GET HEALTHY, STAY FIT
Whether you are looking to improve performance or find a way to decrease pain and discomfort, I can help you get back to the activities you enjoy.
HOW IT WORKS
I approach strength and well-being with a range of modalities tailored to each client’s needs and goals.
Using a mixture of MAT (Muscle Activation Techniques), MET (Muscle Energy Techniques), PRI (Postural Restoration Institute), SomaTherapy, SomaTraining, and ELDOA I work to address the root cause of discomfort, weakness, or lack of mobility.
MAT (Muscle Activation Techniques) is a process of assessing and addressing muscle imbalances throughout the body. First range of motion is assessed to find which joints have muscles that are functioning inefficiently. Then using a combination of light contraction muscle testing and palpation to muscle attachments, muscle fibers are stimulated to improve function. These techniques are helpful for everyone looking to improve or rehabilitate their movement. It works for grandparents trying to keep up with their grandchildren as well as professional athletes looking to maximize their performance.
MET (Muscle Energy Techniques) are used to adjust the structure of the body as well as change the length-tension relationship of muscles. Unlike the manipulations and “cracks” used by Chiropractors, MET can move a bone by creating a certain position and using a light isometric contraction. This uses the client’s own muscles to move the bone back into the ideal position. This is less jarring, painless, and it teaches the muscle where that bone is supposed to be located.
PRI (Postural Restoration Institute) uses specific exercise and breathing combinations for creating strength in weakened muscles. The exercises are positional and often incorporate a breath that will tie in core and trunk support.
SomaTherapy is a group of manual techniques including fascial normalization, osteo-articular joint pumping, and transverse tendinous ligamentous stretching. SomaTherapy is used to normalize tissue by moving the water of the body to areas that need healing.
SomaTraining is used with personal training. Using exercises designed to work specific sections of a particular muscle, one can strengthen and condition muscles with a great amount of detail. This can ensure full functionality of muscles for everything from daily maintenance and health to performance conditioning.
ELDOA (Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptition Osteo-Articulaire), or in English LOADS (Longitudinal Osteo-articular Decoaptation Stretches) was created by Guy Voyer DO and is a postural exercise one can practice by themselves to create space at a specific joint. This is also a great exercise to create strength and stability around joints that often cause pain.
I first started Yoga in 2006 after a knee injury. After my rehabilitation, I noticed the wonderful compliment of yoga and martial arts (which I had been practicing for almost 10 years). Flowing in Strength Yoga began in 2011 after I decided to share my love of Yoga with others. I apprenticed with Nancy Fox of Fine Line Yoga in 2010-2018 in her general and Yoga for Scoliosis classes. I also began working with Gabriel Halpern at Yoga Circle in Chicago. I apprenticed with Gabriel in the Gentle Yoga class since 2010, increasing my understanding of therapeutic Yoga. In September 2012, I accepted a position apprenticing Gabriel at Yoga Circle in the Thursday level 2-3 class.
Flowing in Strength Yoga uses Hatha Yoga with a strong Iyengar Yoga influence. This allows exploration of static postures with the occasional mini vinyasa while focusing on alignment. Find harmony and balance in physical symmetry. Flowing in Strength Yoga looks to equalize the strength and flexibility throughout the body, bringing health to the individual and the class. Each week has a different focus using standing, forward folding, back bending, or restorative postures as well as pranayama (breathing).
Tai Chi is an ancient martial art practiced at a very slow pace. In modern times it is used for meditation, exercise and stress relief. It uses a series of techniques that teach control and coordination and utilize a mind, body, and breath connection. Students learn forms that are combined to form a sequence. Forms combine coordination of all parts of the body with the breath. Tai Chi is accessible to people of all skill levels and is a great way to begin or continue an exercise program.
Benefits of Tai Chi include:
Increased cognitive function
Using a foundation in Muscle Activation Techniques, SomaTraining, and ELDOA, personal training becomes even more effective with a strong understanding of neuromuscular function and body mechanics. As a certified personal trainer, I can help you:
Build cardiovascular fitness
Enhance body awareness
Clarify your goals
Motivate you to succeed
Gain comfort with gym equipment
I feel like I have two legs, which is awesome!
A week later and I still feel good and I’m walking a lot. I feel so much better after seeing Chad. My knee is getting stronger!
I don’t feel as sore from dance and gymnastics.
With every visit I am feeling better. Chad has amazing knowledge about the physical body. He is also very kind, considerate and gentle.
Chad was both very enjoyable and very professional. He was attentive to my various health and fitness goals and helped me craft a fitness plan to fit my busy schedule. During the session, he monitored and adjusted the plan to best fit how I was feeling. Afterward, I felt refreshed and good for the rest of the day. Looking forward to continuing with sessions every week.
Chad is a magician! I recommend him to my students of yoga, based on the work he has done with my sacrum, cervical spine, and shoulder. He is keeping me going, along with my yoga practice, and helps me keep up with my work as a yoga therapist. He is knowledgeable, and a technician as well as a healer! Thank you for your help and great conversation about the body during my appointment.
Came in on crutches, walked out without them. Amazing, thank you!
When you’re in pain, you always have a bit of skepticism as to trying yet another treatment or suggestion. After just one visit with Chad, I was able to move more freely than expected. A little discomfort sleeping the first night, but freely able to walk and do stairs before bed and again upon rising the next day. I look forward to my next visit.
I feel Chad is getting to the cause of my issues rather than just addressing the effects.
After each session I am amazed at the progress I’ve made. I only wish I had started them sooner!
Chad is very knowledgeable and provides an accommodating space. He answered my questions throughout the process and provided advice about how I could improve the areas worked on outside of the session.
Chad is impressive at keeping up with new and innovative practice. He constantly looks for better ways to help his clients.
With every visit I think I get a little stronger and more confident that I can live a reduced pain life with improved mobility.
What I like about Chad is that he can address my scoliosis and my frozen shoulder at the same time, and understand how each affects the other. His patient, knowledgeable work is helping me mitigate pain and get my mobility back.
As a kid with flat feet, I had a lot of pain when I ran and played. Since visiting with Chad, I can run faster and play harder. The exercises he has given me have not only improved my feet, but also have strengthened me altogether. On top of that, Chad is a fun person to be around.
Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or want to schedule an appointment.
Garden of Yoga - Private Studio
140 N LaGrange Rd #17,
LaGrange, IL 60525
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1150 Hillgrove Ave,
Western Springs, IL 60558
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1613 W Monroe St,
Chicago, IL 60612
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12505 S. Ridgeland Ave.
Palos Heights, IL 60463