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      "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.   
     The exercises were explained fully and Joanne was a big motivator for me.  I actually enjoyed practicing the stretches at home and if I had a question, she would explain it to me- again.  I liked the classes so much that I continue to attend her other classes.  She has a gentle touch and demeanor and is a very patient woman.   
     My only regret is that I did not find her sooner!  Thank you Joanne."  Jane Phair

Does some of this resonate with you?

​Private sessions offer you a personalized approach to persistent health concerns, emotional health and well-being. 

  • 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. 

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

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.

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Joanne's Qualifications            

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 20 years and has over 1000 hours of 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. Certification & Training

                                           

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. 

Private instruction in person in Thornbury, Ont or online via Zoom. 

I have extensive training beyond that of a Registered Yoga teacher to qualify me to work therapeutically to guide people safely with health conditions.  As with any exercise program, please consult a physician to make sure that it is safe and appropriate for you. None of the information on this page is medical advice.
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Joanne works from her home studio in Thornbury,  by appointment times only.

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