Betsy Allen, PT
Since taking her first yoga class at Lewis & Clark College in 1971, Betsy has been devoted to yoga. She graduated from the University of New Mexico Physical Therapy program in 1987, writing her thesis on "Integrating Yoga with Traditional Physical Therapy." That year she was chosen from her class to present her research to New Mexico's annual PT Convention. Twenty four years later, she still enjoys promoting the benefits of yoga.
Betsy inspires students to "make friends with your body" – respect it and find comfort, strength and ease living in it. There is an emphasis on the importance of breath to physical emotional and spiritual health. She regularly teaches workshops such as yoga for: insomnia, headaches, gardeners and healthy breathing. Other workshops have included yoga for: the overly flexible, healthy shoulders, strengthening the core, scoliosis and dragon boaters.
Betsy's physical therapy practice specializes in the treatment of chronic pain. She develops and monitors individualized home exercise programs for her patients. To a great extent they are based on the asana/breathing of yoga. She also incorporates the teachings of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, the use of foam rollers and physioballs into routines. As a trained biofeedback therapist she teaches stress/anxiety management and last, but not least, she uses manual therapy – specifically craniosacral and myofascial release treatments to help her patients find comfort and relief from symptoms.