If something starts to hurt, tension develops or stress levels rise – I step back and observe my breath. Calming the body through breathing and attention to breath regulates the nervous system, and relieves tension and stress. Once we start paying attention to these signals and honoring the resilience of this great machine we call our body, that’s when the real magic happens. We can start to optimize our health and overall lives, not merely avoid the presence of disease.
How do you take time for yourself and unplug from work?
I hit the trails on my mountain bike. It’s an opportunity to combine nature with movement, and beauty with breath. It’s also a quick reminder to live in the moment. Tucson is a haven for riding enthusiasts; however, the terrain is not one you want to encounter if you come out of the saddle. The fear of meeting a cactus or a sliding rock is enough to keep your attention focused on the ride at hand. No time to focus on meetings, deadlines and projects. The effects of a ride physically – heart racing, blood pumping, muscles
What makes you a Canyon Ranch Wellness Architect?
An architect is one who designs, builds and creates – taking a vision and crafting the plan, a combination of art with science. Growing up I was strong in math and science, but the appeal of working in an office crunching numbers wasn’t there. I found my calling as a Certified Athletic Trainer, where I work with a continuous moving, living physics problem: the human body and its biomechanics. If one piece of the foundation is off, much like its effects on a building structure, the human body is impacted. Maybe it’s a pain in the foot that’s affecting the back, or a learned pattern that changes the pulley system of the muscles, affecting our movements. My role is to see the big picture of human movement and function, and facilitate a solution.
What is the most important Canyon Ranch pillar for you? How do build it into your daily activities?
Health and Healing. The relationship you have with your body is the single most important one you will have in your lifetime – not to mention the longest. Understanding the signals your body is telling you, and how they affect every thought, emotion, action and process within us is essential.
burning – via this moving meditation is the best stress reliever I have found since relocating to Tucson.
Do you have a morning routine?
I spend time in nature each morning. The openness of the desert and its expansive views out to the mountains inspire calm, peace and wholeness, which is a wonderful way to start the day. It’s my time to enjoy the action of putting one foot in front of the other and taking in my surroundings through my senses, while also offering gratitude.