In 2015 I was involved in an automobile accident in which I was rear ended, sustaining severe whiplash. My neck and back pain was not getting better with weekly chiropractic visits and other various treatments. In fact it got worse, progressing into severe nerve pain which put my body into a constant state of fight or flight. I could not have my skin lightly touched without the feeling of fire. I knew I didn’t want things to progress even more to the point of surgery and I couldn’t rely on medication since I have such adverse effects mentally. Nothing was broken, but nothing was fixing the pain. The doctors told me that my slight scoliosis (made worse by the accident) was to blame.
This was devastating to me while I was training for the biggest west coast swing competitions in the world. As a dancer I pushed through, telling myself that pain was a part of dance and I just had to “suck it up”. This was the advice that countless peers and coaches also told me. I woke up, trained, worked (which is more dance because I teach dance professionally), trained more, cried, and then slept. It was an exhausting 2 years.
I live my life always trying to find new ways to improve. I found Anatomy in Motion and it made everything else I had ever tried pale in comparison. In order to train with AiM I needed to become a certified personal trainer.
I began studying the human body even more while becoming a certified Personal Trainer through ACE . I always knew that I would want to use this education to better inform my dance students. However, my passion for helping anyone heal past injuries increased the more I worked with Anatomy in Motion and the Flow Motion Model.