Stacy Spensley

Working with Rachel was wonderful. It’s always a gift to be able to focus on yourself and your body for an hour, so to have individualized private guidance was incredible. I honestly didn’t know what to expect at first, and I was surprised at how “little” we did that had such a big impact. The movements were small, but instead of avoiding things that weren’t working, those were what we focused on to increase mobility and decrease pain.

The sessions probably helped the most because that hands-on work was so important to make sure I was moving correctly, but having written notes I could refer to and “assignments” for home between sessions were important to keep momentum. I also appreciated how Rachel always started with some ideas, but was very flexible depending on what my body needed or could do that day. I knew that she didn’t have some external agenda or just a generic checklist to work from. She also accepted certain limitations of the season of my life with small kids instead of suggesting changes that won’t work for me in reality.

Our work together helped me greatly increase the mobility in my shoulders, and it made me more aware of how I position my body in bed so that I can decrease my back pain. I notice when I’m standing “wrong” and am working on adjusting my posture gradually. Just having the tools to address how I move and breathe has increased my awareness throughout the day. It was less like what I think of as yoga than I anticipated, but not in a bad way.

I’ve already suggested Rachel’s work to several friends who have experienced injuries or need to rebuild strength. Some people thrive with a structured plan and can work within its limits. I am not one of those people, and having Rachel guide me with her observations and insightful questions was much easier and more effective than other things I’ve tried. I can’t wait to have another opportunity to work with her!