Physical Therapy, Yoga Therapy and Private Yoga Appointments

Happy & Well is a boutique, integrative physical therapy and yoga therapeutics clinic offering evidence-based, holistic:
  • * One-on-one physical therapy (informed by the principles and practices of yoga),
  • * Yoga therapy or private yoga sessions
  • * Meditation and qigong private sessions
  • * Therapeutic mat pilates

Our practitioners: 

Our practitioners are highly trained and sought-after experts in therapeutic movement, anatomy and biomechanics and in marrying the practices of yoga to modern movement science.  We treat and train the whole person, mind body and spirit.  


We are located directly across from the National Zoo in Washington, DC (between Woodley Park and Cleveland Park metro stops) at 3000 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 434 (North Entrance! 3000 Connecticut has 2 entrances so go to the one in this picture — the north one), Washington, DC 20008 on the West side of the street.Physical Therapy Office

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a prescription?

No. In the District of Columbia, physical therapists have “direct access”, which means you may be treated without a prescription from a medical doctor for physical therapy. If you have made progress within 30 days, you may continue to see that physical therapist without a prescription.

Please note, if you seek out-of-network reimbursement from your insurer, check with your insurer to see if they require a doctor’s prescription for physical therapy.

Yoga Therapy is not a licensed profession and therefore does not require a prescription in any state.

How quickly Can I be seen?

Online bookings can be made as little as 24 hours in advance using the Book Appointment links. If you don’t see your desired time, you may add yourself to the wait list. For last-minute appointment requests, please email

Do You Accept My Insurance?

We are out of network for all insurance plans, though you may request reimbursement from your insurance company using our invoices, which are formatted for this purpose. 

We accept payments from most Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA) cards.

What Is a Session Like? 

Appointments are either 60 or 90 minutes one-on-one with your practitioner in a private room.

Unlike in larger health care settings, you will not share your time with other patients or clients. You will receive the undivided attention of your practitioner. 

Advantages of Private Physical Therapy

If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), or a high deductible and are unsure whether you will meet your deductible in a given year, private physical therapy may be a great deal for you to get quality one-on-one care (while knowing exactly what you will spend before the session starts).

Sessions are longer, and you typically need fewer overall appointments. This saves you time and money, and can get you back to the activities you love faster.

For those with frequent travel schedules or inability to attend physical therapy frequently (more than 1x/week), private physical therapy sessions offer significant time advantages.  

What is Yoga Therapy?

“[Yoga therapy is] the use of the techniques of yoga to create, stimulate, and maintain an optimum state of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.” – Judith Lasater. Yoga asana, breathing and meditation techniques may be some of the forms of practice in yoga therapy. 

Yoga therapy is not a substitute for medical care. If you are in pain, please begin with a physical therapy evaluation or be under the care of a licensed medical professional. 

Why meditation?

Whether you are experiencing physical pain, or the regular ups and downs of life, meditation can help right the raft and lower inflammation. Developing a meditation practice that works specifically for your needs is a fundamental component of optimal health.   

What is qigong?

Qigong is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation that has roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts. Qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi), translated as “life energy”, and promotes the overall flow of energy and total health.

How to Get Here

Public Transportation

Accessible via Metro Red line – half-way between the Woodley Park and Cleveland Park Metro Stations, Woodley Park Circulator, and/or L1 and L2 buses). Please note, we are approximately a 12 minute walk north from Woodley Park Metro, and a 12 minute walk south from Cleveland Park Metro (each is about a half mile distance). For cross-town transport, we are a 12 minute walk from the H4 bus stop near Cleveland Park Metro (east or west) and same distance from the westbound H2 bus stop (the eastbound stop is 1 block further north on Connecticut). 

Driving Directions

From the north (Maryland, upper Northwest DC), simply take Connecticut Ave south. About 0.4 miles after you pass Cleveland Park, we are located on the right hand side, directly across from the National Zoo. From the south (Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, etc), simply take Connecticut Ave north. We are 0.4 miles past the Woodley Park Metro Station and on the same block as Starbucks across from the National Zoo.  Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 11.43.08 AM


 We regret there is no commercial parking lot available for 3000 Connecticut Ave NW. Street Parking is easy to find within a few blocks. Please note that parking on Connecticut Avenue is very limited during both morning and afternoon rush-hour (starting at 4pm). However, you  are very likely to find parking behind the building on the west side of Connecticut. To get there, the BEST route is to turn WEST on Cathedral Ave NW, and if you don’t see anything, take a right on 28th St NW. 

Conditions treated

Dr. Ariele Foster treats all orthopedic conditions from toes to nose as well as Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo (BPPV — which often needs just 1-2 treatments). Ariele has a special interest in:

  • healing yoga injuries, returning patients to yoga after injury or illness,
  • healing low back / Sacrum / SI joint pain
  • hip injuries including acetabular labral tears, FemeroAcetabular Impingement (FAI) and early arthritis
  • shoulder injuries, including impingement, rotator cuff tendonitis / tendonopathy, 
  • hypermobility and Ehlers-Danlos.

That said, she has never treated a knee that wasn’t connected to the rest of a body. Her main interest is creating optimal whole body health and musculoskeletal well-being, consistent with the tenants of yoga,  regardless of whether the patient has a formal “yoga” practice.


Treatment style & Techniques

 Ariele is a hands-on physical therapist and will be highly specific with exercise prescription. Most patients benefit from functional myofascial release, which might involve cupping therapy (made famous by Michael Phelps and other Olympians) or deep tissue release using hands or tools. Many times, gentle joint re-alignment is also utilized, followed by targeted individualized exercises for both in clinic and at home.

Her main continuing education background for physical therapy includes study of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Core First Strategies, Functional Mobilization I and II, Pelvic Girdle Puzzle, Dynamic Foot and Ankle (IPA courses), Functional Movement Patterns and FMS Certification (Gray Cook), Myofascial Release Technique (via Tom Myers’ courses) and Advanced Shoulder Rehabilitation with the physio for the U.S. Tennis Team. She has also mentored with advanced Certified Functional Manual Therapists and practitioners of Postural Restoration Technique, and is active in teaching and taking continuing ed courses for yoga teachers.

Ariele also teaches anatomy for yoga teacher trainings, and has helped resolve a variety of yoga injuries and physical conundrums on the yoga mat for yoga teachers and beginning yoga students. 

Physical Therapy students: Are you enrolled in a DPT program and interested in merging yoga or holistic health with your physical therapy career? Dr. Ariele Foster accepts students for affiliations or clinical rotations. Please email with your clinical dates.

* Please refrain from wearing fragrances to your appointment


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