Michelle found yoga and it saved her life.
She stumbled into an Ashtanga class one afternoon and found it was the first thing that made her intense anxiety and depression dissipate. After tearing a ligament in her knee during a class--and finding that her scoliosis was worsening within the practice--she began to delve deeply in the anatomy behind the poses in an effort to find a safe and effective way to retain the exhilarating flow she loved so much.
She has since become a Yoga Therapist, a Thai Bodyworker, a Nerve and Artery Specialist and a Board Certified Structural Integrator in the lineage of Ida Rolf.
It was through these complementary practices of wellness that she healed her body--and from there Orthopedic Yoga was born.
These days she trains teachers and students to find a fluid pattern of movement that protects and nourishes the joints while stretching the muscles and connective tissue and quieting the mind.
She is the owner of Sanctuary Wellness Studios, Director of Orthopedic Yoga and Transformational Yoga Therapy and founder of Equilibrium, a non-profit dedicated to bringing breath, movement and nutrition education to young people with anxiety and mood disorders.
After living and learning all over the country, she now teaches internationally, bringing her unique style of yoga to students of all levels, ages, shapes and sizes. She has been teaching for almost 20 years and training teachers for over 10 and believes it is a blessing to be able to bring people the gifts of a strong body, a quiet mind and a blissful spirit.
Thadd has had an interest and love for anatomy since an early age, and began acquiring his many books on the human structure and function while still in elementary school. He got into the world of massage and bodywork after suffering from chronic pain due to compression fractures of two vertebrae from a diving incident as a kid.
After using manual therapies to get rid of his chronic pain, he decided to pursue studies in the bodywork world.
Studying and practicing numerous styles since 1999, he has also been teaching Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Reflexotherapies, Joint Mobilization, and Structural Integration styles of bodywork since 2001.
After learning muscle testing from Clinical Kinesiology and synthesizing it with motor control theory from the physical therapy research, then honing it down for practical efficacy, he has created a style of bodywork called Neuromuscular ReFacilitation.
He has also been a bodywork teacher for 15 years for The Massage Therapy Institute of CO, teaches Anatomy Trains workshops for Kinesis and is Co-Director for Orthopedic Yoga Therapy.