What is IPATH?
Integral Postural Alignment Techniques
The IPATH Story
IPATH® is a unique sequence of five transformative poses, practiced while resting on a mat which elicits a sense of complete well-being and pain relief. The sequence targets specific marma points within the body to help balance the fields of energy that govern us. The heart chakra (Anahata) begins with using prana, the life force, and power behind all physical and psychological processes, to flow. The resting phase gives the body the opportunity to relax superficial soft tissues, fascia manipulation, and musculoskeletal shifts align the whole body- to eliminate pain. The body is placed on blocks that support essential skeletal points that work with gravity. This revolutionary 'hands-off" method encourages a psychological evolution of unpacking the body. The effect of how our neurological system feeds the mind with information aids in releasing stress using natural breathwork, over time changes negative patterns set within the body. Here is when awareness with new postural habits restores the body. Stillness and tranquility are essential to The IPATH® philosophy, as each practitioner begins a journey of awareness and observation, in order to continue manipulating and releasing the body as a whole. We aren't simply resting, we are working-in. IPATH® doesn't treat symptoms, it goes to the root of the reasons for misalignment.
The accumulation of habit patterns may cause the body to be in such misalignment that slouching or overcompensated movements become "comfortable". "
Gravity is the therapists" - Ida Rolf
With the IPATH® sequence, the body realigns into its natural shape creating space passively with gravity, breathwork, and relaxation. The sequence allows for muscle memory to regress to natural habit patterns which organically frees the joints. After IPATH'ing, your body should start feeling "comfortable" because of eliminated layers of stress and its most healthy alignment - eliminating pain, distributing weight appropriately, and reducing tension on the spine and joints.
IPATH® is popular because of how good it feels to "let go" of tension.
Once layers of the muscles and connective tissues have eased and lengthened, we work on spine lengthening and traction-allowing the body more space that further removes tension.
The final poses with the IPATH® postural balls are done to retrain the muscles and skeleton which are then primed to hold and retain a rejuvenated shape. We name this postural "trigger points". Our postural mantra "chin tuck, pelvic tilt, shoulder blades", offer the greatest value toward overall back healthcare and posture.
With the IPATH® method, stress and pain are eliminated with breathwork, gravity, and MFR release., and the final phase of shape and bone alignment is achieved. It is in the final step we are most proud of. Instead of complaints of the body shortening annually, our students report height changes of up to 3/4" of an inch in only one year of practicing IPATH®.
Feeling is believing!