Biotensegrity explains the way a flower grows up from the ground and survives all but the highest winds. It is how a tree grows so magnificently in so many directions, with a canopy that reaches, parallel to the ground, yet the branches do not routinely fall off . It describes every pattern, in the matter of the natural world. How do we pick up a child running towards us, that leaps into our arms, for a bear-hug, without losing its limbs or necessarily knocking us over, or breaking ours?

According to Dr Stephen Levin, author of the term and Orthopaedic surgeon, we have the maths, physics, chemistry and biology (by which classical biomechanics explains these phenomena) wrong. His statement is supported by decades of research and an understanding of human motion and anatomy, that leaves a compelling argument and one that any movement practitioner is bound to appreciate. It makes sense of nature; of what actually happens on the mat, in the classroom or at the pitch, pool and field. Dr Levin coined the term and many leading scientists, practitioners, researchers and engineers offer support for this new paradigm, that explains nature, since ancient times….

“That nature applies common assembly rules is implied by the recurrence, at scales from the molecular to the macroscopic, of certain patterns, such as spirals, pentagons and triangulated forms. Th ese patterns appear in structures ranging from highly regular crystals to relatively irregular proteins and in organisms as diverse as viruses, plankton and humans.”

- Donald Ingber, PhD, Cell Biologist / Bioengineer




In this clip, that has lousy acoustics, sorry, you can see the unedited version taken by an observer who didn’t have access to the voice recordings…but it’s fun! Dr Levin answers some key questions as to why biotensegrity is so important for all movement and manual therapists to understand!



This was an interview with Stu Girling, for his fabulous website Love Yoga Anatomy. As Stu says, when two anatomy geeks get together, it just goes on… It was a while ago now, in 2015, and we sat talking until it got dark, so Stu edited it into four parts. It was so much fun.



This podcast was done for Patricia Maddalena, for her Happiness Hacks TV episode. It was such fun to do and explain why our connective tissue plays such a key part in our happiness.It’s also available as a podcast on iPlayer.