Back Health

OPTIONS FOR BACK HEALTH

Yoga For Back Health and Sciatica
This is an all levels yoga class designed to support spinal health, relieve back/neck pain and sciatica, calm the nervous system and relax the mind. This class will improve flexibility of the hips and shoulders, which will decrease demands on the back and allow the spine to rotate properly, as well as strengthen the muscle groups that support the spine. The stretching postures will help to increase blood flow to the tissues that support the spine, improving the health of the intervertebral discs and muscles along the spine. This class will also help improve posture and proper alignment of the vertebrae, reducing undue stress on the back. Modifications will be provided throughout the practice, making this class suitable for students of all levels.

Reflexology
A reflexologist applies pressure to specific points on a person’s foot in order to relieve pain and discomfort in many parts of the body, including the back. Back/neck pain, caused by a physical imbalance like an injury, or psychological/emotional imbalance like stress or anxiety, can be treated using reflexology. Reflexologists use a foot map that charts the location of reflex points associated with various parts of the body where pain or tension can occur and apply pressure to specific reflex points using their hand or another instrument. Reflexology is a treatment that can work on its own to treat pain or in conjunction with other methods of treatment.

Gentle Yoga for Back Health before Reflexology
This class will combine gentle yoga postures with restorative yoga, to provide healing for both body and mind. This class will help to improve flexibility of the hips and shoulders, which will decrease demands on the back and allow the spine to rotate properly. The gentle stretching will help to increase blood flow to the tissues that support the spine, improving the health of the intervertebral discs and muscles along the spine. This class will also help to reduce stress and fatigue; and balance the nervous system.

Restorative yoga is a simplified form of yoga created specifically for stress reduction and injury rehabilitation. Restorative yoga is particularly helpful for individuals with back pain, as it consists of gentle movement and simple yoga postures which are achieved and supported through the use of blankets/props, easing the body into a comfortable position. These postures are then held for a short time to encourage physical and mental relaxation, and provide relief from back pain. Modifications will be provided, as needed, making this class accessible for students unable to be on their knees. This class is suitable for students of all levels, as long as you are able to get to the floor.