Nari


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About Nari:

I’ve been a physical therapist for 17 years, with a focus on pelvic and abdominal care for the last 7 years. I’m an instructor on faculty with Herman Wallace, teaching and writing courses physical therapists take to learn pelvic rehab. I’m PRPC certified (Board Certification for Pelvic Rehab), and was one of the dozen instructors nationwide selected to write questions for the board exam. Most of all, I love what I do: helping people to live their fullest lives with joy and good health. I would be honored to help you along your path to wellness.

I began my physical therapy career with an emphasis in orthopedics. After needing to see a pelvic floor therapist myself, I became deeply interested in this field. I took as many courses as I could, to learn more specificity. After treating pelvic floor disorders for a few years, it became so clear to me that disorders of digestion, sexual function, and urination start higher in the abdomen and need to be treated as such, instead of just addressing the outlet of the system in the pelvic floor muscles.

I started studying Visceral (organ) manipulation with Jean Pierre Barral, French Osteopathic physician (barralinstitute.org), and the more I learned about working with the organs, the more my patients had long lasting results. Barral’s work also trains a therapist to find the greatest restriction in the body with techniques of “listening” to the body. Over time, it seemed the symptoms in the pelvis were also caused by tension in the nervous system. This led me to study manual techniques specific to the brain and nerves (taking several courses on neural manipulation and the brain) to add to my manual repertoire.   These courses include neural manipulation (Barral and Crobier) as well as Craniosacral Therapy (Upledger).  This is why I now say I specialize in the pelvis, abdomen, organs, and nervous system. Our Portland practice goes beyond just pelvic floor therapy