Wellness – Mind, Body and Spirit
Co-Owner, Fitness Professional
I got into Personal Training more than 30 years ago. My interest in fitness grew and from there I moved forward to Natural Bodybuilding – a major “rush,” extremely fun and exciting. I met Nichol, my business partner, at my second home – Bally’s Health Club. Eleven months later in December 1997, Nichol and I purchased Kneaded Relief Day Spa. Another goal completed. I enrolled at A SpiriTouch Massage School in July 1999 and completed the 700 hour program in: Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, Reiki I, Posturology by Paul St. John, trigger point, acupressure massage, sports massage, lymphatic drainage massage (head, neck and shoulders), St. John’s Neuromuscular Pelvic Stabilization, utilization motions massage, hydrotherapy and aromatherapy massage. I graduated from A SpiriTouch Massage School in May 2000. Finally, my life was in COLOR. I truly embrace the loyalty of love and have found peace in my journey to believe in fate (all things happen for a reason). Massage, what can I say: I truly love it. It’s a passion that I can’t put into words. As I have been told, “there’s nothing like a Duke massage.” Come to Kneaded Relief and find out. To learn more about Duke, check out his full profile here.
Group Fitness and Zumba Instructor
Through each milestone in my life, Wellness has been an integrative part. My fondest memories of my childhood surrounded around being active. From the time I can remember I was always doing some sort of physical activity. My mom tells a story that when I was a little girl I use to tell my mom that I was going to get “my energy” and I would go downstairs and put in one of her “Sweatin to the Oldies” tapes and workout to it. Now being a Group Fitness Instructor, I can’t help but feel like I was destined for this.
When I went to college, I went thinking that I wanted to be an Engineer. As fate would have it, my sophomore year of college I started working at Kneaded Relief. I think the environment of Kneaded Relief changed me. It showed me how much I enjoyed working with people and how much I cared for others well-being. Because of this, I changed my career goals and eventually graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Legal Studies.
Once college was completed, I felt like no other place could compare to what Kneaded Relief offered and so together the Owners and I worked to establish my place here. I went to Strategies Business Academy out in Connecticut to improve my managerial skills for a spa setting and I began to structure my life around Wellness so that it would help me work with a Wellness minded team.
While managing Kneaded Relief I decided to become an AFAA licensed Group Fitness Instructor. I thought that it would enhance my Wellness career by learning this side of the business. I now get to teach classes and help individuals see how broad of a spectrum Wellness really is.
In August of 2014 I had my son, probably the most life affirming experience ever. I knew that I wanted to give him the best life I could and right away my husband and I decided to start making some Wellness decisions for him.
My life has been incredible, full of love, happiness and I think it is because “Wellness” has always been a factor. I truly cannot think of any other way I would have wanted it to play out and I am excited to see what the many chapters of future wellness brings.