“I feel fortunate to find myself navigating three forks of a river—a personal fork, a professional fork, and the middle fork, yoga—bringing it all together into a confluence of authentic life and journey of service.”
Shawn M. Flot
My journey into the healing arts began with a personal experience of debilitating injuries, chronic pain, and depression, an altogether different experience from a childhood filled with physical prowess and happiness. It was during my first years as a physical therapist that I received traditional care for my own injuries, including physical therapy and massage. With only moderate recovery and lingering debilitation limiting my life, I began to seek further education and experiences outside traditional models.
I first discovered Craniosacral Therapy through a massage therapist, which sparked my drive to learn alternative therapy modalities, specifically those originating from the osteopathic profession. I enrolled in Craniosacral and Visceral Manipulation trainings. Through these phenomenal programs I was introduced to Integrative Manual Therapy, Therapeutic Horizons, and eventually to my primary teacher, Frank Lowen. Frank Lowen’s approach to manual therapy was revolutionary and included in-depth teachings in Biovalent Systems ( now Lowen Systems—Dynamic Manual Interface). My experience with Frank Lowen provided a fork of the river which allowed me to explore the integrative wisdom of the whole body. Since 1998, I have committed my postgraduate endeavors to the pure art of manual therapy and have received both personal and professional “recovery,” finding and expressing my love for service and life.
In 1998, I also discovered Hatha Yoga as taught by Nicky Knoff. Since my introduction, I’ve had wondrous opportunities to study with world-renowned teachers : Zhander Remete, Emma Balnaves, Scott Blossom, Tias Little, Sarahjoy Marsh, and Matthew Sanford. Each of them have shed their light on Yoga to my hungry heart. Receiving the ancient wisdom of Yoga created a thread of physical and mental ease that would eventually weave its way into every aspect of my life. The practices of Shadow Yoga and Nrtta Sadhana, the traditional Hatha Yoga teachings from Zhander, Emma, and Scott, have offered me their wisdom – deepening my relationship to the divine and cultivating the gifts bestowed to me I am blessed to share with others.
Serving as a Physical Therapist in a traditional hospital setting for acute care—orthopedics, neuro-trauma, cancer, general surgery, burns, pediatrics, etc.—my passion for Hatha Yoga and my own experience of suffering reshaped my definition of healing. I have created a unique and innovative model of care in which my intuitive perceptions and mastery of manual therapy skills flourish.
Today, it is with a deep sense of compassion, curiosity, contentment, and honor that I find myself in a place to help relieve the suffering of others. To be able to bridge the healing arts of Yoga, Physical Therapy, and Manual Therapy excites me. Embodying my soul’s expression and to teach and assist others in their healing journeys is the greatest gift to my Self.
Educational Background, Accreditations, Publications, Experience
- Masters in Physical Therapy, M.P.T. — (Northern Arizona University, 1991-1994; Master’s Thesis (research)—“The Effect of Padded Hosiery in Reducing Forefoot Plantar Pressures.”
- Shawn Flot, MPT; Von Hill, MPT; Wesley Yamada, DPM; Thomas McPoil, PHD, PT, ATC; and Mark Cornwall, PHD, PT; “The Effect of Padded Hosiery in Reducing Forefoot Plantar Pressures in The Lower Extremity,” The Lower Extremity, Vol. 2, No. 3, September 1995.
- E-RYT 200 – Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance – summer 2013.
- RYT 200 – Regsitered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance – spring 2011.
- Adaptive Yoga Level 1 certification – MindBody Solutions, Matthew Sanford – spring 2010.
- Teacher Training Teacher – Nicky Knoff 200 HR RYT, Anatomy, Functional Anatomy & Physiology, 1999,2000.
- Radiance Method with Melissa Cooley, Anatomy & Energetics of Hatha Yoga, OmSweetOm Yoga, 2013.
- Scott Blossom – Assistant to teacher, Yoga Journal-San Diego, July 2012;
- Contributor to publication: Yoga and Ayurveda-Practices for Healing & Strengthening Bones, Joints & Nerves; Yoga Journal-New York, April 2013
- Tias Little – Assistant to teacher, Portland, OR Feb 2010.
- Lowen Systems – Dynamic Manual Interface – Foundations Certificate 2008; Teacher and Assistant, 2005 to 2012.
Additional Educational Opportunities
- Maitland’s Vertebral Manipulation – G.D. Maitland, D.O.
- Mobilization of the Nervous System – David Butler
- Craniosacral Therapy — John Upledger, D.O.
- Visceral Manipulation — Jean-Pierre Barral, D.O., P.T., Gail Wetzler P.T.
- Integrative Manual Therapy – Sharon Wieselfish-Giamatteo, Ph.D., P.T.
- Therapeutic Horizons — Frank Lowen, L.M.T, S. Weiselfish
- Biovalent Systems Manual Therapy (Lowen Systems:Dynamic Manual Interface) — Frank Lowen, L.M.T.; Foundations Certification, and instructor of Lowen Systems
- Yoga — Nicky Knoff, James Bryan (Iyengar, Academy of Yoga), Gary Krafstow (Viniyoga), Rodney Yee (Iyengar), Tias Little (Prajna Yoga : Iyengar / Ashtanga), Matthew Sanford (Adaptive Yoga, Iyengar), and Scott Blossom (Shadow Yoga, Marma)
- 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate – Sarahjoy Marsh (RYT200 spring 2011)
- Ayurvedic Marma Therapy — Dr. Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc, Ayurvedic Physician 2008
- Yoga and Ayurveda – Dr. Vasant Lad, 2008
- Yoga, Ayurveda and Marma – Scott Blossom, Kripalu School of Ayurveda 2011