I’m Allison Wilmes and am so happy you’re visiting.
I started Wise Moves to help those suffering from low back and hip pain. My unique blend of holistic yoga and movement therapy is the result of many years of intensive training and practice in:
- breaking down and modifying traditional yoga postures to keep them safe and accessible for everyone
- re-establishing communication between the brain and muscles to change muscle tightness
- understanding the way our bones, muscles, and connective tissue work together
- seeing the unconscious movement patterns that lead to pain, and
- learning the best way to position the body to keep it pain-free.
I developed an exciting and innovative way of working with the natural actions of the legs and hips to release low back and hip pain, provide stability, and bring about fluid, coordinated movement. In addition, I use many of the tools of yoga, such as breath practices and mindfulness techniques, to assist in pain management.
Helping my clients return to an active, useful life puts the bounce in my step. Whether that means being able to work again with focus and energy, taking up hobbies that had been forsaken, or playing with the grandchildren, my clients find renewed enthusiasm and excitement when they can once again do what provides purpose and meaning in their life.
In addition to sharing my gifts to help people feel great again, I love to bike, kayak, and square dance with my husband, and play with our grandchildren. I can also be found in the garden or with a good book. And I just learned how to knit!
- Certified as a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists in 2016
- 1,000+ hour yoga therapy training through The International Soma Yoga Institute in Duluth, MN in 2014 (For more information about soma yoga, read my article: Somatics: The New Alignment Tool published in the July/August 2014 edition of Yoga Chicago)
- Over 300 hours of training with nationally recognized yoga teachers and therapists in alignment-based yoga and anatomy, pose modifications, fascial lines, and adaptive yoga for special populations
- Over 275 hours of apprenticeship in alignment-based therapeutics with master teacher Gabriel Halpern at Yoga Circle, Chicago 2007-2013
- 200 hour yoga teacher training through Eight Limbs Yoga in 2003