Yoga Paired with Structural Integration Creates Magic! (Or – Who is that strange woman in the MUUV studio?)

Meet Pam Blackledge:

I have been working in the beautiful MUUV studio now for over a year, and wanted to take the opportunity, albeit a few months later than I meant, to introduce myself and my practice of Structural Integration. Structural Integration is a form of hands-on bodywork that manipulates your connective tissue, (called fascia), freeing and lengthening your body into a state of neutrality. Neutrality does not mean just hanging out doing nothing. In this case, neutrality means fluid, free, supple. Which, in turn, creates lift and buoyancy in your body’s bony structure, bringing you into a more vertical posture, allowing you to move with less restriction, greater ease and obvious grace.

That seems like a tall order for one little individual modality! And it is, but luckily it continues to deliver, delighting clients over and over. The development of Structural Integration started in the 1920’s by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, a feisty woman who had ailments of her own driving the discovery of fascial manipulation and molding. Through her understanding of the body, biology, tensegrity, and energetic pathways, she believed we could transform old postural patterns (that trap us, our movement, our lives) into new postural patterns that enable us to live our lives freely without pain, opening the body, erasing the armour, and experiencing life from the inside out.

Through the process of what Rolf called the 10-series, we can organize the body parts into an efficient, mobile, lifted, energetic structure. It’s hard to imagine the results from the work, but once you experience it, it becomes a necessary part of life! It does, however, and unfortunately, have a reputation of hurting. I have been working diligently at erasing that myth. The work does not need to hurt. It may be intense in some parts of the body that have been storing trapped restrictions, emotions, or injury. But “intense” does not need to be painful. As long as the communication door is open, we can work safely through intention and light touch to free the body.

At this point you can probably see why I consider the combination of yoga and Structural Integration magical. But if not, allow me to offer my viewpoint. As believers and followers of a yoga practice, I can only assume you are seeking a strong, flexible and open body. You are working to express yourself through your truth and your core beliefs. You are seeking to live your life in the present moment – breathing, listening, feeling. You are visualizing the Earth’s boundless offerings coming into your life and the gratification that you will always be provided for. By creating a structural body that encompasses all of the above mentioned ideals, imagine the magic that can come into your yoga practice. Gives me goosebumps!

I welcome questions, consults, or even a quick conversation in the lobby. I would love for you to experience Structural Integration, and discover its many attributes. (But I do warn you, it’s slightly addictive!) You can learn more about me and my practice on my website. Or give a call or text at any time.

Here’s to making 2019 your most magical year yet! (Clink!!)

Pam Blackledge

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived. Follow the path that is no path; follow your bliss.” – Joseph Campbell