Balance-related reasons clients seek my help:
- Feel stronger
- Gain confidence in movement
- Increase athletic performance
- Improve posture
- Lessen anxiety
- Live more mindfully
- Rebuild balance after brain injury
- Recover from injury
- Reduce risk of falling
Learn more about balance
We’ve all heard that balance is important but the benefits of physical and mental balance might be more than you realize.
When we practice physical balance, we teach our muscles to better coordinate how they support us. Our muscles can hold less tension and we feel less stressed overall. We feel more grounded and connected to the world (and people) around us. Most of all, our ability to balance helps us to level ourselves off when we’ve experienced disruption – a physical slip or even mental or emotional shake-ups.
Balance is a two-way street. When we learn to calm the mind, the body can focus itself on staying upright because it’s not processing from a place of chaos. When we learn to steady the body our mind has to focus and, therefore, is more settled.
Somatic yoga therapy is an effective, holistic way to regain free and confident movement, expand your breath, and restore your posture.
How this therapy works
Muscle movement and stillness come from the brain via a steady two-way communication stream within the nervous system. Sometimes, repetitive movement patterns of daily life overwork specific muscle groups to the extent that they can no longer access the communication stream. This is called “sensory-motor amnesia,” or SMA.
Somatic yoga therapy helps us locate areas of SMA and reteach the neural pathways on how to access the communication stream. The therapy is a partnership between therapist and client. As the client learns to sense and feel their body from the inside out, the therapist guides the client through very small, slow, mindful movements to lessen or eliminate SMA. Neural muscular reeducation takes place, the communication stream is reestablished, and balance movement improves.
Ready to get started?
If you are currently under a doctor’s care, receiving physical therapy, or visiting a chiropractor, please schedule a free 30-minute phone consultation to discuss when would be the best time for you to begin your somatic yoga therapy.
Otherwise, schedule your first appointment, either in person in my Saint Paul studio or as a virtual visit.
I look forward to working with you!