With a systematic approach, Shigeko utilizes a combination of the following practices:
- Movement ranging from gentle to challenging
- Breathing techniques
- Meditation and/or visualization
- Physical postures that address specific areas of discomfort or musculoskeletal imbalances
A regular yoga class can certainly ease everyday aches, pains, and mood swings but a yoga therapy session provides individual attention and is tailored to what you need to increase balance and ease.
Shigeko recommends at least 3-5 Yoga Therapy sessions; 1-2 per week for 1 month for optimal results. You will be empowered to take your yoga therapy and meditation practice into your everyday life.
- Chronic or acute pain associated with Arthritis, MS, Scoliosis, back pain, and others.
- Recovery from surgery related to accidents or illness
- Stress and sleeping issues
- Anxiety and panic disorder
- Injury prevention
- Quality of life
Shigeko is truly a gifted yoga teacher and therapist. She has a gentle yet powerful presence that illuminates her vast knowledge and appreciation of the mind-body connection. I appreciated that she took the time, prior to our first session, to become more familiar with my condition to better understand my need for yoga therapy. Shigeko quickly identified ways in which I had been compensating and avoiding using certain muscles due to pain. Through yoga, breath and movement she has taught me gentle ways to use proper body mechanics to gain strength and flexibility throughout my body. Her compassion and dedication to her practice is truly a blessing. Shigeko embodies the significance of Namaste.
Shigeko is one of those rare people you come across who have found the truth or dharma in what they are doing in life. Because of this she always leads from the heart, truly intent on helping, teaching, and healing others in whatever way she can. Whether you attend one of her yoga classes, yoga therapy, or are lucky enough to attend a guided meditation, I think you will find that you will come away from the experience more whole, more healthy, and more balanced. I hope our community continues to foster and value more people like her. Innate teachers and healers who fill in the gaps to help keep us whole.
I saw Shigeko several times as a Yoga therapy client and was very pleased with my experience. Shigeko is gentle and clear. I always understood her exact instructions and the reasons for each exercise she chose for me. Shigeko has such a soothing manner about her. I felt blessed to be in her presence!
I always felt stiffness in my back when I woke in the morning, and also when playing soccer. Since I started working with Shigeko the stiffness started going away and it makes it easier to train and play soccer. My play has improved and has become even more dynamic and smooth. The session is always relaxing and mindful and some of the techniques are easy to do on my own. So, I’ve been doing them as supplementals for my profession. Her approach is so wonderful that I always look forward to her sessions.
Yoga therapy with Shigeko is effective and worth the time. Her approach is kind and personal. She took the time to gain an understanding of the issues that affected me and caused discomfort. I have ailments including rotator cuff injury, bad knee, and compressed vertebrae from accident. I’ve tried chiropractors, physical therapy, other specialists, etc. Nothing has worked better, for longer than Shigeko’s instruction. She also identified the connection between physical and emotional pain, and helped me to heal. She helped me to live a pain free life. No more pain killers either. Trust her process, she can help you too.
I had rotator cuff surgery 8 years ago. The pain was diminished after the surgery healed, but never really went away. I always had a low level ache. I tried 2 physical therapists and 2 yoga instructors without getting any relief. After explaining the issue to Shigeko, she looked at my shoulders and back and immediately saw what exercises I needed to diminish the pain. We spend the next hour working on these exercises to isolate and strengthen my back shoulder and back muscles. After 2 more sessions and doing the exercises daily I was pain free.
I’ve been doing yoga for 20 years but I’ve never looked into yoga therapy until I met Shigeko. She can see things in my movement that other instructors never noticed. She helped me to get away from my compensation patterns with her gentle heart. I will continue to work with her to improve my life!
Shigeko’s sessions helped me to understand the mechanism of my own body. I learned the root cause of my pain and I was able to get rid of it permanently! Shigeko listens to you and works with you to improve your body. She is a wonderful yoga instructor and a person. I definitely recommend Shigeko’s yoga to anyone!
Shigeko has been my favorite Yoga teacher since I took her class at Kindness Yoga in September of 2016. She creates an atmosphere and opportunity for me to challenge myself beyond my current threshold. She always shares a story with a gem that I fondly call the ‘Shigeko Wisdom of the week’. I’ve also taken her yoga therapy and learned valuable info about some of the tiny muscles I’ve neglected, likely for my entire life before her class. I still use it today and neglect a lot less than I used to! Thanks Shigeko!