“I would just like to say how much fun it is to walk again every day! Your walking lessons were life changing for me. My muscles work together now, and I am so much more fluid, upright, and balanced in my movements. When I walk as you taught me, I don't have a care in the world.”
I use the word “exercise” sparingly, preferring instead to teach you how to nourish yourself with a steady diet of movement throughout your lifetime.
You’ll be better informed not only on what to do to take good care of your physical self, but how to think through therapeutic movement when you need it most. We’ll start with a postural assessment and re-education to make sure you’ve got a strong foundation for functional movement as we progress.
Truth is, exercise, as intentional movement, improves just about everything.
That includes your mood, whether you struggle with depression, anxiety, or day-to-day stress. Multiple studies have demonstrated that the effects of exercise can be equal to that of antidepressants for many people. Trouble is, when you’re most in need of movement and feeling down, getting yourself to exercise can be the toughest thing to do. I’ll help you get moving, so your vital life force energy can flow again, helping you to cross the bridge out of depression. In combination with psycho-emotional healing and nutritional support for improved mood, we’ve got powerful resources at hand to help with all the factors that keep depression in an otherwise unmovable state.
We only get one body, and yours is the vehicle that will
carry you through all the experiences you’ll have in this life.
Many of my clients have arrived at the awareness that daily activities—whether it be picking up a child or a bag of groceries, getting around the neighborhood or traveling to dream destinations, walking the dog or hiking the Grand Canyon– are important life experiences, worth training for. I’ve helped people of all ages improve their physical function, quite often becoming able to do things they never thought they could. Being able to walk up a hill can mean the difference between a richly-lived life, and slowly succumbing to the degenerative effects of osteoporosis. Having body awareness and strategies for self-care in a physically demanding career can make the difference between thriving or burning out in your chosen profession.
Lots of variety in exercise is not only important in keeping our minds active and engaged with what we’re doing with our bodies, it’s also essential in ensuring that our bodies can adapt to changing conditions and demands out in the rest of the world—that’s a core concept of functional movement. An exercise “routine” will stop serving it’s intended purpose after a few weeks, and may leave you prone to injury through repetitive movement, especially if performed with poor form. That’s why I work with clients to build “Movement Menus”, and not routines. Your Movement Menu is the result of an experiential learning process that will leave you empowered and ready to respond to your body’s needs, even as they change.
Taking care of our own bodies
can feel like hard work.
But like lots of hard things you’ve already done, it can also be tremendously rewarding. I’m here to make the hard work more do-able, more enjoyable, and to help you achieve what you didn’t know was possible. I earned my first national certification as a fitness trainer in 2005, and have been developing and applying my skills in therapeutic movement ever since. Still, I remember what it’s like to feel ill-equipped to walk into a gym, or know what to do once I got there.
“I had long since given up feeling 100 % in my body. I attributed several of my setbacks to stress and the “aging process” and knew I felt physically vulnerable. I feel that the mental, physical, energetic and emotional components involved in wellness have been reawakened and aligned to a degree I thought I would never experience again. I have been blessed to feel more joy in my life, set goals and reach them! I am more in alignment with who I want to be and I have a much more positive experience of life in general. I have lost weight but more to the point I am stronger at my core and I am more connected to my body.”
If you are one of the many who are not entirely comfortable in a public gym environment, you’ll appreciate the low-key, private training studio integrated into my modern treatment room. I’ve selected key pieces of equipment that you might find in a larger gym, while maintaining a priority of making our functional movement sessions replicable in your own home. In addition, the private studio offers us the flexibility to move between modalities as needed in a session. The studio is a safe space to access your emotional self through your physical experience, and vice-versa.
Areas for functional movement focus are described in more detail below. Click on any "Read More" button for more information, and let’s get moving!