FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is your therapist?
Carrie Tyler, the Founder of the Rasamaya Method is a nurse in hospice & palliative care and a postural alignment specialist. She has a ridiculous amount of street cred, is highly trained, and has over twenty years of movement teaching experience as well as nursing experience in both orthopaedics and community health. Her kinesiology and anatomy background is extensive and she has lectured and taught all over North America, having trained hundreds of movement educators in her anatomically inspired yoga, anatomy, Pilates and barre methods. She believes that all clients have limitless potential and that it is their birthright to be pain free. Her role is to help guide you on the path to living pain free and get you back to the life you love. Read more about Carrie here.
What kinds of clients do you see?
Carrie is highly selective in who she takes on as clients. You must meet one of the following qualifications:
- You have had surgery, and are still suffering from chronic pain with no underlying structural issue evident.
- You have structural issues that don't require surgery but are resulting in chronic pain.
- You have had the appropriate tests done to look for structural or physical issues, but no clear diagnosis has been found.
- You are preparing for surgery, or are post-op and have cleared from your physician and physical therapist.
- You have any of the following: myofascial pain, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, migraines, TMJ, stenosis, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, osteopenia, spondylolisthesis, insomnia related to pain, RSD/CRPS, chronic tendonitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, restless leg syndrome or similar.
- You simply want to work on your posture, do some self-reflection and move into the aging process gracefully.
If you meet these requirements, there are a few other items you must be willing to agree to:
- Commit to either private sessions - a minimum of 6 weeks of treatment ($720), or a 3 day intensive OR the Rasamaya Method Live Pain Free group session or retreat. This has to be the right fit for everyone involved, and Carrie only takes clients who are motivated to create positive change in their bodies. As such, both you and she have 24hrs from your first appointment to decide if you are a good fit for the Rasamaya Method Live Pain Free Program.
- You must be willing to do the mindfulness exercises as part of the healing process. There is a growing body of evidence that the true key to relieving chronic pain involves a multi-tool approach that helps to create new neural pathways. Mindfulness exercises are simple but may involve writing, breathing and meditation exercises. They require a certain amount of self-reflection, which isn't always easy. This is mostly a private endeavor, between you and your brain and heart. As such, Carrie will never ask you to turn in samples of your work, or to ever share more than you are comfortable with, but she will check in to see how you feel your progress is going. Her role is to be your guide and give you tools to empower your journey, not to be your psychologist.
Where are you located?
Carrie works out of several locations:
Newburyport, Ma - Saltwater Yoga
When will I see results?
Almost immediately. Everyone is on a different timeline but most clients experience some level of relief after their initial visit. The body is intelligent in its design and has an incredible ability to heal itself if you give it the chance. Freeing yourself from chronic pain is a process that doesn't happen overnight (you didn't get this way overnight either), it takes time for the body and nervous system to adapt to new changes. Depending on the severity and complexity of your pain, expect a minimum of 6 - 16 visits. Most successful clients continue on with small group sessions and a tune up every 1 - 3 months after you are pain free.
How often do I have to do my exercises?
Ideally? Daily. Together you will work with Carrie to create a realistic plan that could take anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour. If you want to become pain free you must commit to the process. It is important to do the entire sequence as one exercise leads to the next. You may absolutely continue with any other forms of exercise that you feel are helpful for your body. You will discuss your other activities and interests at your session. Ultimately, trust your instincts, your body will tell you what you need to do. Many clients do the exercises for the rest of their lives to help remain pain free and active.
Do I need special equipment?
Most the exercises can be done with things laying around your house. Any specific recommendations for equipment will be discussed at your session. Some clients choose to purchase our commonly used props (the slant board is a client favorite).
Is this going to hurt?
If it does there is a problem. The work should never hurt. It isn't always easy, and it requires commitment and self-reflection, but it should never physically cause more pain. A little soreness can be expected as your body adapts to new information, but even that's less common than relief.
How is the Live Pain Free program different than physical therapy, chiropractic, and similar modalities?
Carrie will be looking at the underlying cause of your pain and addressing that, rather than just the symptom of pain. This is not pain management, it's about wholehearted living. She treats the entire body, including the nervous system through mindfulness and brain retraining techniques. You will be empowered to be your own advocate by learning easy exercises you can do at home for the rest of your life. Carrie strongly believes in your body's ability to heal itself. The work that you do in your session is complimentary to any other therapies you may already be pursuing.
I thought my "X" (insert activity -tennis, golf, yoga, etc) was the cause of my pain?
Nope. The activities you enjoy may have contributed to creating structural compensations, but in no way are they the root cause. If this was the case then every yoga practitioner would have pain in downward dog, and every golfer would have shoulder injuries. Let's explore your entire posture and correct your postural compensations and get in touch with your nervous system so you can continue to enjoy the activities you love.
Is this covered by insurance?
Not yet. But we are happy to provide you with whatever receipts, postural images or other evidence you need to try to get it covered by your provider. Payment plans are also available for your sessions.
I need surgery can you help?
Surgery and other techniques (injections, braces, manipulation, etc) that target your specific symptom may offer temporary relief, but often don't provide a long-term solution that will correct the underlying cause of pain. As a nurse, Carrie is an advocate of surgery when necessary, but believes that the entire structure must be addressed to create permanent change and to prevent further surgeries or the reoccurrence of pain. Pre-op Carrie can help you with range of motion, strength, and mobility to get you ready for surgery and post-op (once you are cleared by your surgeon and physical therapist) you can continue to work not only on strengthening the surgical area but on correcting any imbalances within your structure. Carrie is happy to collaborate with other health care providers in your care.
What happens after my first six sessions are done?
Many clients find relief within their first 6 sessions and will continue with periodic check-ins while adding Pilates Apparatus sessions, yoga classes or other modalities to their daily routine. This will be discussed in detail as you near the end of your treatment. Carrie is also a practitioner of Thai Bodywork (assisted stretching) which can supplement your treatments by removing knots and adhesions in the connective tissue. You can discuss this at your appointment.