When you’re in pain, its hard to live freely and joyfully
Simple things like walking the dog, loading the dishwasher, working at the computer, or spending an hour or two in the car become annoyingly uncomfortable.
All the things you love doing—like playing with your grandkids, hiking with your partner, hitting the gym, spending time on your boat—aren’t so easy to do anymore.
It’s frustrating, to say the least. All you want is to be able to enjoy these activities… without paying the price for days afterwards.
I understand. Living this way can be exhausting. Overwhelming. Discouraging.
Maybe you’ve resigned to the “fact” that getting older simply means living with chronic pain and tension.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Being in pain now doesn’t mean you have to live with it forever. Change is possible.
Hi, I’m Civi Jacobsen, founder of Elements Yoga Therapy and certified Yoga Therapist.
I know what it’s like to live with pain and wonder if it’ll ever get better.
In 2012 I suffered a head, neck and jaw injury that made it difficult to complete even easy daily tasks. Driving was hazardous. I had no concentration skills. My hearing in one ear was affected. Even eating a meal was tiring and painful—I couldn’t close my jaw to chew.
I wanted to help my healing process along so I turned to yoga, which is something I’d already used for 20-some years to manage the stress of a hectic IT career.
I completed 8 months of yoga teacher training to improve concentration and manage headaches, vertigo, nausea and ear pain. Although it definitely helped, there seemed to be something missing. I kept searching and educating myself with over 100 hours of additional teacher training to find that missing piece, when I discovered Yoga Therapy. It gave me the results and freedom I was searching for.
Yoga Therapy helped me reclaim my independence.
My attention span improved to the point where I felt comfortable driving again. I could get out and walk the dog without worrying about tripping and breaking something. Headaches and jaw tension became less and less frequent. Yoga classes became fun again because I wasn’t constantly nauseous or struggling with vertigo—even while doing downward dog!
My mind felt clearer. My body was more mobile. And I felt FREE to be out in the world doing what I love.
The same can be true for you. I created this business because Yoga Therapy is my calling, and I know it can work wonders when you slow down and invest some time and energy.
Yoga Therapy is a powerful healing modality that can help you get back to doing what you love.
Unlike mainstream Western yoga classes, the focus of Yoga Therapy is not on fitness, although this is a great side benefit. The focus is on moving well and noticing the connection between what’s going on in our minds and lives and how it shows up in our body. We build on this connection so you can heal more deeply and completely.
As a certified Yoga Therapist, I’m not here to lead you through a sequence of yoga poses. My role is to teach you how to notice unhelpful habits and behaviors that show up in your body as pain, stress, strain, and suffering. In other words, I don’t fix things for you—I provide education and support to help you help yourself in creating better health and wellness.
Using yoga tenants, we’ll explore patterns of breath, movement, and stillness that can help you minimize and in some cases eliminate your symptoms. All while treating yourself and your body with kindness and ease.
Turn to Yoga Therapy when you’re ready to take charge of your health and step into a new way of being in the world.
If you’re still experiencing pain from an injury that professionals say ‘should’ have healed, you’re in the right place. Pushing through the pain isn’t going to make it go away. And all those methods you’ve tried to relieve it…they only work temporarily! Know this: There is so much more YOU can do for yourself to feel and move better. No one but you is in your body and your life. You can learn to support your own healing in a way that works with your life and your body’s unique needs.