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Your AntiGravity® Instructor
I have been a professional Ballet Dancer since 2009, and am currently with the Saint Louis Ballet Company. I am the Owner and Instructor of AntiGravity® STL. I also work in the Restaurant Industry locally. I have 3 AntiGravity® Certifications in Decompression, Yoga and Fitness. As the only certified AntiGravity® Instructor in Missouri I have been teaching AntiGravity® Fitness in St. Louis since 2013. I am also a climber, and former route setter for Upper Limits Climbing Gym.
The Whole Body Approach
I think cross training is important allowing our bodies to perform at the peak in whichever direction we strive toward. For example, dancing daily with the ballet company uses so many outward rotating muscle groups, while a quick Hiit or Tabatta workout of high intensity interval training can balance out the parallel, stabilizing muscles, and Yoga keeps everything lengthening away from my strengthening, grounded core. If you need a little motivation one day take your workout outside and bring on the vitamin D.
I enjoy bringing a realistic approach to every workout. We wake with a different body daily. Everyone has a different proportions, which the Harrison Hammock can easily form to. It is weighted to hold a minimum of 1000 lbs. It's is there for you, trust it. I'll bring the movement, you decide how much hot sauce to add. Remember, you do this for yourself, no one else.
Staying Well-Rounded: Your Diet
Everything in this photograph is organic, grass-fed, and/or homemade. No matter what fitness and lifestyle you adhere to, your diet is what keeps you nourished and energized, or not, to achieve what you desire.
Let food be thy medicine
Many of the latest trends have great ideas behind them. As an athlete I prefer to maintain an Anti-Inflammatory approach balancing Ketosis, a fat-burning energetic state, with a grass-fed, organic protein filled Paleo view for muscle repair, and adding as many organic, colorful vegetables as possible. Eliminating grains, unfermented dairy, and sugar helps to maintain a level microbiome, while supplementing with soil-based probiotics and other herbs and roots, such as turmeric and ginger.
Functional Medicine: Preventative Healing From the Inside Out
Your body is connected through so many different pathways that we cannot separate them. The Brain is your switchboard. Your Endocrine System regulates so many individual functions from tissue function, mood, metabolism, growth, influencing nearly all cells, organs and functions of the human body. Your gut breaks down and sends the nourishing components to allow your mitochondria to power the rest maintaining balance throughout. Gut Health is very important, as Hippocrates stated, "All disease begins in the gut," but if your spine is out of line you can bet compression on an important system is causing disfunction as well.
I find the scientific chemical reactions of the body to Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils to have great effect, physically and emotionally. I have incorporated these Essential oils into my daily routine to enhance motivation, mood, truly restful sleep, and to help my body recuperate after intense exercise, or a week in the theater performing multiple performances a day. There are several wonderful companies to purchase from. I work with doTerra because of their nonprofit and humanitarian aid to their sources around the world. If you are interested or have a few questions please contact me for more details.
I make sure to see my Chiropractor, Massage Therapist, and Acupuncturist regularly to maintain my physical and emotional health, as well.