Lori Batcheller LMT, MPT, MA, CYT-500 is a licensed massage therapist, licensed physical therapist, and certified Kripalu Yoga instructor with over 20 years of experience helping to reduce people’s stress and pain and improve health and well being.
Lori uses a gentle yet effective eclectic approach to inviting the body/mind to release restricted patterns. Committed to ongoing education, Lori has completed over 220 hours of instruction in Myofascial Release (MFR) (expert level) with John Barnes, PT and continues to take workshops to enhance her skills. She leads the Boulder/Denver MFR study group. Lori has completed several trainings in CranioSacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute and is certified in Medical Massage for the neck and back. She served as a teaching assistant for Kripalu’s School of Massage and taught massage and modalities for Fort Morgan Community College‘s Physical Therapy Assistant Program.
Prior to establishing her private practice in Boulder, CO in 2009, Lori worked at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health–the nation’s largest and most established center for yoga and health–where she offered massage and private yoga therapy in the Healing Arts Department, taught Guest Yoga, instructed writing and intentional collage workshops for Retreat & Renewal, and took dozens of workshops and trainings with world-renowned teachers in yoga and healing modalities including Somatic Mind/Body Therapy, Medical Intuition, Positional Release Therapy, Yoga Therapy, Chakra Yoga, and became a Reiki Master in the Usui tradition.
Lori received her master’s in physical therapy from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia (now Drexel) in 1986. She practiced in traditional medical settings for 10 years before shifting her focus to massage and manual therapies. Lori brings an extensive understanding of the body/mind to her holistic practice, including her personal experience recovering from two whiplash injuries through both traditional and alternative therapies and from three pelvic fractures through a gentle manual touch technique and yoga stretching and strengthening.
After receiving her 200-hour certification as a Kripalu Yoga teacher in 2004, Lori began teaching as part of Kripalu’s Guest Yoga team. She completed her 500-hour teaching certification and continued to teach at Kripalu until 2014. Currently, Lori teaches gentle yoga through the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation. Also a freelance writer with a master’s in Journalism and Mass Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Lori writes regularly about disabilities, seniors, yoga, and health and wellness, including articles for Health Perch, and Brain & Life (formerly Neurology Now). She is author of Journaling for Health: Writing Your Way to Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being and Alpine Achievement: A Chronicle of the United States Disabled Ski Team. She is also the creator of Journaling for Health, a CD of guided meditations for writing and relaxation.