Susi Hately

Podcast: Episode 1


EPISODE 1:

Blending the Biomedical and Biopsychosocial Models


Did you know that if you integrate yoga, medicine, and rehabilitation, you can get better results? Welcome to the very first episode of From Pain to Possibility, with your host Susi Hately. Susi is giving us some useful information that can be implemented today, and along the way, she is sharing bits and pieces of her life so we can get to know her better. 

Susi is the owner and director of Functional Synergy Yoga Therapy, where she trains healthcare professionals and yoga teachers on how to integrate yoga therapeutically into their practices. Susie also runs a private one-to-one session series for people who have pain, long-standing pain, and those who want to get rid of the pain.

Listen as Susi shares her background and what she means by a biopsychosocial model. She speaks about being creative after her twins were born and condensing several concepts into one model, which she calls the integrative healing journey or integrative healing process. Susi also discusses blue and purple ribbons. How the ability to assess effectively helps grow the client's clarity to understand what is and isn't working.


Are you curious about what is going on in your body? Susi discusses how sometimes when moving our bodies, we think we are moving our hips when in fact; we are moving our pelvis. This can be a neuromechanical miss between our brain and the tissue of what we are supposed to be moving. Susi says that sometimes improvement requires a change of belief.

Hopefully, you have found some usable techniques in this episode that you can play with for yourself, your students, or clients that will take you up into this next level of understanding and the application of both a biomedical and a biopsychosocial model.


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“When I help someone reduce their compensatory patterning, they will experience reduced pain.” Susi Hately


In this Episode:

[00:22] Welcome, everyone!
[01:01] Susi shares how the pandemic allowed her to do the podcast she has wanted to do finally.
[01:39] She hopes that this podcast will give you some information you need on your journey of being able to integrate yoga, medicine, and rehabilitation for better results.
[02:34] Susi shares her kinesiology background and her focus on exercise physiology, motor control, and biomechanics.
[03:37] Susi explains what she means by the biopsychosocial model.
[06:07] She shares that when she was on maternity leave after having twins, she got creative and brought all the concepts together into one model.
[06:58] Susi explains what you see when you look at this model.
[08:49] Our ability to assess effectively helps grow the clarity for the client to understand what is working or not working.
[11:05] If you listen to the whispers, you will grow your own internal locus of control.
[12:30] Susi gives an example of what she has been talking about.
[15:30] Growing someone's awareness through a biomechanical model is a fascinating process.
[17:01] Are you curious about what is going on in your body? Why is my body breaking down?
[18:08] Susi shares that sometimes improvement requires a change of belief.
[19:42] An aha is a glimpse of what could be whether it is less pain or more movement.l
[23:13] Susi is speaking about another concept, where you have pain isn't the problem.
[25:42] How is your neuromuscular communication?
[27:58] The takeaway for this first episode is that there is an intersection between the biomedical and the biopsychosocial model.
[29:55] We will connect with you in the next episode; thank you for listening.

“Yellow lights are the whispers.” Susi Hately

What You Will Learn In This Episode:

  • How to blend the biopsychosocial models of recovery for better outcomes.
  • The Healing Helix:  An Integrative Model
  • Taking Ownership of Your Healing Process

“Presence really enables awareness.” Susi Hately

Featured On The Show & Other Notes:

“Where the pain is isn’t the problem, it’s an expression of the problem.” Susi Hately

Episode Transcript:

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“A-ha is a glimpse of what could be.” 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.

Still reading? Would you like to learn more about solutions for sciatica? Click this link for more - https://www.functionalsynergy.com/solutionsforsciatica/



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


 

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.

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.