Susi Hately

A Client’s Results with Sciatic Symptom Treatment


 

Here is a great example of a client who came in with Sciatic symptoms and over 3 sessions the symptoms went away:

Session 1 - He had back pain and his numbing symptoms were felt down to his toes, along.

We focused on small movement, being sure he was moving well at the hips, without compensatory gripping or bracing.

Session 2 - The numbness was now only down the mid thigh, back pain was less. He was aware of his movement, and when he gripped. He could tell where his true end range of motion was in his hip and didn't push past it. He was breathing much more easily.

We added movements from other joints. It was still very simple. He recognized other tension holding patterns and how active his brain was (and inhibited relaxation).

Session 3 - The numbness was out of his leg. His back pain was much less. He had greater awareness, and more understanding of when his movement patterns were reverting to "old habitual ways". He had a better sense of when he was fatigued and how that correlated to his symptoms "whispering back".

We added complex movements working through more than one plane at a time, and ensuring his back pain did not go up. At the end of the session the back pain was gone and he had a skip in his step.

His progress continued past session 3, and he has been a client for over 3 years continuing to make gains, and challenge his movement patterns and find new ways to deepen his connection with his body.

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Interested in More?

I work with clients and teachers in many ways both online and with live-training.  If you have any other inquiries, please email us at [email protected]

1. Susi's Resource Library. This online learning 200+ hours of videos and webinars includes my monthly Biomechanics of Healing Modules with three live group calls with me each month. This also includes my I Love Anatomy and the Anatomy for Yoga Therapists Program. 
To register, click here.

2. Private 1:1 Online or In Person Sessions.  Work with me privately for three months. People are interested in working with me because they intuitively know that their body is trying to get their attention. No matter the condition, the pain, the injury, they understand that something is up.  You can read more here.


3. The Therapeutic Yoga Intensive.  Designed for Yoga Teachers and Health Care Professionals. This is hands-on learning with me to deepen your own awareness and further your progress, as well as to improve your ability to work with students or patients.  Click here for locations & details.

4. C-IAYT.  ​For Yoga Teachers and Health Professionals who want to earn their C-IAYT yoga therapist certification. My trainees are keen to be excellent yoga therapists, and build a sustainable base of clients.  Click here for locations & details.




How to be an Effective Yoga Therapist


 

Here is a bit of my philosophy on being an effective yoga therapist. Of helping clients in reducing pain, autoimmune flares, and improving how you feel in your body:

1. It isn't about the pose or sequence of poses.
2. There isn't a magic bullet.
3. There isn't a pose or series of poses that will eliminate back pain. Or SI pain. Or manage flair ups associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis or manage nausea from chemotherapy. Or . . . .(insert condition).

To be effective as a yoga therapist, it is about:

- seeing the person,
- of meeting them where they are at,
- and seeing the context of them and their condition.

The process of applying yoga then becomes about what makes sense for the person with the condition rather than just the condition, itself.

Best, Susi



Interested in More?

I work with clients and teachers in many ways both online and with live-training.  If you have any other inquiries, please email us at [email protected]

1. Susi's Resource Library. This online learning 200+ hours of videos and webinars includes my monthly Biomechanics of Healing Modules with three live group calls with me each month. This also includes my I Love Anatomy and the Anatomy for Yoga Therapists Program. 
To register, click here.

2. Private 1:1 Online or In Person Sessions.  Work with me privately for three months. People are interested in working with me because they intuitively know that their body is trying to get their attention. No matter the condition, the pain, the injury, they understand that something is up.  You can read more here.


3. The Therapeutic Yoga Intensive.  Designed for Yoga Teachers and Health Care Professionals. This is hands-on learning with me to deepen your own awareness and further your progress, as well as to improve your ability to work with students or patients.  Click here for locations & details.

4. C-IAYT.  ​For Yoga Teachers and Health Professionals who want to earn their C-IAYT yoga therapist certification. My trainees are keen to be excellent yoga therapists, and build a sustainable base of clients.  Click here for locations & details.




Ayurveda – Healing and Recovery and Doshas


 

This is the start of my postings on Ayurveda. I’ve been using Ayurveda as part of my tool kit personally and professionally for many years and will begin to share the way I integrate it into my suite of therapeutic philosophy.

I’ll be posting about once a week. Some posts will be long, others will be a favourite drink or some little tidbit to explore… I may even review a book or two.

We’ll see where this leads.

Enjoy this inaugural post.

When reading about using Ayurvedic principles in health, wellness, recovery or healing, a lot of the focus tends to be on doshas... what your dosha is and quick tips on balancing it.

While quizzes and quick tips are a great way to start the Ayurvedic exploration, they have also led many to overly focus on dosha, which can be an ineffective strategy for improving wellbeing.

Why?

Dosha is a label for a variety of qualities and characteristics (gunas).

If we go after “managing the dosha” we are essentially trying to manage the label.

This can lead to a templated approach - (do this for Vata, that for Pitta and another thing for Kapha). A “hope and pray” at best and one that doesn’t give enough data to really determine if it worked. As a result, the true imbalance may be missed.

If instead, we explore the gunas and notice what qualities are present, we can specially address them and we’ll have more data to better evaluate if a result has happened, and what to do next.

If I say Vata aggravation what would you do?

If I say dryness or roughness what would you do?

See how much more specific we can be?

The takeaway -

When we pay close attention to the qualities (gunas) we can more closely tune into that which is actually impacting our state - whether that is wired, tired, ungrounded, braced, calm, steady, even, moist, dry, etc etc.

You’ll be governed less by a template and more by the reality of what is expressing itself. The result - better awareness and quicker resolution of what is actually going on.

And that makes up the fundamentals of functional synergy.

Sending love,

Susi



Interested in More?

I work with clients and teachers in many ways both online and with live-training.  If you have any other inquiries, please email us at [email protected]

1. Susi's Resource Library. This online learning 200+ hours of videos and webinars includes my monthly Biomechanics of Healing Modules with three live group calls with me each month. This also includes my I Love Anatomy and the Anatomy for Yoga Therapists Program. 
To register, click here.

2. Private 1:1 Online or In Person Sessions.  Work with me privately for three months. People are interested in working with me because they intuitively know that their body is trying to get their attention. No matter the condition, the pain, the injury, they understand that something is up.  You can read more here.


3. The Therapeutic Yoga Intensive.  Designed for Yoga Teachers and Health Care Professionals. This is hands-on learning with me to deepen your own awareness and further your progress, as well as to improve your ability to work with students or patients.  Click here for locations & details.

4. C-IAYT.  ​For Yoga Teachers and Health Professionals who want to earn their C-IAYT yoga therapist certification. My trainees are keen to be excellent yoga therapists, and build a sustainable base of clients.  Click here for locations & details.




My Experience with Diastasis After Twin Pregnancy


 

Amazing what happened 3 years ago.

And the changes in mobility, stability and strength, and likewise the rebuilding and reconnecting I have done since bringing the twins into the world…

With a stretched abdomen, together with abdominal surgery (planned c-section), i had my work cut out for me to regain function.

I also had a diastasis. Many experts will say that the evidence suggests that whatever gains you make in healing your diastasis occur in the first 8 weeks are the gains you will make. After that... “good luck”.

My own experience was that my diastasis reconnected and my abdominal tone improved over 8-9 months. MONTHS. Not weeks.

I was able to challenge my abdomen at 10 months with sitting up from the floor (after playing with my kids). I was able to start weight lifting at 11 months.

From 10 - 18 months I continued to improve my connection, my movement patterns to the point I was able to run again at 2 years post-partum.

I can now say that I am lifting more weight, running faster and am more coordinated overall 3 years after the birth of my kids than I was prior to getting pregnant

I want to share this to be an example of what is possible. Big shout out to Megan Jenkinson, PT at Lakeview Physiotherapy & Acupuncture who is as mischievous as I am about helping people move better, function better and reach their goals in a sustainable way.

And .... if you are many years post kids and have a diastasis - you can recover.

If your c-section scar is creating issues, it can improve.



Interested in More?

I work with clients and teachers in many ways both online and with live-training.  If you have any other inquiries, please email us at [email protected]

1. Susi's Resource Library. This online learning 200+ hours of videos and webinars includes my monthly Biomechanics of Healing Modules with three live group calls with me each month. This also includes my I Love Anatomy and the Anatomy for Yoga Therapists Program. 
To register, click here.

2. Private 1:1 Online or In Person Sessions.  Work with me privately for three months. People are interested in working with me because they intuitively know that their body is trying to get their attention. No matter the condition, the pain, the injury, they understand that something is up.  You can read more here.


3. The Therapeutic Yoga Intensive.  Designed for Yoga Teachers and Health Care Professionals. This is hands-on learning with me to deepen your own awareness and further your progress, as well as to improve your ability to work with students or patients.  Click here for locations & details.

4. C-IAYT.  ​For Yoga Teachers and Health Professionals who want to earn their C-IAYT yoga therapist certification. My trainees are keen to be excellent yoga therapists, and build a sustainable base of clients.  Click here for locations & details.