Physical Therapy Madison Shannon Kunstman

Traditional Physical Therapy Roots with a Wholistic Approach to Health and Well-being

My training and experience as a Physical Therapist creates a grounded and scientific foundation for evaluating and addressing health concerns and goals. Experience has also taught me that addressing our physical health alone is only one aspect of the health and wellness of our entire being. Our body is an expression of our mind, our history, our spirit and our purpose in life. Addressing the body as a machine to be fixed, without listening to these other aspects of the self is an incomplete and fragmented approach to health. Similarly, addressing the mind or the spirit without listening to the body is also incomplete. Below, you can learn about the various approaches that I offer to support your whole health and well-being.

“Health is not simply the absence of illness. 

Real health is the will to overcome every form of adversity and use even the worst of circumstances as a springboard for new growth and development. 

Simply put, the essence of health is the constant renewal and rejuvenation of life”

— Daisaku Ikeda

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2 Holding Space Awareness In Motion

Holding Space

4 Integrative Bodywork Physical Therapy

Integrative Bodywork

5 Embodied Awareness Practices

Embodied Awareness Practice

3 Wholistic Movement Therapy

Wholistic Movement Therapy

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Spiritual Direction

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Health & Wellness Guidance

Is Awareness in Motion Right for You?

All Are Welcome to Awareness in Motion

If you are interested in a wholistic approach to your health and well-being, life, and/or spirituality, you may benefit from working with Awareness in Motion. Who should try Awareness in Motion?

  • Those living with pain
  • People searching for stress reduction or less tension in your life
  • Those who have sustained and are healing from injury or trauma
  • Those living with acute or chronic injury or dis-ease
  • You are recovering post-surgery, or planning for surgery
  • Anyone in the midst of a life change
  • Anyone in the process of healing and transformation
  • People exploring their spirituality, purpose or meaning
  • People who imagine a new way of being


Since a more wholistic approach to health includes care of the mind, body and spirit, the benefits can be of a wide range and may include:

  • Relief of body aches and pain
  • Ease and Freedom of movement
  • Relaxation
  • Decreased stress and tension
  • Grounding and stability in mind and body; a felt sense of Embodiment
  • Clarity, calm and stillness
  • Release of old thought or behavioral patterns
  • Improved sense of well-being
  • Clarity of Purpose and Meaning
  • Personal Healing and Transformation
  • Greater Compassion of self and others
  • Connection to yourself, others, the world around you and the larger mystery

Overview of Session

We will meet, and start where you are at. We will have time to share your story, your goals, your desires for health and well-being. We will listen to that “inner nudge” that is asking you to attend and take care of yourself. Based on your interests and desires, we will develop a plan that may include bodywork, movement, contemplative conversation, or guidance in a health plan. You will also develop a “tool kit” of practices that you can perform in your day to day life that will empower you in supporting your own health and well-being.

Sessions at Awareness in Motion are complimentary to your other health and wellness practices, such as traditional Healthcare and Physical Therapy, exercise programs, yoga, meditation or psychotherapy, acupuncture, energy work, etc.

Evidence Based Practice-curiosity & Passion for Learning

Evidence Based Practice is based on: (1) Best Evidence (research); (2) Patient Values and; (3) Clinical Experience. I base my practice on these three aspects, which means I must be continually learning and listening, not only to science and research, but what my clients value and experience.

I have a passion for learning. I continue to take many classes, read, study and research to learn, not only what is being researched and discovered, but also the wisdom held in ancient practices. I believe in scientific rigor and research, yet also hold space for the mystery and potential of what is unknown or that we do not fully understand. My clients are continually teaching me through their experiences and wisdom. I am continually surprised and educated by the insight or healing that arises when the client values and needs lead the way. This all continues to keep my practice current, grounded and curious.

CDC Best Practices for COVID-19

To help ensure the safety of clients, practitioner, and our families, the following CDC recommendations and best practices are being observed by Awareness in Motion, LLC.

Preparing for your visit:

  • If you have any of the following symptoms, please reschedule, even if it is the day of your appointment. If in doubt, please call me.
    • Fever (100 degrees or higher) and/or chills
    • Shortness of breath
    • Dry cough
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Fatigue, weakness, muscle pain
    • Loss of taste and/or smell
    • Sneezing, watery eyes or sinus pain/pressure that is unusual and not related to seasonal allergies.
  • If a family member, or anyone you have been in contact with has these symptoms now, or in the last 14 days, please reschedule.
  • Please check your temperature before you come to your appointment
  • Please wear your own mask to your appointment
  • Please do not bring other people with you unless we have made prior arrangements.
  • When you arrive, please use on of the bathrooms in the building to wash your hands with soap and water before your session. A bathroom is available straight forward from the front door.

Office Preparations and Procedures for your safety:

  • Chairs are six feet apart.
  • Hand sanitizer is accessible to clients.
  • Client visits have been reduced and time is scheduled between client visits to eliminate overlap and gathering
  • All sessions will be scheduled for one hour unless scheduled otherwise.
  • A Mask will be worn by the provider.
  • All surfaces, tables, door handles are washed and disinfected between every client visit.
  • All linens are washed after every client and treatment tables disinfected.
  • Provider will monitor her own temperature throughout the day.

* Please call or email us immediately if you feel ill, have been in contact with someone who is ill, or find out someone you have been in contact with becomes diagnosed with COVID-19.

* Please have patience during this time as policies and situations could change on a daily basis.

* We are all figuring out the best way stay well while we move about the world during this time.  If you have any questions about your care at Awareness in Motion, please do not hesitate to contact me via phone or email.

Shannon's work with clients is multi-dimensional and includes attention to body, mind and spirit. The particular value in this integration is the ability to see the body in a new way, enabling healing at a deeper level. Each session has been a dynamic combination of modalities that addresses underlying imbalances. She is deeply perceptive and seems to have a "sixth sense" about what is most needed in the moment. All of her work is interlaced with loving concern for her clients.
— Chris W.