For most of the past decade, I’ve worked as a personal trainer who specializes in women’s fitness. I have a special affinity (and specialty certification) for working with prenatal and postnatal women, as I think that the perinatal period is one where women should spend extra time and focus taking care of themselves. Whether a woman always been an avid exerciser and just needs a little extra expert direction about the dos and don’ts of working out while pregnant or she’s never had a consistent exercise habit, I can help keep both the mom-to-be and the baby healthy. I love supporting new moms during “the fourth trimester,” especially working to ensure that the core muscles work efficiently and effectively again after pregnancy.
That said, I’m getting older.
Now the far side of 40 and feeling the changes of my body aging, I decided to invest some time into educating myself about the body’s changes during menopause. While it’s been societally taboo to discuss “The Change,” I find mass ignorance unacceptable. If I can learn more about supporting women through menopause– and approach my own transition more happily and healthfully– then I think that’s a worthy goal.
In late summer, I undertook a certification course offered by Burrell Education, a leading women’s wellness organization based in London. Its founder, Jenny Burrell, is well-known and highly respected for her science-based, practical fitness and wellness education. In the course focusing on “The Third Age Woman” in peri-menopause and beyond, Burrell partnered with Jessica Drummond of the Integrative Pelvic Health Institute and Irish physiotherapist Michelle Lyons. The trio delivered a twelve-week course that covered everything from shifting hormones to optimal nutrition to ideal workouts and even the importance of rest for women who want to not just survive menopause but actually THRIVE during the “third age” period of life.
I am confident that I can help women learn real, practical, and do-able strategies for creating a well-balanced life. By addressing nutrition, exercise, health screenings, and how daily habits affect physical health, I can support women through the small behavior changes that will result in improved health and greater ease of living. My peri-menopause POWER program has me all fired up to help third-age women feel fierce!
So while I continue to work with perinatal clients– and am honored to be part of the excitement of motherhood– I am eager to share my new-found knowledge about surviving and thriving during menopause with clients. Because this work is more holistic than my previous personal training, I am looking forward to working with women in Austin and well beyond. There is much good work that can be achieved through phone coaching, virtual training, and other digital support.
My work has always been focused on helping my clients find and maintain balance. Never is it more important to feel balanced than when riding the hormonal rollercoaster of menopause. For some women, this period can last a decade– that’s a really long time to feel “off” or “not myself.” There are strategies that can be employed to regain a sense of balance that will let women live boldly with both mental and physical strength.
Please do let me know if I can support you. Regardless of your life stage, feeling healthy and strong shouldn’t be a luxury. You’re worth it.
Good health and great happiness to you.