As a kid I really loved baking and I loved working. I always imagined growing up to own my own business, specifically a bakery. I liked baking because it made people happy. It was very fulfilling for me to have someone enjoy what I made. Besides that, a sweet treat is always the best part of my day. Something I get to look forward to.
Growing up my mom had a lot of back tension and she would always ask me for a massage. She always told me how good I was and how I should pursue it as a career. At the time I was in business school and hated the whole money hungry motivation of it all. What I really wanted was to work for myself. Massage seemed like it could also provide me this autonomy and although no baked goods were involved, I slowly found it brought me the similar satisfaction of bringing joy to people.
So, I looked into massage and slowly fell in love with it. Massage was a dance. I fell in love with the movement and flow of it, but also the give and take of it. It was not like every technique would give you the same result. Sometimes frustrating yes, but it also forced me to be so observant and present and I loved that. I loved seeing how the body would respond, waiting for it to let go or fighting with it to get any reaction at all.
As time went on I really wanted more. I wanted to understand pain and understand movement. So I went back to school and received my Bachelor degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. I always liked exercise and being active. But this is when I fell in love with it. I fell in love with strength training and all the insane transformations it can have on the body. I'm not just talking about aesthetics but about transforming people who lost hope of recovery and taking them into pain free movement. Even as far as seeing exercise take people from the deepest depression to feeling happy about their lives and where they were. That’s what I loved.
This is when I knew that it could not just be about manual manipulation and massage. It had to be about mobility and strength training too. This motivated me to receive my personal training certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and then later to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Working with so many different clients and movement paterns made me realize how much more there is to learn because even though I find similar patterns, every body is so different in their own way.
Understanding why your body carries certain pain patterns is power. Power to change the quality of your life. That’s what I try to give my clients. This could be as simple as bringing awareness to certain pain patterns they are feeling, teaching them a stretch or a strengthening exercise, or bringing to light the patterns of habits that may be attributing to their tension so they could possibly change them. It's not always a short process and I’m not saying that I have all the answers but it’s about working together to try and solve these chronic issues that arise. I’m here as your resource and to provide the tools that can help.