Training & Sports Massage Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA
Fitness Training • Biomechanics Specialist • Bodywork & Sports Massage Practitioner • Holistic Health Practitioner
The way people feel—on the inside and out—is important to me. I have been active my entire life. For more than twenty years I dabbled in a variety of sports, and expressive arts coming to recognize that exercise and movement were tools through which I could achieve self-growth and confidence. As a result, movement and fitness became not just a hobby; they made me feel healthy and equilibrated. I decided to start on this path and build a professional career around teaching people how to take care of their body and health.
Today, my career in training & sports massage is targeted towards helping people attain a healthier body and mind. I use Western science as well as traditional Eastern modalities in the way I build the body. The methods I use are unique, as is your body, and so every person is trained differently. I have been a certified personal trainer, bodyworker and sports massage specialist for more than 13 years.
Although I have many certifications the ones that have shaped my perspective the most are listed below:
• North American Sports Medicine Personal Trainer
• Flow Motion Model Biomechanist- Gait Training
• Board Certified Structural Integrator from Anatomy Trains– 750 hours
• Functional Patterns Biomechanics Practitioner
• Postural Restoration Certified- Posture and Diaphragm Restoration
• Functional Anatomy Specialist: Range Conditioning, Tissues Release, Range Assessment, Joint Conditioning
WESTERN SCIENCE MEETS EASTERN MEDICINE
In addition to independent study, I mentored closely under a bodywork specialist and acupuncturist for 4 years where I was taught Eastern medicine and holistic approaches to healing and building the body . I also took the rare opportunity to work alongside physical therapists and chiropractors in order to get an inside perspective on western rehabilitative alternatives. I have also completed cadaver dissections on untreated bodies, which helped me see and understand the body at a more intimate level. Additionally I seek out regular conversations with osteopaths in my area in order to learn what I don’t know. Continuing education and being ahead of the curve in the health industry is important to me so that I can offer my clients the most efficient, up to date, and effective solutions for their goals.
Training the body is an art form and to reorganize the body for more efficient and fluid movement is more complicated than the fitness industry leads the public to believe. What separates my approach from other ‘fitness solutions’? When teaching how to optimize movement and joint function I use holistic practices blended with scientific reasoning. I try to take a mechanistic approach while listening to the whole person’s experience, not just the symptom. Having studied western and eastern medicine, I have developed a way of thinking that uses a global approach to help clients get exactly what they want and need out of their body. Having worked with hundreds of individuals of all ages, shapes, and abilities, one thing I’ve learned is that everyone’s health needs are unique, but most people’s end goals aren’t that different. People want to feel healthier, and that’s where your body comes into play. I train individuals with specific needs ranging from rehabilitation from injury to sports mastery. I closed my gym in 2015 to focus on more on my craft and less on running a business with employees and over 200 members. I look back at those 5 years of teaching people to feel their bodies as the foundation of my training for where I am now. Today, I am wondering how to optimize people’s daily performance and tap into their potential through kinesthetic teaching and learning.
TRAINING FOR LIFE AND PROMOTING HEALTH
I apply my expertise in biomechanics in Cambridge and Lexington, Massachusetts. I train and work on individuals who wish to achieve a more centered, aligned place within their body and their mind, while also building their physical awareness. In addition to that, I coach athletes who use endurance racing, sport specific training, and functional movement as their exercise outlet, helping them to improve their overall biomechanics and positions in space.
While my passion for fitness and exercise remains, my focus in the field of health and kinesiology is constantly evolving. In my quest for health I have integrated structural myofascial therapy into my practice to better assist individuals in achieving sustainable peak performance. I am both a bodyworker and trainer for most of my clients. It is my intention to bridge the gap between health-care and self-care while providing athletes critical information about how their body is moving, recovering, and performing day to day.
My approach to individual health-care makes me a hybrid trainer, or a ‘body coach’, and by using Structural Integration methods I am able to help people improve tissue and joint health, movement effectiveness, and training outcome (results!). And when your body isn’t performing optimally, I can work with you and provide insight as to where the misalignment or blockage is in your system.
Heading into 2019, my dedication to train and educate my clients continues to grow. It is through Train Rugged that people can inhabit their bodies differently as they get older and reverse the effects of degeneration! I want my clients to understand and feel the benefits of training patterns into their bodies that are useful day to day. With an emphasis on quality of movement and longevity of health, whole body training is still my guiding principle, including sustainability of movement and how that sustainability transfers into life. The methods I use work for individuals who are training for the long haul and for those who want their training to reflect improved functioning in their day to day living.
My intention is to help my clients achieve long lasting progress by gaining balance and stability of themselves without the pain. The goal is healthness, to feel more upright than yesterday, and to build new relationships and connections with our bodies. Though sometimes the process is difficult, the product is well worth the work. Are you ready to shift into a new way of moving in order to live a happier and healthier life?