YOGA BUTT & how I became a Sports Massage Therapist

Updated: Apr 21


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Please Note - If you are only reading this in hopes to see some yoga butt, yoga butt is a very common injury that happens to yoga practitioners.


On a cool spring day in 2011, I rolled up to my first hot yoga class—and I had never been more enamored with anything in my life. A perfect way to combine my love for fitness & love for personal growth. Every workout I had done up until this point in my life was to look better and all I wanted to do was feel better. My hot vinyasa yoga classes and I would live happily ever after...


ENTER: yoga butt.


At some point in 2014, about a year after I began teaching vinyasa yoga, I was in a power yoga class trying to rekindle an old flame from high school, showing off my hawt yoga skills in a bound triangle pose when pop... YOGA BUTT happened and I couldn't walk out of the studio. Yoga butt is a very common injury that happens to vinyasa yoga practitioners. I was out of practicing, hobbling around, and desperately trying to find answers about how I could rehab this injury and get back on my mat.


At the time, I was teaching at three different yoga studios--so the amount of yoga teachers I had spoken with about my injury was lengthy. Not one vinyasa yoga teacher was educated about this injury. Within a few months, I had developed sciatica, SI joint dysfunction, lower back & neck pain. I had seen multiple massage therapists and all I got was a lightly oiled rub-down for $100 an hour. I had seen chiropractors & physical therapists and no one could help me or explain to me why I wasn't getting better. The answer was simple--I was MOVING incorrectly and therefore aggravating my condition. I was never going to fully heal my injury and spinal imbalances that resulted from it without changing my movement patterns.


*AGAIN, IF YOUR ARE ONLY READING THIS BLOG IN HOPES TO SEE SOME YOGA BUTT, SKIP THIS SECTION. BIG WORDS AHEAD*

Throughout sun salutations and warrior poses the amount of flexion (forward bending) and extension (backward bending) are extremely unbalanced. The excessive forward bending creates micro-tears in the hamstrings which over time can lead to a hamstring pull at the attachment, under butt (my personal favorite) or ischial tuberosity--if we are getting technical. On top of that, I had an anterior pelvic tilt which was further exaggerated by all the forward bending, tight hip flexors, a gazillion chaturangas, glute amnesia, and lack of core strength that a strong vinyasa practice creates. The hamstring pull then created a rotation through my pelvis which then affected how the spine moved as a system—resulting in lower back AND neck pain. I wasn’t going to feel better by just stretching my hamstring— I had to stabilize my entire pelvis.


In 2014, I enrolled in a Massage Therapy Program that specialized in Therapeutic & Orthopedic Massage and learned quickly why I wasn’t getting better. I rehabbed my injuries myself and have been pain free ever since. Since then, I have felt passionately about educating my clients on anatomy in order to work WITH you and not on you. I have studied with some of the most highly trained Massage Therapists, Movement Specialists, Yoga & Pilates Teachers, Sports Chiropractors, Pelvic PT's—and have taken an unhealthy amount of continuing education classes on movement & anatomy. I’ve chosen to focus my practice on a combination of movement and manual release—looking at the body as a system because, that sh*t works. I gather as much information as I can from my clients (some may be annoyed and think its too much information.  Well, tough sh*t, I do WHAT WORKS.) to find the bodily dysfunction that ultimately leads to pain--to get you feeling f*cking amazing in your body.