Summertime Low Back Pain?

Every year around this time, we see a influx of pretty healthy humans coming in with weird knee, hip and low back pain … the culprit? SANDAL-ITIS! Boots and closed toe shoes get kicked to the curb, replaced with flip flops and cute sandals, leaving recently restricted foot and ankle muscles confused and under-activated. If
Hey! You! If no one has told you today: YOU ARE ENOUGH. YOU are already an athlete. YOU are amazing! That’s not the underlying message the fitness industry is sharing on social media and in the gym, is it? Fitness industries and professionals, how they communicate with clients, and how media and corporations alter the

Chronic Shoulder Pain

In 2014, I almost quit lifting kettlebells and practicing yoga. Despite (insanely) correct technique and posture… massage, chiropractic care, self-tissue work, and rehab exercises I was in so much pain that some days I couldn’t function. My neck, shoulder and arm were constantly on fire, I couldn’t turn my head without pain and workouts cost

fall asleep (and stay asleep)

Do you sleep well most of the time? Wake up feeling like you got enough sleep most mornings? Not me. I don’t ever remember being a person who slept hard or consistently, and I legit zombie-walked through about decade of rock star-level insomnia from 2007-2017. Meditation, Reiki, reading a book, sleep podcasts, audio books… they

When You’re Just Not Motivated

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A quick preamble: As holistic personal trainers, we’re primarily concerned with helping people move better in the world around them, so I’m going to aim this article in the direction of “How to get yourself to go to the gym when you really really REAAAAALLLY don’t want to but know you’d feel better after but

A New Lens for Personal Training

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In fall of this 2018, Cari attended Z Health’s R-Phase certification. This certification had created a “user manual” for all of my prior education and I was so excited for her to have that same lens for her expansive collection of experiences, coaching tools and education! Talking brains has become pretty common around here …

Change Your Habits with Meditation.

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I have a secret for you: 2019 is the year you figure out how to exercise regularly, fuel your body and do the things you know make you a better mom/dad/partner/business owner/team member!!! It may be your best year. Or your worst. But THIS is the year you learn to show up for yourself. This

Exercise and the Holidays

do you ever feel like this: “f*&# it. I’ll start next week / after Christmas / in January.” Friends, I work in the fitness industry. This is my JOB… and sometimes I want to just throw in the towel on the (VERY) reasonable goals I have for myself because schedules are crazy and it’s so

Your Brain on Holidays

I’m a heavy practitioner of boundaries and self awareness… but my biggest struggle around the holidays is guilt. Hard Core, Well-Tailored Guilt. Guilt for taking a day or two off from work. For not traveling to see one family member or another. For turning down offers from my local “family” in favor of just taking

3 Tips for a Mindful Thanksgiving

Do you struggle with feeling like Thanksgiving is just an energy drain and a source of stress? I struggled with this a lot in the past – reliving old patterns and fighting myself about food. But I’ve learned that Thanksgiving has the potential for being a positive and healthy event!!! Here are three ways I’ve turned