Mia, On Structural
I thought I was the least likely person in the world to be a
dancer, despite obsessively reading and fantasizing about
dancers as a child. I took my 1st dance class on my 22nd
birthday after finishing 10-weeks of Structural Integration -
- a truly life transforming experience that brought me home,
into my body. I went from being an overly analytical, self-deprecating, indecisive, body dysmorphic, insecure lady to a juicy, empowered, embodied, passionate lioness at home in her own skin. That didn’t happen overnight but it started with me feeling fed up with not inhabiting my body. And that 10-week journey was the beginning of an endlessly fascinating exploration as a Somanaut ( Soma=Body- think astronaut but in the intimate inner space of the human body).
In Africa they say, “If you can walk, you can dance”. I consider it my vocation (in the professional and devotional sense) to make that true for as many people as possible.. Dance is a sacred and ancient prayer. Dance is joy, passion, expression, and connection. For me, dancing is what lights me up but not all my students are “dancers”. When I say “dance” I don’t mean performative or professional dance. I don’t even mean structured dance. I mean something much bigger. I see the act of dancing as moving through life in a juicy, passionate way -- living your bliss without needing applause. I believe that process begins by listening to and loving our bodies.
Our concepts of what we should be or do come from the outside. There is a way to navigate inside yourself, to sense your body and source what desire or need is genuine to the moment. I feel grateful to be in a position, and equipped, to support others in that inquiry. I use tools like Pilates, exploratory anatomy, dance warm ups, Structural Integration and Madeline Black hands on techniques. My students are curious, experimental, and hungry to express their original, creative selves.
I’ve worked with youth at camps and outdoor education programs in Vermont, California and Hawaii. In keeping with my belief that “dance is for everyone”, I have danced in 3 different youth and adult troupes one of which included playing the role of assistant director. In 2002 I spent 4 months in Guinea and Senegal, West Africa studying traditional dance. I’ve also studied in Brazil.
I mostly do in-person sessions in Nevada City/Grass Valley serving folks in the foothills and clients from Carson City, NV to The Bay Area. I love to travel and am delighted to offer sessions in any part of the world to people of various cultures. One of the silver linings of the Covid pandemic has been my new love of reaching folks all over the globe through Zoom. I teach individualized, life affirming movement, self administered Neurovascular Release (online) and practice hands-on bodywork including the ATSI 12 session series.
More About Mia
My first encounter with Structural Integration was
life transforming. I started practicing SI in 1996 when
I graduated from the Soma Institute, and after reading
Anatomy Trains and first studying with Tom in 2013,
I was awed by his brilliant mapping of the body, seeing
that it would lead to more precise, individualized
strategies for clients.
I love this work and feel honored to support people in
developing new awareness, leaving behind outdated
patterns and changing their bodies, and therefore
I also teach life affirming and restorative movement and was certified with Polestar Pilates in 2011. I love to dance, particularly to live, traditional music from the African Diaspora. I occasionally perform, which I enjoy the most when it also includes girls and teens from the local Grass Valley and Nevada City community.
Mia Gleason –Anatomy Trains Structural Integration
Board Certified in Structural Integration
Serving Grass Valley, Nevada City and Nevada County