York City. His impact continues to be felt in many communities world wide, and as I continue to deepen my own teaching, I can’t help but be thankful to Tom for the active listening audience awaiting.
Tom taught me many important lessons on my journey to becoming a teacher. I carry with me one of his often shared stories about a physician who describes his relationship to healing patients,“In my profession, I race down to the river only to find a person drowning. I pull them out, pat them on the back, and send them on their way. Then I turn around to do the same for the next victim. I’m so busy saving lives that I never get a chance to go upstream to find out why they are falling into the water in the first place.” This tale made a deep impression on me. It inspired me to translate many of years of studying fascia with Tom into a movement practice designed to prevent injury and promote healing and health.
Being in the classroom with Tom for the better part of a decade was a tremendous opportunity to gather information. As powerful as the foundation of knowledge was the gift of witnessing the essential skills and techniques necessary to becoming a successful teacher. Tom developed and utilized teaching tools designed to weave fabric and connection within the classroom, laying down his own layer of fascia between the students.
I have come to hold a great deal of reverence for the micro community of the classroom. From different walks of life we arrive as strangers with the desire to learn, grow, and become more than who we are. Tom showed me how to hold safe space so that unfamiliar people can become community in a short period of time. Beyond holding safe space, we must also facilitate connections by opening doors and dissolving personal stories so that students can clearly see each other. When this is done intentionally and artfully, the result is pure magic. The deeply personal and professional impact of studying with Tom for the better part of a decade will resonate with me forever. My time with Tom shaped my foundation, and grew my ability to see and approach the body as healer and teacher. For these gifts, I will be forever grateful.