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

“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.”

 

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

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.

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

I worked with Catherine when I broke my collar bone. She treated me for the muscles and movement around the break, but also helped me recover areas of strength that I had neglected because I was protecting the area around my collar bone. She helped me discover that I wasn’t using my back muscles properly to carry my baby. Her method incorporated pilates, yoga asana and strengthening exercises in addition to manual therapy. I was very worried about returning to yoga and never thought I would be able to do down-dog again. She helped me feel confident in my body again.

-JJ

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

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

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

-MR

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

Excellent speaker with a nice balance of lecture, lab, and shared case scenarios.

-Julie D

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

Very clear, inspirational and motivational. Passionate about her subject. Great teacher and course!

-Beth B