Who am I?
- Primal Health Coach
- NESTA Personal Trainer
- YMCA Group Exercise Instructor
- American College of Sports Medicine member
- Trained in yoga, Pilates, Berk, and dance
- Ongoing education with seminars, conferences, workshops, and books
I’ve been working as a personal trainer in San Francisco since 2005. During that time, I educated countless clients on how to get in shape without a gym, an excess of equipment, or a lot of time. I’ve always been passionate about helping women both look and feel good in their skin.
Exercise alone is just one piece of the wellness puzzle. While my clients grew stronger, improved their flexibility and balance, and gained more energy, they still struggled with limiting beliefs and unhelpful habits. Working out was often one more item on their massive to-do list. In other words, they weren’t feeling wonderfulness.
This wonderfulness eluded me, too. I grew up with extremely severe allergies and asthma. The prescription drugs I took to manage it led to gut sensitivities that continued to plague me for years. During my twenties and thirties I suffered from blood sugar problems and hormonal issues. Feeling physically awful drained my energy and led to bouts of apathy and depression. I needed a new way of looking at wellness as much as my clients did.
I read everything I could about health, nutrition, and fitness. I attended seminars, watched countless summits, and talked to wellness providers both in the mainstream and alternative fields. Because of what I learned, I scaled back to working out 10 minutes a day, replaced my cardio with walks around San Francisco, and ate a Paleo-centric diet. My health problems improved, my depression lifted, and my energy rebounded. I was so fascinated by the practices (and results) that I got certified as a health coach.
This was what I had been looking for.
Call me greedy, but I wanted even more for myself and for my clients. Wellness was great, but I craved wonderfulness. I delved into other wellness practices, such as mindfulness, gratitude lists, and power posing. I threw out my toxic beauty products, soaked in salt baths, and added roller myofascial release techniques to my workouts. Most importantly, I finally dealt with the core limiting beliefs that had held me back for so long.
You know when you discover some kind of wonderfulness and you’re bursting with the desire to tell everyone about it? That’s exactly how I now feel. I took all of these practices and methods and distilled them down to five key areas. I call these The 5 Foundations–Nourish, Move, Play, Rest, and Connect–and they’re the heart of my program. I believe true wellness requires a holistic approach and The 5 Foundations offers a systematic way to focus on your body, mind, and spirit. Because I want more than just wellness for you, I’ve added a healthy dose of pleasure, luxury, and even glamour into the mix. This wonderfulness is the icing on the wellness cake. And this is what I’m so eager to share with you.