Holistic Physical Therapy

Physical therapy via Zoom?  Hands on care on line?  Really?  Yup.  Over the years, when geography has created obstacle, I’ve been in service to friends and family and colleagues.  Certainly has its limitations, not the best way to provide…yet very effective in a pinch.  And in a pinch is where we are right now.

How does this work?  Session begins exactly the same.  In fact, by the time I complete a history and visual movement assessment, I often guess what my hands confirm on treatment table. I know…the manual care is the best part!  But if you already have a roller, massage ball, double wrapped tennis balls, I’ll guide you through treating yourself.  Then we re-assess the impact on your motion and symptoms.  This exploration creates your home self-care, which we Zoom record.  If we’re on the right track, your follow thru at least 15 minutes daily will create steady improvement. You will know if you need another appointment or can continue on your own with Essential class support.

It starts with a phone call to assess possibility.  Information on scheduling at this LINK.


Holistic Physical Therapy: simple and elegant, arising from current scientific evidence, a skill honed for close to 50 years. Come with whatever specific body issues challenge you, long standing or new. We’ll discuss symptoms: how they developed and how they behave and how they affect your life.  An accurate history guides us in assessing active movement, the feel of joint, muscle and nerve tissue and the contribution of posture and alignment. Expert hands on table work releases tight structures and assesses subtle core stability deficits.

We learn together and co-develop the corresponding self-care: education to loosen what’s tight, stabilize what’s weak and lengthen what’s short.  And we take a look at how it plays out in posture and alignment, often with illuminating mirror work.  Each session ends with creating a self-care video: your cell phone films me doing a condensed version of your specific home program.   Take me home: a talking coach by your side as you grow loose, long and strong on your own floor.  So much better than generic sheets of exercise instruction! I’m thrilled with the follow up results I see from this personal video. Patient feedback is phenomenal.

In 2015-16, as I deepened investigation of my own spinal scoliosis, I delved into the finer points of the amazing pelvic floor.  What’s happening inside can often bear on problems in the hips and spine.  With some rich personal experience and specific training behind me, I now offer internal pelvic assessment and treatment for women with musculoskeletal problems in the low back and hips as well as issues with continence, prolapse and pelvic pain.

Enough from me…letting this patient speak here! “After only 3 sessions with Bella (and plenty of practice at home) I am excited and amazed at my progress. After a significant back injury, resulting complications, and chronic pain, my rehabilitation has required a slow very gentle approach, and significant modifications to allow the practices to work for where my body’s ability is at in the moment. Working gently and in modified ways with the roller has given me tremendous relief where I have significant imbalances from the injury. It is an extremely effective tool that I now turn to that relieves pain and brings me back into more balance. A side benefit of working with the roller is that the act of rolling itself has created strength, tone, and agility in my body that I didn’t have when I started.

In addition to working with the roller, the subtle work with the psoas has been a HUGE game changer. It has given me a relationship to my core that I have never had, although I studied various movement modalities, studied and taught yoga, and been a lifelong dancer and lover of Salsa Dance. This work is a revolution for my body/mind! For the first time since my injury, I have hope about the prospect of being able to Salsa dance again, and perhaps better than ever. That is thrilling!”  T.H.

This is a logical healing approach, but exclusively working in this clinical paradigm was one reason I moved out of western health delivery. There is more to therapy than the physical AND the physical body is such a reliable path into the realm of emotion and spirit. I love my vocation as witness and coach. When we are quiet together, the body speaks volumes. My peaceful studio in the trees of east Sacramento is a beautiful place to listen.

Injuries, habits, genetics and gravity create unique challenges for us all. Come explore body and spirit. Heal shoulder, neck, back, hip, knee, ankle, foot. Skillfully address what keeps you from fully participating in activities you love. For you dancers and yoga students…I am passionate about supporting you. Let me show you how to incorporate simple techniques into your warm-up and into your practice so you can more fully surrender.  A single session will totally move you; a few visits spread over time is an amazing gift.

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