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Zoa’s Wellness Approach to Recovering From an Injury
Being hurt is no fun. Being in pain is even less fun!
Under Zoa’s watchful guidance, you will be able to move safely, build strength, increase flexibility, organize mindful body movement, and create optimal movement patterns to minimize future injuries. All movement plans will be prepared in coordination with any medical advice/limits you are following.
Zoa will teach you, keep you honest, add challenge in “just right” steps, adjust for your ever changing limitations, and give options for you to choose between. Never a dull moment, are you ready to feel 100% again?
The more injuries you get, the smarter you get. ~ Mikhail Baryshnikov
4 Injury Healing Tools at Zen and Vitality
Zoa can support your injury recovery either in person at her La Plata, MD are studio or online. Keep reading and request time to talk about how we can work together to speed along your recovery to 100%!
- Light Therapy to Raise Your Energy Level for Healing
- Facial Release to Prevent Stiffness
- Infrared Sauna for Increased Blood Flow
- Pilates for Supple and Strong Joints
Keep reading about injury recovery and the 4 healing tools Zen and Vitality offers or skip ahead to Zoa’s Resources for Further Reading!
When something bad happens, you have three choices. You can let it define you, let it defeat you, or you can let it strengthen you.” ~ Unknown
Healing Tool #1: Light Therapy to Raise Your Energy Level for Healing
Near infrared and red light therapy are little known tools that speed wound healing, increase collagen production, modulate inflammation, improve blood flow, and enhance cellular regeneration. Sounds like a great recipe for healing an injury!
You can get all this in two ways at Zen and Vitality. One is a handheld tool called the LumiNIR Wand so you can target the light therapy precisely where you need it. The other is a whole body Joov Red Light Therapy system where you stand and treat all of your exposed skin.
Whether you are dealing with a simple cat scratch, a complex shoulder surgery, or a torn hamstring red light therapy is a terrific healing tool!
Healing Tool #2: Fascial Release to Prevent Stiffness
Fascia, the sensory, communication, and tension network that runs throughout your body, has a long memory for injuries. Fascia that has been torn or cut from injury or surgery dries out and becomes disorganized. We call the result scar tissue.
Hydrating fascia near the injury and encouraging proper communication with the rest of the body and brain are key to minimizing current and future problems. When you incorporate fascial release into your recovery plans, your body will be happy again!
Healing Tool #3: Infrared Sauna For Increased Blood Flow
Recovery is hard. The Infrared Sauna can make it easier and quicker. Taking a short 30 min rest in the sauna builds enough heat in the body to increase blood flow (and thereby oxygen) to your injury, stimulate your mitochondria to turn on tissue growth and repair, reduce pain levels by calming your nervous system, and decreases inflammation to allow better healing.
Weekly or more frequent sessions can make a huge difference in your recovery time and comfort during the process.
Healing Tool #4: Pilates for Supple and Strong Joints
Pilates Equipment exercises strengthen the deep, stabilizing muscles that keep joints moving smoothly and safely. These are muscles of stamina since they work all day to hold you together, maintain your posture, and prepare for motion.
Yes, you need power muscles to lift heavy things (and bodies are heavy things!), but you need these “Pilates muscles” to move safely!
Private sessions can be used to strengthen around a joint in preparation for surgical intervention, for rehabilitation after surgery, and for avoiding surgery in certain cases!
I have been a student of Zoa’s for about a year and a half now. I take her pilates and yoga classes. I appreciate the way Zoa works with each person depending on their needs. I always thought that I couldn’t do yoga because of my limitations with my knees, but I am doing it now. I added the weekly yoga class that will work for my knees thanks to Zoa! I have enjoyed my relationship, advice, and instruction I have received in Zoa’s classes and look forward to working with her in the years to come.Debra Grant
Reading Resources About Injury Recovery
- Pilates and Joint Replacement Recovery at AFAA
- Pilates and Shoulder Rehabilitation at shoulderdoc.co.uk
- Infrared Therapy: Health Benefits and Risks at News Medical
- The Ultimate Guide To Red Light Therapy And Near-Infrared Light Therapy at The Energy Blueprint