By Karah Charette, DPT, PHRC Berkeley, Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor
What I love most about being a pelvic floor physical therapist is that the ultimate goal is to empower our patients to participate in their own journey of healing. This is what allows for the hopeful and eventual progression towards independence. However, once someone has reached that point, the next step is not always as clear. Do you join that advanced yoga class you’ve always had your eye on? Do you explore the endless options of classes online? How do you make the decision that is safe and right for your body?
There seems to be a missing step in our system where we quickly move from individualized therapy to generalized group classes. For many people coming out of pain and injury, the idea of jumping back into a group class without guidance can feel daunting and perhaps even unsafe. As not only a physical therapist, but also a yoga and Pilates instructor, I all too often see people participating in classes that might not be appropriate for them, as well as people who have not yet participated in group classes when they are more than capable.
This is why I am now offering individualized movement sessions through PHRC. The goal is for these sessions to be educational and catered to your unique movement needs. There will be the option of both 30 minute and 60 minute sessions in which the following can take place:
- Consult on what type of Pilates or yoga class would be appropriate to participate in
- Review ways to modify poses to fit your individual needs
- Create a synthesis of your home exercise program into a movement flow
Being confident and informed is essential in the process of moving towards group classes. There are so many types of yoga and Pilates, and the options can be overwhelming. Learning how to navigate that world with a deeper understanding can ensure you maintain the progress you’ve worked so hard to achieve.
In addition to being able to select a style of movement, it is also important you have the self-reliance to modify certain poses that may not be appropriate for you, even if the instructor does not cue these modifications. Being able to walk into a class with the knowledge to modify safely can be incredibly empowering and just the edge you need to get back into the class setting.
Most importantly, you need to maintain your home exercises! If you find yourself quickly getting bored, we can use this time to synthesize your movement into a flow to give it that flavor of what it’s like to be back in a class. Read more about the importance in finding joy in movement in an excellent blog by PHRC’s Maryssa Stefan!
Movement unlocks potential for healing in a myriad of ways. Your ability to feel safety and joy in your body is imperative to your identity. Physical therapy can be a powerful tool to help get you there. However, we must remember that having a sense of community can be just as influential in your health. Being able to return to group classes can enliven your spirit and be just the motivation you need to stay on the right path. I would be honored to help guide you there.
To schedule a 1-on-1 appointment you may call us at 510-922-1417.
Karah Charette is a pelvic floor physical therapist at the Berkeley and San Francisco locations. She is certified in classical mat and reformer Pilates, as well as a registered 200 hour Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher. These recommendations are generalized and you should always check with your physical therapist before starting a new exercise routine. If you would like to consult with a pelvic floor physical therapist, please see our locations here: https://pelvicpainrehab.com/locations/
Are you unable to come see us in person? We offer virtual physical therapy appointments too!
Due to COVID-19, we understand people may prefer to utilize our services from their homes. We also understand that many people do not have access to pelvic floor physical therapy and we are here to help! The Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center is a multi-city company of highly trained and specialized pelvic floor physical therapists committed to helping people optimize their pelvic health and eliminate pelvic pain and dysfunction. We are here for you and ready to help, whether it is in-person or online.
Virtual sessions are available with PHRC pelvic floor physical therapists via our video platform, Zoom, or via phone. The cost for this service is $75.00 per 30 minutes. For more information and to schedule, please visit our digital healthcare page.
In addition to virtual consultation with our physical therapists, we also offer integrative health services with Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS. Jandra is a pelvic floor physical therapist who also has her Master’s degree in Integrative Health and Nutrition. She offers services such as hormone testing via the DUTCH test, comprehensive stool testing for gastrointestinal health concerns, and integrative health coaching and meal planning. For more information about her services and to schedule, please visit our Integrative Health website page.
PHRC is also offering individualized movement sessions, hosted by Karah Charette, DPT. Karah is a pelvic floor physical therapist at the Berkeley and San Francisco locations. She is certified in classical mat and reformer Pilates, as well as a registered 200 hour Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher. There are 30 min and 60 min sessions options where you can: (1) Consult on what type of Pilates or yoga class would be appropriate to participate in (2) Review ways to modify poses to fit your individual needs and (3) Create a synthesis of your home exercise program into a movement flow. To schedule a 1-on-1 appointment call us at (510) 922-9836