Take your Yoga, Pilates, or Martial Arts practice to the next level with Anatomy Trains Structural Integration and targeted bodywork to improve alignment, flexibility, and balance.

 

ATSI for Yoga, Pilates, & Movement Practitioners

Anatomy Trains Structural Integration (ATSI) can help you reach your alignment goals and accelerate your progress from modifications to full versions/advanced variations of the exercises and techniques you find challenging. Our results-oriented bodywork sessions and series can be tailored to custom-fit the unique goals and needs of a variety of movement practices. Beginner, advanced, or professional, we can help you progress or refine your practice with fascia-based bodywork.

Persistent alignment problems and faulty movement patterns are often rooted in neuromyofascial restrictions that aren’t easily addressed via stretching or muscle-focused techniques. Targeted fascial work can help you resolve these types of issues, with long-lasting results. Using a variety of Structural Integration and neuromuscular re-education techniques, many of which involve active client movement, ATSI sessions can aid you in fine-tuning details of alignment and proprioception between your workouts. Below are some examples of how we can help you progress your practice:

 

Structural Bodywork for Yoga Practitioners

  • Correcting leg alignment issues during standing poses, Virabhadrasana (Warrior) series, etc.
  • Issues maintaining standing balance poses due to foot, ankle, and hip misalignments
  • Reducing pain and upper arm sensitivity during arm balances such as Bakasana (Crow)
  • Improving your Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel) and other backbends with abdominal/iliopsoas work and deep differentiation of the myofascia on the front/sides of the thighs
  • Find a more spacious and three-dimensional breath
  • Deepen your mind-body connection and enhance perception of subtle energy flows in the body; cultivate a sense of equanimity and balanced energy—both on and off your mat
  • Find more length and ease in sidebending and twisting postures
  • Chest, neck, shoulder, and arm alignment issues, including hyperextended elbows
  • Recurring wrist issues during yoga classes
  • Hamstring flexibility issues
  • Adductor/inner thigh flexibility issues in Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle), etc.
  • Just about anything else you receive frequent adjustments/corrections for in your Yoga classes

 

Structural Bodywork for Pilates Practitioners

  • Correcting persistent ankle alignment issues in Footwork, Foot Corrector, 2x4 exercises, etc.
  • Ankle range of motion and fluidity of movement through dorsiflexion and plantarflexion
  • Improving range-of-motion and correcting alignment-based difficulty with the Short Box series, Roll Up, Neck Pull, and many other exercises that involve controlled articulation through the spine and/or hinging backwards with a straight back
  • Improving Teaser and lower back flexibility via deep abdominal/iliopsoas work
  • Correcting hip, sacroiliac (SI) joint, and/or low back pain during Shoulder Bridge, etc.
  • Improving precision, neuromuscular control, and balanced breathing (via intercostal work), as well as deepening your connection to other Pilates principles
  • Reducing pain and inner thigh sensitivity during Horseback on the reformer
  • “Gripping” or overuse of hip flexors
  • Correcting side-to-side imbalances
  • Chest, neck, shoulder, and arm alignment issues, including hyperextended elbows
  • Wrist issues during mat or reformer classes
  • Hamstring flexibility and leg/knee alignment issues
  • Just about anything else you might be receiving consistent alignment corrections for in group classes/private sessions with your Pilates instructor

 

ATSI Sessions & Series Info

In addition to the Yoga and Pilates examples listed above, we also work with practitioners and professionals from a variety of other movement backgrounds. For more information about what we do, check out the links below:

 

about Anatomy Trains Structural IntegratioN (ATSI)

Learn how ATSI Structural Integration works, our bodywork philosophy, and what to expect during your sessions. Whether you are interested in single sessions or series-based work, we can help you on your journey towards balanced alignment and fluid, embodied movement. Read more →

 

About Marla Hanken, CMT BCSI

Marla has more than a decade of experience working with fine details of alignment, joint, nerve, and myofascial issues. In addition to her background with Structural Integration (ATSI/KMI), she has trained extensively in a variety of other bodywork and movement modalities including Thai Structural Bodywork, Neuromuscular Therapy, Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga, Contemporary Pilates (Stott), and Reusi Dat Ton (Thai Hermit Yoga). Read more →