Nutritious Movement™ certified Restorative Exercise Specialist
Prenatal Yoga Teacher
DONA Trained Birth Doula
Owner, Anthology Wellness LLC
Phone: (805) 340-9656
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What I Do
I live in Nashville, TN where I help people live active and pain free lives. I teach corrective exercises to relieve tension and build strength in weak spots. I also teach you how to change your movement habits to create lasting change.
I especially enjoy working with moms and moms-to-be how to improve their alignment for better pregnancy, labor, delivery and recovery. I teach a variety of classes, workshops, and private sessions focused on supporting women throughout the motherhood journey. In addition to teaching movement, I work as a birth doula supporting women in labor.
My Story & Training
I found Restorative Exercise, like many others, because I was sick and in pain. I had always had a very active lifestyle and enjoyed running, hiking, tae kwon do, and working out at the gym. My interest in how the human body works led me to study kinesiology in college; however, midway through I started experiencing whole body pain, fatigue and weakness. I graduated from Westmont College with a B.S. in Movement and Exercise Science, and shortly after became certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. After college, I worked as a personal trainer and with a local Physical Therapist developing exercise programs for patients and giving private exercise instruction. Eventually the pain and fatigue progressed to the point where I had to stop doing all the activities that I loved, quit my job, and move in with my parents. Conventional exercise made my symptoms worse, but I knew I needed movement of some kind, so I began to look for an alternative.
In 2009, I was diagnosed with lyme disease (tick borne bacterial infection) and began treatment. The effects of both the disease and the treatment left me completely debilitated and couch bound. When I finally found Restorative Exercise at the end of 2009, I could hardly walk a lap around my cul de sac. I had tried yoga, pilates, massage, chiropractic, physical therapy; nothing seemed to give me lasting results. When I first attended a RE class, I was skeptical (to say the least). After a few classes, I began to see that this was different than everything else I had tried. In 2010, I started training under Katy Bowman, became certified as a Restorative Exercise Specialist, and began teaching Restorative Exercise at the Body Education Alignment Center for Health in Ventura, CA.
The Restorative Exercise Specialist training program is based on the principles of physics, geometry, and engineering, and how these principles apply to human anatomy and physiology. Since these concepts are based on science, rather than cultural norms, popular fads, or subjective measures, they are true for every human body. The program is also based on the idea of restoring natural movement, which is the way humans moved before we had modern conveniences. (Things like cars, chairs, toilets or high heeled shoes that affect the way we move and use our bodies on a daily basis.) It wasn’t until I studied under Katy that I realized this was the missing piece; all my previous training and beliefs about exercise had missed some key components. I was shocked that I had never heard these principles and that they are not more widely understood in the health/fitness world. It revolutionized my understanding of the human body and has helped restore my health. I’m honored to be part of the Nutritious Movement™ (formerly the Restorative Exercise Institute) faculty and love teaching teachers who are training to be Restorative Exercise Specialists.
I found my love for working with pre/postnatal clients in 2013. My desire to serve women has led me to continually learn and expand my skill set. In 2016 I trained to become a birth doula and a prenatal yoga teacher. The birth of my own daughter in December 2016 further fueled my passion and gave me new insight and understanding. I experienced first hand how helpful alignment and restorative exercise are during pregnancy, throughout labor, and in postpartum recovery, and how important it is to have support and education.
It’s an honor to help others restore their health. I’d love to help you build a strong, functional, pain free body, so you can live the life you love! If you are ready to learn, move, and make some changes, I’d love to help you get started!