Get to know Marysa Meyer, a physical therapist and yoga teacher with a mobile practice in the Twin Cities.
Tell us about your business. What do you do?
I’m a physical therapist that specializes in body work and neuro-based re-education of the body’s different movement patterns. I also am a certified yoga teacher with a background in mind/body practices that allows me and my clients to get to the root cause of their symptoms with a truly holistic lens. I love working with those who have chronic pain, digestive issues, autoimmune disease, or other complex health issues that are preventing them from moving freely or accessing different areas of their bodies.
What drew you to this work?
I was working for a while in a traditional physical therapy setting and saw a huge need for those who were navigating complex health issues. These were often the people that weren’t getting better with strict exercise progressions or very generalized manual therapy approaches.
It can be so isolating to have a chronic pain condition and to be told by doctors that surgery or medication is your only option for treatment. I just knew there had to be more out there. When I dove into more integrative manual therapy trainings and movement awareness techniques, I was blown away by how impactful these practices were on patients who had failed treatment under the traditional model.
What do you love about your job?
Helping people to find ease in their bodies through hands-on work to their muscles, viscera (organs), nerves, and fascia is what I love to do. I also love guiding people to be curious about what they feel within their bodies and to explore how movement may allow them to access deeper parts of their awareness.
Each person that I work with is so different and requires a unique approach to their specific concerns. It’s really amazing to see people becoming experts of their own bodies and how it responds to the world around them.
What results can people see when they work with you? What’s possible?
People can experience SO many different things with this sort of work. The biggest thing would be a reduction in pain and discomfort within the body and increased strength and mobility. Improved digestion, decreased anxiety, more efficient breathing, and an overall increased feeling of ease are all lesser-known improvements that people can experience.
Really the end goal is a state of embodiment. Feeling solid and anchored while trusting your body is how I see this work impacting a the people I work with as a whole.
What do you wish more people understood about what you do?
I wish people knew that physical therapy is so much more than exercising. There are so many conditions that physical therapists (with appropriate training) are more than qualified to treat, but most people don’t realize that hands-on work can help with a wide variety of diagnoses beyond just knee replacements and ankle sprains.
Many people with complex health issues struggle within the traditional healthcare model to get answers for what they’re experiencing. I would love for these people to know that there is hope, and that there are ways to reduce their symptoms that don’t require more scans, surgeries, or medications.
What’s fascinating you right now?
I’m down a mind/body rabbit hole right now, learning more about how trauma and emotions manifest in the body. Seeing and guiding people through emotional releases is so powerful, and I’ve loved learning this in greater depth to better support my clients through these processes.
What does self care look like to you right now?
Self-care for me is really just learning new ways to listen to and honor my body. It’s been learning when to rest and when to push and finding new ways to stay in rhythm with the ebbs and flows of life around me. It looks like time in nature, grounding, sunshine, all the good stuff.
What do you love about living and working in the Twin Cities?
There’s something so comforting about this state for me. Minnesota has always given me a sense of hygge, or coziness, both inside and outside. I went to school and worked for a while out of state, and I felt pulled to come back a few years ago. I love the community here, I love the outdoor space, trees, and lakes that are integrated into the city. Minnesota has always been home for me.
Favorite local restaurants?
Khao Hom Thai, J. Selby’s, Lago Taco, Hai Hai
Other favorite local businesses in the Twin Cities?
Mother Earth Gardens, Birchbark Books, I Like You, Solcana Fitness
What’s your favorite social media platform, and where can people connect with you on social media?
Instagram is the best way to keep in touch! I love connecting with people on that platform.
How can people work with you?
I offer in-home appointments, or I can meet you at your local gym or workspace. You can schedule with me here.
I also offer virtual consultations and a free discovery call for anyone who would like to learn more about this work and to see if it would be a good fit for their current needs.