Hip-related reasons clients seek my help:
- Decreased balance
- Hip pain and tightness
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Knee issues
- Leg and pelvic pain and/or stiffness
- Loss of functional movement
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Post-surgery recovery
- Uneven gait
Learn more about the hips
If your hips are tight, sore, painful, or have limited function, you’re not alone. Hip issues are common in adults – and with good reason. The hip joints are constantly working to guide our physical function. These complex joints, supported by nearly 20 different muscles, are always on duty as they support us both in movement and in stillness.
Similar to the shoulders, the hips are ball and socket joints. They are engineered to function in seven directions, to create both stillness and movements like these:
- Sitting (flexion)
- Standing (extension)
- Stepping to the side (abduction)
- Squatting (adduction)
- Getting into a car (external rotation)
- Putting on pants (internal rotation)
- Swimming (circumduction)
The combination of these functional directions can overwork some muscles and call in other muscles to get the job done. These types of compensations create imbalanced movement patterns which, in turn, limit our physical function.
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 comes 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 movements to lessen or eliminate SMA. Neural muscular reeducation takes place, the communication stream is reestablished, and functional 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!