Who Is Postural Alignment Therapy For?
I offer 1-2-1 Postural Alignment Therapy via video call – it’s amazing to me that I can help people all over the world with my job (my longest distance client is currently located in Melbourne, Australia)!
1-2-1 Therapy is a bit like seeing a personal trainer for your posture and a coach for your mindset. We will teach each joint in your body to start working more functionally (through corrective exercises suited to your posture and limitations), starting with the areas causing the biggest issues and, as time goes on and you move better, giving each joint a bit of a re-educational MOT!
It’s a process of change, support, interaction and challenging your beliefs over what your body can do and how it can change (if given the correct stimulus). It’s simple, but it’s not easy.
I work with all ages. My youngest client (to date) is seven and my oldest is in their eighties. Age doesn’t stop anyone from hugely reducing, or entirely eliminating, their pain.
I work with people with all sorts of conditions. Postural Alignment Therapy is not a symptom-led therapy (I am not medically trained. I am like a personal trainer), so I don’t ask what your MRI shows or the name of the ‘thing’ your Orthopaedic Surgeon tells you you have. I ask you what your body can currently do comfortably, and I teach you how to move a bit more comfortably each time you see me. Your levels of pain are the only guidance I need, I don’t need to see your scan or hear what ‘itis’/’osis’/’opathy’ you’ve been diagnosed with to work with you. It doesn’t change how I operate.
I work with people regardless of WHY they have their postural problems. Whether or not you born with a postural defect, suffered an acute trauma/accident or if you know your posture has simply developed due to habits, the way in which I treat the postural deviations are the same.
I work with people of all levels of sporting ability, from lifelong coach potatoes to ultra-marathon runners (and every sport in-between). Your sports do not immunise you from postural problems and pain, but neither do they always cause them. Most sportspeople still lead sedentary Western lifestyles which impact the biomechanics of their bodies. When you increase the load through a wonky body, you lead yourself towards pain and injury. Get each joint in your body more functional, and you’ll see how much more enjoyable your favourite sports and hobbies become.
Moving more/differently is always the answer to reducing chronic, musculoskeletal pain … but I teach you how to move in a way where you aren’t compounding the compensatory movement patterns causing your issues in the first place.
My online 1-2-1 clients will gain access to the Posture Ellie Members Area. This will also help bolster your knowledge of what you need to do in your own time!
My online 1-2-1 clients will also gain ongoing coaching and support from me throughout the entire process. I am here to answer questions, keep you motivated through any difficult patches and amend your menu of exercises if it isn’t working. We really do form a team together and this isn’t just about having an appointment once a month: we are in contact via email as much as you need. There’s so much we can do in-between appointments to keep you progressing.
N.B – Please do not send me a contact submission until you have first read one of Pete Egoscue’s books. I only work with clients who have already invested time in reading a Pete Egoscue book. This is so that every person who has an appointment with me understands what Postural Alignment Therapy is all about and has their expectations managed BEFORE spending money on 1-2-1 Therapy with me. 1-2-1 Therapy WILL NOT work for you if you do not take responsibility for yourself, change some habits and commit to a movement regime – the books help outline this, as well as help potential clients get to grips with the theory of how/why it works. If you can’t find the motivation to read a short book which might just change your life … I have to be honest, this won’t work for you so please save your pennies.
What To Do Before Your Online 1-2-1 Appointment
Before each online 1-2-1 Appointment, I need you to send me your ‘posture photos’ so we can discuss during the appointment. I’ll send you information on how to do this when you book in. Click here for more information on taking usable posture photos.
Preferably take the video call on a laptop/tablet – it’ll be easier to set up and with more stability.
Have some space cleared around you at home and, if you have one, you might want to have a yoga mat.
Dress comfortably so you can move.
No special equipment is necessary for a first appointment but it is useful (if you continue to have appointments) to have a few bits and pieces at home to work with. Read my full Equipment List suggestions here.
Try not to take painkillers before the appointment (if at all possible). I need to understand your body’s capabilities in its ‘natural state’ and not when pain is being masked. I may give you inappropriate exercises if you cannot fully sense your body’s reactions to an exercise.
What To Expect From A 1-2-1 Appointment / From A Course Of 1-2-1 Therapy
To start, we will discuss your symptoms and limitations so we have an idea of where you’re starting from. This helps us measure progress as time goes on. We don’t dwell too long on these though because your symptoms don’t give me much helpful information. I want to get you moving as soon as possible. This is where the helpful information comes from.
Secondly, we’ll review and discuss what I see in your posture from your photos (I’m looking at the bits which do not rest naturally in functional alignment) and then I will guide you through movements which will begin the process of pressing ‘factory re-set’ on your body.
Always working at a pace your body can manage, we will be waking up muscles (that currently don’t work very well) through corrective exercises. As these muscles wake up, your joints will move into a better position and your pain will reduce.
I will be guiding you through movement, but I won’t be ‘doing anything’ to you.
N.B I have a produced a FREE Online Postural Function Test. Whilst, there’s no obligation to do so, it would be really handy to complete this before a first appointment. You’ll come equipped with some useful knowledge about what we might need to work on first.
Over The Course Of Postural Alignment Therapy
After your first 1-2-1 session, you will hopefully have a menu of exercises at your disposal which relieve your symptoms of pain whilst you’re doing them (and for a temporary amount of time after you’ve done your menu). This is stage one.
Your progress will quickly plateau and your body will change hugely (if you do your menu regularly enough) and we will need to up/change the demand on your body so that you continue to build more and more strength into your new found alignment. It is just like going to the gym. We need to keep challenging you so you get stronger. As you strengthen into better alignment, this is where you will find you have longer and longer periods of pain-free time.
Over the course of a number of appointments, we will be pushing the limits of what your body can comfortably and functionally do (wildly different for everyone!) to make sure you are constantly expanding and testing your body’s ability to move.
Your posture will change and your symptoms will change. Your menus will require regular updates to make sure we are always on top of where your body is at. If done correctly, your body will quickly adapt. You may completely eliminate pain in one area and then find you get pains in a new area!
The power of Postural Alignment Therapy is that it puts the control back into the hands of my clients. I don’t do anything to my clients at any stage of the journey. I simply interpret what their body is trying to tell them. They learn to listen to what their body wants/doesn’t want and how to move better to build strength into this.
After a course of sessions, my clients don’t need anyone else to ‘do’ anything to them, they’ll have all the answers they need (and will always have access to their previous menus) … if they are prepared to put in the work in order to change and maintain their body’s biomechanics long term.
N.B I cannot reiterate enough that this is a not a quick fix. It requires hard work from my clients and it requires them to communicate with me throughout the process so we can change things that I have given you that maybe aren’t working. I am not interested in working with people who aren’t prepared to do a minimum of 15 minutes of corrective exercises a number of times a week, or who expect an overnight success.
You will not become pain free after just one appointment. One appointment will be helpful to get an idea of what’s going on, but don’t expect one appointment to change your life!
I don’t know how many appointments you will need or how long it will take. How dysfunctional are you? How long have you had pain for that has been ignored/hasn’t changed? How much work are you willing to put in? How much are you willing to change your habits that are contributing to your pain? All of these things will have a huge impact on how long it will take. Simply put, I don’t know how long it will take you to become pain free.
Postural Alignment Therapy will not work for you if you do not put in the hard work in to alter movement patterns of a lifetime or if you expect movement patterns of a lifetime to change overnight BUT changes can occur remarkably quickly.