Bringing health and wellness into your life
My desire is to teach you the skills, tools, and practices that help over the long term to participate in whatever is important for you, in this life. It’s why I have a particular interest and specialized training in helping people with persistent or chronic pain, as pain tends to effect almost every aspect of one’s life.
Current research shows two areas that impact factors known to be associated with the physiology, development, progression, persistence and recovery from pain and disability are:
1) pain neuroscience education, which has changed over the past 10 years or so, and,
2) movement and/or exercise.
Why is Pain Neuroscience Education Helpful?
When people understand the current understanding of pain and pain mechanisms, it “often changes beliefs and threat values to pain and injury … which allows for individuals to consider the influence they have over regaining movement and function while decreasing pain, … as well as how to approach movement, exercise and activity.” 
If there is something for you that is not being resolved, be it pain or limited functioning of some kind, it may be the solution is just under your current level of awareness. Yoga provides tools (such as movement, breath work, meditation/stillness/rest) that help to create awareness and shift our nervous system, our perspective and our response.
- How can yoga – a practice utilizing movement, breath, and relaxation, provide results you’re not getting elsewhere?
- What does current science and research say about pain, stretching, the immune system, the nervous system, neuroplasticity, and ageing?
- Is moving well, and/or getting out of pain complicated?
- Can anyone learn to do this? Learn to help themselves?
These are some of the questions we’ll explore together while you learn tools to better manage your health and subsequently, your life.
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Whereas medical professionals are experts on bodies, you are the expert of your own body. At least, you can learn to be. Are you interested in bridging the gap or finding the missing piece between the two?
- people who have chronic or persistent pain, learn to move again in a safe, gentle environment;
- you become aware of what might be contributing to flare-ups; or why it often doesn’t make sense that you have pain again, today;
- provide simple tools that anyone, at any age, can use to create health and well-being;
- progress those who feel stuck with whatever they’re trying to ‘do’ in their life;
- you learn to better observe your own movement and/or that of your students if you are a yoga teacher.
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What you do in your day-to-day life will have a greater impact than what you do for the 5, 10 or 30 minutes in a doctor or practitioner’s office, in the gym or on a yoga mat. Learn how to incorporate these tools into your everyday life.
I’m a registered yoga teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance since 2011, a Certified Pain Care Yoga teacher, and am currently a student of yoga therapy. Having completed a yoga therapy intensive (2015), followed by certification prep programs (2016-17) I am now in a two-year program with an international association of yoga therapy (C-IAYT) recognized school, with expected completion in Spring of 2020.
This work, website and blog is only my personal research and opinion and is not intended, or should be taken, as medical advice.
 Cory Blickenstaff, PT, MS, OCS & Neil Pearson, PT, MSc (RHBS), BA-BPHE (2016): Reconciling movement and exercise with pain neuroscience education: A case for consistent education, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2016.1194653.