Soon after Kristina Stewart had her son in 2005, she started to notice a severe numbness in her arm when she picked up the baby. Doctors diagnosed a bone spur in her upper spine. The options were surgery that would leave a large scar on the front of her neck or physical therapy.
“I’m way too vain to want surgery [on my neck],” Stewart said. So she went to see Prairie Village physical therapist Sushma Patel. “I did what she said, and she healed me.”
So when Stewart, a trained Stott Pilates instructor, heard from friend Karim Stamati, a yoga instructor with three decades of experience, that she was facing an injury as well, Stewart quickly referred Stamati to Patel, who delivered similar results. The three kept in close contact, and often discussed the complementary benefits of Pilates and yoga with physical therapy in rehabilitation and injury prevention.
Now, the three have teamed up to offer a first-of-its-kind injury recovery practice that incorporates all three disciplines, Body in Sync. Patel, who has operated her Body in Motion physical therapy practice since 2001, had the idea to bring Pilates, yoga and physical therapy together in response to feedback she was getting from patients. Many people with an injury will go through physical therapy for basic rehabilitation — but they won’t get fully recovered, and often reinjure themselves when they attempt to return to regular activity.
“It’s something that I’ve heard from my patients over and over again,” Patel said. “I’ve went to see a personal trainer here, I went to see someone else over there, and then they just end up back in my place.”
“Patients want to get all the way to recovery — not just to be rehabbed,” Stewart said. “That’s where we’re trying to fill in the gap.”
The new practice has its own studio in the Body in Motion space in the Capitol Federal building at 75th Street and State Line Road, 1900 W. 75th Street, that features standard yoga and Pilates equipment. Body in Sync will offer a variety of programming for patients. A six-session rehabilitation track will provide personalized therapy and exercise guidance for individuals, while the studio will also host small group and private Pilates and yoga classes. Patel said they also plan to offer weekend workshops and education seminars focused on particular injury types, like lower back pain.
“It’s a very synergystic approach,” Stamati said of the group’s offerings.
Body in Sync will hold an open house this Friday, April 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. Full service will begin in mid-April, but Patel said the group is able to accept new patients immediately.