Frequently Asked Questions
What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy (in combination with myofascial release and neuro/ visceral mobilization) are all light-touch manual techniques that work with the fascia or connective tissues within the body including the nerves, the spine, the cranium, the brain and the body’s viscera or organ systems. These techniques help to free up restrictions that interfere with the body’s normal healing process leading to chronic pain.
What is Integrative Physical Therapy and how is it different from traditional PT?
Integrative physical therapy offers a holistic approach to physical therapy care that focuses on working with the whole person and paying close attention to the connection between the mind, body, and spirit.
We strive to address the deeper root cause(s) of dysfunction, facilitate the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms and help clients reduce the roadblocks to healing which include chronic pain, restricted breathing, poor posture, central nervous system sensitization/desensitization, deconditioning, muscle weakness, soft tissue restrictions, and stress.
The goal of therapy is to restore normal movement patterns, strength and postural alignment from head to toe so clients can achieve their personal goals and thrive in their lives. Through this treatment process, patients will gain the tools needed to take care of their bodies with exercise/movement, yoga, and meditation. Our mission is to inspire patients to love taking care of and learning about their bodies for a lifetime.
I’ve never done yoga before, can I come to your public class to try it out?
Absolutely! Newcomers are always welcome. If you’re nervous about any physical limitations or injuries you might have, please contact Catherine ahead of time to ensure that a group class environment is right for you.
Can I use my insurance?
Unfortunately we do not take insurance at this time. If you’d like to use insurance, you can see Catherine at Hennepin Healthcare’s Integrative Health Clinic. Please contact them to schedule an appointment.
What other physical therapy techniques do you use?
Our physical therapy is primarily done with hands-on manual techniques, including direct techniques for joints and soft tissues and also gentle light-touch techniques for the more delicate tissues like fascia, vessels, nerves, and organ systems. No machines or modalities are used in our treatment sessions. Hands-on treatment techniques include:
We also work with more active integrative therapies to get you moving through a greater range of motion with more strength, less pain and with more relaxation and freedom in your body.
Mindful movement and custom exercise programs are used and designed to retrain normal movement patterns and improve posture and range of motion while gaining strength, stability, balance, and breath capacity. These active therapies include:
Somatic motor control exercises and sensory integration
Core strength / stabilization
Meditation / stress reduction
Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
Physiological quieting / stress reduction