Human bodies are biotensegrity structures. This is what allows us to our very special combination of stability, movement, adaptability and resilience. As we better understand biotensegrity, we can better understand how our physical structure functions, and we can use this knowledge to help our clients and patients discover more optimal movement. This article is extracted from Chapter 15 “Reconfiguring” of the author’s book Everything Moves: How biotensegrity informs human movement and ties together many topics previously introduced, including how the body’s closed kinematic chains emerge as part of its tensegral structure. As in the rest of the book, it contains a number of exercises to help you to learn through practical experience. Login or register a free account below to access the contents, key points and discussion questions that accompany the article.
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Susan Lowell de Solórzano, MA Human Development & Education with a focus on kinesthetic learning, is certified as a Level III tai chi instructor by the American Tai Chi and Qigong Association, and is a certified FlexAware teacher.
Susan has been an associate of Dr Stephen M. Levin, originator of the theory of biotensegrity. She is a co-founder and board member of the Stephen M. Levin Biotensegrity Archive (BiotensegrityArchive.org), and since March 2020, Susan and fellow archive board members Graham Scarr and Chris Clancy have co-produced and hosted the Archive’s weekly online BiotensegriTea Party events. Susan is a co-founder and head organizer, DC BIG (Washington, DC Biotensegrity Interest Group; est. 2012) and she authored the Biotensegrity Archive’s BX 101 self-study guide to biotensegrity.
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