I healed myself. Now it’s my mission to help others heal themselves.
In my 20s I suffered from anxiety and insomnia that was coupled with debilitating jaw and neck pain. This drove me to yoga and movement practices and meditation which gave me huge amounts of relief. But then I injured my hip; I struggled to walk stairs and get in and out of the car. After 18 months of physiotherapy, my condition had barely improved. I realized that the movement practices I had adopted were training instability and I needed to change what I was doing and how I doing it. I was frustrated, but motivated. I wasn’t willing to give up authority over my own body and expect someone else to take responsibility to fix me. So I learned how to fix myself.
I began in depth study of anatomy, biomechnics and neuroplasticity to add science to my background in yoga and meditation. I had thousands of hours of watching people move, instructing movement, and moving mindfully and carefully myself, and I had good intuition, but it wasn’t enough. My self healing toolkit expanded and became more effective as I developed techniques of self massage and myofascial release and studied with Jill Miller and others who had systematized self release methods. Still I found I wasn’t looking deep enough. ‘Releasing’ my stiff and tight spots was only providing temporary relief but wasn’t really helping me optimize my movement. Releasing what was overactive was only half the picture — the other half? It seems too simple to state, but I have to say it:
Dysfunctional movement habits are fixed with movement.
But I WAS moving, A LOT. What was still missing was precision of awareness and intention while moving. Figuring out exactly and precisely what needed to be released had to be matched with just as much precision in what needed to be activated and in what ways, and with what emotional orientation. Once I had the whole picture I had the ability to heal myself, and also the tools to help others heal themselves too.
Now I enjoy moving as freely as I did when I was a child. I found a joy in movement that reshaped my career and daily life.
Today I help guide people through their own body of evidence to find the root cause of their pain or discomfort so they can get the relief they seek and enjoy moving again. It is rewarding, transformative work. I love what I do. I love cracking the code, solving mysterious pain puzzles and helping my clients find relief. I love that a single session can change the way my client walks through life from that day forward. And that I’ve empowered them to heal themselves by facilitating a meaningful relationship to their own body.
Influences and Training
Tara is a Level 3 Master in Neurokinetic Therapy, has studied with Functional Movement Systems FMS Level 1 and Level 2, and is also CPTN certified Personal Trainer; her mentor is the world-renowned anatomist and rehabilitative chiropractor, Kathy Dooley. She is a movement and yoga teacher and has studied with Master Yoga teachers Rod Stryker, Judith Lasater, Nikki Doane, Leslie Kaminoff and Jill Miller. She is a trained Thai Massage Therapist through Lotus Palm, she is a certified Yoga Tune Up® instructor. She teaches regular weekly group classes at Movati Waterloo, and is part of the Elite Psychiatric Services team as a lifestyle champion, offering holistic mental health care. While she has taught across Canada internationally, she has now lived in Kitchener-Waterloo with her family since 2010. To read more about working individually with Tara read the testimonials of her students.
In order to offer her students and clients the highest standard of therapy, Tara continuously engages in continuing education, professional consultation, and self-directed study. She is influenced by the work of Norman Doidge, MD, Kathy Dooley, Tom Myers Anatomy Trains, Gil Headly’s Integral Anatomy, Gard Ward’s Anatomy in Motion, Ido Portal, Dr. Andreo Spina’s Functional Range Conditioning®, and Katy Bowman’s Nutritious Movement.