By combining knowledge of myofascial meridians and Thai Sen Theory with individualized exercises drawn from multiple modalities, bodywork and movement synergize to create lasting change in the body.
Movement sessions help to integrate new postural patterns achieved through bodywork, promoting better functional patterns in the long-term. Private, one-on-one sessions can focus on a single modality, but generally combine several to custom-tailor sessions based on individual goals and needs (e.g. a Hatha Yoga session + Pilates Wunda Chair exercises to improve strength in Yoga arm balances/inversions). Our main areas of focus are post-rehab fitness transitions, functional movement integration, and goal-driven sessions and series.
Pilates strengthens and lengthens the body using a variety of apparatus: reformer, cadillac/tower, chair, and barrels. This method is very effective at correcting muscular imbalances and is an excellent mind/body workout for general health and fitness. It is also extremely useful for stabilizing hypermobile joints. One will stand taller, feel stronger, and find more ease of movement in daily activities by creating a strong “powerhouse”: the deep abdominals, segmental spinal stabilizers, and core muscles of the torso. Bodywork-based, targeted myofascial adjustments during each session aid in improving side-to-side balance and refine one’s ability to articulate through the spine.
Hatha Yoga focuses on breathing practices, mind/body centering techniques, and flowing movement. An active asana practice is especially useful for those with “stiff” joints, helping to energize the body while increasing flexibility, strength, and balance. Bodywork-based hands-on adjustments and Thai Yoga passive stretches help to fine-tune alignment and deepen one’s access to challenging postures throughout each session.
Restorative Yoga & Meditation
Restorative Yoga helps to calm the mind and relax the body, combining powerfully with a variety of meditation and breathwork practices to relieve stress, tension, and clear the mind of wandering or repetitive thought patterns. Often utilized at the end of a Hatha-based session, restorative techniques and Yoga Nidra nourish the mind-body connection and help to prevent various injuries down the road—the kind that build up over time due to stress and excess muscle tension.
Reusi Dat Ton
Reusi Dat Ton (Thai Hermit Yoga) aids in removing “stuck” Lom, or wind, from the subtle energy system of the body, which often accumulates during long periods of sitting or inactivity. In the past, this modality was utilized by forest hermits before and after their extended meditation sessions, but now it applies readily to sedentary office workers and those stuck sitting at a desk most of the day. Regular practice of this ancient form of exercise promotes increased circulation and better flow of lymph and energy, preventing stagnation throughout the body.
Functional movement exercises utilize a variety of props and small equipment to help correct often-overlooked muscle imbalances that can affect one’s posture and day-to-day activities. Local stabilizers and postural muscles are targeted and trained, improving muscular support and stability at joints (force closure), which helps to compensate for reduced structural stability (form closure) resulting from old injuries, overstretching, or aging. This can help reduce joint pain, improve joint tracking and balance, and better distribute loads evenly throughout the body during one’s other fitness-based pursuits. Exercises from this category combine well with Yoga, Pilates, and Bodywork sessions, and can be particularly helpful for Yogis who have become a bit “too flexible” from years of advanced asana practice.