Studley Green - High Wycombe
Yoga is one of the most commonly used complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies in Western society. Yoga treats the body and mind holistically; it emphasises meditation, relaxation, breathing and physical postures, with no one thing being more important than the other.
Research has shown yoga will increase physical fitness, reduce heart rate, reduce stress and, potentially, have a positive impact on the immune system by reducing inflammatory markers (chemical messengers within the blood stream causing inflammation).
Yoga has been used as a treatment for lower back, back and neck/shoulder pain for many years because it address muscle imbalances; weak muscles are strengthened and tight muscles are released. Although yoga has a reputation for focusing on flexibility, strength building is also an important physical component.
Yoga is beneficial for all ages and one does not have to be “flexible” or “strong” to do it. Personal practice, or working within the individual body’s limitations, provides the most benefit and allows people from all walks of life and levels of physical fitness to take part.
Yoga used for rehabilitative purposes will follow specifically designed programs based on the presenting condition, severity level of symptom and overall health of the individual. Yoga for small groups is also possible if general well-being is the end goal.