EquiLibrium Yoga Therapy
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Yoga for Therapy & NeuroSupportive Therapies in Bloomington Indiana - Indianapolis
Specializing in Therapy for Neurological Conditions & Neuromuscular Disorders
We are committed to authenticity and quality—
Providing in-depth, individualized therapies and support for women of all ages.
Yoga Therapy is focused on the individual, providing one-on-one therapy to heal or recover, and to support those with lifelong conditions or in need of long-term therapy. Gentle, therapeutic yoga is a means to create positive change not only in the physical body, but by improving overall quality of life and mental wellbeing. Yoga Therapy is offered in-residence in the Bloomington area for therapeutic rehabilitation and disability, managing chronic pain, cancer recovery, as well as NeuroSupportive Yoga Therapy™ for neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's, or conditions with neurological involvement such as Ehlers-Danlos and lupus.
We are a C-IAYT yoga therapist under the standards set by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, respecting the traditions of Hatha yoga while integrating them into customized yoga therapy programs. Yoga is wonderfully versatile and adaptable: Its effects—however subtle or gentle—may be readily appreciated whether able, less able, confined to a wheelchair, or in a hospital bed. We encourage and support our clients as individuals on a life continuum, providing yoga therapy which is safe, beneficial, and appropriate to their current and changing circumstances. Each session is an opportunity to come closer to Svastha: being oneself or in one's natural state, and healthy in body and mind.
NeuroSupportive Yoga Therapy™ is uniquely suited as a form of gentle, sustainable therapy for neurological conditions and movement disorders due to its potential for focusing less on a specific symptom or condition than on the overall person. Although the benefits of yoga may be experienced differently by each person, studies reflect yoga therapy’s effectiveness in managing pain, fatigue, depression, and in improving gait, balance, proprioception and overall quality of life for those with MS and other neurological conditions.
Restoration Yoga Therapy™ sessions provide gentle therapy for chronic pain and anxiety. Unresolved neurogenic pain, pain due to injury, or the stress and anxiety of having an unpredictable, life-altering condition may each contribute in a different way to losing one's sense of self— physically, mentally, and emotionally. Chronic pain is directly associated with high levels of anxiety and long-term stress, as well as lack of sleep, which in turn lead to chronic pain: breaking this cycle, even momentarily, can help ease pain patterns.
Second Nature Yoga Therapy™ is a simple equation for those who would like to move a little more and either find themselves unmotivated, or are hesitant due to chronic pain, injury, or fatigue, as well as those who wish to regain or retain a means of self-care and perhaps gradually shift toward a less sedentary lifestyle. Walking—because just about everyone can, to some degree. Yoga—because it offers a gentle, life-long means of self-care. Nature—because sunlight, trees, and natural beauty are good for the physical body and mind-body.
Food for Thought Yoga Therapy™ supports women of all ages who are challenged with disordered eating or recovering from an eating disorder. For some, food is not seen as a source of life-giving nourishment or form of sustenance; instead, it becomes an enemy. Yoga therapy with an experienced yoga therapist may be beneficial in reducing overall anxiety, laying a foundation for coping with stressors, and creating an outlook of compassion, rather than judgement or criticism, for oneself.
Therapeutic Thai Bodywork considers the body as a whole rather than isolating an area for treatment. In-depth sessions draw upon the vast scope of traditional Thai medicine and therapies which include passive range of motion, neuromuscular therapy, acupressure, myofascial release, structural alignment and gentle joint mobilization. Thai Bodywork is a versatile form of therapy for those with neurological conditions, partial paralysis, recovering from a poorly healed injury, or persistent pain, and is particularly helpful in addressing neuropathy, muscle atrophy, reduced range of motion, or lymphedema. Comprehensive support for women's health is an inherent part of Thai medicine: bodywork may be more focused, addressing scar tissue after a caesarean or hysterectomy, or providing visceral manipulation. Steamed herbal compresses are used throughout sessions to increase circulation, ease pain, and reduce non-acute inflammation.
Clients remain comfortably clothed, reducing concerns associated with changing, draping, or oils on the body. For ease and accessibility, therapy is provided in-residence in the Bloomington area.
Extended, thoughtful support, delving into unhelpful lifestyle habits or patterns of thinking and providing a compassionate, open space for discussion and reflection on subjects such as anxiety and stress, disordered eating, menopause, neurological conditions, cancer treatment and recovery. Mentoring sessions include yoga therapy which is appropriate for women, respecting their body, cycles, and life-stages.
Nutritional guidance is offered as part of mentoring, if requested—recognizing the relationship between our mental and physical health, and the food we take in.