Physical Therapy for Yoga Practitioners

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Yoga is an all immersive practice. Like dance, it requires strength and flexibility. Yoga practitioners are constantly putting their body into unnatural positions. Whether you practice Hatha, Iyengar, Yin, or the Western favorite, Vinyasa, you are holding unnatural poses and attempting to move in and out of them with grace.

Putting weight on your hands, standing on your head, and engaging in forward folds, pigeon pose, and lotus pose, may be beneficial for the mind, but they’re not necessarily great for the body.

Here at Body Tuning we won't discourage you from practicing, just like we wouldn’t discourage a dancer from dancing or a musician from playing. We’ll teach you how to move through your poses, we’ll work on parts of pain in the body, and we’ll teach you how to make your practice healthier for the body.

We’ve worked with a handful of yogis like Lisa Matkin, Glenn Black, among others. We also have a yogi in the office who is familiar with the Body Tuning method and knows how to incorporate it into the practice.

Glenn Black

"Thanks for the teaching and guidance"

Body Tuning is the yogi’s best friend. It is like holding on to a hand of someone who can see you better than you can see yourself. This is the gift of any relationship. In yoga you can make a shape with your body but you might not be able to address the habitual patterns that are held in the body with it alone.

Body Tuning is based on pain free range of motion for the joint and the surrounding myofascial structure. It’s first objective is to make the body feel safe again and establish the feeling of health alignment and support. This is done before any intervention is applied. It seems to remind the body of what feeling good is like. Then as small pressure and slowly increasing the demand of movement on the body occurs through the technique the body feels safe enough to let go because of setting up this prior pattern of pain free range of motion being established. It remembers and lets go even more deeply.

This tuning is like a mantra that the body can hold on to and come back to its original state of freedom and health. It moves out of its compensation and reactiveness into ease and grace.

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