Meet the Wellness Professional: Scott Stone
Co-Owner of Stone-Smith Movement Studio in Lebanon, NH
Every week I highlight someone in the Upper Valley who falls under the title of "Wellness Professional" - trainers, nutritionists, therapists of all kinds (physical, psychological, massage), and creators of healthy products, to name just a few. I give them a list of the same 20 questions and they choose to answer as many of them however they'd like.
This week I'd like to introduce you to Scott Stone, Co-Owner of Stone-Smith Movement Studio in Lebanon, NH
Scott Stone believes we all have the capacity to move well and have a strong, supple, and healthy body—at any age. He is a NASM Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist and has a BS in Exercise Science, Health and Fitness. For more than 20 years, he has helped people move efficiently and effortlessly, and enjoy getting up every day. As a health coach, neuromuscular coach, movement enhancement specialist, and functional trainer, Scott helps his clients to be mindful and listen to their bodies. His holistic approach helps people improve structural integrity, mobility, flexibility, balance, performance, and strength.
Scott has a range of experience. He devoted 13 years to working in a sports and spine clinic specializing in occupational and biomechanical injuries resulting from abnormal stresses on the body. He also spent many years as a personal trainer and has training in acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, Reiki and exercise science.
Since 1994, he has demonstrated his endurance and commitment to a healthy lifestyle by completing more than 30 marathons, including 18 consecutive Boston Marathon finishes. His ability to reach common ground with his clients is due to his own varied athletic pursuits. He combines weightlifting, functional fitness, running, yoga, and any other movement that feels good.
What is your fitness/wellness philosophy?
Holistic: mind, body, spirit.
How did you get to where you are now?
I had a deep desire to learn about the human body after seeing my Dad coping with severe pain.
I wasn't taking my own health needs seriously enough as a teenager. I was eating too much junk food.
I read an article about Hershel Walker and I had an epiphany about how I could take better care of myself physically using body weight exercises such as push-ups and pull-ups. My Dad, a golden glove boxer in the Marines, taught me many techniques about boxing.
Did you ever have set backs, and how did you get past them?
Working for people in a health club/gym, who did not prioritize health and wellness over profit was difficult. Once I worked for myself, I could prioritize my clients individually needs specifically.
Wellness is a journey that we must constantly work on. The human body is complex, always dealing with something. It depends on one's age, gender and personal life, which impacts health, much more than exercise alone.
What makes you unique in your field?
I think outside the box, intuitively. I focus on increasing one's mobility and function and I meet people where they are, rather than imposing my own dogma. Fitness is a journey for everyone. I would rather empower people by teaching them how to fish, rather than giving them a fish and making them dependent on having a trainer.
What is your go to meal for breakfast, snacks/sweets, lunch, dinner, beverage?
After a big dinner, I fast for 16 hours, usually not eating until after 1pm. I have been doing this for much of my life.
I eat grass fed beef and plenty of fresh vegetables. I love the local farmers' markets. I make sure that I eat plenty of food to compensate for a high level of activity. Fasting increases the enjoyment of the feast - I can appreciate the flavors and sensations of eating much more after fasting. I try to eat according to the seasonal harvest.
You're trapped on 12A in West Lebanon and you only have $8 dollars. What do you buy to get through yours errands?
What if your guilty pleasure?
B & B: a good micro beer and Baklava. I love River Roost brewery.
What is your favorite quote?
"A wise man is one who knows what he does not know." - Lao Tzu
Who or what gives you inspiration?
My daughters inspire me to live by example. Playing music with the band Wherehouse re-energizes my soul.
What's something that you wish your clients/class participants knew? Or did? Or didn't do?
I wish my clients would listen to their own bodies and intuition. I believe that it is a partnership between a client and me to invest in their health while expecting them to be accountable for, and take ownership of, their own health.
I do not promote pharmaceutical use but rather focus on holistic principles. For example, learning how to breathe and be mindful in your own body is paramount.
If you could only have one piece of fitness/wellness equipment, what would it be?
My body. To know yourself is to know your body. I want my example to be like a cheat sheet on how to improve your own body.
What is your favorite non-gym physical activity?
I feel most grounded by caring for the planet; digging in the earth, helping water flow, discovering rocks & crystals. Connecting with the Earth and Mother Nature, increases one's overall health, uniting us.
What are your passions outside your field?
Caring for my community and family. Being healthy. Music inspires me. I am grateful to have been playing bass guitar with the band Wherehouse for 16 years. It is an honor to be able to play with Jason Caan and Shane Walton.
What is your least favorite exercise?
I find positivity in every exercise. I don't do any exercise that I don't enjoy. I'll find another way to achieve my needs. Attitude and perspective make all the difference in one's health.
What is your favorite exercise?
Finding creative new ways to move my body, breathing exercises, activities that allow me to connect with my girlfriend.
What are one or two tips you can give to help people be successful in their wellness journey?
One should learn how to move well in all three planes of motion (sagittal, frontal, and transverse) every day.
Where can people learn more about you?
Website: Stone-Smith Movement Studio
- Physical Location: 45 Hanover Street, Lebanon, NH
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
- Phone: 603-236-1041
Would you or your business like to be featured in "Meet the Wellness Professional"? Email Amy at RVCAmy at gmail dot com
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