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.