Looking back at my journey so far, there really have been so many great childhood memories, but for the most part I grew up in an alcoholic home with a lot of other dysfunctional issues that develop in that type of environment. Like many people, my childhood challenges made me strong and who I am today, but it wasn't an easy road. Through all the turmoil and stress, I believed at an early age that I "thought" I needed to be perfect and in control in order to not cause anymore chaos in my life and those around me. Fortunately, I found my faith in God around 15 years old and discovered that I was deeply loved and accepted despite my external circumstances. I also was able to connect to running and exercise as my sanctuary; a way to let all my negative energy out in order to feel calm and peaceful. By the grace of God, I was not only able to find personal hope but also my mom and step dad became sober when I was in high school and life took a more positive turn.
During my first few months in college I met a boy who captured my heart. Typical to most young romances, we broke up not too far into the relationship. Unfortunately, this was not an easy decision for me to accept since I already had trust issues with men from my childhood. When our relationship ended, it threw me into a spiral of depression, anxiety and an eating disorder. I felt for the first time in my life ‘out of control’; it was a pivotal time for me as I felt so lost and confused. I eventually relieved my sadness by signing up for a biathlon race with a friend I met on campus. During our training, we ran, biked and talked for hours upon hours which brought me back into a healthier state of mind both physically and emotionally. Once again, I discovered that movement, just being active, and my faith, were the keys to relieving my stress and helping me cope with the many disappointments in life.
Through running and a supportive community, I was feeling stronger and happier which helped me pull myself together and move on with my college studies. A few years later, I fell in love with an amazing, kind and funny man who happened to come from a solid family. I was so drawn to his joyful heart, peaceful spirit and to his loving family - around them I felt safe and secure. We got married young and started our family soon after. Many years later, my mom was diagnosed as bipolar, which made sense of her increasing erratic and unpredictable moods. After becoming sober earlier in life, she did have many happy, wonderful years but eventually her mood swings were getting worse as life’s stresses piled upon her. I wanted so desperately for my mom to be peaceful and content, but that proved to be a struggle for her. I had discovered in my life that I didn’t like people and circumstances that were out of control. I lived a very controlled personal life in order to control the things I couldn't control. Exercise is how I handled my stress, which makes sense now as to why I chose the career path I did.
The turning point in my life happened when we had a child who was born with severe sleep issues, anxiety, irritability and skin rashes. He was allergic to everything he ate and was constantly grumpy because he just didn’t feel good. We took him to doctor after doctor throughout the years to try to find a solution to his many ailments. Seeing my child suffer ignited a fire in my soul, solidifying to me that my life’s mission was to discover why people struggled physically and emotionally. I began to educate myself more and more on the benefits of exercise, food allergies, mood swings and toxic environments. This passion of education and discovery has lasted 21 years and still continues to this day! I believe my purpose in life is to help people feel well balanced and have inner peace through myofascial release, exercise, spiritual growth and lifestyle changes. I believe that health is an integrative approach; looking at the whole person to find solutions and answers.
I originally became a fascia stretch therapist as a way to help people heal from their physical injuries and stay active longer. However, what I am finding is that fascia stretch therapy is an effective method in releasing anxiety, depression, stress and sleep issues. I finally have a tool to use in conjunction with all my wellness knowledge that is both healing for the physical and emotional health of a person. Hence, this is where my business “Well Balanced” was born.
Come take a journey with me into your overall health because I believe that the “issues lie in the tissues” and that a strong physical and emotionally healthy body can lead to a well balanced life!