for Spinal Health & Chronic Pain
Low Back Pain | Sciatica | Stenosis | Kyphosis
Posture Improvement | Chronic Pain
"I had been treated for Sciatica for almost eight months (physiotherapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, medications); all without much improvement. My physiotherapist asked me if I had heard of Yoga Therapy and suggested that I consider it.
At this point in time, I was desperate to try everything and anything and so I met Joanne. I started at Inner Journey by taking her session that was especially formatted to improve spinal health/sciatica and within two weeks, I started to feel significant improvement... read more... Jane Phair
"After thirty years of high stress employment, the 80 hour work weeks caught up to me and I found myself burnt out mentally and physically. I never thought that this could happen to me... I found the traditional health and therapy sources unprepared to deal with someone almost crippled with fibro issues.... read more... Peter Crosthwaite, President, PA Property Management
Private sessions offer you a personalized approach to persistent health concerns, emotional health and well-being. How Yoga Therapy Works
Private sessions are for you if any of these circumstances resonate with you:
You limit your physical activities because you're afraid to make the pain worse.
You want more help with back issues like sciatica, scoliosis, stenosis or arthritis.
You are developing a rounded upper back (kyphosis) and want to change that.
You have back pain. You've been seeing a chiropractor and it helps but it doesn't last.
You've tried everything else and wondering where to go from here.
You want to continue to improve after completing a physical therapy treatment plan but don't know where to go for expert help or it hasn't helped.
You'd like a gentle approach to recovering your health and strength.
You want to manage or reduce the symptoms of an auto-immune disease like rheumatoid arthritis, lime disease, chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia or of a neurological condition like MS.
Private instruction in person in Thornbury, Ontario or online via video-conferencing.
How I Can Help
Over the last 22 years I have worked with many individuals who sought my help with one or more of the following conditions:
low back pain, arthritis, scoliosis, TMJ, plantar fasciatis, stenosis, sciatica, chronic pain, shoulder and neck injuries, limping, hip pain, bulging disc, posture, ihunch and kyphosis, fibromyalgia, recovery after shoulder, hip or knee surgery, posture improvement, referral pain in the shoulders/neck/arms.
I use somatic movements and a therapeutic approach to classic yoga exercises as a very effective form of neuro-muscular retraining that alleviates chronic pain and improves physical functioning and mobility.
This approach stands out from other forms of bodywork (acupuncture, massage, chiropractic) in that it relies upon your participation to provide sensory feedback, not just to muscles and nerves, but to the brain.
The course of treatment is often shorter and more long lasting than physical therapy programs, chiropractic or manual soft tissue therapies. However it can also be used to supplement the effectiveness of these programs and therapies.
Not sure if I can help you?
Let's talk. Call 705-888-9686
Joanne is a highly experienced and skilled Yoga Therapist. Since 1997 she has used yoga to help hundreds of people improve or recover their health. She is known for being lighthearted and extremely responsive and attentive to the needs of her clients.
Her training, education and skills far surpass those of the average yoga teacher, and includes a comprehensive understanding of anatomy, physiology, and psycho-spirituality from both the eastern and western traditions. She has been a yoga teacher & therapist for 22 years and has over 1500 hours of formal yoga teacher and yoga therapy training, including specialized training in pain management, anatomy and physiology for back pain and pelvic health and for cardiac and cancer recovery.
Joanne received her accreditation as a Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists after documenting over 700 hours of therapeutic sessions with clients and presenting 22 case studies in addition to other requirements to meet the highest standards of accreditation in the industry. She has a multidisciplinarian approach to yoga therapy heavily influenced by Feldenkrais, Somatics Yoga, Iyengar and Viniyoga lineages.
Joanne has had the good fortune to study with many great teachers including Pain Specialist, Physiotherapist and Yoga Therapist Neil Pearson and with Robin Rothenberg highly regarded in the industry and author of The Essential Low Back Program. She also completed a certification program for cardiac and cancer therapy with Nischala Joy-Devi in 2010.
In 2012 Joanne began to offer workshops for sciatica and soon after received many requests from around the world for a manual. So she wrote one called Stop Sciatic Pain that is now selling worldwide on Amazon. Her other past projects include hosting and producing 13 episodes for Rogers TV called Yoga for Sore Bodies and writing an article that was published in The Escarpement Magazine on Pain Management. In 2012 she was one of the 4 practitioners highlighted in an article on pain management, in On The Bay Magazine.