Our professional, experienced and compassionate staff is committed to offering our clients the finest movement education available in Omaha, Nebraska.

Whether you're an athlete, performer, curious about the mind-body connection and how they can work together, or in need of comprehensive physical restoration, we want to work with you toward achieving your goals for freedom and ease in all that you do.

 

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Physical Therapy

Customized care designed to pinpoint and correct the underlying cause of your movement problems.

 
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Alexander Technique

Movement education to help you learn to move throughout your life with less tension and strain.

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Massage Therapy

Relax and release to prevent long-term tissue injuries. 

 
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Pilates

Individual and small group instruction available to improve your timing, breathing, mindfulness, strength, endurance and overall body control.

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acupuncture

Relax and release to prevent long-term tissue injuries. 

 
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Specialized Programs

Receive customized, activity-specific solutions for your movement needs.  Individual and workshop options available.

At Great Plains Pilates and Physical Therapy our approach to therapy is different from many clinics. We want to help you find and fix the underlying cause of your movement problems so you can get better and stay healthy.

To do this, every visit is scheduled for a full hour with our therapist, John Macy PT, PRC not an assistant or technician, to draw on his over 30 years of experience and training in the many causes of human movement dysfunction. He will analyze your overall movement patterns and dysfunctions and work with you to treat not just the specific problem you came in for, but to determine how your body was set up to have the injury or problem. He will then determine a treatment plan to restore you to your best and teach you what you can do for yourself to prevent future problems and how to treat them if they occur. Using this approach we have found our clients require far fewer visits than standard physical therapy interventions and get excellent results.

Payment is due at time of services. Many insurance plans cover Physical Therapy services, however Great Plains Physical Therapy does not participate in any plans (including Medicare) and does not accept assignment of benefits. Currently our rates are $150 for a one hour treatment. We will provide you with a receipt with all the information and codes needed if you wish to submit a claim to your insurance company for coverage. Please contact your insurance carrier for full information on your coverage and how to submit a claim to them.

We recognize that many people are not used to paying this way for healthcare but by doing so we are able to charge significantly less than the usual amount for Physical Therapy services and pass the savings on to you. In addition, this method allows us to do what is in your best interests only, not what the insurance company thinks you should have.

Massage therapy can be an important aspect of maintaining your optimal ability to move and prevent problems. By releasing tension and strain before long lasting tissue injury occurs you can keep small problems from becoming big ones. Massage also aids the mind in sensing more accurately where tension and strain is being created so you can change your own movement and take better care of yourself outside the massage session. If you have injuries massage improves circulation and better tissue rebuilding which speeds healing as well as diminishing pain. Our licensed massage therapists, Rita Corell, and Ann Ealy are trained in many techniques to analyze and work with your specific needs.

Acupuncture is an Asian healing practice that dates to the first century in China. The underlying concept is that energy flow in the body can become impeded or distorted leading to less than optimal functioning in a person. An acupuncturist will place very thin needles in the body to stimulate specific points to change how the energy is flowing and restore optimal flow. The decision to where to place the needles is determined by the acupuncturist after examining the client and looking for specific signs of the overall functioning of the person. Often the use of acupuncture is accompanied by other traditional Chinese medicine techniques such as cupping (where a slight vacuum is created over an area to draw more blood into it), moxibustion (burning of an herb over a point), specific massage techniques and herbal supplements for the client to consume.

Acupuncture is used for a variety of acute problems such as pain, injuries, or fevers, and for long term improvement of a person’s constitution in order to treat and prevent chronic problems. In the West research has primarily focused on using acupuncture for treating pain and nausea where it has been shown to be of benefit with these problems but it has also been used for treatment of insomnia, allergies and digestive issues as well as other chronic problems.

Over the centuries various areas of Asia such as Japan, Vietnam and Tibet have developed different styles and philosophies of acupuncture and herb use. In fact, the way acupuncture is practiced today in China is not the same as described in the ancient texts.

Many people get nervous at the idea of having needles placed in them because they think of getting a shot but acupuncture needle are not hypodermic needles – they don’t need to be so big as to have a hole in them to squirt medicine through. Consequently, acupuncture needles are thin as a cat’s whisker and very light and most people they feel very little when the needle is inserted and even less when it is removed. New, sterile needles are always used every time.

At Great Plains our acupuncturist Monica Barnard, LAc. is familiar with several styles of acupuncture and the other traditional methods that are used in conjunction with them and is able to adapt to the style that best suits your needs.

The Alexander Technique is method of teaching you how to move with more poise and ease. The result is that you learn how to do everything – from walking and exercising to speaking and even sitting – with less tension and strain. Over time this saves a large amount of wear and tear on your body’s structures and gives you more energy and stamina.

Used by performers and athletes for over a century, the Alexander Technique has begun to be recognized by medical researchers as a very effective adjunct to the treatment of back pain and other injuries.

Our instructor, John Macy PT,PRC, has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1982 to therapists, performers, athletes and the general public.

Visit AlexanderTechnique.com for more information about the Alexander Technique.

Great Plains Pilates is proud to continue the heritage of The Workout, the oldest full Pilates studio in Omaha, which in 1992 was the beginning of the studio we have evolved into today.

Many places say they teach Pilates but they only teach the movements developed by Joseph Pilates to large groups and don’t have the time or training to teach the full extent of this comprehensive approach to mind and body fitness.

Our approach is to teach only individuals and small groups so you can learn how to improve your timing, breathing, mindfulness, strength, endurance and overall body control. By using this approach our clients get the maximum benefits for their investment of time and money in practicing this enduring system of physical and mental training.

Our instructors, Connie Murtaugh and Stephanie Bell have many years of experience in teaching movement and exercise and continue to advance their abilities and skills by working with movement professionals across the country.

 

Performers, musicians, athletes, and many others have problems unique to their respective activities and not participating in their chosen area is not a realistic option. Assisting these clients requires a thoughtful analysis and activity specific interventions to allow them to function at their highest level, an approach we have been using for many years.

We have worked with concert musicians, yoga practitioners, performing artists and many different types of athletes to provide activity specific solutions to their problems. We can provide on site workshops and training for groups and teams in the setting where they can get the greatest benefit from our intervention.