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Why Health Coaching

Why Nervous System Regulation?

Alongside your healthcare team, Sabrina can help with ...

Insomnia

 Sabrina utilizes tools like NSDR, breathing techniques, aromatherapy and vagal nerve support to aid in deep relaxation and rest. Coaching and education around sleep hygiene also aid in creating the context for improved sleep. Clients learn tools to use when sleep is evasive and how to cope with the anxiety of lost sleep. 

Anxiety

Stress and anxiety can affect our relationships, our choices and the way we show up in every aspect of our lives. Sabrina educates clients so they better understand the mechanisms of anxiety within the body. Using interoceptive awareness built during sessions, clients can become  aware of triggers and when anxiety is moving beyond cognitive control. Clients learn orienting exercises, breathing techniques and nervous system regulation tools to manage anxiety when it arises. 

Digestion

With all the processed foods, stress and sedentary lifestyles that are key elements of our modern world many people suffer from digestive issues. This may manifest itself in bloating, chronic discomfort, formally diagnosed IBS, poor elimination and brain fog. Sabrina guides clients in understanding their sensitivities and how their nervous system affects their digestion to reduce triggers of digestive discomfort.

Maladaptive Stress Coping

There are many forms of maladaptive stress coping from stress eating to compulsive shopping, scrolling to substance abuse. Alongside any other necessary therapists, Sabrina guides clients to alternative coping tools for when stress becomes overwhelming. Education and experiential work in gentle movement, breathing exercises and mindfulness tools allow clients to feel empowered with healthy tools to manage stress. 

Hormonal Health

Sabrina is passionate about women's health issues and hormonal imbalance arising from nervous system dysregulation is an area of specialty. Prospective clients are welcome to read more about yoga therapy's efficacy for aiding in hormonal balance here. Supporting allostasis through concrete actions like breathing exercises, mindful movement and NSDR allows clients to create the context for hormonal balance in their bodies.

Reducing Risk of Comorbid 
Diseases

Chronic stress and anxiety has been proven to increase the risk of developing heart disease, obesity, diabetes and autoimmune diseases among other comorbid conditions. Sabrina's unique approach to stress management is informed by a biomedical approach and focuses on thoughtfully managing the nervous system and thus helping clients manage symptoms of diseases arising from or related to chronic stress with the assistance of a client's primary care provider. 

"I love working with Sabrina. I've gone to her classes at a different yoga studio and I really enjoyed her approach which is why I initially agreed to do the work with her. I really enjoy the combination of mind, body and spirit that she takes to yoga. Sabrina's so caring and really genuinely cares about the whole human being, not just the physical body and the work that she's doing. I'd highly recommend it to anyone."

- Ashley

"Having like an hour and a half every couple of weeks to really hone in ... and basically like evaluate my body and just look at it for what it is and also have a very kind view towards my body and acceptance, I think that's just so beneficial not just physically but also emotionally and mentally as well"

 

- Jaclyn 

Who is Nervous System Regulation For?

Highly Sensitive People

Highly Sensitive People (also known as HSPs) are individuals who have increased sensitivity of the central nervous system and a deeper cognitive processing of physical, social and emotional stimuli. Stress management techniques are deeply important for HSPs as they aid in regulating the nervous system and processing stimuli. Stress management helps HSPs to feel less overwhelmed, better equipped for daily life and more at ease in their body.

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What Do Sessions Consist Of?

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Sabrina's unique combination of education and training allows her to utilize several tools in therapeutic sessions. Tools and therapeutic frameworks most often used are:

  • Yoga therapy

  • Yoga Nidra (also known as Non-Sleep Deep Rest)

  • Mindfulness based stress reduction practices

  • Therapeutic breath work

  • Interoceptive awareness practice 

Sabrina puts a strong emphasis on evidence-based, non-invasive therapies. Her specialty is working alongside healthcare providers to support positive health outcomes for her clients. Read more about her scope of practice here.

Meet Sabrina
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Sabrina Joy, C-IAYT
Natural and Functional Nervous System Regulation Specialist

A recovering stress-aholic, Sabrina knows first-hand the damaging effects of chronic stress. After developing several health challenges as a result of chronic stress in college, Sabrina decided to change her life and educational journey to help people manage stress and find resilient peace. 

Sabrina Joy is a registered Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Meditation Instructor, Breathwork Therapist, Mindfulness Practitioner, and Clinical Aromatherapist who specializes in nervous system regulation. She studied culinary anthropology at Oregon State University and integrative nutrition at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She completed her master's level Yoga Therapy training at the Yoga Therapy Institute in Amsterdam. She has completed continuing education with Krishna Peter Perry, Noah Maze and the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. She is the host of the The Ahimsa Choice Podcast and consults for Lucas Rockwood of Yogabody.

 

If you’d like to work with Sabrina, book a free consultation below. 

 

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 More Testimonials

“I've struggled most of my life with anxiety and depression so when I felt myself slipping back into that dark place I knew I had to do something other than just continue along my path and do it alone. That's when I contacted Sabrina and she coached me with new ways to improve my eating habits, taught me how to rewire my thinking, and most importantly (because I don't know how I went so long without it) - she encouraged and taught me how to meditate. Thank you, Sabrina! You've seriously changed my life for the better! ”

— Julia L

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