Medical Therapeutic Yoga in Abuse Recovery
A Testimonial of Transformative Care
This week’s guest post comes from PYTI graduate Roselee Wondra, PT, PYT. She has been a prime and appreciated example of what it looks like to use medical therapeutic yoga as a licensed healthcare provider. Roselee has provided a brilliant testimonial from one of her patients, a sexual assault survivor who came to her for physical therapy. What this patient received was so much more than that.
When I asked my patient to answer three questions on my Testimonial Request Sheet and she wrote three pages, I was humbled. She is one patient I shall never forget.
The patient was referred with a diagnosis of “neck strain”. On the first visit, the patient quietly shared the mechanism of her injury which was a physical and sexual assault by her husband with whom she continued to live. There was minimal eye contact and many guarded movements and posturing. Prior to her injury she worked as an artist but had been unable to pursue this due to the dominant upper extremity weakness, neural, and postural pain. One of the goals we quickly established was to progress back to painting for her creative and healing expression. It was a humbling and exciting privilege to guide her through the multifaceted healing process using all the PYTI precepts of care. We are both excited to share she has returned to her painting and sketching. She has been a great spokesperson for PYTI to all her previously skeptical physical health care providers by giving them my business cards and program information. We both underwent a transformative experience in this working relationship. She received the healing nurturing care necessary for health; I received inspiration and renewed professional excitement which is beneficial to MY health!
I found my treatment experience immensely helpful and life changing. Prior to receiving yoga therapy I was in Chicago receiving basic, more mainstream therapy for 7 months with still painful muscle problems. That physical therapist tried to give me more and more muscle building exercises but my tightness, pain, and numbness remained. However, yoga therapy did what mainstream therapy could not do: solve my problems with less time and frequency. Roselee had the temperament and enlightenment that my prior physical therapist did not have. Yoga therapy is more effective!
Learning about the five components of the medical therapeutic yoga program and how you need all of them to thrive in order to be the best you can be was so helpful. The breathing techniques and the application of the Physical, Energetic, Psycho-Emotional-Social, Intellectual, and Spiritual care deeply affected me and was a life changing experience. This yoga approach revealed my mental status which affected the tightness in my muscles. It has given me hope. Roselee is a hero for helping the hopeless people.
I am a survivor of domestic assault. I would absolutely recommend this yoga approach to other victims like myself which require physical therapy. I personally feel that people who have been through traumatic injuries, specifically abused victims such as myself, can only benefit from being placed in medical yoga therapy vs. mediocre therapy.
This program is really special and revolutionary. You should get the word out on how brilliant and remarkable it is! This should be mainstream care for doctors and mental health specialists. This is a revolution!!
About the Author
Roselee Wondra is a Physical Therapist and in her search for self-discovery and learning, pursued training as a Spiritual Director and within woman’s health. PYTI integrated all of her passions in establishing a medical therapeutic yoga program at her outpatient clinic while working on creative play as well!