Integrative. Complementary. Alternative. Therapies.
Second Nature Yoga Therapy and NeuroSupport provides integrative, complementary, and alternative therapies for women in Bloomington Indiana, Columbus and the Indianapolis area. Lifestyle choices, self-care, as well as physical and mental wellbeing are part of overall health and the healing process: It is hoped that providing individualized therapy and support at your location will provide ease and convenience for those who find movement challenging, are easily tired due to chronic pain, neurological conditions or cancer treatment / recovery, or require in-home therapy due to injury, long-term care and other circumstances. This said, people are resilient: We support and encourage mindful, engaged self-care as well as commitment to therapies as there is no better healer than oneself.
C-IAYT yoga therapists are extensively trained under a scope of standards which focus on providing yoga to individuals as a therapy. A yoga therapist provides one-on-one, individualized, customized yoga therapy sessions or programs which seek to ameliorate specific chronic conditions, assist in recovery, or manage symptoms associated with long-term illness. Our work is based in the traditional, deeply healing aspect of yoga, recognizing that there is a need for an awareness and understanding of each individual as a whole being rather than a sum of their parts, symptoms, or diagnosis.
All therapy sessions adhere to a given modality's healing tradition. Note that Yoga Therapy and Thai Bodywork are distinct therapeutic modalities: Thai Yoga Therapy or Thai Yoga Massage are terms commonly used due to misinformation and confusion over historical provenance, creating ambiguity and loss of cultural authenticity. We respect ancient medicine / healing traditions for their depth and scope, as well as origin and unique attributes, and do not blend modalities during therapy sessions. Similarly, we do not overlay psychotherapy—a westernized model of therapy—on yoga therapy sessions.
Yoga for Therapy | With its focus on both physical and mental awareness, yoga is therapeutic both as a traditional practice for health and wellbeing—and as a gentle, alternative therapy for therapeutic rehabilitation, movement therapy, and long-term support. Customized yoga therapy and long-term programs are provided by a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist practicing under the guidelines of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
NeuroSupportive Yoga Therapy™ | Specialized yoga therapy and support for neurological conditions such as MS and early or late onset Parkinson's, ALS, Ehlers Danlos, partial paralysis, stroke recovery, post-polio.
Simply Yoga Therapy | Yoga therapy for early or late-onset Parkinson's, modified to accommodate freezing, dyskinesia, rigidity, or general weakness.
WellBeing Yoga Therapy | Gentle, supportive yoga therapy for those in treatment and recovering from cancer. Sessions are in-home to reduce stress and fatigue.
Yoga for Chronic Pain & Anxiety | Yoga therapy to calm the mind, ease anxiety, and let go of physical or mental patterns which may cause chronic pain.
Yoga Therapy for Amputees | Yoga therapy for amputees and amelia. Whether due to cancer, diabetes or injury, limb-loss is not only a physical happening: it may alter the emotional, mental, and for many, spiritual outlook on life and living.
Yoga Therapy for Scoliosis & Chronic Back Pain | Yoga therapy for idiopathic and degenerative scoliosis, as well persistent, unresolved back pain.
Svasana for Sleep | For those experiencing chronic sleep issues, something as simple as a carefully guided yoga therapy can bring sleep and serve as a long-term self-practice for assisting in falling asleep.
Yoga Therapy for Disordered Eating | Yoga therapy for women of all ages who need support and a foundation for facing, or recovering from, an eating disorder. Food is not an enemy, but can perceived as such when societal norms influence body-image, or when anxiety, emotional and physical trauma, or life in general affect one's ability to cope. Supportive therapy with an experienced yoga therapist may be beneficial in reducing overall anxiety and creating an outlook of compassion, rather than judgement or criticism, for oneself. Therapy is offered in conjunction with Whole-Person Nutrition and Mindful Mentoring.
Yoga Therapy + Walking + Nature | Yoga therapy as gentle movement therapy, combined with the opportunity to walk-and-talk, or appreciate nature in silence. This is a good fit for those who need some supportive motivation to move, whether due to chronic pain, fatigue, or wariness due to balance and gait issues. Second Nature Yoga Therapy™ adds the element of nature therapy: nature is an essential healer which our urbanized society has lost touch with, be it the physical benefits of sunlight and fresh air, or the positive effects trees and natural landscapes have on our state of mind.
Yoga Therapy Groups | Common interest groups with a specific therapeutic focus and diagnosed condition. 3-month modules follow the guidelines of the International Assoc. of Yoga Therapists and are provided as a support and adjunct to one-on-one therapy.
Lifestyle Medicine and Yoga Therapy for Women | Supporting women in life and living through the practices (non-physical and physical) of yoga therapy and lifestyle therapy—emphasizing stability, self-reliance, and resilience during life-changes, health challenges, and through the various roles a woman may take up during the course of a lifetime. For women, yoga can be particularly beneficial if the focus is on grounding, self-care and inward balance, rather than the modern-day focus on hyper flexibility and over-extending oneself.
Comprehensive Therapy Programs | Lifestyle choices, self-care, and mental wellbeing are part of overall health, and the healing process. Integrative programs incorporate Yoga Therapy, specialized bodywork, and long-term support for neurosupportive and neuropalliative therapy, cancer recovery, therapeutic rehabilitation, disability. Comprehensive, personalized therapy provides extended therapy and support through one practitioner rather than many, and may be particularly beneficial for those with lifetime conditions or requiring a long-term recovery period.
Therapeutic Thai Bodywork addresses the body as a whole rather than targeting only specific, isolated issues. Sessions may include passive range of motion, joint mobilization, neuromuscular therapy, acupressure, visceral manipulation and lymphatic drainage. Our Thai bodywork is based in the Thai medicine tradition and is focused on treatment and healing—not popularized, acrobatic techniques. Sessions include traditional Thai herbal compresses and clients remain fully dressed for ease and convenience. We specialize in therapy for neurological conditions, pain management, paralysis, and injury recovery: The scope of Thai therapies provides both subtle and deep resources for treatment, whether it be visceral manipulation for a neurogenic bowel, herbal applications to stimulate blood flow to atrophied or spastic muscles, passive range of motion and joint mobilization, or easing neuropathy through acupressure.
Holistic Nutrition | Whole-person nutrition ranging from learning the basics of wholesome, healthful eating, to recognizing, understanding, and managing emotional eating and disordered eating. Nutritional guidance is offered as part of Mindful Mentoring for Women, Food for Thought Yoga Therapy™, Second Nature Yoga Therapy™ and Comprehensive Therapy Programs—recognizing the relationship between our mental and physical health, the environment, and the food we take in. Individual, in-home consultations; cooking for family health; learning about organic vs non-organic, whole foods vs. processed; understanding simple yet important principles of nutrition, lifestyle habits, and general health.
Therapy for Horse & Human | For clients with a neurological condition or disability who are seeking a stride in the right direction, both for themselves and their horses, Equine Assisted Therapy can be part of an individualized Comprehensive Therapy Program or Mentoring & Lifestyle Medicine.