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Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy, Back Care and Private Classes with Jessica

 
I am a qualified Yoga Therapist (Yoga Therapy for Mental Health, Minded Institute, London), and my professional interests cover:

  • Stress, anxiety and confidence
  • Back complaints
  • Long term rehabilitation and adaptation from injury and surgery (physical, and psycho emotional)
  • Digestive health

This list is not exclusive – I am happy to work with most physical, mental and emotional issues, and will tell you honestly if I feel I cannot add value to any particular situation.  Some other conditions where Yoga Therapy is considered beneficial include: Depression, Parkinsons, Dementia/ Alzheimer’s, Immune Conditions, Chronic Pain Conditions, PTSD, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Eating Disorders, Addictions, Digestive Health, Asthma / COPD, support during Cancer treatment, Chronic Fatigue. 

Yoga Therapy adapts Yoga to assist in working with specific conditions and complaints, and in particular enabling and nurturing individuals own capacity for healing on a BioPsychoSocial basis.  In all honesty there are not many conditions where Yoga Therapy cannot provide some assistance though breath, mindfulness and relaxation.

I weave elements of Yoga Therapy into most of my classes, and offer Private Yoga Therapy Classes as well.

My training with Minded Institute meets the criteria of the British Council for Yoga Therapy and the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).  I am registered with CNHC number 000046-F19

Book a Private Yoga Therapy or Back Care Class

 

Private Yoga Therapy Classes

A private Yoga Therapy class can be tailored to your needs after a full assessment, and maybe suitable if:

  • you are recovering from injury or health issue
  • you would like help in adapting yoga practice for personal circumstances
  • you are lacking confidence at present
  • you are worried about joining a open class
  • class times don’t suit you
  • you prefer a more private tailored experience
  • you need a more therapeutic approach to yoga

I’ll endeavour to make sure that a private class meets your specific objectives, and contains a spectrum of suitable practices.

Private classes could be a one off, weekly, monthly or what ever suits you, and are  normally daytime or early evening at my Rowborough studio.  It may be that you need a series of more regular sessions initially, followed by less regular reconnection sessions.

Although I am happy to start with a single session, please be aware that what we can achieve in one session will be limited, and it is likely that 3 to 6 sessions would be be needed as a minimum to see progress.

I am happy to see couples/family members together within the framework of a private session, and at no extra charge.  By arrangement I can work with groups of friends.

If you want a consultation to discuss options, approach and practices first, I offer a £25 no yoga consultation, redeemable against a booking of three sessions.

The content of a Private Class is confidential between us, although details may be shared on a first name basis with my professional supervisor.  If necessary, and with your consent, I may need to talk to other Medical and Well-being Professionals with whom you consult.  In the event of a situation where I have serious and immediate concerns for your safety, I may take safeguarding actions, including contacting others, for your protection.

I also incorporate elements of Yoga Therapy into my Group Classes

  

Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy weaves together elements of Yoga, Psychology, Neuroscience, Medical Physiology and Yoga philosophy.

To be clear Yoga Therapy is a separate discipline to Yoga Teaching.  The Yoga Therapy modality is unique in being able to bridge the gap between other physical and mental health disciplines.

Rather than trying to fix specific problems on a shopping list basis, Yoga Therapy endeavours to give you the space, skills and resources to find your own solutions; it is a collaborative approach rather than directive.

Yoga Therapy benefits from being evidence based, and there is much good quality independent research supporting tailored yoga interventions.

Yoga Therapy can assist with a wide range of physical and mental health conditions – at the very least there aren’t many situations in which gentle movement,  breathing and a positive mindset can’t add value, and, of course, a therapeutic approach to Yoga can go much further as circumstances dictate.

The Complimentary and Natural Health Care Council define Yoga Therapy as follows:

Those who wish to develop their natural well-being may find yoga therapy a useful route. Yoga therapy is taught by yoga teachers with additional training and experience in the therapeutic adaptation and application of yoga. People may be taught one-to-one or in a therapy group setting.

 

Yoga therapy may help with many issues and can be appropriate for a wide range of ages and lifestyles as well as those looking for a healthier way of life. All that is needed from the participant is the desire to help her or himself and the willingness to practise regularly.

 

Through practising a yoga therapy programme the participant may, for example, become more aware of posture and breathing. She/he may also find regular practice can help to promote relaxation, aid sleep and relieve tension; it may help to contribute to an increased sense of well-being and a positive mood.

 

In a typical first yoga therapy session a medical history will be taken by the yoga therapist. The body, posture, simple movements and the breath may be observed and issues and concerns discussed. Working with yoga therapeutically is about the whole person.

 

The yoga therapist will then assess how yoga therapy may help before planning and teaching a practice tailored to the needs of that individual. Practices may include one or more of a range of techniques such as posture work, breathing, relaxation, working with sound, reflection, and/or meditation. A number of sessions are likely to be needed to confirm safe and appropriate practice.

 

Back Care Classes

The latest recommendations from NICE, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, is that in the absence of “red flags”, movement such as Yoga or Pilates is the recommended way of managing back pain in preference to specialist referral or painkillers.

I am trained in Yoga Therapy for Back Pain, and also have additional training in Experiential and Functional Anatomy and Physiology. 

My approach to working with back pain is a BioPsychoSocial one, combining physical aspects of strengthening, lengthening and aligning, along with work on relaxation, tension release, breathing and mindfulness in order to provide a rounded approach to back care.  There is no universal approach, and my work will be tailored to individual needs.

I’m happy to work alongside any other input you are receiving from a doctor, physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor, and would recommend chiropractic or osteopathic input at the start of an acute back flare up.  My work builds on their input to calm an acute flare up and mitigate future problems.

Its important to be aware that causes of back pain can be quite obtuse, and whilst sensible precautions are needed, often the best cure is time, patience and care.  Yoga is very well placed to facilitate this process.

The process of healing a back isn’t quick, and I strongly recommend a block of three private sessions to give us time to work together.  Typically the first session would be assessment and getting to know each other plus some initial practices, and sessions two and three would build on session one practices.   It may be that more than three sessions are appropriate, but we can evaluate this as we go on and, of course, this is at your discretion.

If you want a consultation to discuss options, approach and practices first, I offer a £25 no yoga consultation, redeemable against a booking of three sessions.

 

Costs and Booking

Book a Private Yoga Therapy Class

Costs for a Private Yoga Therapy Class are:

£5 supplement for each person in the group over two.

With regard to this pricing, please be aware training as a Yoga Therapist entailed 1,000 hours of study, and a financial investment of over £20,000.

Private Yoga Therapy classes are normally daytime or early evening at my Rowborough Studio.  If available dates below are not suitable, feel free to contact me as I may be able to accommodate alternative time slots in some circumstances.

Terms:

  • Full fee charged if cancellation at less than 48 hours or you do not attend.  Cancellations must be made online.
  • Appointments can be rescheduled up to 48 hours before start.  Use the reschedule link in your confirmation email.
  • Refunds in exceptional circumstances only.

If this is your first session with me then before we meet, including consultations, I need