I discovered my path and began my wellness journey when my mother was diagnosed with Stage 5 breast cancer when I was sixteen. At that time I was also an All-American swimmer with a passion for sports and fitness. But watching my mother battle cancer, I realized that the key to a long and happy life was having a more holistic approach to wellness, so I was inspired to find ways to prevent disease before it manifests in the body. Happily, I discovered it just so happens that aligning our minds and bodies can also help us gain the most amazing aesthetic benefitsas well.
Experiencing this motivated me to go on what has been a lifelong quest for knowledge and wisdom about how the body and the mind work and how to achieve the sort of overall well being we all strive for in life. I got a degree nutrition and exercise science, certifications in personal training, Pilates, yoga, and massage, and eventually opened a fitness and wellness center in Manhattan Beach.
It all sounds rosy, right? Well, it turned out that I still had a thing or two to learn about my own self-care.
Having spent my twenties on a mission to educate myself on the mind and body, I found myself in an unhealthy marriage and caring for my mother, whose cancer had returned and which eventually took her life. Meanwhile, my business manager was busy, indeed—embezzling money from my own business and almost bankrupting me! During this crisis in my life, I discovered an incredible technique called Structural Integration. In a nutshell, Structural Integration (or SI) is a healing system that focuses on the way the human body deals with gravity and stress by focusing on the connective tissue or fascia and the alignment of the body. I credit SI with not only helping to quite literally save my life, but also for giving me what I now know is my true calling: To help people find alignment in their bodies and lives and to connect to their authentic selves.
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