Leslie Putt, MPT, CZB
Leslie Putt is a licensed Physical Therapist and a Certified Zero Balancing Practitioner. Leslie draws from a deep and expansive well of training in several powerful mind-body-movement modalities. A strong orthopedic and manual therapy background is foundational in her work with body structure, while advanced training in Zero Balancing, CranioSacral, Biodynamic CranioSacral therapies, Associative Awareness Technique and Tai Chi for Rehabilitation bring depth and skill to the subtle energy systems of the body.
Offering an integrative, full-body therapeutic approach, Leslie uses skilled touch to address the relationship between the structures of the body and the body’s vital energy, allowing for the release of tension, energy blockages, offering relief from dysfunction. Symptoms from blocked or excessive energy may include headaches, backaches, fatigue, and depression. Problems related to stress include tension, insomnia, and nervousness. With Leslie’s treatment approach, you will experience a deeper sense of relaxation and increased vitality — facilitating relief from symptoms and a heightened sense of well-being.
Leslie is also a certified spiritual director, offering deep listening and sacred companionship to those actively seeking deepening their relationship with themselves and evolving their understanding of the spiritual aspects of their lives. Her background and ongoing study include spiritual psychology, interfaith ritual and studies, the Enneagram and centering prayer. In the winter months, Leslie can be found in the desert of Southern Arizona, helping facilitate Contemplative Outreach 8-day silent retreats.
Leslie is passionate about the healing and transformational aspects of the human journey. She combines her working knowledge to assist you towards optimal health and well-being through the body, mind and spirit.
“The natural healing force in each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates
Services I Provide
Physical therapists are health care professionals who help patients/clients maintain, restore, and improve movement, activity, and functioning, thereby enabling optimal performance and enhancing health, well-being, and quality of life. Physical therapist services prevent, minimize, or eliminate impairments of body function and structure, activity limitations, and participation restrictions.
Physical therapists play a unique role in society in prevention, wellness, fitness, health promotion, and management of disease and disability by serving as a dynamic bridge between health and health services delivery for individuals and populations. This means that although physical therapists are experts in rehabilitation and habilitation, they also have the expertise and the opportunity to help individuals and populations improve overall health and prevent the need for avoidable health care services. Physical therapists’ roles may include education, direct intervention, research, advocacy, and collaborative consultation. These roles are essential to the profession’s vision of transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.
Physical therapist practice is based on a biopsychosocial model of health. This model reflects the dynamic interactions among health conditions, functioning, environment, and personal factors that influence an individual’s health and well-being.
The biopsychosocial model states that the workings of the body can affect the mind, and the workings of the mind can affect the body.
Leslie Putt, MPT, CZB is a physical therapist who provides multiple services engaging body, mind, and spirit at Optimal You.
Increases feelings of health and well-being
Zero Balancing induces a state of deep rest that allows you to feel truly relaxed, renewed and well. Regular Zero Balancing sessions may help you to feel more vital and alive.
Releases stress and improves the flow of energy in our bodies
Did you know that bones and other connective tissue actually conduct energy? Zero Balancing helps to free the flow of energy in the musculoskeletal system to help relieve stress and boost your body’s natural energy.
Reduces pain and discomfort
Blocks in the body’s energy often lead to imbalance, discomfort and pain. Zero Balancing helps open stuck areas in the body’s natural shock absorbers: the tarsal bones in the arches of the feet, the joints where the ribs meet the spine, the neck, the hips and the sacrum. Once these areas are free, pain can release.
Enhances stability, balance and freedom
Zero Balancing helps to create a wonderful feeling of inner and outer balance, alignment and organization. When your body is clear and balanced and your posture is aligned, you can move with freedom.
Amplifies the sense of connection, peace and happiness
Zero Balancing is deeply satisfying. Often during a session, you experience a sense of expansiveness, peace and contentment.
Releases mental, emotional and physical tension
Zero Balancing works on multiple levels to release tissue-held memory and tension patterns that may be affecting your mental, emotional and physical states.
Supports us through transitions and transformations
A Zero Balancing session supports positive changes in behavior or attitude by giving you the chance to state your personal goals for change – which then become the focus of the session. With the ZB practitioner’s attention and touch, energy is realigned so that old patterns can drop away and resistance to change subsides.
Improves quality of life and increases capacity for enjoyment
Zero Balancing helps us to feel better equipped to handle daily pressures. Many people who receive Zero Balancing on a regular basis find themselves more joyful and satisfied in both personal and work relationships.
Leslie Putt, MPT, CZB , provides Zero Balancing services at Optimal You.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.
Few body structures have more influence over your health and well-being than your central nervous system. And few body systems have more impact on your central nervous system than the craniosacral system -the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord.
Every day you endure stresses and strains and your body absorbs them. But your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord.
Unfortunately, this can compromise the function of the central nervous system and the performance of nearly every other system in your body.
CranioSacral Therapy releases those tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. Using a gentle touch – starting with about the weight of a nickel – practitioners evaluate your internal environment. Then they use distinctive light-touch techniques to release any restrictions they find.
By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, CranioSacral Therapy naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease, and enhances your health and well-being.
And because it’s so gentle, CranioSacral Therapy can be effective for all ages, from newborns to elders.
Leslie Putt, MPT, CZB provides CranioSacral Therapy at Optimal You.
Associative Awareness Technique
Associative Awareness Technique™ is a treatment approach specifically designed around the neuroscience of trauma and resultant chronic conditions. AAT™ is different in that it is specifically designed to treat the cause of your chronic condition(s). AAT™ creates balance within your nervous system, which controls all aspects of your body. This process teaches your brain to be less physically reactive to stress, pain, anxiety, negative thoughts and/or memories, all of which significantly reduces or eliminates your chronic symptoms. AAT™ is a 6 step treatment process designed around the science of trauma and resultant chronic conditions. AAT™ addresses the 3 parts of your brain that are responsible for maintaining your chronic condition and will restore homeostasis to the Central Nervous System. You can learn and perform all 6 steps using our simple to follow home program or you can be treated by your AAT™ trained medical professional.
Leslie Putt, MPT, CZB, provides Associative Awareness Technique services at Optimal You.
Spiritual direction is the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the divine, or to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality. The person seeking direction shares stories of his or her encounters of the divine, or how he or she is cultivating a life attuned to spiritual things. The director listens and asks questions to assist the directee in his or her process of reflection and spiritual growth. Spiritual direction advocates claim that it develops a deeper awareness with the spiritual aspect of being human, and that it is not psychotherapy, counseling, or financial planning.
Leslie Putt, MPT, CZB provides Spiritual Direction services at Optimal You.
“Mindfulness” describes a mental state of nonjudgmental attention to and awareness of the present moment -- along with calm acknowledgment of feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations as they arise. Mindfulness can also describe a type of meditation practice which cultivates this awareness, a quality all human beings possess.
According to Mindful.org, “mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”
Mindfulness meditation comes from early Buddhist traditions over 2500 years old, developed to foster
- clear thinking
- open-heartedness, and
- the alleviation of suffering
Despite its Buddhist origins, mindfulness meditation requires no special religious or cultural belief system. In fact, Jon-Kabat-Zinn PhD is internationally known for bringing these practices to the West – creating a research-based program called “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction” that has benefited people from all walks of life. This program has been a helpful ancillary form of treatment for many patients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, anxiety, psoriasis, and other chronic conditions caused or exacerbated by modifiable lifestyle factors.
As one aim of mindfulness is to take greater responsibility for one’s life choices, it may both strengthen one’s internal resources for optimizing health, and evoke greater engagement with one’s health care too.
Ample research documents effectiveness of mindfulness practices in avoiding relapse in depression, addictions, and also in many forms of anxiety. Studies of its applications in trauma survivors are underway as well. Some forms of psychotherapy which use these practices include Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention. It is not a panacea, though. Psychiatrists and therapists keep aware of potential pitfalls with certain types of people, conditions, and timing. For instance, actively psychotic patients may worsen with long periods of silence in an extended mindfulness retreat. Once symptoms remit though, the person may be well able to participate and benefit from such programs.
Mindfulness can be taught as part of formal meditation practice, and also as integrated into everyday life situations. It isn’t about changing what you think or feel – but about becoming gradually more aware of these things in a moment-to-moment way. Through mindfulness practice, you can develop a wiser and more compassionate relationship with your own mind and body. This pays dividends not only in how you feel personally, but also in the quality of your relationships with others.
All Optimal You professionals apply some form of mindfulness principles or practice in their work.