Benefits of Therapeutic Yoga
Therapeutic Yoga uses traditional yoga poses to strengthen muscles, improve core strength, increase joint range of motion, improve neuromuscular control and balance, and incorporates breathing and meditation to fine tune the entire mind-body spirit.
At Shift, Therapeutic Yoga is performed one-on-one with a dually trained physical therapist and yoga instructor. Yoga postures are sequenced to target individual needs and can be modified to accommodate physical limitations, lending itself perfectly to the rehabilitative population including: postoperative and other musculoskeletal injuries, chronic pain, neurologic, balance, cardiovascular, lymphatic, and respiratory impaired.
There are many different styles and approaches. Some styles are more dynamic in practice, while others focus on alignment held postures to build stability and control. One particular more gentle style of yoga well suited for any population to help promote healing and wellbeing is restorative yoga.
In Restorative Yoga, the patient is completely supported by way of various props that allow the patient to totally relax into the posture. Props consisting of blankets, pillows, straps and bolsters are custom arranged to cradle and swaddle individual curves into proper alignment. With the body completely supported, there is no need for muscular effort, allowing the muscles to finally let go. This opportunity for deep surrender helps give insight to where holding patterns lie.
Because Restorative Yoga is a relatively passive practice, it is an ideal setting for introspection and meditation. It is in this meditative, receptive state that the patient can, over time, continually let go of layers of held tension. This conscious awareness of holding patterns alone is an incredible self-healing tool that allows the patient to release chronic tension and reestablish healthy neuromuscular patterns. Restorative yoga can be incorporated into your traditional physical therapy appointment.
Lindsay Grobman, PT, DPT, RYT
Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Registered Yoga Teacher
BS in Psychology, The University of Albany
What to Expect
This is a one-on-one session with a licensed physical therapist and yoga teacher. You should bring or wear comfortable yoga style clothing. You don’t need to have any previous yoga experience. Postures will be modified for your level of fitness and health and based on your initial evaluation and personal goals. Your session will last 40 minutes. After your first session is completed you and your therapist will create a treatment plan.
The Shift Model of Care:
- Shift treats the whole you—body, mind and spirit because these elements of your health are always connected.
- Shift uses a collaborative model to inform and empower you with multiple perspectives.
- Shift is a supportive environment where you are invited to notice your own shifting self-awareness.