Tara Kachroo is an Integrative Movement Therapist. 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.
In her early 20s Tara suffered from anxiety and insomnia that was coupled with debilitating jaw and neck pain. While completing a masters degree in philosophy transformed her inner life, academia did not allow for the somatic focus that would address these issues and help her to access her capacity for strength, independence, compassion, and joy. Her early experiences with practicing and teaching yoga showed her how both physical and psychological states could be transformed through breathing and movement. But yoga was not enough. Her analytic mindset drove her to in depth study of anatomy, biomechnics and neuroplasticity as she began to work with individuals helping them to educate and transform themselves — to rehab injuries, to address chronic pain and postural issues, to boost athletic and daily life performance, and to develop a deep and meaningful relationship to their own bodies.
Tara has now been trained in Neurokinetic Therapy, Functional Movement Systems FMS Level 1 and Level 2, and is also CPTN certified Personal Trainer. 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.
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 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.
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.