Janisse Therapy offers a unique combination of traditional physical
therapy and integrative pain management techniques to help individuals
enjoy the best health possible.
The Key to Safety
Have you ever experienced a time when doing Yoga relieved your pain but
the pain returned the following morning, possibly even more intensely?
Yoga has been used for centuries to bring about awareness and renewal.
So, how can this be?
Yoga places great emphasis on spinal flexibility. But, if you use asanas
incorrectly to create excessive spinal flexibility or muscle length, you
can damage your body.
"Long-term Yoga teachers have a higher than normal rate of disk degeneration,
particularly those who have emphasized deep spinal stretches."
Gregory Johnson, PT, FFCFMT,
President of The Institute
of Physical Art, Inc.
Contrary to popular portrayal, Yoga does not require excessive muscle
length or excessive range of motion of the spine.
The key is to make sure that the back is stable. This reduces repetitive
stress. It also prevents premature degeneration of the disks. An unstable
back moves more readily than the hips, adding to wear and tear on the
As a Yoga practitioner, it's important to understand the need for spinal
stability and to be able to identify neutral spine. Then you can choose
a Yoga program that reflects your needs.
Rather than trying to stretch to the limit, the point of conscious practice
is to increase your life force and support your health and longevity.
You do this when you improve the quality of your movement.
When your joints are not moving correctly, every part of your movement
system suffers. And when muscles are too long or too short, you may be
stressing your joints each time you move.
At Janisse Therapy, we identify the signs of repetitive stress before
the symptoms of pain or numbness occur.
I am so grateful to you, Marie. I have such a different
awareness and level of moving into my mind and body after working
with you. You are just wonderful. I am so in love with the way that
you teach: your tenderness, your intelligence, your compassion, your
attention to detail. It's just extraordinary."
Psychotherapist, Malibu, CA
you, Marie Janisse, for helping me release entrenched patterns of
postural use and movement which led to debilitating back spasms. I
found the missing links needed to apply what I had previously learned
from other mind/body disciplines."
Trager Practitioner, Ventura, CA
How Can I Learn to
That's where Janisse Therapy can help. Once we identify your movement
imbalances, you can change your old habits. With practice, new healthier
habits become second nature to you. Your joints will last longer and you'll
be able to enjoy your favorite activities for many years.
Call us at 805-569-1912 or e-mail
us for more information or for an appointment. You know that all bodies
are not alike and neither should all asana sequences be the same. Your
Yoga program will be custom made for you.
The following article, "Correcting Movement Imbalances,"
will explain how our movement system works and the importance of carefully
selecting exercises or Yoga postures. It explains how I evaluate your
unique strengths and weaknesses and create a program to reflect your specific
needs. This is a version of an article published in the International
Journal of Yoga Therapy #11, Oct, 2001.
To view the article, click on the cover: