I am a CTB (Coaching The Body) Therapist, Trigger Point Therapist, Thai Bodywork Instructor, Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. My passion is helping people by uncovering and treating the root causes of pain and neuromuscular dysfunction. I have found the CTB system to be extremely effective for treating acute and chronic pain, even in severe cases where there has been little improvement after orthopedic surgery and intensive physical therapy.
Coaching the Body is a unique and effective system for understanding and treating pain. It was created by Chuck Duff at the Thai Bodywork School and Coaching The Body Institute.
As a CTB practitioner, I use the framework of Trigger Point Therapy to understand where pain is coming from. It is almost never where one feels it. Most pain is derived from contracture muscle fibers (trigger points) that refer pain to another location through neuroplastic upregulation by interneurons at the spinal cord. This is modern pain science and well documented. See the research of Jay Shah at The National Institutes of Health or NAMTPT for starters.
The contributing contracture fibers are found by palpation, then restored to normal length and function through various forms of manual therapy: compression and stretch with Thai techniques, Electronic Point Stimulation, Osteopathic Muscle Energy techniques like contract/relax.
After manual therapy using passive and active range of motion, the client is instructed in how to self-treat with compression and corrective exercise.
I have worked with clients from all age groups; teenagers to 90 year olds.
CTB has greatly informed my Yoga practice and teaching. I have incorporated the CTB approach into Yoga asana to address pain and work through limitation instead of avoiding it. I instruct clients in this Neuromuscular Yoga Therapy as part of their self-care and corrective exercise.
I have been practicing and studying Yoga since 1998 and received my Hatha Yoga teacher certification from the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago, where I taught from 2010-13. I have also studied with Miguel Latronica, and am certified in his Mighty Body Band system, and taut MBB classes at IBJI in Highland Park. I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Reiki (L2) practitioner through the lineage of Ardath Berliant and a student of Jyotish, studying with Souvik Dutta at AIAC since 2011. I live in Highland Park, Illinois with my wife, Lara and son, Eli.
It is my mission and greatest pleasure to help people out of pain. I am so very thankful and grateful for this work and for the teachers who have mentored me!