I have been a personal and group fitness trainer for over 15 years. My specialties include making exercise fun for my clients, with an emphasis on injury reduction, comfort-focused fitness and senior wellness.
Then, I went through some hard times and learned a lot about how to keep moving forward skillfully and safely, even when I felt totally overwhelmed.
First, a romantic partner died suddenly while I was caring for my mother who was losing her battle with cancer. Then, in a four year period, my beloved father died from pancreatic cancer, I lost my little sister to suicide, both my pet bunny rabbits and two close aunts also passed away.
Related to those losses, I also struggled with money challenges, periods of depression mixed with grief and for a very brief, but scary time, suicidal contemplation.
Amazingly I made it through those challenges while maintaining my health and am now happier and stronger than I could have imagined!
Any strong emotion, like sadness, anger or worry, can make it harder to function well and handle our daily responsibilities.
During those difficult years, I invented a wide range practical, body-focused attitudes and actions that helped me stay calm and more organized during stressful events.
It is possible to become more prepared and less scared!
Since I am a fitness trainer, I shared these simple ideas with my clients and friends when they went through various types of loss or life challenges and they felt better as well. Happily, many of healing techniques I had developed as ‘self help’ can also be used effectively by caregivers with a person who may not be able to use them for themselves.
Now I am able to share what I have been learning about injury reduction, skillful grieving and the celebration and renewal that can come after dark times with you and people you care for!
I am writing a series of books about the system of healing I call Body Aware Grieving. Would you like to be notified as these and other healing tools and become available? Subscribe now using the form on the right of this page.
We will be expanding the useful information on this website with new articles on the blog and audio podcasts. Together we can create community gatherings, both in person and online, in order to benefit from one another’s wisdom and build a community of caregivers.
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