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TENSEGRITY REPAIR SERIES PROGRESSIVE CLASS

We approach this class from the three directions of structural/tensional integrity, connection, and communication, all key components of life in general, and in particular, with our body and key to any movement practice that one engages in.

The Tensegrity Repair Series, created by Gioia Irwin, is a movement practice designed to bring our bodies back to tensional integrity, rebalancing the tensional web everywhere in our bodies.

What is ‘tensegrity’ and ‘tensegrity in relation to the human body’?  According to Thomas Myers, author of the Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists’ whose research and approach to the human body from this perspective influences a lot of Sharon’s current teaching says in his book:

“It (tensegrity) refers to structures that maintain their integrity due primarily to a balance of continuous tensile forces through out the structure as opposed to leaning on continuous compressive forces”.  “A tensegrity structure still combines tension and compression members, but the compression members are islands, floating in a sea of continuous tension”.  “As long as the two sets of forces are balanced, the structure is stable”.   “an increase in tension of one of the members results in increased tension in members throughout the structure even ones on the opposite side”.

The tensegrity structure of our body can make a lot of adjustment for the pressures we put upon it and usually return to balance when the stressors are removed.  Thomas says “The injury happens where it does because of inherent weakness or previous injury, not purely and always because of local strain.  Discovering these pathways and easing chronic strain at some remove from the painful portion then becomes a natural part of restoring systemic ease and order, as well as tending to prevent future injuries."    “This research points the way towards a holistic role for the mechanical distribution of strain in the body that goes far beyond merely dealing with localized tissue pain.  Creating an even tone across the myofascial meridians, and further across the entire fascial net, could have profound implications for health, both cellular and general. Very simply, transmission of tension through a tensegrity array provides a means to distribute forces to all interconnected elements, and, at the same time to couple or ‘tune’ the whole system mechanically as one.”

The compression points (bones) and tension points (soft-tissue- muscles, the myofascial network) become out of balance and affect the body’s structure from many causes including injury.  In addition, adhesions are created in our fascial planes for a variety of reasons and the fascial planes lose their ability to glide over each other as they are meant to glide over each other.  We build and rebuild our bodies with the type of activities we do, and our bodies require regular whole-body movements.  The health of the fascia determines whether we will experience so called ‘age related’ conditions such as loss of flexibility and loss of joint range movement or not.

The aim of this practice and Sharon’s intent, is to view the body as a whole and that all parts are connected; that what happens to one seemingly separate part of the body has a profound effect on the rest of the structure.  With this in mind, we don’t just work one area, one part of the body; we need to do practices for the whole body, inside and out.  It is also a question of what happens in the inner world of our bodies affects our outer world.  Through the practice of TRS and also the accompanying practices we balance all aspects of our structure, bringing it back to tensegrity as much as is possible.

Some of the goals of the ‘Series’ Sharon believes are:

-to align the bones’ in a way that allows minimum effort for standing and action’;

-to balance the myofascial tissues around the skeletal structure ‘such that there is a general evenness of tone, rather than islands of higher tension or slackened tissues’’;

-to create a body that ‘lives its full length in both the trunk and limbs, and in both the muscles and the joints, rather than moving in shortness and compression’;

and to create a resilience to bear stress without breaking, and to resume a balanced existence when the stress is removed.’

These 28 mindful movements rehydrate, regenerate, and re-awaken the connections with the tissues and layers, taking in the research on bio-tensegrity and the connective tissue networks; thus, creating an environment of freedom and ease in our neuromuscular and fluid pathways.  A greater capacity is created in the organs (breathing, elimination and digestion) as well as in the nervous system reflected as clear thinking, reasoning, better memory, and the ability to remain ‘present’, thus balancing our entire endocrine system.  The principles of the TRS may be applied to other movement practices such as yoga, and some consider engaging in this practice essential for all movement practices.  Susi Hately Aldous, with her background in kinesiology, yoga, and physical rehabilitation, stated that once a body is already in a yoga asana (pose) that it was already too late to adjust any misalignments meaning we cannot correct the alignment of our body once we are into our movement practices or our pose. 

This class is for the serious student who wants to go deeper into their body as a whole not just the sum of its parts and deeper into their practice regardless of what movement practices they may currently engage in.  No experience in any type of movement practice or yoga is necessary; we learn to meet our body where it is.  There is no need to be flexible, strong, to touch your toes so to speak, just a willingness to learn, to observe and hear your own body.  Returning our body to tensegrity and the regular practice of TRS is recommended to improve all forms of movement practices, including yoga.

Our goal in totality is to learn the 28 movements of the Tensegrity Repair Series (TR Series) while developing connection and communication with ourselves and our bodies, and fill our practice toolbox with many options to accomplish this, doing so over time and accomplished with a wide variety of setup and building up practices learned in addition to the Series.  We learn not only the Tensegrity Repair Series, we will develop connection with ourselves and our body, learn its ‘language’. 

During this progressive, weekly class, we will engage in many practices that are stand-alone practices, which also enhance and are used in the execution of TRS.  These practices include patterns and structures created and put in place from Embryology; Development Movement Patterns; the Anatomy Trains as put forth by Thomas Myers; the Poly-Vagal Theory as put forth by Steven Porges and Stanley Rosenberg including practices for ventral vagus nerve function; practices designed to calm our nervous system; practices for Heart/Brain coherence from Heart Math; adjustment of our ‘masses’ for structural alignment; creating stability before mobility; body connectivity; connection with the 10 Vayu’s (5 inner, 5 outer) and the 8 Diaphragms; practices centered around the fascia and release of the fascia; strengthening the pelvic floor; engaging our Deep Front Line; different forms of Pranayama; plus much more.  Students will learn and embody all these practices, becoming educated on how to ‘move’ on their own.

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THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AS A PRIVATE ONE ON ONE CLASS.  TO DISCUSS LOCATION LOGISTICS, SCHEDULING OR FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS CLASS, USE THE LINK TO LEARN MORE.  

Each student will need Toe Spreaders, tensegrity block, pair of dowels (may be purchased through Sharon), a blanket. a yoga mat (2 or more if more comfort is needed for practicing on the floor),  and optional eye-cover for session end relaxation.   Various props will be available and used in the classes and may be available for purchase for student’s home practice.

GROUP PUBLIC CLASSES MAY RESUME IN THE FUTURE WHEN ALLOWED.  CHECK THIS WEBSITE FOR DETAILS.


SHARON McGETTIGAN-CERTIFIED YOGA INSTRUCTOR-

Intermediate level YAA, YFT, YA RYT-200

TRADITIONAL HATHA YOGA-WITH FOCUS ON BREATH, ALIGNMENT,

MODIFICATIONS & SAFETY, LEVEL 1 YOGA NIDRA/iRest, 100 HR. CERTIFIED YIN YOGA, CERTIFIED PRENATAL YOGA,

LEVEL 1 TENSEGRITY REPAIR SERIES, BASIC PSYCH-K FACILITATOR 

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