What is biotensegrity?

The word biotensegrity is short for 'biological tensional integrity'. It refers to a three-dimensional tensional structure that is formed under tension and compression.

Tensegrity structures are self-stabilized, independent of gravity and need no external support. (Tom Flemons)

Our form, unlike a house is not a compression structure. 'Many bio-mechanical models suggest that we are constructed under linear rules that apply to compression structures. Biotensegrity offers a global model that possibly explains how we naturally organise all the elements of our moving 'body architecture' .. as a whole animated body contained in an intricate fascial matrix.' (Joan Avison, 2015)

In a biotensegrity structure there is a continuous tension network (fascia) in which discontinous compression elements (bones) are suspended.  The compression struts do not touch each other.  In a healthy organisation our bones act something like spacers in the network of our continuous fascial bodysuit.

 

The struts represent our bones and the tensile network represents our fascia.  Our bones are suspended in a sea of fascia!

The struts represent our bones and the tensile network represents our fascia.  Our bones are suspended in a sea of fascia!