Dr Rachel Bixby PT, DPT, E-RYT 500, SEP has been in physical therapy practice for 30+ years and has been most intrigued by those conditions which are resistant to the conventional approach. This has led her down the path of alternative and complementary practices (Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, Neurovascular Integration, Therapeutic Listening, Vision Therapy, Vestibular Therapy, Meditation, and Yoga) for which she continues to have a passion for further learning. She has been a registered yoga teacher for 15+ years and has practiced energy work and manual therapies for 25+ years. Becoming a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) furthers the reach of her abilities to calm and balance the nervous system dysfunction which is at the core of many health conditions.
Each step of Rachel’s learning journey has deepened her understanding of the underlying mechanisms to apparent mechanical issues which evade resolution. Below the “nuts and bolts” of body posture and movement lie the software of the system which runs the programs. Neuroception, which is the perception of safety both in and out of the body, plays a significant role in how a physical body carries itself in the world from resting musculature tension to digestion, immunity, mental clarity, focus, and levels of alertness. Layering depth into each of the new practices has created an ever expanding platform from which to offer resolution and hope for a more full and meaningful life. Somatic Experiencing couples well with and has been influenced by yoga and energy medicine practices. By engaging more actively with interoceptive (in the body) awareness and protective response completion the old sad story can be re-written in the body to allow for resonance with the true or higher self.
Bachelor of Physical Therapy - Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Doctor of Physical Therapy- College of St. Scholastica- Duluth, MN
Yoga Teacher-500 hour level- Alignment Yoga- Blue Mounds, WI
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner-Somatic Experiencing International-Boulder, CO