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

“This was a great course, I think all therapists should attend. It is time for more focused attention to incontinence (and associated fall risk) in SNF/LTC and outpatient populations. I am so grateful I was able to attend and will be able to work this into our current rehab programs. “

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

-MR

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 is an energetic, bright, and passionate facilitator. She makes class fun and enjoyable!

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 has a very effective style, and is open to questions. She is very knowledgable, with good visuals, hands-on instruction, and example exercises. Great course! Thank you!

-Chris V

I have been a client of Dr. Cat’s over the past 10 years and can highly recommend her for sports injuries, pain associated with traveling weekly for work and just getting a bit older.
Dr. Cat has not only provided me with quick pain relief without medication but has also taught me how to prevent those injuries from reoccurring. She provides exercises to do at home between PT sessions that help me heal and also provide great relief.    Her knowledge of the body along with her ability to clearly explain what has caused my pain is peerless.
If you have any kind of injury or discomfort I would absolutely recommend Dr. Cat.  You will not be disappointed!
Eugene, 50-year-old traveling executive and weekend warrior

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

Catherine is very approachable, friendly and is there to help you on your path. With her background in dance, Pilates, yoga, and the fact that she is a physical therapist, you really could not get a more knowledgeable teacher. I have been her student for years and absolutely love her! And I know you will too.

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 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 have worked with Catherine after each of my vaginal births, and also during one of my pregnancies. Her knowledge of the body’s systems is unparalleled. Each time I met with Catherine, I had multiple new tools and realizations about myself to work with on my own. She helped me heal from a mild bladder prolapse and reduce my diastasis recti to a subclinical level. I refer patients to Catherine on a weekly basis because I know she will have some ideas and skills to impart to just about anyone imaginable! Thank you, Catherine!

– Lela Beem, studio owner Grateful Yoga of Evanston, co-founder of The Amala School of Prenatal Yoga