Its a bit overused, but its perfect, so I am going to go ahead - no man is an island. i revel in a community of like-minded professionals, working in the mind + Body space and I feature them here so that you too can learn from them and see how our worlds connect + challenge + inspire in the pursuit of strength + motion
Would it be too much to claim that Jennifer Boyd is my go-to guru for all things: lifestyle, diet and mindful? But somehow that sounds a little clinical. So I will tell you that Jennifer, as my PA, brings a wealth of scientific knowledge (from her Western medical training) which she combines with extensive research and certification in alternative therapies to guide her clients to wellness, but focused not just on the physical level (as is the case in western medicine), but on all five levels of healing (the physical, energetic, mental, intuitive and spiritual) for rapid, but lasting realignment to wellness. Jennifer's guidance worked for me.
When I see engineered fitness, I cannot help it, I get intrigued. The brainchild of Danny + Abby Clark, Rebar Fitness uses cutting edge methodologies and time tested routines to optimize fitness levels. I am in awe of their focus on helping their clients achieve better form, function and quality of life, via training. It all feels very "real" to me and even MovNat agrees. Danny has just been asked to develop MovNat's fitness programming -- a concept based in functional fitness, focusing on efficiency, performance, safety + energy. But don't take my word for it - check out Danny's editorial in Breaking Muscle here.
When I first met Barbara Lincoln, a registered dietitian, with a Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition from NYU she told me she doesn't believe in fad diets and I knew, right then, that I was on the right path. Barbara simply believes that making small, but significant changes in your lifestyle around eating, will result in looking + feeling your best. Fad diets, cleanses + detoxes have no place in Barbara's work - and she helped me to balance my eating around my activity level. For me, her approach was completely realistic - which means those healthy eating changes have stuck around.
MAGGIE FRENCH MASSAGE
Vibrant, consistent, thoughtful + technical. Those are the words Maggie French's clients use to describe her skills as a licensed massage therapist. I'd add intuitive, mindful, easy-going and personable; I use massage therapy as way to enhance my functional wellness. In addition to eating well, I exercise, try to get enough sleep and I receive regular massage therapy from Maggie. She has an uncanny ability to visualize the structure of the body as she is performing massage, making the bodywork more meaningful and productive. Her specialties include medical + athletic massage as well as a specific protocol she has developed for frozen shoulder release.
I got interested in kettlebells, one of the original pieces of strength equipment, about 15 years ago. There is something about the rhythmic, consistent movement they require. I find myself feeling they are weightless (they aren't!) when I am really using them correctly. Not many pieces of small, simple gym equipment can promise the cardiovascular, strength + flexibility improvements that training with kettlebells can + I find the kettlebell community to be a very supportive + engaged group. Yuri Petunovs, of Kettlebell Sport hosts completions nationally and internationally (including mace competitions) and is affiliated with AAKA and Vintage Strength. Yuri is a world champion master; I am honored to count him in my community and to be a part of his as well.