Posts

Awareness is the first sign that someone is ready for change. When we don’t see things as they truly are, we often become blinded to the best course of action, and sometimes remain closed off to our true self. Lack of awareness and insight can impede our abilities to reach our greatest and highest potential in life. In looking at my body and my health, I have had to become extremely patient with where I am. I must continually remind myself that wellness is an ongoing process.

This process began when I decided to search outside of the traditional methods for dealing with my back issues. This ultimately led me to the first stage of self-awareness. I wasn’t getting better, and in fact, I was getting worse. I eventually realized that I had to find something that would ultimately get to the root cause of the problem. This was my epiphany. I had to search outside of my comfort zone, and be open-minded in order to look at other available options to heal my chronic back and muscular issues. For me, this lead me to Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT).

Since 2006. I have experienced unsurmountable ups and downs in my search for wellness. I have had many low and frustrating moments in my quest to feel better. I started my path to health by becoming an MAT Specialist. I wanted to personally learn for myself what had happened to me that led to the failure of my muscular system. The next piece of self-awareness came through food. I began making a connection between what I was eating, and how I felt afterward. In this process I found that I was allergic to gluten and needed to change many of my eating habits.

My self-discovery was further enhanced when I began seeing a Natural Path, with ultimately led me to a Holistic Functional Medicine MD who was interested in addressing my chronic conditions with diet and supplementation. I was then introduced to a Holistic Nutritionist who uses hair analysis to determine mineral deficiencies in order to bring the body back into balance chemically.

Hair analysis looks at a window of an individual’s cell activity over a 3 month period. I became intrigued to begin looking at supplements that are designed to increase cell regeneration. Once I began to function and feel better I then worked exercise back into my life. As my muscular system recovery was improving I then sought out a Chiropractic regimen as part of my wellness tools. There was a time in my life where my muscles couldn’t handle the adjustments. I learned that everything can be either a positive or a negative stress for one’s body. I needed to get my muscles strong enough to handle the benefit of an adjustment.

Little did I realize when I started this journey, that it would take me over 12 years to obtain the results that I was looking for. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the best blood work, hair analysis report, and MAT session!!! I have come to understand that it takes many different people and services in order to figure out the pieces that lead to my health and wellness. I have worked with several practitioners over the years and have found an amazing team of professionals that I continue to work with in order to maintain optimal wellness.

The most commonly asked question that I get from potential clients regarding my services is, “How long will this take me to get better?” Quick fixes are the typical mindset of our culture, and we’ve been swallowing this ideal for as long as I can remember, thinking that we can take a pill, put on a band aid, or worse yet, ignore it, and whatever is ailing us will just go away over time. If the discomfort eventually dissipates or we address our symptoms of discomfort, we are taught that we are “healthy,” or “fine,” as long as we are not in any pain. This is a detrimental way of looking at the human body and will lead to so many health problems that I believe are totally preventable!

When my potential clients ask this question, I inform them that our body is a constant process of improvement. Our bodies are in constant need of maintenance in order to achieve optimal health. The services I offer are upkeep against the dysfunction of the muscular system. Yes, every one of you reading this post has muscle issues, even if you don’t have any overt signs or symptoms. Remember that the body isn’t autonomous. The body is made up of interconnected systems that rely on each other and affect one another, both positively and negatively. For every action taken, whether it is merely having a thought, eating a piece of cake, or opening a door, there is a reaction and interaction between the systems in our bodies that can result in a positive or negative outcome-even if we don’t feel it or see it. The body is a constant work in progress and we can always work to be proactive when it comes to our own health.

I have experienced such remarkable changes in every aspect of my body. For the past 12 years I have been slowly rebuilding my body on a physical, chemical, and emotional level. My journey began with physical adversity. I was so debilitated from chronic pain from a surgical fusion at age 19, and by the time I was in my early thirties it had become intense on both a physical and emotional level. I knew I didn’t want to have surgery again. Awareness was the first step that led me down the path to begin healing my body; I discovered MAT®, and it transformed my life. I finally found lasting relief from my chronic pain.

The next step for me was a “chemical journey.” Through my new physical awareness, I realized that there were chemical reactions happening in my body that were affecting my muscles’ ability to function properly. I started seeing a naturopath who diagnosed me with Celiac Disease. This opened my eyes to see how nutrition was one of the other pieces that I had to address if I was going to heal my body.

Finally, I made the connection as to how negative emotions could affect me physically as well. I was removing paint from old hardware at my house that I had soaking in a plastic container. As I placed the plastic container over my stove, the solution ate through the plastic, and the contents fell into and all over my stove. I became so enraged when this happened, and ended up throwing my back out, and fell to my knees in pain.

I work on changing engrained thought patterns, habits, and points of view every single day of my life. It can be frustrating, and at times emotionally challenging. However, it is also rewarding and gratifying, given that through discomfort and pain, I found positivity. Over the years I have come to believe that providing the body with the right environment to heal itself is paramount to our well-being. My health is the one thing that I constantly put first over everything else. I subscribe to the saying, “If we don’t have our health, we don’t have anything.”

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!!