Yoga and Movement Therapies - An Overview
It is common for people to come to my classes or consult with me privately about physical pain or diagnoses they may have received. Usually, it is validated by X-rays, MRI, and other compelling diagnostic evidence. Bursitis, arthritis, low back pain, spinal disk, or hip issues that include degenerative conditions can present themselves when the body habitually moves in ways it is not designed. All this can happen due to injury, lifestyle, and other causes.
These pain, balance, or movement problems may result from musculoskeletal imbalance and postural misalignment. As Pete Egoscue, the author of “Pain Free”, states, “It’s the position [posture}, not the condition” of our bodies that is so often at the root of this type of problem.
The search for suitable Yoga or other movement therapy solutions for specific problems for many is the first and most crucial step to best address your concerns. This is more critical if more specific medical or physical challenges are present that have been challenging to resolve through other means.
Individualized Yoga and Movement Therapy sessions are a one-on-one experience with an Instructor/Therapist who can tailor the techniques and practices of Yoga, Somatic Based Postural Therapy, Meditation, and related disciplines to specific needs and personal goals.
Students can benefit from individual work, supporting mental and physical health improvements. All this work is non-medical. Rather than treat any disease or symptoms, the aim is to address the root causes of these challenges in conjunction with medical and other therapeutic disciplines.
The International Association of Yoga Therapists, on their Yoga Therapy. Health website discusses how Yoga therapy is set apart from more traditional Yoga taught in classes as follows:
“Although all yoga is potentially therapeutic and healing, yoga therapy is the specific application of yogic tools—postures/exercises, breathwork, meditation techniques, and more—to address an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional needs. Many people first learn about yoga through its physical practices, but a common misconception is that it’s all about stretching or movement. In fact, yoga therapy can help people who can’t move at all, as well as active individuals!” (1)
Western medicine is realizing the value of Yoga as a complement to traditional healthcare. There is a growing body of research available (2) that confirms that yoga practices can be powerful tools to support stress reduction, reduce physical pain problems, and used as part of a program to alleviate anxiety and mood issues.
These practices can offer non-medical support for other benefits for many, including lower blood pressure, improved cardiovascular efficiency, enhanced respiratory function, and reduced gastrointestinal upset. I look forward to working with you and your healthcare provider to help maximize these benefits. This complimentary approach can best support your movement beyond dis-ease into optimal overall health and wellness.
The Yoga Therapy work we offer in the Guilford, Madison, Branford, New Haven, and Woodbridge Connecticut areas involves individual sessions that allow for this more targeted application of the techniques of Yoga and meditation than is possible in group class settings.
1.) YogaTherapy.health, What is Yoga Therapy
2.) National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health