Contact Us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right. 

511 Saxony Place
Encinitas, CA, 92024
United States

(858) 248 2272

Reach your potential with a unique blend of Physical Therapy, Yoga Therapy, Massage and Essential Oils in Encinitas, CA with Doctor Alison McLean, DPT, ERYT, HHP, C-IAYT.

moonlight colors.jpg


Yoga Wall Training! Last chance for early bird pricing.

Alison McLean


Just wanted to remind you the early bird pricing deadline for the Yoga Wall Training ends today! Why would you choose to take a Yoga Wall Training?

Have you ever encountered a student with a limitation in mobility, strength or flexibility? How about a student that has difficulty accessing ideal ailment in a pose? Or a student that has difficulty tapping into the parasympathetic, the relaxation, part of the nervous system? How about for yourself? Do you know how to reverse aging in your spine?

The Yoga Wall is a prop just like any other prop in Yoga. It’s useful to assist a student in achieving results they would not be able to on their own at that moment in time. Also, the therapeutic applications are endless and efficient. In this training you will learn how to teach a full yoga Wall class, as well as learn set up on the Wall and reasons why you might choose to use the Wall therapeutically in a 1:1 session.

 Yoga Wall Training

Yoga Wall Training

For example, in the pose pictured we are working on thoracic side bending, a difficult mobility position to achieve without the use of the Wall, especially while in traction!! Build your diversity as a teacher to enable yourself to help more students effectively. For more details, and to register head click on Prana’s website. The Yoga Wall is the one tool I use most frequently in my patients sessions, and for myself therapeutically. The benefit of this training is you will receive knowledge from two experienced Yoga Therapeutics teachers who have been teaching on the Yoga Wall for several years.

prana wall 18.jpg

If you have questions just respond to this email. Hope to see you in a few weeks!




But, Physical Therapy Didn't Work!

Alison McLean

“I tried physical therapy in the past and it didn’t work for me”. “I’m not sure physical therapy works…”

I hear these statements all the time. Let me tell you this, if you are believing them you are only hurting yourself. Let me tell you why. Just like there are so many different yoga teachers and styles of yoga here in San Diego, there are different types and styles of physical therapy. What works for someone might not work for you. Unfortunately quality of physical therapy clinics varies as well, as some clinics have high volume of patients just to keep the doors open because insurance reimbursements are so low. It’s why I do not accept insurance at Ignite. But, let’s talk about how physical therapy can help.

The key is to find a therapist who will listen to your problems, limitations in life due to your issue, and then work a solution around your answers. Not, just give you the same exercises they gave to the person before you because the answer is based solely on a physical issue.

In my opinion physical therapy is more than just the exercises. It’s creating a lifestyle change that helps to heal your issue, and prevent future occurrences. It takes work and effort on your part, and it’s not like a light switch. For example, very rare does it occur that suddenly after three visits a patient will wake up with no pain forever more. No, the work is more like a dimmer slowly dialing back intensity and frequency of pain, while dialing up more periods of relief with consistency of work and effort. And, most likely there will be the occasional set back, or days when your pain or discomfort catches you by surprise. It’s part of the process of on going evaluation, analyzing and listening to your body. IT NEVER ENDS. That’s right I said it. Taking care of yourself will never end. It’s why often when you stop physical therapy or taking care of yourself cold turkey, you end up with an issue again several months or years down the road. I’m not saying you will always be in pain or discomfort, I’m saying the maintenance work never ends. It’s best to change your mindset about this, so you can remain pain free. To stay this way is going to be work, effort, money and time. But, it’s best to invest in yourself now. Do fun things like receive bodywork, or hang out on the Yoga Wall, schedule a 1:1 session, go to workshops- usually enjoyable activities vs. an emergent surgery where you have no choice with an undesirable long rehab road because you waited to take action too long on a nagging issue, and it came back to bite you.

 Students investing in themselves last Saturday at Prana during the Release Tension workshop

Students investing in themselves last Saturday at Prana during the Release Tension workshop

We take care of our cars every so often- fill the tires, go in for oil changes and maintenance, car washes etc. We hardly ever plan to check in with the mechanic of our body a few times a year (except if you have been to my office and are a loyal patient- you guys rock!!). My patients that succeed in feeling good the majority of the time and more importantly are able to participate in life the way the want, are those that are on some type of maintenance plan. Whether that be a once a month visit, every 6 weeks, or every quarter. If you know me you know I practice what I preach here. You will see me in yoga classes, workshops, my therapists offices. It’s how I keep feeling good despite obstacles I’ve had.

You will never regret making the decision to invest in yourself, it will pay off more than you think it will. But, can you afford not to invest??

If you are a skeptic of physical therapy sign up for a free consult here so I can listen to your doubts:

If we are not a good fit, so be it, but I would rather invest my time freely to try to help you if I can.

In health,


PS- for more ideas on how to take responsibility for your health watch this interview with Tina Dicky on “Living without Excuses”