Don’t just treat symptoms. Uncover the source of the problem.
Anxiety, poor sleep, slow recovery from exercise, muscle cramping and feeling stressed and unable to relax are all signs that the body’s out of balance.
I take a unique approach to treating the body. I discovered that “rubbing where it hurts” generally resulted in only short-term pain relief. Making a lasting change to one part of the body involves working with the entire system.
True change involves looking much deeper to uncover and treat the source of the pain.
Maybe you’ve never fully recovered from an injury, have adapted to a slumped sitting position or relied on a running form that favors some muscles over others.
My goal is to help you reclaim your movement and return to the exercises and activities you enjoy. Learn what it feels like to move without fear of injury, sleep better and become more resilient under stress.
Your First Session
Each session is customized to your unique needs and personal goals.
You’ll remain fully clothed for the session.
Your first session begins by taking a thorough history, discussing your goals and watching you move. Believe it or not, even a fall at age seven can still affect how you move at age 47! The body doesn’t change until it has a reason to, feels safe doing so and until any underlying structural and energetic/emotional imbalances are resolved.
Treatment takes place on and off the table, assessing movement, making corrections and treating the body holistically. This might look like learning to move and breathe safely into limitations, manual work and craniosacral therapy to improve digestion, balancing energy meridians or releasing trapped emotions that are keeping you in pain.
Movement correctives are also an important component of the work. My goal is to teach you how to keep your body balanced and aligned on your own, so be prepared for some homework!
I firmly believe that you can’t heal in the same environment that made you sick. Together we’ll work on implementing movement and lifestyle changes that can have a major impact on your health and well being.
How does this therapy work?
Your body is constantly processing and responding to the world around you.
A painful experience is similar to touching a hot stove. The body remembers the sensation of the intense heat that burned your hand and subtly shifts away from the site of the injury, using different muscles or favoring the other arm now to accomplish tasks.
After a traumatic event (physical or emotion), the subconscious mind will often replay this 24/7, alerting you to prepare for potential danger. The problem with this is that it can hijack your movement and your breath, causing you to shift from calm to panic, which also changes your blood chemistry and over time, can even alter posture, physiology and the way you view the world.
Once an injury heals, your instinct is often to condition the area to become strong again. However, the pain often lingers either at the site of injury or suddenly appears somewhere else in the body.
Why is this?
Because at the time of injury, you may have felt the physical symptoms of pain, but more was going on behind the scenes. Your body learned a compensation strategy to protect the site of injury or enable the repetitive movement or posture. Essentially the body figured out a strategy to keep you safe.
The painful, tight, weak or cramping area often isn’t the underlying source of the problem, but is merely a symptom.
Everyone has movement compensations. They can result in some amazing athletic feats and allow you to soldier on in your everyday life, accomplishing the tasks you need to. Your body allows you to compensate, to a point.
Just like a bank account, you only have so many movement compensations to rely on until the account runs dry and you begin feeling the pain or limited ranges of motion. It’s not surprising that compensation patterns are the biggest source of non-pathological pain. Left unaddressed, the compensations you rely on can set you up for future injuries.
Consider this: maybe you’re not just “getting too old for this.” Perhaps your body has just run out of ways to patch the problem through movement compensations. To fully heal, you must address the underlying issue instead of treating the symptom.
What can you do to treat these compensations?
If you continue to try to strengthen the muscles affected by injury (or that you feel are weak), you will simply strengthen the movements and muscles that are already overworked, unbalanced or causing pain. Simply releasing a tight muscle doesn’t provide enough input to teach the body how to move in a new, non-painful way. Perhaps now you can see why it’s so difficult to treat yourself.
You must re-educate the nervous system by teaching the body healthy, pain-free patterns and then reinforcing them with healthy movement habits. This is why I assess the nervous system’s response to movement. If it cannot respond normally, we must figure out why and then bring safety and stability back to the body.
The other piece of the rehab puzzle that’s often overlooked in traditional rehab is the emotions stored with past traumas and injuries. Your body forms an emotional association with every event, good or bad.
The association and the emotion are stored together in the brain. After your body has healed, your brain continues to scan your environment for similar associations. A similar association (like things you’re afraid of or similar events that caused injuries in the past) will stir the stored emotion in your body.
So, until you heal the underlying emotion, you’ll continue to experience it over and over. This is how we continue to live in the past instead of the present. This is why it’s so difficult to heal from past traumas or clear past fears or worries.
What to expect:
Every session is customized to you and your unique needs.
Pain is the body’s final signal that something’s wrong (meaning you’ve possibly been operating with compensations for a long time) and is the first symptom to disappear during treatment.
Just because the pain is gone doesn’t mean the underlying cause is cleared or won’t return. It took a habit to get into pain and it takes a new one to get out of it! But don’t worry, I’ll show you how to incorporate small, healthy changes into your lifestyle and provide you with homework to reinforce the work.
Still have questions? Let’s start a conversation or Book your first appointment now