Physical activity has always been a part of my life. I had a lot of energy as a child and was always eager to start my next adventure.
My mother, while raising 4 children, encouraged me to play outside and find constructive ways to channel my energy (probably to keep me from running wild around the house).
I got involved in every sport/activity that I could find; excelling in soccer, swimming, track and field and later at football, which earned me a scholarship to a Division I college.
Over time, injuries to my shoulders and knee forced me off the field, and my 250 pound muscular frame turned soft. While still in college, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror one morning and I didn’t recognize myself. I had enough of looking and feeling like I was somebody else. I went immediately to the campus library, read everything I could get my hands on about health, diet, nutrition and fitness, and then worked out every day at the campus gym. My dedication, commitment, and a strict diet helped me lose 65 pounds in 3 months. The confidence that I gained after getting my body in shape confirmed to me that I had infinite potential to be or do whatever I wanted, as long as I was committed to my goal.
A couple friends were so impressed with how I was able to transform my body that they asked me to train them. I remember really enjoying how I was able to help them. After college I decide to become certified as a personal trainer and was able to help clients with musculoskeletal issues (through the chiropractor I worked with) and become more fit through body fat loss and muscle and strength gain. I was not only proud of how my clients physical health and wellness improved, but I noticed how every other aspect of their lives improved as well.
With this realization, my purpose and passion were ignited. I desired to know more about health and wellness, seeking to learn new philosophies and techniques. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know. And then a not so funny (but fortuitous) thing happened to me that propelled further onto my current path. I got hurt.
I read once, that 80% of people experience back pain! This is an astounding number and before I was taught the techniques from Osteopath and Orthopedic MD Guy Voyer, I just assumed it was part of life.
I used to be part of the 80%…. in a big way. Because I had been involved in athletics and worked out all my life. And since I didn’t have the depth of knowledge that I do now, I worked out badly! I have always focused on proper form, however I didn’t fully know the “Rules” of the body and would push myself to the max. This all accumulated one day when I was Squatting using a Smith Machine (Don’t use machines!) with 315 pounds, which actually wasn’t a lot of weight for me at the time. I got to the bottom of the first rep and I felt an extreme pressure in my lower back. The only good thing about using a machine was the fact that I could slide out of it. I crawled home (only a slight exaggeration), laid down in bed to rest my back and within an hour my entire back had froze up. I couldn’t get out of bed and had to call 911 to take me to the ER. After a handful of muscle relaxers later, I was able to walk (with crutches). At first I went the traditional route, got an Xray (the limits of what my insurance afforded me). The Xray showed a bulging L4-L5 disc and the doctor prescribed Tylenol with Codeine. I lasted two days on that stuff but I was still in pain. So, I sought to correct it out of pocket. I went to a Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, and I tried some physical therapy exercises and stretches that I already knew. The most relief that I received was from the Chiropractor, but that only lasted a week.
What I learned later on, is that not only are these therapies passive to your body but they are not addressing you Holistically. The body is very intricate and has rules of how it functions. Without this understanding, you will be “spinning your wheels” and getting frustrated or at worst, causing further damage.
Eventually, the pain got better but my movement remained restrictive and I couldn’t work-out the way I wanted without re-injuring myself. I was frustrated but didn’t know what else I could do.Then I got lucky! I sought out the help of a friend I met at the gym.
When he assessed my issues, he told me that he could show me some “new stuff.” Curiosity peaked. I, of course chose to do the “new stuff.” He conducted a couple movement test on me, and then he gave me three stretches to do at home, taking no more than 10 minutes. It was the hardest thing that I have ever done in my life.
Full disclosure….I dreaded doing the stretches! I would stall, procrastinate, whine…..you name it! But after two INCONSISTENT weeks of doing it, I got up one morning and realized that the pain was 95% gone! This was my first introduction to the teachings of Guy Voyer. I was SOLD! I started signing up for every course that he was offering in my area. It didn’t matter to me the time or financial commitment, I knew that this was something special.
I have taken these courses for 4 years and am now a Soma Trainer. Through this journey, I have seen remarkable results from this training in myself and in my clients.
When I first started seeing these results, it seemed magical, but that was because I was still learning the rules of the body. Now it has become more common sense to me. In the most simplistic sense, I learned that a balanced body is a pain-free body!
Through my studies, I opened up to a more holistic way of thinking about the body, besides fat loss and strength building. I realized that the body has rules and by learning these rules and following them, I have been able to correct issues and enhance functioning in myself and my clients. By earning more certifications and expanding my knowledge base, I have been able to apply more advanced techniques and holistic practices to my coaching sessions.
It’s been 18 years since I started on this path. I am committed to never stop learning and trying to advance myself and to continue to assist others to do the same. It’s a honor for me to share my passion for health and fitness with others and my hope is that through feeling better and healthier, everyone can live their fullest life.
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