Aparna Bharati

March 12, 2012

“Rachel Krentzman has been my physical therapist for six years. We initiated treatment because I was experiencing acute knee pain. I had been told by a leading orthopedic surgeon that I was in need of double knee replacement, however with Rachel’s help, I have been able to avoid surgery.  My knees have become stronger, and I have had only a few episodes of pain in the last few years. Rachel is unique because of her expertise in both physical therapy and yoga therapy. She is not only a very dedicated professional but compassionate and caring as well. It is my good fortune to have been so greatly assisted by her.”

Aparna Bharati

Mike S.

March 10, 2012

“As a former firefighter I had suffered numerous injuries throughout my 30 year career in municipal public safety.   Over time, my back, neck, shoulder and knee injuries had become painful and very limiting. Having tried many medical approaches and therapies with limited success, I was encouraged to find an experienced physical therapist that was also a well-trained yoga instructor – the benefits of working with Rachel have been profound; pain reduction, improved range of motion, functionality, and physical well-being – I highly recommend her practice.”

Mike S.

Principal, MSJ Associates

Shauna Mackay

September 24, 2011

“I injured my back while grieving my brother’s illness and eventual death. Rachel was amazing throughout the whole journey. From the first call I made from my bed when I wasn’t sure I’d be able to teach yoga again to returning from his funeral and not being able to walk correctly because of pain, Rachel was extremely knowledgeable, wise and compassionate. I am so grateful to have worked with a such competent and caring therapist who embodies the mind/body connection completely.”
In gratitude,

Shauna MacKay, B.P.E., RYT-500

Sue Perisi

June 8, 2011

“I’ve spent over 30 years sitting at a computer on a daily basis and even though I also exercised routinely over the course of those years, the sitting for prolonged periods of time coupled with long and stressful driving commutes, began to manifest as chronic pain in my body.  When I finally (and fortunately) met Rachel, I had developed painful, limited range of motion in my left shoulder, as well as chronic low back pain.  Through her unique blend of physical and yoga therapy, together with her compassion, patience and insightful ability to assess both the physical and emotional roots of my pain, Rachel designed a program that completely alleviated the limitation of movement and pain in my shoulder.  She also taught me how to help myself so that I am now able to mitigate the back pain on my own which, needless to say, has been very empowering.    I have come to know and admire Rachel as a knowledgeable and gifted teacher – so much so that I am now participating in her yoga teacher training and look forward to becoming certified in the fall of 2011! I am so grateful to have met Rachel and to spend time in her presence is truly a gift in my life.”

~ Sue Perisi 

Assistant Vice President Commercial Loan Administrator

Yoga Therapist in Training

Dr. Lance Stone

March 18, 2010

“Doctors make the worst patients.” This cliché characterizes my behavior is not coming to terms with low back pain. I persisted in over-exercising, sought out curbside consults from my peers, ordered unnecessary tests and continued to suffer. All this changed when I met Rachel Krentzman. I care for countless patients with spinal stenosis and am familiar with all the traditional treatments that our healthcare system offers. Rachel is able to blend her physical therapy education and yoga training to offer a unique approach. She prescribed asanas (poses) that combined strengthening and flexibility which never aggravated my pain. She understood my emotional reaction to having chronic spine degeneration and tailored the program which reduced my stress. Spine degeneration is a lifelong condition that requires active participation by the patient. I am motivated to practice at home daily because Rachel’s approach is gratifying, challenging and never boring. I may still not be the best patient, however I no longer have pain but rather a new approach to maintaining a healthy spine and mind.”

Dr. Lance Stone – Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services UCSD Hillcrest and Scripps Mercy Medical Centers

Kim Bell DPT, CSCI, CWMI

March 15, 2010

“As a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Strength & Conditioning instructor myself, I had tried everything I knew and consulted numerous other physical therapists for my shoulder pain with no relief. I had restricted my fitness routine and had almost given up hope of getting better until I heard about Rachel Krentzman and her unique approach to rehabilitation. Through working with Rachel, I have been amazed at how she combines physical therapy and mind body restoration through yoga. As her patient, I have enjoyed results that I was unable to achieve with traditional physical therapy alone. Rachel has also expanded my awareness as a physical therapist by teaching me that there is more than one way to reach my goals of living a pain free, active lifestyle.”

Kim Bell DPT, CSCI, CWMI – Doctor of Physical Therapy

Douglas W. Grinnell

March 10, 2010

I am a physical fitness nut; a marathon runner; a triathlete; an endorphin junkie; and a very busy attorney in a stressful practice.

I had always thought of yoga as something like meditation. No time for that. But when an injury sidelined me for several months my physical therapist recommended a yoga session with Rachel. What could I lose?

From the very first yoga session with Rachel, I was hooked. The benefits of yoga became self-evident immediately. I couldn’t believe the physical challenges to which this quiet, calm, easy-going yoga instructor gently pushed me. I couldn’t believe the utter relaxation that followed every session. Soon I was showing my yoga poses and positions to friends and co-workers, and getting them into sessions with Rachel, all of whom were likewise amazed by the benefits of Rachel’s instructions.

Rachel is not only a great yoga instructor, but a certified Thai massage therapist as well. Depending on a student’s physical condition Rachel may mix different yoga styles with certain Thai message techniques. Rachel tailors each session to the particular needs of her clients.

I leave every session with Rachel both invigorated and relaxed, ready to take on the world!

Douglas W. Grinnell – Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC

Lyn S. Granger

March 5, 2010

“I have had a wonderful time experiencing the world of yoga in Rachel’s classes. She makes sure everyone is challenged, encouraged yet unintimidated. I have invited several friends to join these classes and without exception they have enjoyed them as well. We even started a class at our workplace which is a highlight of the week. Rachel offers the added bonus of being a licensed physical therapist. For those in the class who are dealing with injuries or physical challenges, this allows them to safely improve fitness. I also enjoy the physical nature of Rachel’s instruction. I have more muscle tone and upper body strength now, after only a few months, than I have through any other workout regime. I say, “Go for it, you’ll have a blast!”

Lyn S. Granger Principal | Vista Grande Elementary School

Stephen Lynch

March 2, 2010

I highly recommend Rachel Krentzman for anyone suffering from chronic back and neck pain. Over the span of 51 years, I have accumulated neck and back pain from stress, poor posture, and a few auto accidents. Chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage would relieve this pain in the past. However, these modalities just would not relieve the symptoms in the last several months.

I attended Rachel’s yoga class to see if this would help with my pain. I went away from this class knowing I found the right teacher.  I decided to take private sessions with Rachel to target the areas I was having trouble in. I can say with no doubt now this was the best way for me to address my problems.

Rachel created a program specifically for me. It includes stretches and exercises which are easy for me to do, do not take much time, and have very powerful results. It is interesting that several other healing modalities promised relief through their services.  Rachel indicated from the beginning it would take my OWN efforts to heal (which is the real truth).

Now I have relief from my pain. My next step will be to integrate the program Rachel taught me into my every day life. I am also thankful my physical practice is in tune with a spiritual practice (one of reverence and appreciation).

Stephen Lynch – M.Ed. Resource Specialist, Special Education San Diego City Schools

Barabara Brandon

March 1, 2010

I started taking yoga classes with Rachel to see if there would be any significant improvement in my martial arts techniques. Increased flexibility has not only bettered my techniques but practicing yoga has raised my overall energy level.

Rachel carefully tailors every session to meet each student’s individual needs. I look forward to my yoga sessions; they leave me feeling great!

Barabara Brandon – Yoga enthusiast for life

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