About Tara

neurokinetic therapy and Integrative Movement Therapy

Tara Kachroo is an Integrative Movement Therapist and Level 3 Master in Neurokinetic Therapy. She approaches each person she works with as a whole person with the capacity to facilitate their own healing through the development of an intimate, active and compassionate relationship to their own body.

As a trained specialist with a clear understanding of biomechanics and anatomy she has the ability to perform holistic movement assessments. She understands how each part of the body and each movement is related to every other through the brain’s motor cortex — and thus how movement dysfunctions can connect bunions to hip replacements, popping jaws to lower back pain, and how trauma can lodge itself into a body’s movement habits, and a breathing dysfunction can mimic the symptoms of PTSD.

As a movement educator with more than 10,000 hours of teaching experience in cueing movement, myofacial release, and anatomy instruction she is capable of teaching people to move in ways they felt were impossible. She can facilitate profound changes in posture and movement in short periods of time, and help people understand their own anatomy with joyful excitement.  And as a corrective movement specialist she is able to optimize movement patterns and regress and progress individual and specific exercises that empower students in their own healing.

I healed myself. Now it’s my mission to help others heal themselves. 

In my early 20s I suffered from anxiety and insomnia that was coupled with debilitating jaw and neck pain. I injured my hip and after 18 months of physiotherapy, my condition had barely improved. I struggled to walk stairs and get in and out of the car. 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 missing was precision of awareness and intention while moving. Figurinig 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. 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.

Tara has now been trained in Neurokinetic TherapyFunctional Movement Systems FMS Level 1 and Level 2, and is also CPTN certified Personal Trainer; she studies assessment and anatomy with the anatomist and  world-renowned rehabilitative chiropractor, Kathy Dooley. She is also Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher E-RYT 500. She 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;  link here to make an appointment, book a package of individual sessions or get information on rates.

Influences

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. For more information on Tara’s training, credentials and influences click here. She is influenced by the work of Norman Doidge, MD, Kathy DooleyTom 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.

Techniques

Tara has a broad range of tools and techniques that she has both learned and developed to erase pain, decrease suffering and increase functionality in her students and clients. It is clear that different people respond better to some techniques than others, so whether in private mobility coaching, private yoga classes or group yoga classes Tara can transition smoothly between different approaches, including the following:

  • Assessment and correction of breathing patterns and dysfunctions
  • The Functional Movement Screen — assessing baselines for movement fluency and the ability to move on to progressive training sequences
  • Biomechanics and functional anatomy education
  • NeuroKinetic Therapy
  • Neuro motor reprogramming
  • Corrective exercises, Core stabilization training, Resistance training and precise stretching
  • Developmental exercises
  • Assisted resistance stretching and PNF techniques
  • Self massage with rubber balls, foam roller and other tools
  • Thai massage
  • Acupressure and trigger point therapy
  • Mindfulness and Insight Meditation

She hopes that her teaching will inspire others to find the ease at the center of effort, and to anchor aspiration in awareness — not only on the mat or in the gym — but also in all of the difficult situations that arise in life.