200 NE 20th Ave. #160 and #220
Portland, OR 97232
Potentials yoga studio and wellness center offers a variety of services that nurture your body and enhance your well-being.
Our yoga teachers, massage therapists and acupuncturist will customize their therapies according to your individual needs, whether you are dealing with minor physical discomfort, chronic pain or physiological imbalance. They work closely together to help you design a comprehensive and effective program for self-care.
Health is a simple concept that is not easy to define. You have probably felt it, and you know when you see it. True health is more then just being free from disease; it's a state of persistent well-being that lasts even when circumstances around us are unfavorable. It's a feeling of inner peace and stillness with awareness of one's personal power. It enables us to live gracefully, harmoniously and fully.
Yoga: Developed centuries ago, yoga remains vital today. It addresses the fundamental questions that we all face about health, awareness & life well lived.
The benefits of yoga include: increased flexibility, improved circulation, greater strength and stamina, better balance and deeper concentration. The beauty of yoga is that it integrates the whole person: it challenges the body, it clears the mind, it moves our stuck emotional energy & inspires us to live a more balanced & awakened life.
Yoga is a practice that any person can use to find the wisdom and healing power within and reach the fullest of one's potential.
Acupuncture: Looking at the body through a different lens, acupuncture is a great way of achieving optimum health, balance and disease prevention. The benefits of acupuncture include: increased energy, mental clarity, improved digestion, and slowing down the progression of aging. Through acupuncture one can learn about their body’s strengths and weaknesses.
With each visit your acupuncturist will always treat the body as a whole system addressing lifestyle, diet, and mental, emotional, and physical health.
Massage: Massage is not a luxury but an important part of any preventative health care plan. Taking time out of your busy schedule to make self-care a top priority is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family.
By enhancing the bodies natural healing ability, massage has effects on all areas of general wellness. The benefits of regular massage are numerous and include general relaxation, enhanced digestion, strengthened immunity, increased lymphatic flow, correction of muscular imbalances and decreased muscle tension.
Your body's alignment and mobility depend on the proper relationships between elements of the musculoskeletal system – the muscles, bones, and joints. When this delicate balance is disturbed, it can manifest as pain in your neck, back, hips or knees.
Sometimes this is caused by accident or injury, but most often it's a result of problems caused over time by poor posture, sedentary lifestyle and repetitive stress to the joints. Often when this imbalance is corrected, the corresponding pain diminishes. Most of common aches and pains that we come to expect as we grow older are not inevitable and can be avoided or reversed.
Yoga: Carefully selected therapeutic yoga practices are used to gently stretch and strengthen your muscles without worsening any existing pain. They restore structural symmetry important because long term unequal use usually contributes to the discomfort. They promote circulation to the injured area because blood flow facilitates healing; they reduce inflammation and loosen up chronic painful contractions.
In addition, yoga therapy can help you become aware of activities and movement patterns that created the issue on the first place, and help you re-educate your body so that it moves more efficiently.
Acupuncture: Giving immediate relief to acute & chronic pain, acupuncture opens channels of energy in the body allowing increased range of motion and blocking pain signals to the brain.
It's a great alternative to pain medication and when combined with movement therapy can often reverse a chronic state of pain.
Massage: Pain can be the side effect of a number of conditions from injury to illness. Massage has been proven to relieve recurring pain by releasing muscular and facial tension that impinges nerves thus lessening pain responses. Massage also creates a relaxation response that improves the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Breath-work, energy work and acupressure are subtle techniques that can be used to promote the relaxation response through calming the nervous system. Other techniques include deep tissue, neuromuscular therapy and myofacial release which have been shown to increase flexibility and reduce pain.
The issues inherent in a chronic condition, whether it be present from birth (like scoliosis) or acquired in adulthood (such as chronic pain or from diseases like Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson's) can be more deep-seated and complicated than healing from an acute injury.
Goals in addressing chronic conditions must be three-fold; they should: 1) address your current symptoms; 2) avoid exacerbation of symptoms; 3) help manage the stress and potential impact on your self-image, family/social roles, and adjustment to modifications in activities that frequently attend living with a chronic condition.
Yoga: For conditions from chronic pain to systemic processes like Parkinson's disease or Multiple Sclerosis, yoga therapy facilitates relief from physical symptoms through gentle movement sequences. Equally important, yoga therapy supports coping with the psycho-emotional impact of chronic conditions through the tools of breath work, visualization, and meditation. It encourages patient participation in the healing process.
Acupuncture: Addressing the root cause of disease, acupuncture brings the body back into balance. From manic-depressive disorder to Crohn’s disease acupuncture creates gentle shifts in the body through unblocking, strengthening, and moving energy. Over time disease can be slowed down and sometimes reversed.
With all chronic conditions there is a mental, emotional, and physical component. Your acupuncturist will help educate you on practical daily changes one can make to take health into your own hands.
Massage: Massage therapy can be a very good medicine for treating those with chronic diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis, depression, and circulatory disorders.
Massage therapy helps move blood and lymph around the body and oxygenate organs and tissues; it reduces need for pain medication and promotes faster wound healing; it relieves muscle soreness due to physical exertion or prolonged bed rest; it speeds recovery and helps with body acceptance. Massage therapy gives the experience of healing human touch, that helps to increases feelings of wellbeing.
All women experience an extra “season” - the menstrual cycle. It enables a woman to create new life and it also gives her body and mind a way to purify themselves. Women's health is largely dependent on her ability to maintain hormonal balance and keep these creative energies flowing comfortably, consistently and freely.
When this flow is interrupted, a woman could face a variety of challenges at different levels of her system. For example, hormonal imbalance can cause physical pain before or during the menstrual cycle (physical), sleep disruption (physiological), anxiety and body image issues (psycho-emotional) and general feelings of helplessness and isolation (spiritual). Therefore a comprehensive treatment plan must take into account the whole woman, not just her condition.
Yoga: Yoga provides an integrative approach to women's health because it facilitates healing on every level of her being: physical, physiological, psycho-emotional and spiritual.
Practicing yoga postures can help regulate the cycle and minimize PMS and other cycle disturbances.
A combination of specific yoga poses, breathing techniques and guided relaxation/meditation is used to either stimulate the system to increase overall vitality or calm the system down and evoke a relaxation response. These strategies are useful when working with issues like stress, insomnia or hormonal imbalance.
Dealing with issues like infertility or PCOS can be physically and emotionally taxing. Yoga practice can include meditation, mantra repetition, study of inspirational texts and group sharing to provide a container for those emotions. It can help relieve anxiety, focus the mind and give the practitioner a more useful perspective on her struggles.
Acupuncture: Chinese medicine looks at the menstrual cycle as a gift that not only creates life but also gives clues to a woman’s overall health. Paying close attention to changes in a woman’s reproductive health an acupuncturist can see patterns of harmony and disharmony.
Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with western modalities or as a stand-alone therapy to balance a woman's hormones. It relieves PMS, painful or irregular periods, menopausal symptoms, infertility, and reduces uterine and ovarian growths.
Massage: Along with lifestyle changes, massage can help relieve mental, emotional and physical discomforts related to hormonal changes in all stages of a woman's life. For example, massage promotes the relaxation response which decreases anxiety / stress and in turn helps to create hormonal balance in the body. This balance has been shown to enhance fertility, decrease mood swings during pregnancy & ease symptoms related to monthly cycles and menopause. Massage can also help relieve muscle tension, stiffness and pain due to structural imbalances such as managing joint pain due to weight gain during pregnancy.