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Integrating Yoga and Modern Decompression Therapy

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:35pm

A back rehabilitation program would not be complete without a physical movment program. One component of Dr Davis' such program is Hatha Yoga. I am very excited to contribute to his already extensive treatment program by providing yoga therapy to patients who have back, neck, or/and wrist pain. Yoga, devised centruries ago in India, is the classic system that is now so popular and is  very well known for its health benefits.  Not only is yoga a fundamental way to assist in the relief of back pain, but it also provides relief of conditions that are attributed to back pain and provides other mental and physical benefits including: increased energy, increased stamina and focus, self appreciation and improved self esteem, and relief of malaise and fatigue.

Patients that are on Dr Davis' program for herniated disc repair are also on the way to being able to resume, start, or just try opening their bodies and releasing built up stress through the practice of yoga. I will be keeping you posted on yoga sequences, asanas (postures - in sanskrit translating as "seat"), and other therapeutic exercises that patients are practicing.

Sarah Palethorpe is a fully certified hatha yoga instructor who combines strengthening and energizing hatha yoga flow sequences with technical alignment and gentle, restorative asanas so students may awaken their bodies and enliven their spirits. Sarah received teacher certification from Sivananda Yoga Academy, Qubec, Canada, in 1998. Her understanding and embodiment of yoga has continued to develop through studies in India and from the influence of such teachers as Sarah Powers, Ramanand Patel, and Ana Forrest. Sarah has taught at Burlingame Yoga Center, San Mateo Yoga Wellness Center, San Francsico State University and Bernal Yoga. Holding a degree in psychology and holistic health, Sarah has had amazing success working with students who have chronic pain, injuries, weight concerns, or other limitations that might make a group yoga class either a risky, embarrassing, or dangerous endeavor!

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