Helping Women Take CONTROL of Their Bodies
You’re In Control Business Spotlight
Photographer / Jim Hunt
Tara Galles, a registered occupational therapist who specializes in pelvic floor therapy, has a goal. She strives to help every client of her business, You’re In Control, to feel like a natural woman again. Recently, the facility has moved to a larger location in order to accommodate the demand for restorative fitness classes and additional physical therapy services.
Galles, who holds a master’s degree in occupational therapy and has advanced training in women’s pelvic floor rehabilitation, originally opened You’re In Control in May of 2019. It offers noninvasive, conservative and effective treatment options to adult women who suffer embarrassing and often painful symptoms due to issues in the pelvis area. When functions of muscles, ligaments, tissues and joints are restored, issues such as back pain, endometriosis and bladder leakage are resolved.
“You’re In Control is for women of all ages who are tired of living with problem pain,” Galles says. “Many women have issues that are never 100% fixed and resort to living with joint pain, back pain, gynecological pain, or even wearing diapers. Scar issues or injury from past surgeries, breast cancer or even childbirth are common causes of pain and dysfunction in women. Traditional rehabilitation protocols are based on men’s bodies, and women’s bodies are different. You’re in Control offers an approach to therapy specifically geared to help women with their physical health and fitness needs.”
A restorative fitness boutique is now another facet of You’re In Control. Galles has been involved in fitness for 25 years both as a fitness instructor and athlete. However, classes offered are not meant for aerobics or training elite athletes but instead are for women who just want to be in control of their own body. There are a variety of private and semi-private fitness options. Each women-only class is tailored to meet the specific needs of the participants and include yoga, kettlebell weight training, barre and interval training. Specialty classes include TRX bodyweight training, Pilates and aerial yoga. The largest class accommodates up to eight people and the most private option is one-on-one training.
“Some women, such as those dealing with swelling or back pain, are unable to take traditional fitness classes,” Galles adds. “They do not thrive in fitness environments that typically train for strength and speed but not balance. It’s not always increased strength that women need but mobility and control. It doesn’t matter how strong you are if you are in pain. And if you are in pain, it’s hard to move.”
Due to her training, Galles has knowledge of the functional movement patterns that are involved with exercise. Athletic movement theory revolves around men’s bodies but women regulate abdominal pressure and muscle forces differently. Training female bodies as men’s can lead to conditions such as female genital prolapses, knee or hip pain, and even bowel or bladder leakage.
“A lot of women’s bodies are worn down from years of training their body as a man’s,” Galles says.
Galles is cognizant of anatomical differences and thus, knows the correct exercise needed in a woman’s restorative journey.
“Most women come in with a goal,” she says. “For instance, they are planning a family vacation and want to be able to hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. We help each woman meet that goal through our restorative fitness services, therapy, or both.”
“I’ve never had anyone who came to You’re In Control and not get better,” Galles adds. “Women get the help they need here in a personalized and private environment. They learn how to take control of their bodies.”
Call Tara Galles at 765-319-8420 to schedule a restorative fitness consultation or therapy appointment today.