With more than 20 years experience, Mindy Cohen, Physical Therapist, is certified in CranioSacral Therapy and treats people of all ages in Burlington, Vermont.
“I believe that you have an innate healing force that helps you heal and integrate body, mind and spirit. My intention is to support you in your healing journey through blending therapies that involve movement, touch and sound to facilitate ease, freedom and wellbeing.”
— Mindy Cohen
CranioSacral Therapy, Resonant Kinesiology, SomatoEmotional Release, Visceral Manipulation, Bioaquatic Therapy, Myofascial Release, Yoga Therapy, Energy Work and Lymphatic Drainage Therapy are holistic therapies that workwith self healing energies within.
Physical Therapy is a direct approach with manual techniques, exercise and posture awareness strategies among other techniques to help you affect change in your body.
With these healing approaches, guidance and support, your innate healing force can heal pain, restricted motion, weakness, disease and emotional trauma.
When you are in the flow of life, your body functions well, you heal from disease and injury, you move through life crises and grow personally and spiritually. Occasionally, people get stuck and acute conditions become chronic. Barriers to healing can come in the form of physical restrictions, abnormal muscular patterns, emotional blockages and erroneous beliefs. Our work together may help increase self awareness of your issues that limit growth and healing. Once you have identified your impediments to living life with ease and freedom, we can work to support your inner healing forces to bring you back to a state of well being.
Craniosacral therapy stems from Cranial Osteopathy which was developed by William Sutherland. In the 1970’s, physician and researcher John E. Upledger, studied with Sutherland and developed Upldeger CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on technique based on the principles of cranial osteopathy. It is used worldwide by healthcare professionals to detect and correct restrictions in the craniosacral system.
The CranioSacral System consists of the brain and spinal cord which are enveloped by a tough waterproof membrane called the dura mater and cerebrospinal fluid that is produced within the system. The CranioSacral rhythm is the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid within the borders of the dura mater and intracranial membranes and can be palpated by a CranioSacral therapist. Since the CranioSacral System is connected to the network of fascia that supports your organs, bones and muscles, the rhythm can be felt anywhere on the body. By evaluating its quality and locations of limited mobility, problems can be detected and then treated with subtle touch at various points around the body.
Since the dura mater is attached to the cranial bones and the inner surface of the sacrum, subtle manipulations of these bones are performed to release restrictions in the membranes and dura mater using the cranial bones and sacrum as “handles”. Releases of the membranes can be felt as relaxation, heat, pulsation and sometimes memories of trauma that caused the restriction in the first place. When these feelings are expressed, there is often a dramatic decrease in painful symptoms and improved function of the involved area.
As a physical therapist, I perform an examination by taking a client history and administering tests to recognize problems. From the examination data, I complete an evaluation to form a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan. The plan may involve joint mobilization, range of motion exercise, soft tissue mobilization, functional exercise, muscle energy techniques, neural glides and other techniques to improve physical function, restore overall fitness and prevent the onset/progression of disability. I incorporate physical therapy into my practice using only hand-on modalities.
A resonant kinesiologist uses movement, touch and sound to help people increase awareness and learn about their bodies. Resonant Kinesiology is based in the concept that when a body notices itself, it can access its inner healing wisdom and begin healing. Often, deep transformation on a whole body level occurs. Mindy is certified in Resonant Kinesiology.
Yoga uses various breathing techniques and bodily postures to bring strength, balance, flexibility and alignment to the structure of the body and peace and clarity of the mind and spirit. It improves circulation of bodily fluids, mobility of joints and tissues and function of organs and glands. It is an excellent form of exercise in a rehabilitation program. Mindy is certified in teaching Hatha Yoga through the Sivananda Yoga center.
Muscle Energy Techniques
When joint mobility is restricted and the spine or pelvis is out of alignment, the body cannot function optimally. Muscle energy techniques use your muscles in a specific position against a certain counterforce to restore mobility in the joint. This method of treatment can increase range of motion and improve function of the spine and central nervous system.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
Lymphatic fluid carries toxins and waste products away from tissues back to the heart through contractions of the smooth muscle cells contained within channels to the nodes and then on to the ducts that return the fluid to the cardiovascular system. Very light pressure in rhythmic motions can stimulate lymphatic flow to help detoxify the body. People with primary and secondary lymphedema would need further treatment from certified practitioners who provide wrapping and advise on pressure garments.
After a knee injury from skiing sent me in to surgery for an anterior cruciate ligament repair, my world was opened to the field of Physical Therapy. Amazed at my body’s ability to heal itself with exercise, I began my study of healing modalities in 1995 at Regis University in Colorado where I received a Masters in Physical Therapy. My practice started in a small hospital in Plymouth, New Hampshire where I treated people with various conditions
In 1997, a colleague introduced me to CranioSacral Therapy and I had a profound physical and emotional reaction that I had not expected. This sparked a healing journey of self awareness and sent me in a new direction professionally.
Seeking a bigger town closer to family, I moved to Burlington, VT in 1998. Here, I worked as a Physical Therapist and became certified in CranioSacral Therapy (CST) through the Upledger Institute, Certified in Resonant Kinesiology with Susan Borg and Certified as a Hatha Yoga instructor through the Sivananda Center. I completed a Plant Spirit Healing Apprenticeship with Pam Montgomery. As my skills evolved I eventually opened a private practice in 2001.
My training continued with Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Myofascial Release and Muscle Energy Techniques. Teaching a course in Experiential Anatomy and Physiology at Burlington College where students explored the relationship of the body’s systems to the whole being using meditative activities was fun and a growing experience for me professionally. Equally rewarding is volunteering as a teaching assistant for the Upledger institute, as a lead therapist for Therapeutic Intensives with Kate Kennedy, PT and participating as a support therapist for Integrative Intentions Therapy Programs in Truth or Consequences, NM.
In the summer of 2018 I went to the Bahamas for the Bioaquatics Advanced Dolphin Exploration course through with Integrative Intentions. Dolphins are amazing healers and it was a true blessing to interact with these amazing beings on this level. It was extraordinary and my dolphin experience weaves into my work with people on land in profound ways.
In 2009 I spent a year in California practicing integrated therapies with elders and people with neurological conditions and then in 2010 a year in an outpatient hospital setting in Upstate, NY. Then I returned to work in Shelburne, VT in 2011 for a 3 year position at Wake Robin, which is a Senior Life Care Community.
Now, I continue to help numerous people through difficult health challenges and many people report deep shifts in their life experience after just one session.
I am blessed to enjoy year round outdoor activities including skiing, swimming, boating, hiking and biking. I grew up waterskiing on the Fulton Chain of Lakes in the Adirondacks of New York State and enjoyed learning to sail on Lake Champlain. I have been fortunate to visit many places around the globe including much of the USA, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Indonesia, France, Portugal, Spain, Israel and Canada. At home, I enjoy knitting, reading and learning about nutrition and herbal remedies.
Many conditions may benefit from the various integrated modalities due to their healing effect on the central nervous system and other body systems. By complementing the bodies natural healing mechanisms, holistic therapies can help people find an alleviation or management of acute and chronic symptoms from head, neck or back pain. This integrated approach has been shown to be highly effective in reducing dysfunctions associated with stress such as insomnia, headaches and TMJ problems. Other conditions that may benefit include: whiplash, torn muscles, strains, sprains, tendinitis, muscle spasms, migraines, tinnitus, neurological dysfunctions and spinal injuries. Childhood conditions that may benefit include reflux, colic, birth trauma and developmental disorders, among many others.
Are there any contraindications to CST?
Generally, CranioSacral Therapy is so light that it is safe to use for people of all ages including children, babies, newborns and the elderly, however, it is not recommended when changes in the intracranial pressure are contraindicated such as acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorhage or some extreme bleeding disorders.
How many sessions will I need to get better?
Everyone responds differently to treatment. The number of sessions needed will be different from one individual to the next. It is recommended to arrange a few sessions in a row to assist your body in releasing restrictive patterns. While I can give you feedback on what types of changes I am noticing in your body, you are the ultimate judge of your progress and knowing how much treatment you will need when using CranioSacral Therapy. Some people come in twice a week, most people come once a week and others come every other week or once a month.
With severe or chronic conditions, many people have found great benefit in receiving an intensive treatment program that may be performed for 3-5 hours in a day for 3-5 days. This is an excellent way to get to the root cause of your dysfunction.
How is a session performed?
Clients are fully clothed during a session, except most people take off their shoes. It is best to wear comfortable clothing on the day of your treatment. Most people lay on their back during the session while I sit next to your head, mid-section, legs or feet. I will be placing my hands on various parts of your body, sometimes underneath your back or holding your arm or leg and will be using a very light touch. Most people close their eyes. Sometimes I talk to people during the session, other times we are silent for the entire session.
What might I experience during a session?
Everyone experiences a session differently and your experience from one session to the next may also be different. Some feel deep relaxation, heat, greater range of movement, less pain, improved sense of well being or relief that they can finally take in a full breath of air. Others may feel nothing at all or feel like they were in a deep sleep. Some may talk a lot during the session, recalling past life events or releasing emotions. Some people may lie still for the entire session, while others may experience different sensations throughout their body.
What will I experience after a session?
After a session you may feel relaxed or you may feel very energized. You may notice a decrease in pain or it may take a few days to feel the release. For some there may be a period where the body is re-organizing itself as it adapts to the letting go of unhealthy patterns. Some people may even notice improvement a few weeks after their session. I recommend that people drink plenty of water after a session and listen to the needs of your body.
If you don’t see your question here, please contact me. I would be delighted to speak with you.