About Innovative Therapy P.C.

We train you to transform your pain and movement limitations into power moves.

Mary Thomas PT, owner of Innovative Therapy P.C. and proprietor of the BODi Power System, graduated from the University of Montana Physical Therapy School in 1989, with honors. She received the outstanding health science award in 1983-84 and in 1989 received the University of Montana President’s award for Outstanding research. In 1998 she opened her own physical therapy practice focusing on pain issues and difficult orthopedic cases. She proceeded to study lymphatics and lymphedema and began working with post-cancer clients to improve their quality of life following the challenges of cancer treatment. She has experience with infants and children all the way to individuals over 90. If her client has the will, she finds a way.

In her free time, she enjoys playing the cello and keyboard, reading, dancing, and hiking.

More About Mary

Mary Thomas, PT

When I was a little girl, I loved to move. I didn’t read books like other kids, I performed them!  I would literally stand in my yard and act out the pictures in my books.  As soon as I was old enough, I joined the dance team, swim team, and started taking gymnastics lessons. I relentlessly chased the power and freedom I felt from dancing, diving and flying through the air during practices and performances. I felt like a superhero. I poured my heart and soul into developing my athleticism every day before and after school. I went to bed exhausted and sore, but happy because I knew it meant I was moving toward greatness and becoming something more.  I would fall asleep visualizing my performances and I couldn’t wait to wake up to get back at it.

During my Junior year of high school, I decided to study physical therapy. The thought of helping others return to moving well lit me up with passion. I didn’t care what it would take, I just knew I had to do it.

“My professor, who was also my physician became concerned about my obvious decline in health.”

Soon after I began my journey toward becoming a Physical Therapist, my muscles started to ache more and more severely, but not because I was improving. I was becoming ill. My body was no longer performing like it used to. I continued athletics as much as my body would allow for a few years. What began as a painful confusion quickly turned into a nightmare I couldn’t wake up from.

My professor who was also my physician became concerned about my obvious decline in health. She told me I needed to stop doing what I loved. She said I needed to quit ballet and recommended I drop out of PT school. This crushed me to the core.  I felt like an accordion all collapsed and put in a case.  The one thing that filled me with passion and got me out of bed every day was ripped away and I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what was wrong with me, neither did the physicians, no one had an answer.  Making matters worse, I blamed myself.

I followed through with my schooling and became a Physical Therapist eventually.  Things were going as well as they could, but my health declined much faster than expected for an individual with a very healthy lifestyle. I coped with repeated infections and other health problems.  After 32 years, 17 surgeries and 23 invasive procedures, I could no longer move without pain and fear. I eventually lost the ability to work.  I was diagnosed with disseminated Lyme’s disease. The doctors said that there was no cure at this point and shifted away from treating me and told me they would make me comfortable, without movement there was no way for me to be comfortable.  My passion had been stripped from me.  I was dying.

I found a teacher who said he could teach my immune system to stop “misbehaving”. It was unorthodox, to say the least, but I was willing to try anything. His system worked and stopped me from dying but I still wasn’t living.  I struggled to get out of a chair, use steps and pick something up off the floor.  Dancing and yoga were impossible.  I could walk a mile at a snail’s pace and frequently had to stop to rest.

I realized standard physical therapy methods were only taking me so far. I added yoga, chi gong, and ti chi, with these methods there were a few small changes, but not what I wanted. I began to use my body as a laboratory to test different concepts.  I focused on the movements I could do the easiest to restore my ability to move.  As I expanded and increased the movements I could do without pain and with comfort, a treatment system emerged. I went with my intuition and did the research to confirm or discredit my discoveries. I was getting faster results, with greater ease which lasted longer than anything I had done previously.

These self-treatments caused me soreness some days to the point of pain, but this was not the same pain I had been feeling for my entire adult life. This soreness overwhelmed me with happiness and gratitude because I was able to go to bed and know that the pain finally meant I was working toward greatness again and not just enduring pain and limitations because someone I saw as an authority figure told me I was as good as I was going to get.

            “I’ve dedicated myself to sharing my method with those who lost their ability to do what they love because I understand that to some people being able to move is everything.”

My journey taught me that impossible is not always permanent and that we set our own limitations. There are ways to peel back layers of frozen, seemingly permanent damage from our bodies with less effort and less time than we ever thought possible (trust me I’ve tried nearly everything). I’ve dedicated myself to sharing my method with those who lost their ability to do what they love because I understand that to some people being able to move is everything.

I want every person to know they can transition from functional limitations to power moves.  I love seeing individuals realize they have the power to be the change they want to see in their physical performance.  I share the knowledge in easy to follow steps.  It is my passion to bring the BODi Power System to every person who wants to move well, better than they ever thought possible.  I do this with integrity, teaching self-actualization and I make it fun!