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MS and Yoga with Matthew J. Taylor in AZ

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

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Presents a 2-day Professional

Education Certification on Yoga & MS


A 21st Century Yoga Response to MS:

 Moving beyond just asana to be in the world with an MS diagnosis


Date: Sat/Sun October 9 & 10, 2010

Time: Registration/Pre-test 8:30 a.m.      Instruction begins at 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 pm

Location: Nina Mason Pulliam Conference Center in the Disability Empowerment Center 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix, AZ (map below)

CEU’s: AZAPTA and Yoga Alliance ceu’s applied for 12.0 contact hours.

Tuition: $180 (All proceeds go to the AZ MS Chapter because Dr. Taylor is donating his time.)

Intended Audience: Yoga teachers, physical therapists, licensed healthcare professionals.

Agenda: Click here.

The format of the workshop will be a fast-paced, fun mix of lecture instruction, case studies and lab experience. The second day will include volunteers with MS to demonstrate and practice teaching principles. 
Emphasis will be on safety and appropriate employment of Yoga technologies (philosophy, postures, breathing, meditation, imagery and corrections) and how Yoga employs exciting new neuroscience breakthroughs. 

Curriculum will include business development instruction in HIPAA compliant communications with the healthcare team, professional languaging and marketing to referral sources. The criteria for certificate will be 90% on post-test. 

Read the announcement in the AZ MS Society Chapter Summer Newsletter here

The Instructor
The course instructor will be Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, RYT, a nationally known leader in integrative rehabilitation. He is the immediate past-president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a clinician, researcher, and textbook author on Yoga Therapeutics in Rehabilitation. Dr. Taylor owns a yoga-based rehabilitation clinic in Scottsdale. He first became acquainted with MS when his father could no longer catch his Little League curve ball due to optic neuritis as his father’s presenting symptom. He has nearly 30 years of clinical experience and his doctoral work was grounded in Integral Yoga philosophy as it applies to modern change technology.

His curriculum vitae is available at


To register for the program log onto the AZ MS Society site here  or phone 480-968-2488, ext 222.

Hope to see you there and please spread the word through your networks!
Downloadable flyer at here

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Rehab Burnout?

Sunday, May 16th, 2010









From the May 2010 issue of PT in Motion magazine [See bottom of the clipping for my response to the question on how to avoid burnout].

What went on the edit floor was the resource I linked to saying:

Just completed a two year study with exciting results when people learn very basic awareness skills.

We found that over a 2-yr period we created an environment that reduced with statistical significance all of burnout parameters we measure pre, post and 12 months post in a major rehab setting during the Great Recession of 2009 and the implementation of an awkward EMR system!

It was fascinating to watch as the rehab professionals returned to sensing and feeling their fatigue and burnout, they actually began to feel better and most importantly, act differently.

They changed their self-care routines, re-organized their time commitments, and approached management about changing processes they identified as contributing to their stress. Job satisfaction soared, considering leaving the organization or profession plummeted. Patients also stopped canceling afternoon BID sessions, so revenue increased.

All from a little posture, breath awareness, movement and attention to present sensations/thoughts and emotions.

So just like our patients, our way "home" to comfort is through feeling, NOT fleeing to one more job or numbing ourselves to get through to the weekend.

Go lay down with a pillow running length wise up your spine, spread your arms, palms up and legs comfortably apart. Watch the breathing take place (leave it alone) and pay attention to what you can feel for 15 minutes. You'll have more battery bars when you roll over and stand up…I promise….we have proof. 

How do you avoid burnout?


PT Education: A formula for craziness…

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Einstein is famous for his formula to the right. It quite literally changed everything.

He's also widely attributed as having said,

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome."                

A little searching suggests he probably didn't say that….but the formula sure rings true in most instances.

How does this relate to P(hysical) T(herapy) education?

If I understand it correctly, the schools search for educators "qualified" to teach what will be on the test about topics that will be tested.

What gets tested is what has been vetted for many years through countless committees.

A surprisingly small number of the people creating the questions have recently been in the clinics delivering a product and if they were, they were doing what they'd been taught and working for pennies through the tired reimbursement system, only now doing even more paperwork to "support" their efforts. (Hence the over and over again).

Meanwhile, we fiddle with facets or expensive balance equipment, wondering why our clients won't pony up cash to consume the same old products dressed in ties called "Doctor" or new technology???

Over and over again, except now we're going to show them, at least in NY, and not provide services for one day just to shake things up!

Really???    Seriously???

That's the best response we have to a systemic craziness of doing the same thing….

Over and over again?

I'm sorry but that is nuts.

Overhaul our education system where the students not only learn science, but more importantly learn how to utilize the latest incredible findings in practical, caring ways with patients from a full biopsychosocial perspective (yes, the science says movement is affected by technique and relationships far beyond the over and over again mantra of research evidence creating a one best practice  and the need for CPR for CPR's.) .

This of course would be new, different and confusing without the purity of wholesome, white-bread sliced services. We might even find some novel ways that would get our patients excited AND results so good they'd actually pay us a full doctor's fee for the service no matter what their insurance covered….really! (They all do at my clinic)

So am I crazy to be thinking crazy like this,

or do you agree we're in some sort of vicious systems loop where

we're trapped in generating dated, boring and unvalued service?


I have more details on what this vision my look like pending publications in the APTA's PT in Motion and Private Practice section….stay tuned, we're just getting started!

Neck Pain Relief with a hint of DSR Method

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

krucoff yoga neck pain cover


Carol Krucoff's newly released book "Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain" is now available. Carol is a colleague of mine from the International Yoga Therapy Association. In addition to being an award-winning journalist, Carol is a Yoga therapist at the Duke Integrative Medicine Center. 

She was kind enough to request my professional review as she wrote the book. Such a request demonstrates her conscientious quest for the best resources she can offer her readers…and hence her awards. Her professionalism and prior research into the topic made "lite" work for me (hence the "hint of DSR Method"…she understands and addresses the multiple systems perspective that affects neck and shoulder comfort). The clarity of her writing coupled with her gift of putting things simply was a pleasure to experience.

She was also very generous in her acknowledgement of my participation in her Acknowledgment section. Thank you Carol!

Understanding as we do that all reviews are unbiased and totally objective, you can read my review of her book at Amazon here. You can purchase the book here.

I recommend this resource to both my clients and my professional colleagues as I believe both will gain new insights and approaches for healthy upper quarter posture.

I look forward to Carol's next book as I'm sure by now she's bored and pining away in NC with nothing else to do. Thanks again Carol and good luck with the next phase of this publishing process!