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Meet Danielle Robichaud of Body Align in Hillcrest

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Robichaud.

Danielle, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
When I was younger, I had low back pain due to poor posture. When western medicine was only able to offer me a prescription drug Band-Aid, I sought out numerous massage and posture therapies and was impressed with this natural way of healing. It was then that I decided I wanted to help others out of their pain. I attended the International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB) and graduated in 2006 as a Holistic Health Practitioner with over 1000 hours of training. I relocated to Salt Lake City, UT, shortly after and began my career at a pain clinic where corrective exercise was also given to aid in rehabilitation. I found this to be a symbiotic relationship that allowed the patients to get better, quicker. Seeing these transformations made me want to offer some form of therapeutic movement to my clients so in 2009 I became certified in yoga through Salt Lake Community College and was mentored for the next 2 years by an Anusara (alignment-based yoga) teacher. In the years to come, scoliosis created debilitating rib and back issues that kept me out of work for weeks at a time. Knowing this could end my career, I decided to enroll at the Structural Integration Institute. This was a therapy of great interest to me and I knew that by attending, I would not only learn this effective modality, but I’d also receive the work throughout the intensive program and be able to restore health to my body. I graduated in 2012, healed and ready to share this amazing technique. Since 2015 I’ve been back in San Diego and doing just that. It’s been very rewarding helping people out of pain and sometimes even surgery. I feel fortunate to be able to offer this service to the community.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Having your own business is never a smooth road. The market is saturated with massage therapists, so when I was doing traditional massage it was difficult to separate myself from the rest when trying to obtain new clients. With an influx of discount prices devaluing the craft, it can be challenging for people to justify the price because the work is less respected. I also believe that there is still a stigma around massage being seen as a luxury and not actual therapy. We are encouraged to engage in preventative maintenance for all other areas of our being (internal, dental, vision, etc.), but not for our musculoskeletal system which most of us misuse every day. I’m looking forward to a time when bodywork is a more widely recognized and covered therapy and a better and safer alternative to opioids.

Please tell us about Body Align.
I specialize in Alignment Therapy for people with chronic pain or injury. It’s a technique derived from Structural Integration which focuses on fascia rather than muscle. Fascia is the thin webbing of connective tissue that covers everything – muscles, bones, organs, nerves, veins – and then everything all together from head to toe. When injury, repetitive stress, or postural misalignment occur, the fascia starts to bind causing it to not pull cleanly and possibly result in pain, muscle restriction, or further postural misalignment. My job is to release these restrictions and teach you how to maintain the work that’s been done through corrective exercises, self-care techniques and postural education. While the work alone will be quite helpful, I believe this well-rounded approach is what creates lasting change for people suffering from chronic pain. While trained as a structural integrator, I am not a purist. I’ve learned many modalities and find some to be more effective or appropriate for the client. When I engage a client whose condition I’m not familiar with, I find it to be a great opportunity to research and learn how to help them best.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory is catching minnows at the brook by my house with my brother.

Pricing:

  • $100/hr
  • $140/90 minutes
  • $180/ 2 hrs

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Image Credit:
Marie Haddad

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1 Comment

  1. Tara stowell

    November 5, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Danielle’s deserves this article! I’ve used Her services many times. She is professional and thoughtful. The results are immediate! I recommend her to everyone!

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