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Neil is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC, and instructor for five yoga therapy training programs. He is the first physical therapist to win the Excellence in Inter-Professional Pain Education Award from the Canadian Pain Society. He is founding Chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division, a past Board member of Pain BC, and author of peer-reviewed articles and a book chapter on the integration of yoga and pain science.
In this interview Neil and I discuss the importance of using breathing, body tension release and calming one’s mind to improve movement. Neil discusses how most people with persistent pain don’t have a good awareness of their breath, the subtle sensation of body tension, and their thoughts and emotions during movement. How can we as physical therapists, yoga therapists and other movement practitioners facilitate movement in these patients with persistent pain using breath, body tension release and the concept of story? Take a listen to this interview to find out! For more information about Neil check out his website: www.lifeisnow.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter: @karenlitzyNYC @lifeisnow1