In all the years of operating my own business, Core Restore, I have found that through the process of overcoming my own trials and adversities, I have discovered a new profound sense of strength, and special empathy for those struggling with chronic pain the way I did. The determination to help myself has evolved, and fuels my drive to help others rebuild their dysfunctional muscle systems, and empower themselves with knowledge to understand how their body is moving. I entered this line of work as a result of necessity. In my struggles to deal with chronic pain, I needed to find a way to alleviate something that had become very debilitating, and find a way to heal myself after a spinal fusion wrought havoc on my body when I was only 19.
When anyone deals with chronic debilitating pain for more than 14 years, it definitely affects you physically, however, the mental impact was disastrous for me! Around the age of 33 I suffered an injury in a yoga class that ruptured two more disks above my sacral/lumbar fusion that left me crookedly bent to the left for 3 ½ years with unbearable pain. The chronic pain affected me so intensely that I was losing my will to keep living!! With the encouragement of my husband, I quit my career and I decided to embark on a new one, using my athletic background in soccer and weight lifting to become a personal trainer. At an Idea Health & Fitness Conference in NYC I discovered MAT® and had a demonstration that literately dropped my left hip! I knew then and there that this was going to be my life’s new direction! I met the founder and developer of Muscle Activation Techniques®, Greg Roskopf in my internship in March of 2006. Mr. Roskopf changed my life and without his dedication to developing and continuing to develop MAT®, I would not be here on this Earth!!
Since opening Core Restore in 2007, I have overseen every aspect of the business that relies solely on individual session work with clients. All physical movement takes a toll on the body, and throughout my years of work at Core Restore, this has led me to the realization that people often don’t understand how to move their bodies properly. In fact, people often lack the knowledge of how improper movement can have an adverse impact on overall mobility, core strength and functioning. We are taught to move but never really taught how and what to move in order to properly accomplish an exercise, pose, or position. This realization was consistently in the forefront of my thinking, and resulted in an investigative process for looking at ways to bring muscle contraction awareness into my workouts for both myself and my clients.
In the many years that followed I became very focused on these concepts and concerns. This research led to my development of an “Apparatus and Method for Muscle Movement Training” (now referred to as The Core Restore Training System-CRTS™). After many years of dedicated and persistent work, my training system was granted a patent in 2016. The CRTS™ prepares the client’s body for movement by focusing on muscle contraction and muscle awareness to improve range of motion, and promote mindful movement during exercise and daily activities. I firmly believe that every obstacle we encounter creates opportunity to find new challenges that allow us to overcome struggles on the road to becoming the best version of ourselves often through a series of small victories. These challenges have the power to change the course of our lives. I am living proof!!