“I honor your innate ability to heal. Through compassionate attention, I support you into and through your healing processes to develop new awareness with many different holistic practices. Together, we enter a space of educational bodywork using movement, touch and sound with embodied curiosity to learn and grow.”
Mindy Cohen, PT, CST, RK
Mindy Cohen is a licensed physical therapist, certified CranioSacral Therapist and certified Resonant Kinesiologist treating people of all ages, remotely or in person, in Burlington, Vermont for the past 25 years. She also uses SomatoEmotional Release, Visceral Manipulation, Bioaquatic Therapy, Myofascial Release, Yoga Therapy, Energy Work and Lymphatic Drainage Therapy which are all holistic modalities that workwith your self healing energies within.
With guidance and support, your innate healing energies 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.
My skills for holding a healing space enable you to deepen, clarify or engage your healing process. The intention is for you to more easily and accurately complete the puzzle of your disease, illness or discomfort through accessing your innate healing forces and enhancing self awareness. When a body notices itself, it has the potential for change. Changes can come in the form of new perceptions, healthier boundaries or greater ease in physical structures. By changing your internal environment, you can create a more integrated flow and feel more freedom in your being.
The session is a collaboration in facilitating personal empowerment for self healing. In a long distance session, I will be connecting, listening and feeling from my navigational field for how your physiology changes and will be asking for feedback throughout the session. You decide the pace and how much to receive. You can always ask for what you need in releasing layers that are physical, emotional or energetic.
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 into surgery for an anterior cruciate ligament repair, my world opened to the field of physical therapy. Amazed at my body’s ability to heal itself with exercise, I began studying healing modalities. In 1996, I received a masters degree in physical therapy from Regis University in Colorado. My practice started in a small hospital in Plymouth, New Hampshire. As a physical therapist I have worked in sports medicine, assisted living, nursing homes and acute care hospital settings.
Early in my career, 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 personally and professionally. I became passionate about integrating holistic modalities with conventional approaches for myself and others.
Seeking a bigger city 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. As my skills evolved I eventually opened a private practice in 2001.
My training continued with SomatoEmotional Release, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy Techniques and Plant Spirit Medicine. 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 has been 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.
Currently, I work with people remotely and in-person in Burlington, Vermont. My intention is to empower people to heal themselves with intuitive strategies and skills that they discover within through our work together. People often report deep shifts in their life experience after just one session.
One of my greatest joys is working and playing with dolphins. I have had multiple opportunities to practice healing modalities with these incredible beings. Dolphins are amazing healers and it is a true blessing to interact with them on this level. It is extraordinary and my dolphin experience weaves into my work with people on land in profound ways.
CranioSacral Therapy and other holistic modalities help reduce stress in 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. This integrated approach has been shown to be highly effective in reducing dysfunctions and symptoms associated with stress such as head, neck or back pain, insomnia, headaches and TMJ problems. Other people have found symptomatic relief from conditions such as whiplash, torn muscles, strains, sprains, tendinitis, muscle spasms, migraines, tinnitus, neurological dysfunctions, spinal injuries, fibromyalgia and other connective tissue disorders. Children respond very well to CranioSacral therapy and have been helped with challenges associated with reflux, torticollis, 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 the elderly, children, babies and newborns, 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. Occasionally, people come in twice a week for a few weeks, but most people come once a week for 3-8 sessions. Others come every other week, once a month or once a year. 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. When you notice positive changes, the frequency and/or number of sessions you need will become clear to you.
With severe or chronic conditions, many people have found great benefit in receiving an Intensive treatment program that may be performed for twice weekly for several consecutive weeks (see the bottom of this page). 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, coolness, 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 feel the need to move their body and they are encouraged to do so.
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.
What are your rates?
Standard sessions: 50 minutes is $135.
Extended session: 80 minutes is $195.
We live in a stressful, chaotic world that leaves little time for self care and self healing. Give yourself the gift of an intensive program to dive deep into your healing process and enhance overall health and well being. Receiving multiple sessions over a short period of time can foster radical vulnerability, self realization and deep healing.
Intensive packages offer a reduced rate for purchasing multiple sessions in advance. Intensive packages are designed for clients to dive deep into their wellness journey and therefore are intended for sessions twice weekly in consecutive weeks. Payment is expected at time of booking appointments. In preparation for an intensive, it is recommended to read Your Inner Physician and You by Dr. John Upledger.
2 standard sessions
2 extended sessions
For individual sessions: If cancellation is received within 24 hours of session the client will be charged the cost of the session. In the case of emergency or illness, cancellation fee will be waived.
For Intensive Packages: A full refund of payment amount will be issued if cancellation is received prior to 1 week before the start of the first session. If cancellation is received within one week of start of first session, a 10% fee will be retained. Once the program has begun, individual sessions can be rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice with no charge. If less than 24 hours notice is provided, then the session will be forfeited.
If you have further questions, please contact me. I would be delighted to speak with you.