Tired of exercises that were made for someone else’s body, despite your best efforts? Frustrated with a traditional medical approach that isn’t meeting your needs, while you are trying your best to feel better?

 

Your body isn’t just mechanical parts. Your symptoms are signals from your body’s inner wisdom that is trying its best to tell you what it needs.

Together we can interpret those signals and get to the root of your issues. We’ll create an individualized program that meets your body’s needs. You’ll feel empowered when you are able to find practices that you enjoy rather than struggle with. Let's awaken your body’s ability to heal itself.  

 

About Us

After nearly 30 years of teaching movement/exercise and 15 years of clinical practice as a doctor of physical therapy I created Inner Awakening to support clients on their inner journey to healing.

I have lived this journey as a patient, clinician, dancer, personal trainer, pilates instructor, yoga therapist and person living with invisible disability. My path revealed an underlying connective tissue disorder that affects every system of the body. Living with hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome has made me a better therapist, educator and health coach, because I had to find ways to cope– for myself and for the clients I serve. A a result, I’ve become a specialist in:

    • Hypermobility and EDS
    • Autonomic dysfunction/dysautonomia and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
    • Intracranial hypertension and hypotension (CSF leaks)
    • Abdominopelvic therapy, the pelvic floor and core
    • Joint instability, stabilization and proprioception
    • Chronic pain and stiffness
    • Hands-on therapies and self-applied techniques to improve pain and ease of motion
    • Balance, stability, vestibular and sensory integrationTrauma-informed practice
    • Mindful movement-based strategies individualized for each client’s unique and evolving needs, even when complex or misunderstood medical conditions are present
    • Person-centered, evidence-informed, biopsychosocialspiritual practice

 

I am currently researching vagal nerve stimulation at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and I look forward to exploring how you can:

            • Stimulate your vagal/parasympathetic system to awaken your body’s capacity to rest, digest, restore and recover
            • Understand your body’s signals so that you can take informed action to meet your body’s needs
            • Feel confident in your ability to access resources and support that you need to optimize your health

 

Book Here for a Health Consultation 

 

Read more below in Our services, which include physical and yoga therapy, individualized therapeutic exercise, group workshops, online video library for at-home self-paced practice, online health consults and coaching to awaken your inner guide that will help you adapt to whatever challenges you are facing.

 

 

Additional services include:

-Integrative Restoration (iRest) Yoga Nidra

-Dry needling

-Tempromandibular disorder (TMD) or jaw pain management

-Pre/postnatal yoga or pelvic rehabilitation

-Advanced joint mobilization techniques for pain management and/or mobility

 

Book Here for Physical Therapy 

 

Looking forward to empowering your inner coach with a mindful and movement-inspired practice that works for you!

All the best, 

Dr. Catherine Lewan

 

 

Speciality Areas: 

  • Mobility and hypermobility
  • Pain Management and pain neuroscience education
  • Pelvic Floor, pelvis and spine
  • Pre and post-natal peripartum care
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress
  • Autonomic regulation and polyvagal theory applications
  • POTS and Long-COVID POTS
  • Mindfulness, yoga, Pilates, adaptive therapeutic exercise

 

Services

  • Physical therapy and pelvic physical therapy for women, men, trans and non-binary folks
  • Individual Health Coaching 
  • Health Coaching Groups (TBA- contact me to get on the wait list)
  • Online libraries and subscriptions for therapeutic exercise and education (coming soon)
  • Individual yoga therapy and group therapeutic yoga workshops
  • Professional education for therapists, healthcare and fitness professionals
  • Advocacy for underserved or misunderstood populations

Testimonials

Catherine is very engaging, passionate about getting her message across, and has a good sense of humor. Her course was fun and useful.

-MR

“Dr. Catherine – Thank you so much for your incredible patience, kindness, and expertise. I know that I am in good hands.

Thank you for providing these resources– the breathing exercises have already been helpful! I feel ready to begin the yoga poses and look forward to providing an update. “

I have taken classes, workshops, and private sessions with Catherine, and find her to be very knowledgable, present, and sincerely interested in helping each student to reach their own potential. Her teaching is clear, based on science as well as experience. She has a strong ‘body sense’ and loves to challenge her own limits and will challenge you to be your own best self!

-MS

Catherine kept the material fun to learn throughout the whole day! She is an impressive presenter! The whole course was well organized and had great handouts.

– Anna L

I took a course from you a couple years ago about using pilates/yoga with geriatric patients. You presented the material in a smooth, understandable, and engaging way. I was just getting into yoga at the time, and you helped spur me onward into that wonderful realm. I am currently going over, again, the workbook from that course. Just wanted you to know that you helped to re-energize an old physical therapist’s practice of his profession, and continue to influence in a very positive way the outcomes of all my patient interactions. I offer you my sincere gratitude.

– Stan

Catherine is a natural teacher. When I take her yoga class it is as if she is talking to me personally (even when the room is full). She is so in-tune with how the body works – or isn’t working. Catherine tells us to be gentle to our bodies. She eases us into the class with gentle pranayama and then takes us through asanas that always magically warm us up to the climax of the class (modified for different levels always). But this is where her Physical Therapy expertise shines through: Catherine knows the body so well. Her knowledge of the body as well as the anatomy of the pose means that you will experience asana in a new way, every time.

“Dr. Catherine – the breathing techniques have literally ALREADY assisted with my bathroom habits. I am committed to continuing on this treatment path.

Thank you so much for your incredible patience, kindness, and expertise. I know that I am in good hands. “

Dr. Catherine Lewan is very knowledgeable about EDS/POTS, and is always furthering her education on the subject. This makes her a wonderful physical therapist and an excellent problem solver for patients like myself. She teaches me so much about being hypermobile, no other physician has been able to help me like she has. I am better able to manage my symptoms now. I am so thankful for Dr. Catherine.

EDS/POTS

“After struggling with POTS and feeling limited by pain related to hypermobility, I was able to confidently leave home for my college of choice with no limitations after working with Dr. Cat. She helped me adapt my workouts so that I could resume weightlifting and running.”

 

If you are looking for a solid, intense workout lead by a positive, passionate, and totally well-informed instructor, you need to attend Catherine Lewan’s classes. As a dedicated yoga student of Catherine’s for over 5 years, I can attest she has positively changed my life. She shows you the way to think about your body in a different perspective and provides the instructions on how to make it better. She has variety in each class, gives excellent queues, hands-on adjustments (at your discretion), and insightful thoughts to help you with truly understanding the practice of yoga. Best of all, she loves life and it shows.

-Carolyn S

I’ve been seeing Dr. Cat for about 5 months for pelvic floor physical therapy (after working for ~2 years on and off with other physical therapists previously). Dr. Cat truly has taught me so much about my whole body and the power of the mind-body connection. I had been living with pelvic floor dysfunction/vaginismus for basically my entire life, and it wasn’t until seeing her that I felt like I could play an equal role in my own treatment. Dr. Cat always listened to my priorities and needs in our sessions. She helped me notice so many smaller “wins” and did a great job connecting those changes to my long-term goals. I have such a deeper understanding of the factors that can influence pain in my pelvic floor (as well as other parts of my body that are directly connected, like my hips, back, abdominals, glutes, and thighs). My treatment has consistently felt personalized, dynamic, and unique to my individual needs as a patient. Dr. Cat has encouraged me to honor my own body and focus on the work that kept me motivated and feeling positive toward my treatment outcomes. She also provided me with recommendations to other specialists when issues came up that felt outside of her scope of practice, which played a huge role in my success as a patient. Pelvic floor therapy is a treatment that really relies on trusting and respecting your therapist, and I would highly recommend Dr. Cat as a member for anyone’s pelvic floor team. My pain during sex/sexual activities has decreased significantly since I started working with Dr. Cat, and I feel so much more in control of my body and choices thanks to my treatment with her!

Catherine and her class (the environment she creates) are great examples of warmth and competence in action.  Catherine is open, kind, gracious, generous, smart and very good at what she does.

-MaryPat