Myofascial Trigger Point therapy for pain relief + Yoga therapy for structural health and mental balance = myoga therapy
What is myoga therapy?
Yoga Therapy is an approach to health and wellness that considers the whole person, their lifestyle, and environment relative to healing and prevention. This takes into consideration:
Structural Yoga Therapy: Relative to body asymmetry & structure, physiological use and/or mis-use/abuse such as repetitive use or strain, foundational issues that may involve perpetuating factors, functional & structural spinal curvatures, etc. Our bodies are incredible machines but they have to move to function properly – to increase blood and oxygen in our tissues and encourage lymphatic flow, as an example. Likewise, a muscle must be able to both contract and lengthen, as well as relax. Through structural alignment and range-of-motion testing, it is possible to discern what muscle(s) is causing or referring pain in the body. A customized self care program using compression and yoga asana is developed to bring the body into balance and reduce or eliminate pain.
Ayurvedic Consultation: This aspect of Yoga Therapy takes into consideration diet, stress, mental and emotional well-being to correct imbalance, honor the natural cycles of life and return the mind-body to wholeness. The old adage, “you are what you eat” is true, as food is the fuel that we feed our tissues. Food can also be used as medicine for the body, and since we are all different, that prescription for you can be different from what is considered “healthy for everybody” in the media. Ayurvedic medicine believes that all “disease” originates within the tissues of our bodies and therefore considerable attention is directed toward, digestion, elimination, alkalinity of the body, reducing inflammation, etc. A personalized program involving a combination of diet, breath work, meditation and herbs may be prescribed that respect the cycles of the seasons and of life.
The practice of pain relief and restoring muscular function from myoga therapy is inspired by the following practices:
- Myofasical Trigger Point Therapy as pioneered in the medical industry my Janet Travell, M.D. and David Simmons, M.D. Janet Travell held the prestidious position of being the first female Doctor in the White House, serving as physician to John F. Kennedy. The collaboration between Drs. Travell and Simons produced two medical manuals entitled, “Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual” Volumns I and II.
- Bonnie Prudden, Fitness Hall of Fame Member and founder of myotherapy, used her background in fitness, rock climbing and dance to assist Dr. Hans Kraus in testing thousands of children across America and in Europe. The results led President Eisenhower to establish what is now known as the President’s council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Serving as a columnists and advisor of Sports Illustrated in 1957, she went on to author numerous articles, books and self-care manuals including: “Pain Erasure” and Myotherapy Bonnie Prudden’s Complete Guide to Pain Free Living”.
- Classical Hatha Yoga, a 5000 year old practice of balancing body, mind and spirit – focusing on physical movement/optimum range of motion, breathwork, diet/lifestyle, and methods to improve focus, concentration and stress reduction through conscious relaxation and body awareness.