Introducing Madeline and Holistic Yoga Therapeutics™!

Meet Madeline Schaefer, POINT’s very own Yoga Therapist. You may already know Madeline from her consistent attendance and contagious good energy at the 7am class. We are thrilled to bring her on board and cannot wait for all she will contribute to our team! Her full bio is below but first read to find out what the heck Holistic Yoga Therapy™ is and what it can do for you!

Meet Madeline Schaefer, POINT’s very own Yoga Therapist. You may already know Madeline from her consistent attendance and contagious good energy at the 7am class. We are thrilled to bring her on board and cannot wait for all she will contribute to our team! Her full bio is below but first read to find out what the heck Holistic Yoga Therapy is and what it can do for you!

Hi everyone! I am so excited for the opportunity to work at POINT with all of you. If you are new to the concept of Holistic Yoga Therapeutics™ it could be described simply as “movement therapy,” although it is so much more than that! It is for anybody, whether you do yoga or not. The “Yoga” part of the name implies where it derives its principles of alignment, breathing techniques, and the approach of viewing each individual as a whole. We know so many of you struggle with chronic pain, are recovering from an injury, have specific fitness goals, feel “tight” in your hips/shoulders/low back/etc., or just generally feel limited by the functionality of your body so we are thrilled to be able to offer a service that encourages healing THROUGH movement, rather than by limiting it. For example, if you experience knee pain while doing step-ups at the gym, it does not mean you should stop coming to the gym. Step-ups are not what is causing the pain, it is more likely the pattern of movement that you use while doing the step-ups. The goal of Yoga Therapy is to see and identify these patterns of imbalance and work together to develop and strengthen new patterns that support and return your body to optimal function in balance. With this approach we can actually strengthen your knee and avoid the small pain you feel now from developing into a more chronic imbalance and injury.

I found Yoga Therapy through my own search for healing. I was in an accident that required extensive rehabilitation and I was frustrated with the three physical therapists I went to for help. My treatment felt impersonal and generic; more importantly, it completely disregarded my personal experience and goals. When I met and began to work with Annie Adamson (the founder of Holistic Yoga Therapeutics™) I immediately felt the difference. She saw and spoke to ME, my experience and my body. She worked with my injuries, taking into account my emotional and mental connection to them as well as how they impacted the entirety of my body. Through that profound experience and my passion for health and movement I decided to pursue a career in Holistic Yoga Therapeutics™.

The human body is an incredible organism with an ability to shift, adapt, and alter itself based on its environment and circumstances. Many of our pain patterns, physical limitations, and injuries result from our body’s adaptations to our lifestyles and habitual movement patterns. With proper assessment, guidance, and a plan, we have the ability to create great change and healing in our bodies. Through diversifying your movement you will also develop a deeper connection to your body so when you are met with unfamiliar circumstances your body will innately adapt and know how to move safely and efficiently.

On a deeper level, Holistic Yoga Therapeutics™ is a practice of seeing the whole person: physically, emotionally and mentally. We develop skills, drills, movement patterns, and exercises to support and guide you towards optimal health and well-being. It is about seeing beyond the injury, place of “tightness,” or limitation to the entirety of the person. Our perspective is that these parts interact and influence each other as a whole body. Our goal is to bring the body back towards alignment and balance. It is both a practice in healing as well as prevention. As a practitioner of Holistic Yoga Therapeutics™ it is my aim to guide my clients into a deeper understanding and relationship with themselves while supporting them in their path towards healing.

Every Yoga Therapy session is individualized and tailored to your specific body, its needs, and your goals. I utilize a range of evaluative techniques such as muscle testing, postural, breath, and movement pattern assessment to determine the best plan for each of my clients. We will work together one-on-one to learn new ways of breathing, sitting, moving, etc. You will leave with a personalized program which will addresses my evaluation as well as your goals. Through education and embodied experience I aim to empower my clients to take ownership of their health, to learn the unique language of their own bodies and to use what they learn in our sessions to inform and influence their movement and lifestyle choices for a lifetime.   

Click here to see the appointment options that will fit your needs. I currently see clients:

Tuesday at 6:00 or 6:30pm
Wednesdays 12-6:00pm
Fridays 2-6pm

I am looking forward to meeting and working with you!


MEET MADELINE SCHAEFER

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I grew up in the kitchen where I learned the love language of food. I was raised by a father who is a classically trained French chef and was the owner of his own critically acclaimed restaurant, and by a mother who practices as a naturopathic physician and certified nurse-midwife. Due to their incredible influence I have always placed great importance on the quality of my food and had a passion for holistic health. 

But it wasn’t until I developed an interest in endurance sports that I began my own research into the effects of nutrition on the body and athletic performance. This curiosity has led me down a lifelong path of questioning and discovery, and ultimately to the pursuit of a career in the world of nutrition and therapeutic movement.

I believe in a holistic approach to nutrition and movement, that addresses each person’s bio-individuality. Every one of us is unique, and because of this I work with each client to discover what works best for them and fits in with their lifestyle and goals.

It is my mission to give my clients the information and guidance they need to make educated decisions about their own health and their futures. To guide them in gaining a deeper understanding of themselves with both an internal and external approach. When we have knowledge, tools and support our ability to effect change can be exponential as well as lasting.

I am certified as a Nutritional Therapist, a Holistic Yoga Therapist (pending) and a 500hr Certified Yoga Teacher. I received my Nutritional Therapy credentials through the Nutritional Therapy Association, and my yoga certifications with Annie Adamson through Yoga Union.