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Rehabilitate and Empower Through Movement with Yoga and Pilates with Jeanie

By Marina I. Jokic

Suffering a car accident years ago, Jeanie Wright found herself in and out of physical therapy with little improvement to her chronic pain. In response to her condition, Wright decided to integrate a therapeutic approach to the way she taught yoga and Pilates to her students. Massage and body alignment are also essential components of many of her programs.

"The best part of my programs [is] that I follow my students' progress," she said. "If you've done therapeutic movement before, you know how hard it can be to follow through with your own home practice, which is a key part of your healing."

In her practice, Wright currently offers two programs: one for back, core, and whole body care, and the other a specialized training for women suffering from diastasis recti, a commonly overlooked injury prevalent in mothers. Additionally, for those seeking more personalized instruction in yoga, Wright schedules private, small group, and large group lessons.

"My own health and wellness inspired me to start teaching yoga; I was in college full time, and working full time, in addition to trying to process a traumatic childhood," Wright said. "When I went to my first yoga class, I was so relaxed and at ease, my life made sense."

During the 17 years she has been teaching yoga and Pilates, Wright has focused on several disciplines in particular: Iyengar, Vinyasa, and Anusara. Ten years ago, after her car accident, Wright started emphasizing core strengthening in her classes, which helped her heal faster. She has been preaching the importance of developing the core since most yogic and Pilates movements hinge on that group of muscles.

"Most people have habitual movement patterns that turn some muscles on and some off; I try to turn the muscles that are off back on and relax the muscles that are over-working," she said. "I also teach restorative yoga for healing, meditation and relaxation, which is great for the nervous system."

A personal passion of Wright's, post-birth rehabilitation has been at the heart of her teaching. Intent on filling the gap left by the healthcare system, Wright wanted to design a specialized exercise program to address the condition diastasis recti.

"Every mother needs TLC after giving birth, [but] unfortunately, in our health care system this is not emphasized enough," she said. "A mother's body goes through an incredible transformation, and to say the least, a lot of wear and tear."

Through her workouts, Wright helps mothers recover from diastasis recti as well as other common ailments such as prolapse and pubis symphysis dysfunction. She assists in pelvic floor strengthening and release, back and neck health, and realignment.

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