Answers to your questions

What kinds of people do you work with? The real answer is “all kinds.” But those of you with:

  • Persistent Pain: When pain persists past 3 months, it is then considered persistent (or chronic) pain.

    • Back and Hip pain

    • Neck/jaw/shoulder pain

    • Headaches

  • Women’s Health:

    • Continence issues/Leakage

    • Persistent pelvic pain

    • Digestive issues: Constipation/Fecal Incontinence

    • Osteoporosis/Osteopenia

    • Peri-menopausal, Menopausal and Post-menopausal transitions, vitality and wellness

Why don’t you bill insurance directly?

Under insurance contracts, I am limited to how much time I can see you and what treatments I provide. Insurance will often only cover treatments per condition or body part, on the referral. I don’t want insurance companies and Medicare dictating how I treat my patients/clients and neither should you. You likely pay out of pocket to get massage services that may be only a temporary relief. Wouldn’t you rather invest that same amount for treatment and tools that you can take with you, to have lasting relief?

You may pay anywhere from $10-$30/each copay for outpatient physical therapy. And you may have to go to physical therapy 2-3x/week for 6 weeks (12-18 visits costing $360-$540). Because I can see you longer, and have contact with you between visits, we don’t have to meet as often. This will save you precious time so instead of going to PT, you can spend it with your kids, grandkids, going to work and actually doing things you love. Isn’t time priceless? For that same cost, I would see you 4-6 times, with unlimited connection via email/phone between visits. Ask yourself what is your time and money worth?

Why pay out of pocket for a private integrative physical therapist?

  1. You want full one hour sessions with a skilled therapist rather than being sent off to an assistant.

  2. You want quality care with full individual attention to all that makes up you: your history, your relationships, your diet, your spirit and your physical body.

  3. You want physical therapy without beeping timers, loud music and the chaos of a typical clinic setting.

  4. You want to see a therapist that uses integrative techniques such as nutrition, yoga and coaching to get you back to doing the things you want to do.

  5. You can have these benefits and still get reimbursed from your insurance company.

Why go to an integrative physical therapist / yoga instructor?

  1. You love yoga but you got Injured in a Bikram (fill in the blank) class and are worried about returning.

  2. You have a Current Injury and you want to know how to safely practice yoga/exercise.

  3. You not feeling flexible and your spouse laughs at you when you sprain a muscle while putting on your pants….you could use a tailored exercise plan for upper/lower body and trunk Strength and/or Flexibility.

  4. You’re constantly on edge and wound-up and ready to strangle your boss…you sense you would like to have control of your Anxiety/Stress before you wind up behind bars.

  5. Your belly gurgles whenever you eat and you wonder why you haven’t had a proper bowel movement for the last 2 weeks and think your Digestion could be better.

  6. You’re literally tired of being tired and can’t possibly fathom drinking another cup of coffee today and would like to have better quality Sleep.

  7. You can’t imagine living with this Pain anymore and you’re fatigued to the point of tears and would like to learn how to heal your nervous system.

  8. You want to be more Grounded/Centered so that you can be more Productive at work, as a spouse or as a parent.

  9. You feel like the medical world is compartmentalizing you, sending you to one doctor for one thing and another for something else. When traditional medicine (medications, surgeries, etc) have failed you. When you want to be seen as a Whole Person.

Why is Mind-Body Movement Center different than other physical therapy/yoga studio services?

Because I bridge different aspects of my training: Physical Therapy, Therapeutic Yoga, and Women’s Health and Wellness Coaching.  You have reassurance that I am a Physical Therapist and am familiar with various pathologies and medical conditions/injuries. If I do not feel that care for you is appropriate or that your needs are beyond my scope of practice, I will refer you to the appropriate provider. I can help you to modify the positions to protect your body from injury. And I will consider the whole person when working with you. I believe that there is some element of mind-body movement (yoga) that is appropriate and in the capability of any body, regardless of your perceived limitations or disability. Meaning….if you can breath, you can “do” yoga.

What kind of yoga do you teach?

I call it “non-dogmatic” yoga, coined from my teacher, Ginger Garner. This means that it is a combination of yoga styles and does not lend itself towards one Brand of yoga, though I would say it most closely matches a blend of Ashtanga (not the flow, but based on the philosophy) and Hatha. It is movement, it is breath and it is awareness within both.

What is a class like?

Every class is a little different. However, it will start with setting an intention of the practice, mindful breath (pranayama), movement through postures (asana), settling into savasana (corpse pose) that may be either quiet or includes guided imagery/meditation and the practice ends with mindful breathing and revisiting the intention.

What is a private yoga session like?

Private sessions begin with you filling out some questionnaires to find out more about you and your goals. I will evaluate you physically (posture, flexibility, strength) and we will discuss any other aspects of your life that may be affecting you (mental, spiritual, etc). We will work together to find a combination of hands-on therapy, of breath, movement, lifestyle, and nutrition that will promote your wellbeing. Instruction, education and handouts are always provided.  It may take one meeting, it may take five. My goal is to make sure that you are meeting your goals.

How do I prepare for a yoga session?

Please do not eat at least 2 hours prior to practicing yoga asana (postures) or pranayama (breathing). Small fruit or juice is ok. Wear comfortable clothing. Arrive on time or even early to prepare your mind and body for practice. Please do not arrive late…allow yourself time to settle in and to avoid interruption for the rest of the class. Supplies are provided but you may bring your own (especially eye pillows). Please refrain from wearing heavy perfumes/lotions. And, come with an open mind.

Will insurance pay for Integrative Physical Therapy or Yoga?

In most cases, your insurance may reimburse you for care provided under a physical therapist and you have a referral from your doctor. I am an Out-of Network Provider and you would be reimbursed at those rates.  Most clients are able to get reimbursed for a portion of their payment after an necessary deductibles are taken care of. It is your responsibility to follow-up with your insurance provider. Here is a link to an example FORM that you can easily find on your insurance company website.  You will need to submit my superbill/invoice, doctors prescription for PT (if required from your insurance company) and claim form. If you have a FSA or HSA, you may submit your receipt of services for reimbursement or use a FSA credit card.