Yoga therapy is a tailored application of various yoga methods, designed to cater to a person's unique physical, mental, and emotional requirements. This bespoke therapy generally involves one-on-one sessions with a qualified therapist and may encompass yoga poses, breathwork exercises, meditation, guided visualization, and relaxation techniques. Serving as a secure and efficient method to boost holistic well-being, yoga therapy can effectively address a multitude of physical and mental health issues. At Joyful Pose Yoga, we provide customized yoga therapy sessions, guiding our clients towards achieving their personal health and wellness objectives.
Joyful Pose Yoga, under the leadership of Kristen Gustke, is an eminent institution specializing in Yoga Therapy for chronic pain management. Kristen navigates the challenges of chronic pain caused by a wide array of diseases such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, migraines, or chronic lower back pain, as well as pain triggered by injuries, aging, and stress. Kristen's unique approach integrates the timeless science of yoga with current therapeutic techniques to address these pain issues effectively. The practice of Yoga Therapy has been scientifically validated for its effectiveness in pain management, making it a valuable tool in the holistic treatment of chronic pain. Kristen skillfully tailors yoga regimens to individual needs, demonstrating the power of Yoga Therapy in fostering resilience, enhancing mobility, and ultimately, alleviating chronic pain.
Dive deeper into the benefits of yoga therapy here.
Yoga Therapy offers an integrative approach to treating chronic pain, capitalizing on the symbiotic relationship between the body and the mind. Understanding chronic pain necessitates recognizing its multifaceted nature. From a physiological standpoint, chronic pain often results from prolonged activation of the body's pain signaling pathways, usually due to disease, injury, aging, or unmitigated stress.
These persistent pain signals can cause changes in the nervous system, leading to a state of hypersensitivity. This phenomenon, known as "central sensitization," can make the body overly responsive to pain stimuli. It's not just about feeling pain more intensely; sometimes, even harmless stimuli can be perceived as painful.
This is where the science-backed practice of Yoga Therapy comes in. It harnesses specialized movement patterns aimed at recalibrating these overly sensitized pain pathways. The targeted yoga poses stimulate the body's mechanoreceptors - sensory receptors responsible for detecting pressure and touch. By engaging these receptors, the nervous system can be coaxed into toning down its heightened sensitivity, effectively 'distracting' it from the pain signals.
Moreover, yoga's emphasis on deep, conscious breathing has been proven to engage the parasympathetic nervous system, our body's 'rest and digest' mode. This counteracts the stress response often associated with chronic pain, reducing inflammation and tension within the body.
Beyond this, Yoga Therapy also promotes mindfulness and emotional resilience, equipping individuals with the mental tools to cope with the psychological impacts of chronic pain. By unifying the body and the mind, Yoga Therapy offers a comprehensive, adaptable, and empowering approach to chronic pain management.
Investing in your health and well-being at Joyful Pose Yoga comes at a rate of $125 per hour. We also offer discounted packages for 3 or 5 sessions. Reach out to us today to schedule a complimentary consultation with our therapist, Kristen Gustke, and embark on your journey towards enhanced health and well-being through the practice of yoga.
Yoga Therapist, S-IAYT, YACEP
Pain Care Aware Specialist
As a physical therapist, I have the privilege to work with Kristen daily in the clinic and I would say her expertise has enhanced my own practice, as well as my patients overall recovery. I have learned alternative theories on alignment, as well as various cueing that has helped with instructing patients. She pays close attention to form and ensures good alignment during each pose. I often say my best workouts come from Kristen’s classes!
Recently, I asked Kristin for suggestions on a sciatic/hamstring injury I have been dealing with for 20+ years. Kristin was more than willing to take me onto my mat and show me some exercises. This was right before a yoga class. And it was the first class in over a year that I was pain free. I couldn't believe it. Kristin's yoga classes are infused with the knowledge she brings about the physical and spiritual body. She teaches postures correctly and explains why the posture is good for the body. Kristin brings a very peaceful, mindful, and knowledgeable expertise to the yoga room. I highly recommend Kristin, she will forever change your practice!
I have had the privilege of working with Kristen on a daily basis in an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic. She is a valuable member of our care team, and brings a knowledge base that is irreplaceable. She has not only helped MANY patients with their physical/emotional dysfunctions, but has also helped me on. The classes (group and private) that she teaches are beyond anything I've experienced previously, and I always feel like I learn something new about myself.
Having suffered sciatica and overall stiffness in my back and lack of flexibility I began to see Kristen after the pain started getting so severe it was interrupting my sound sleep. Kristen’s treatment was most effective in regaining the range of motion in my lower back and down the back of my left leg where sciatic nerve pain had been growing more severe for sometime. Kristen took a whole body approach to treating my sciatica including some gentle yoga, showing me proper range of movement and showing me how important proper stretching was. She made my sciatica basically go away after 3 treatments. I’d highly recommend Kristen and give more than 5 stars if possible! I’ve been completely free of sciatica nerve pain since my visits. I’m so grateful ! I’d also recommend Kristen for both gentle and power yoga classes as well!
Kristen has an incredible combination of knowledge between physical therapy and yoga. She truly understands how your body works and how to address your issues and truly heal you. I can't recommend her enough! She helped me so much I would recommend her to anyone!!!
I went to Kristen after losing all strength in my calf, the result of a spinal disk injury. She was able to pinpoint my structural posture problems, recommend strength exercises and therapy, and between our sessions and yoga classes, she corrected my back and got me straightened out. I cannot recommend her enough.
Went to Kristen following a mountain bike accident in which I separated my shoulder. She was able to get me quickly back up to speed and able to practice yoga again. Additionally she recognized where I was not as strong and gave me a number of “homework” exercises to work on.
I was in Kristen's yoga class and she offered to help me after 3 back surgeries. I had several private sessions with her which really helped me learn to move correctly and alleviated a lot of my pain. She is also a wonderful yoga instructor and knows how to guide gentle movement without causing injury. I highly recommend her for pain, flexibility and core strength issues.
I have been battling injuries now for over 4 yrs which started with my back and into my feet. I have tried what I "thought" was everything including foot surgery about 12 weeks ago (partially ruptured plantar, surgery for plantar release and tarsal tunnel). I took this class really on a wing and a prayer trying to keep an open mind and wrapping my brain around how a few balls might help me and improve my overall health. Afterall I have spent thousands on medical, shoes, massage, PT, medications, you name it, I've probably tried it in hopes of some relief, even if temporarily. Kristen's explanation with the orange, step by step process and examples was great! While rolling my feet was pretty unpleasant I pushed through it while trying to be kind to my body. Needless to say, I bought these balls, felt so much better overall and super excited to continue this journey. Before I left the parking lot I texted my friend who opted not to come due to superbowl prep that she really missed out! I have tried rolling my feet per PT but it always made the pain worse, no one has ever shown me how and only told me to use a racquet/tennis ball, frozen water ball or the dreaded bumpy hard roller. I walked out of the class today standing taller, energized and relaxed at the same time. The Mat has someone special as part of their classes and I cannot thank The Mat and Kristen enough for sharing this. In addition, I would LOVE to see a class added just for fascial ball rolling, I would be there! Sincerely
If you are a new Joyful Pose Yoga Therapy client we will reach out to you after purchase to schedule your first Yoga Therapy Session.
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