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What Is Restorative Yoga? By Ellen Driscoll



Positioning the Client for Traditional Shiatsu using Restorative Yoga Techniques by Ellen Driscoll, PT, Restorative Instructor,

OWNER of Shape Shifters Wellness Studio




What is restorative yoga?

•How can positions of restorative asanas benefit clients?


•PREPARE Necessary Props: Wedges, Rolls, Pillows, Blankets (home-made or traditional) Also a weighted eye mask can be helpful for relaxation

•QUIETNESS/MUSIC/SCENTS/DARKNESS/CANDLELIGHT/WARMTH


•CHOOSING POSITIONS (futon OR table) FOR CERTAIN CONDITIONS-CREATE A SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE FLOW OF NO MORE THAN 3-5 POSITIONS FOR ONE HOUR


•ALWAYS be purposeful.

•ALWAYS avoid painful ranges.

•ALWAYS BUT gently create space and symmetry.

•CALMLY ground the breath


•SET AN INTENTION FOR HEALING-Client has personal intention as well


•OPENING CHAKRA can be alternated with a Counter-pose: EX; Throat to Heart Opener followed by Chest (throat and solar plexus) Closer in long seated or prone (child pose) positions


Guide the Session with a soothing Therapeutic voice and assisted transitions but don’t overcorrect the position.

SUPINE ASANAS

Supported Core

Supported Lower Body

Lower Body Twist

PRONE ASANAS

Supported Core

Supported Upper Body

Upper Body Twist

CHILD'S POSE


SIDE-LYING ASANAS

Supported Upper Body

EXTREME BILATERAL ALTERNATED (R OPPOSE l) STRETCHES UBF/LBE, UBE/LBF


LONG-SEATED

MODIFIED SEATED


END THE SESSION (CLIENT RESTS) WITH EYE COVER/BLANKET AND PILLOW ATOP ABDOMINAL AREA X 5 MINUTES!

Ellen Driscoll

Location: 5010 Dorsey Hall Dr, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Phone: (410) 997-0555

Email: edriscollpt@yahoo.com









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