Assisted yoga is a one on one modality which improves the mobility of your nerves & the flexibility of your muscles and fascia by focusing on the fascial lines that connect through and wrap around muscle, nerves, organs, and just about everything else in your body. It is NOT a substitute for massage, chiropractic care, or physical therapy.
People of all ages can benefit from assisted yoga, including any patient cleared by their physician for stretching and active movement, fitness enthusiasts, and athletes of all levels.
STRETCHING FASCIA VS. MUSCLE
Fascia surrounds each muscle, and connects them to each other both superficially and deep. It also connects tendons, ligaments, and bone to form a body-wide, functional network. Fascia connects to all of your organs and systems, too. By integrating a holistic perspective on stretching these fascial connections, we can reap twice the benefits as static stretching isolated muscle groups. It is completely compatible with other methods of therapy and training.
IS IT SCIENCE-BASED?
Yoga has been around for over 2500 years and has stood the test of time. Recently, assisted stretching boutiques have been the new wave in health and wellness. The first research on assisted stretching began with a thesis by Ann Fredrick in 1997. Current research on the effects of assisted stretching on low back pain is being conducted with a team at the University of Arizona Medical School in Phoenix. Assisted stretching is also based on the extensive science resources found at www.fasciaresearchsociety.org.
What can I expect from a typical first session
Upon your first session, we will ask specific questions, and assess the body based on any complaints, or questions you may have. Each session is catered to your needs. For each yoga session, the client is expected to wear stretchy pants, or shorts, and a tank top or t-shirt. Short shorts are not recommended.
Mobility is often improved after the first treatment. We will give you exercises to help maintain this after your first visit. More than one session is normally recommended. Each plan varies with individual needs. Many report a decrease in stress, improved sleep, and significant decrease in pain in sometimes as little as three treatments.
IS IT PAINFUL?
Assisted yoga is NOT painful. It is a gentle modality meant to help the client to relax and stretch out. If there is any pain, or pinching, the client must tell the practitioner.