A New Twist on Physical Therapy
What comes to mind when you hear “physical therapy?” A room full of high-tech, clanking gym equipment? Straps, beams, racks, ropes and pulleys?
You won’t find any of that at The Movement Studio. The space in Talent (309 S. Pacific Highway) is designed to be peaceful and inviting. It has a quiet treatment room, uses low-tech, hands-on diagnostics, and some Pilates equipment.
“Here, you can expect one-on-one care focusing on getting you out of pain and back to doing what you love,” says Mary Gorman, who opened the studio in 2006. “You will have an assessment to get to the root cause of your symptoms. Treatment focuses on helping you get back into postural balance and improving your core strength and release tension, all of which is personalized to your individual needs.”
A physical therapist and licensed massage therapist in practice for more than 25 years, Mary became interested in healing therapies after being hit by a car just before her freshman year of college.
“Struggling with pain from broken bones and soft tissue injury gave me the chance to feel the kind of discomfort that my clients deal with on a daily basis,” she says. “My personal experience led me down the path of education in physical therapy and other approaches to health and healing. Blending many forms of bodywork and movement therapies is the cornerstone of my practice.”
Mary combines hands-on bodywork to improve movement and function as well as core strengthening exercises to improve posture and decrease pain. Private sessions incorporate elements of yoga, Pilates rehab, postural restoration work, Rolfing structural integration, and nervous system release techniques. She offers “bodywork only” sessions to release chronic holding patterns in the body.
She also offers a number of small group sessions each week on Pilates equipment with a focus on promoting healthy movement to stay out of pain. TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercise) is available twice each month, and established clients get private access to the Pilates studio.
Free 30-minute “Discovery” sessions include postural assessments and allow individuals to meet with her to discuss what might be useful to alleviating pain.
The Movement Studio is not contracted with any insurance companies but provides billing services to help clients with reimbursement from their insurance carrier. “You do not need a doctor’s referral to see a physical therapist in the state of Oregon,” Mary said. “Just call and make an appointment.”
The phone number is 541-535-7019, and you can see the web page at themovementstudio.net. You can also like them on Facebook.