What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy is individualized, integrative, and client-centered care that empowers self-healing through yoga's applications and tools to alleviate discomfort, cultivate eudaemonia, and develop resilience. Yoga therapy addresses illnesses in a multi-dimensional manner, aiming to diminish suffering progressively. Scientific research demonstrates that Yoga therapy is among the most effective complementary therapies for numerous health challenges, both physically and mentally.
What does a Yoga Therapist Do?
A yoga therapist bridges the gap between biomedical and integrative healthcare. Jennifer looks at the whole person, listens to what is happening, and then curates a practice to address needs and concerns on a mental, physical, energetic, and subtle body level. She can collaborate with a current medical team or recommend new team members, to ensure a whole-person healing approach is in place. Jennifer specializes in musculoskeletal dysfunction, chronic pain, mental health conditions including stress, and neurological disorders. If there is an aspect best suited for a specialist, she will refer and collaborate when appropriate. Most importantly, Jennifer works WITH the client, empowering and enhancing their ability to be active leaders on their path to well-being.
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What to Expect?
Before the first session, Jennifer will send some paperwork to fill out that allows her to begin to formulate a plan of care. The first meeting is an intake and assessment appointment that lasts 60-90 minutes. A starts dialogue regarding needs and goals. Next, Jennifer conducts a musculoskeletal assessment, which informs the plan of care. Finally, she will introduce yoga techniques such as asana, pranayama, and meditation that address the needs and goals of the client. At the end of the first session, clients will leave with at least one yogic technique to begin to practice, along with supporting material such as a handout or recording.
Jennifer will schedule a follow-up session to cultivate a program that enables clients to establish a level of connection with their body that facilitates a deep understanding of creating balance and ease, meets goals and needs, and improves well-being. Subsequent sessions alter and hone the program to support each client as they progress. E-mail and phone support are available between sessions. Jennifer's implementation of yoga therapy in this fashion ensures each client an individualized healthy, safe, and rewarding approach.
Pranayama: breath alteration to influence and regulate the autonomic nervous system
Asana: postures to strengthen, lengthen, or release muscles
Meditation: integrate and process information in a healthy and helpful mannor
Mindfulness: cultivating awareness through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally
Interoceptive Awareness: the ability to identify, access, understand, and respond appropriately to internal stimuli
Myofascial Release: applied pressure to the fascia and connective tissue to release tension
Neural Gliding: a movement that gently stretches irritated nerves to improve movement and reduce pain
Isometrics: the engagement of muscles without lengthening or shortening the muscle to create stability
Somatics: re-educating the way the brain senses and moves the muscles correcting maladaptive muscular action/inaction
Emotional Freedom Technique: the use of tapping on 9 specific meridian points to release to reduce stress by lowering cortisol
Sprint Journaling: unconscious cognitive release