Olivia Barry, PT, E-RYT500
Integrative Physical Therapist
Olivia Barry is a Physical Therapist and Senior Yoga Teacher. Her approach to injury prevention and recovery melds Western approaches to physiotherapy and rehabilitation with traditional Eastern practices of yoga. She graduated with distinction from the Physical Therapy Master’s program at California State University at Northridge, and she earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley with dual studies in pre-med and Political Science. She became a licensed Iyengar yoga teacher, which informs much of her therapeutic applications of yoga. Her 500-hour yoga certificate is through YogaWorks, where she has taught for over 12 years.
Olivia authored an extensive manual titled Anatomy of Asana which is currently the central curriculum globally for the YogaWorks Teacher Training Programs. In conjunction with its publication, she trained yoga teacher trainers across the United States how to teach anatomy in the YogaWorks Teacher Trainings. Olivia also trains new yoga teachers at the 200 and 300 hour levels, including specific modules for Injury Management, in California and Nevada.
Olivia has incorporated approaches from a variety of healing systems into her work with patients. Some, like physical therapy and ergonomics, are rooted in Western, evidence-based medicine; others like yoga and meditation originate from more intuitive and holistic traditions. She is passionate about creating a person-centered program for healing because of her conviction that the body experiencing suffering often knows best what that body needs to regenerate itself. Imagining the body as an organism which expresses itself in the language of symptoms, her approach attempts to “translate” the messages the body sends and match these messages with both physical and spiritual treatments that speak directly to holistic root causes.
- Recovery from orthopedic injuries
- Management of chronic pain, such as arthritis and auto-immune dysfunction
- Low Back Pain
- Postural re-education
- Movement re-patterning
- Ergonomics in the office and beyond
- Injury Prevention/Wellness
- Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques
- Therapeutic Exercise: traditional physical therapy approaches, Pilates, yoga
- Manual Techniques: Joint Mobilizations, Mulligan techniques
- Taping: Kiniesiotape, Leukotape
- Traction for the Neck and Lower Back
- Electrical Stimulation
Other studies which have inspired her work include Buddhist mindfulness meditation, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Somatic Experiencing, and Kundalini yoga.
Phone: (310) 451-8880