I have been a bedside nurse for a few decades. While on a medical mission in Laos I noticed how family members used massage and aromatherapy to help ease the patient's discomfort. I realized there are many ways to heal and decided to become a massage therapist and explore other complimentary modalities.
What is your wellness philosophy?
We create our own system of self-care. I ask myself each day, "what is best for me today?" I am responsible for my well being.
What makes you unique in your field?
Bringing my nursing background to the massage table has been advantageous. I have had decades of experience using my physical assessment skills and communicating with people about their health concerns.
What is your go to meal for:
Breakfast: oatmeal (loaded with smashed almonds, dried cherries, coconut, cinnamon and assorted other flavors)
Lunch: rice cakes with PB and J
Dinner: I cook a lot and love stews, soups and quiche (not all at once of course).
Sweets: King Arthur Brownies (I quarter them and put them in the freezer)
Beverage: green tea daily, and I have been known to enjoy a beer and/or cocktail.
What's something health and wellness related that you wish you'd known years ago?
How important a healthy food plan is for one's well-being. It matters. I always believed that all calories were created equal and if I exercised hard enough I could erase the chocolate milkshake I just inhaled. Now I know that is not the way it works. Also, the impact that a daily meditation practice would have on my well-being.
What's the best health/fitness/wellness advice you ever received?
To take time each day to do something fun.
What's your favorite quote or mantra?
"You must do the things you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt. A commonly quoted sentiment.
But I vividly remember reading the quote for the first time, posting it above my desk and being inspired to say "yes" to things I never thought I could do. It truly motivated me to act out of my comfort zone.
What's something you wish your clients/class participants did?
Self-care. Taking time daily to do something healthful, mindful, and joyful. In my nursing and massage practice I find so many folks take their bodies for granted. It's not selfish to practice self-care.
If you could only have one piece of fitness/wellness equipment what would it be?
A great pair of shoes (hiking, running, biking) O.K. three pairs of shoes.
What's your favorite non-gym physical activity?
What's your least favorite exercise?
What are one or two tips you can give to help people be successful in their wellness journey?
Discover a meditation practice. It's a gift that keeps on giving. It helps guide you toward making good decisions. Have a buddy; sharing successes and frustrations can be inspiring and supportive.
Where can people learn more about you?