An Introduction to Biotensegrity


Many articles refer to “Biotensegrity” as if it is a principle that can be discussed separately from “fascia”, the connective tissue of the human form. That is like studying bricklaying and building and stone masonry as if it has nothing to do with architecture.  Of course, we are talking about the human body here. Much as we might like to think of surgeons as architects (as well they may have to be) – it is interesting to remember that we are originally self-assembled.

We grow and develop in a series of genetic and kinetic embryological strokes that still keep many researchers fascinated by the question “exactly how does the embryo differentiate?” How do we know to become “me” as distinct from owl or elephant? More traditional explanations can suggest it is all in the DNA code, or genetics. The growing understanding of the fascia as our main organ of organisation (over simplified, but essentially accurate) suggests there is more to it.

The way in which the embryonic strokes actually move and are moved by the embryonic strokes (it’s meant to be a conundrum) animate polarities of tension and compression; attraction and repulsion; equal and opposite forces of motion throughout the structure. It is called the Structure of Life and the following books and resources will delight the interested reader. There are several chapters in YOGA Fascia, Anatomy and Movement that seek to make sense of it in practical terms. (With a reading list included). Lots of information can be found at Dr Stephen Levin’s website and also a wonderful new book by Graham Scarr called The Structure of Life. Another useful resource is Graham Scarr’s website  and further information will be added in posts to this website; watch this space – it’s exciting work!

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