Frequently asked questions
What is The IPATH Method?
IPATH is an acronym for Integral Postural Alignment Techniques. The IPATH Method uses restorative yoga poses and pilates exercises in a sequence that ultimately eliminates back/body pain along with mindful awareness of the benefits of good posture. This method uses myofascial release techniques, and held positions that ultimately correct musculoskeletal displacement. We train each student to feel how breathwork, along with anatomical positions heal the body. Many come to know and enjoy the transformation of IPATH after other passive forms of release have failed. If you have chronic back body pain, we encourage you to take a 30-minute assessment to learn the value and benefits that IPATH restorative yoga and pilates have to offer.
How can I try IPATH?
Currently, all sessions and classes are live-streamed. There are a few options if you'd like to try IPATH. It is advisable, to begin with, IPATH Restorative Yoga for those with chronic back/body pain. Begin here to release layers of tension that compound and restrict joints and muscles which brings on pain. Once released, moving on to IPATH Pilates will add value to the way of building strength and stability while using the postural mantra, learned through the IPATH Restorative sequence.
You are teachers not doctors. How could IPATH possibly end back pain?
As a community of yoga teachers and wellness providers, we walk a fine line when it comes to students who come to us with pain and injuries. It’s not appropriate and we do not diagnose, provide prescriptions, or make claims since we aren’t medical providers. Many students come to us to be well and to seek answers to questions on how to move and be well to avoid injuries and understand the why and how to’s of discomfort and pain. As IPATH teachers we are trained to relieve stress and understand repetitive injuries, overstretching, and the best practices for sequencing. What makes IPATH Restorative Yoga work - we get to the root, or foundation of the problem. IPATH is unique because we get to the foundation after releasing layers of stiff fascial layers. This is a long term holistic solution that will free joints, muscles and bones within the whole body. In other words, we manipulate the foundation (our skeleton) for permanent results.
How do I know if I have poor posture?
9 out of 10 people at some point have lower back pain from poor postural habits. As our shoulders slouch, or if you are a side sleeper, then it is likely that you have postural issues. Take an honest look in the mirror. Are your ears in front of the midline of your shoulders? Does your chin lift towards the back wall when you are on your back with no pillows. Do you have scoliosis or sciatica? Is one arm about an inch longer than the other? Do you have pain when you wake up? When standing, is one foot angled outward, instead of lined with the walls? if you have answered YES to at least one of the questions then you most likely have postural issues, that might lead to lower back pain. You are a candidate for IPATH Restorative Yoga.
Is IPATH a painful process?
Honestly, that depends on your body. If you have a dowagers hump for example, once you rested on your back with blocks or a bolster for support, it can be uncomfortable initially. We do our best and trained to relax the body with the breathwork, props and verbal cues. Much depends on your pain tolerance, your posture, and the way you trust your body. Awareness is the key, here. A good example is wearing braces. Braces shift your teeth, and gums much like IPATH shifts bones and soft tissue in the body. Once the body begins to shift, we are meant to feel the release. Some find this reassuring. Overall, once your body begins to realign and release, a sense of ease, and tension is released from the body and most feel completley relaxed enough to fall asleep. That's because tenion is pouring out of the body and the heart also beats slower, and the body even cools off. This is the perfect condition to create circulation, space and energy for the body.
Why do I need to buy the IPATH ball? I already have a tennis ball I can use.
We do not advise using a tennis ball to manipulate fascia, since it has been known to bruise the fascia. There are other more dense balls or rollers when used with a certified and trained teacher can be very effective for myofascial release. BUT and big BUT! We don't use our IPATH ball for myofascial release. We begin MFR using held poses and yoga blocks.
I have spinal stenosis. Could IPATH help?
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine. Spinal stenosis occurs most often in the lower back and the neck. Your Doctor might have perscribed pain relievers. pain medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), naproxen (Aleve, others) and acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) may be used temporarily to ease the discomfort of spinal stenosis. The IPATH release practice has helped many with scoliosis, spinal stenosis, herniation and sciatca. The IPATH Method since we focus on the whole body using the the central nervous system and breath to relax soft tissues, heavy muscles to aid in skeletal release that will free the joints and create space over time, and creating a life of we'll-being.