Customized self-care strategies for success.
Fitness and Self Care became priorities for me much later in life and only after I felt trapped in my body. As a teen and young woman I had issues with body image, sure, but objectively, I was at normal body weight with practically zero fitness level.
It wasn't until after gaining 90 lbs as a result of several rounds of fertility treatments, miscarriages and finally a successful pregnancy, that as I finally held my beloved baby in my arms, I looked up at myself and didn't recognize me. I would pass by mirrors or take selfies with my baby, and not recognize ME. People reassured me that I had been through a lot and that women over 35 having babies have difficulty bouncing back, that it's to be expected, and that I will adapt.
But I felt *trapped*.
It wasn't a matter of having a picture-perfect image. My years of poor body image had brought on a sort of acceptance that my body would never do that. What I yearned for was something more meaningful. I didn't mind my mommy battle scars either. However, feeling trapped in my body did not have to be one of them. I did not want to accept something I could change. But how?
I took an inventory of my wishes, needs and resources and decided to take control of my body with care and compassion. This led to a fantastic wellness journey that started in 2008 and continues today. Along the way, there have been changes, life difficulties, personal & professional development, and ups and downs - but no more stops and starts. I am here today because of that moment I felt trapped in my body and decided to find the way out, and now I am here to share it with you. This is what inspired me to become a coach.
Coaching women in this holistic approach feels right and has had the most sustainable results for myself and my clients. I am passionate about helping you flourish without the short-lived, often painful "no pain no gain" bully tactics.
In my career before mommyhood, I worked with the elderly across long-term care settings. There were several individuals I consider mentors who touched me with their emanating sense of joy, contentment, and a natural way of nurturing their selves as well as others in their interactions. What leads a person to age gracefully and without regret, I wondered as I started my search for answers over 25 years ago. Mind-body self-care is essential. That is the road I am heading down in my life and I would love to walk alongside you on yours.
My coaching is guided by the principles of Internal Family Systems in which I am a Level 3 Certified Practitioner having studied Levels 1 & 2 year-long programs and then taken Level 3 directly with founder Richard Schwartz, PhD. I am also a Certified Nutrition Coach (PN1), a NASM Certified Personal Trainer & Corrective Exercise Specialist, a Yoga Breath Coach, student of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction(MBSR), a YogaTrapeze Instructor, and a wellness learning enthusiast. I hold degrees in Psychology (BS) and Health Care Management (MS) and believe that movement helps us connect to our body. The way we treat our body determines to a great extent how we show up in the world. Connecting to ourselves allows us to remember our path to wellness.
Besides my professional training, I learned through my own journey how hard it can be to zero in on goals, understand obstacles, and confidently move in the direction of my desired outcome of fitness and weight loss. This experience calls me to empower others to find their own path to wellness.
Unlike other systems, the focus here is to build independence, portability, adaptability, and resilience so that you can continue on your own lifelong path to wellness effectively.
Through Altraform I offer a holistic approach to personalized coaching using the mind body connection in ways that are accessible, adaptable, and known to fuel your success.
Thank you for the opportunity to inspire and support you on your amazing journey to self-leadership, wellness, and success. Click HERE for a free Core Needs Reflection Activity.