About

Infinite Wellness Lifestyles stands for LOVE, STRENGTH, and TENACITY! 

Why Choose Infinite Wellness Lifestyles?

     I have a personal passion for helping older adults and women with fall prevention, balance, posture, core strength, range of motion, healthy eating, and a positive outlook. 

     I am energetic, enthusiastic and well-educated, with two Masters degrees in Exercise Science, one in Physical Rehabilitation and the other in Psychology of Wellness Coaching. 

     I have been serving the senior community as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, wellness coach, and community health educator for over 23 years and still going strong. I have trained hundreds of clients and performed dozens of workshops that teach the importance of exercises and stretches to improve posture, balance, core strength and overall healthy lifestyle skills.

 

     I was born and raised in Southern California. However, I spent most of the last 38 years in a small town near Sedona Arizona, called Cottonwood. There, I finished school, built a home, raised my kids and ran my fitness business. I still own a little house in Old Town. Before I moved here from Arizona I was teaching 3 classes for donation only for aging adults, volunteered on a couple of boards in my community and believe it or not, played roller derby. I started playing at age 39 and played for 5.5 years and became the VP of our team. My derby name was Bam Wow 69.

 

     I returned back to Orange County at the end of 2017. Most recently I was the highest sought personal trainer at the Senior Center in Huntington Beach, CA, retaining over 90% of my clients. There I worked with the most challenged clients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson's and other debilitating health conditions. Currently, I work for The Emeritus Institute of Saddleback College teaching health and fitness classes to seniors at different locations all over South Orange County. I also work as an aqua fitness teacher, mobile personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist, wellness coach, and yoga instructor.

 

     Specific abilities to teach Senior Fitness and help women include Yoga, Aquatic Fitness, Strengthening, Flexibility, Chair Exercises,  Balance, Posture, Mobility, Brainwork, Arthritis, Joint Replacement Rehab, and Corrective Exercises.

Experience
I'm a Certified Wellness Coach, Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor & Speaker

I have been serving the senior community as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, wellness coach, and community health educator for over 2 decades and still going strong. I have trained hundreds of clients and performed dozens of workshops that teach the importance of exercise, stretches, and healthy habits to improve posture, balance, core strength and overall healthy lifestyle skills. Before I moved to Huntington Beach from Arizona I was teaching 3 classes for donation only for older adults. I got the chance to greatly improve the lives of many people. Most recently I was the highest sought personal trainer at the Senior Center in Huntington Beach, CA, retaining over 90% of my clients. There I worked with the most challenged clients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson's and other debilitating health conditions. Specific abilities to teach Senior Fitness include: Yoga, Aquatic Fitness, Strengthening, Flexibility, Chair Exercises,  Balance, Posture, Mobility, Brainwork, Arthritis, Joint Replacement Rehab, and Corrective Exercises. 

Qualifications

This career is an irrefutable match for my skills, education, experience, and a personal desire for helping others with their health and fitness. I am energetic, enthusiastic and well-educated with two Masters degrees in Exercise Science; one in Rehabilitation Science and the other in Psychology of Wellness Coaching, graduating with honors. My certifications include; CHWC (Certified Wellness Coach w/WellCoaches)NASM Certified (Personal Trainer), NASM/CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist), NASE (National Association of Speed & Explosion), and RYS 200 (Registered Yoga School) instructor.

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Wellness Coaching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Is A Wellness Coach?​

 

Health and wellness coaches are trained to help clients develop and implement personal wellness plans by:

 

  • accepting and meeting you where you are today

  • doing the mindful thinking and work that builds confidence

  • helping you define a higher purpose for wellness

  • uncover your natural desire to be well

  • helping you tap into your innate desires and drives

  • addressing mental and physical health together

  • drawing a personal wellness blueprint

  • setting realistic and achievable goals

  • harnessing the strengths needed to overcome your obstacles

  • supporting you in seeing obstacles as opportunities to learn and grow

  • building a supportive environment for success

 

Wellness coaches help people go from wanting to do something, to actually getting it done. We use scientific evidenced-based research that is proven to gets results.

 

Coaching certifications emphasize 3 important skills—in behavioral change, fitness training, and nutrition education. This is a fierce trio that can holistically and greatly change someone’s life for the better, for the long haul.

 

A health coach is not a personal trainer, a counselor or a dietitian. Health and Wellness Coaches are a whole new breed of help. 

Health coaching is not new, The strategies have been working to help smokers quit since the mid-’90s. Wellcoaches School of Coaching® has been focused on helping health professionals learn master coaching skills in collaboration with the American College of Sports Medicine since 2002 and more recently, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

 

Wellness Coaching Benefits: 

 

  • Improved mood, more joy, and feelings of accomplishment

  • Enhanced health

  • Weight management

  • Reduced stress

  • Improved sleep

  • Better relationships

  • Builds Self-efficacy 

  • Accomplished long & short term goals

  • Sound guidance

  • Feel supported, and listened too

  • Have a plan

  • Get results

 

Why Infinite Wellness Lifestyles Health and Wellness Coaching?

 

Infinite Wellness Lifestyles is a member of Vector Wellness, I am certified with Wellcoaches and offer the Wellcoaches web coaching platform. This technology allows for ease in tracking coaching interactions including pre/post assessments, a health risk assessment (HRA), personal health record (PHR), wellness vision crafting, goal design and tracking, client journal, library, and health newsletter.

 

As a certified wellness coach, I was rigorously trained in a top coaching program at Cal-U, earning a Masters degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion concentrating on wellness coaching and Psychology of Positivity, then certified by Wellcoaches School of Coaching accredited by American College of Sports Medicine. They are experts in their craft and help me help you to prioritize and hone in on the areas where you need the most support.

What to expect

We start with your personal wellness vision and see what you envision for yourself a year from now. Next, we brainstorm together to co-create your 3-month goals and your weekly SMART goals that will get you there. To make sure you stay on track, we follow up with you for 12 weekly or bi-weekly coaching calls. This is where we discuss how you're week went, what worked and what didn’t work. Then we modify your SMART goals as needed and come up with new ones that work better for you. The end result is your dreams coming true one SMART goal at a time. 

Getting the Results You Want

While health coaching can be a separate session, incorporating health coaching skills into personal training sessions can be incredibly beneficial. It will drastically improve your end results by helping you to build self-awareness, self-reflection and have self-compassion to become more self-determined when it comes to your own health.
We look at your physical and nutritional needs and put together the perfect fitness program designed specifically for your body and how it moves. This is done with a thorough assessment that includes in-depth medical history, measurements, body fat composition, and an over-head-squat-assessment, alongside your coaching. 

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What Is Corrective Exercise?

The simplest definition of corrective exercise is movement, lack of movement or improper movement. We use specific exercises and stretches chosen to correct a specific dysfunction. Corrective Exercise is a lot more than personal training. It is a holistic and integrative approach to train your body for better function, mobility, posture, and balance by creating symmetry of musculature and connective tissue as well as improve the neuromuscular system.

Why Do You Need Corrective Exercise?

There needs to be a balance between flexibility and strength throughout your entire body from the bottom up, and front to back. We use different techniques that include facets of physical therapy and rehabilitation to make physiological changes for improved performance with less pain.

 

How Does Corrective Exercise Work?

It is based on a person’s respective functional movement that is tested with an over-head-squat assessment along with other evaluations. These assessments demonstrate which muscles are too tight and overactive, and which muscles are weak and need strengthening.

 

What Is The Corrective Exercise Continuum?

4 phases that include:

  • SMR (self-myofascial release), Stretches using a trigger point release technique for tight, overactive muscles

  • Static Stretches to lengthen tight muscles

  • Activation strengthens weaker muscles

  • Integrated Strength Techniques that improve total-body coordination, movement patterns, total function, and ultimate performance whether it be for sports or a better life in general.

We use these 4 phases to design a customized program that will have you moving with ease, standing taller, and going through life with less pain and fewer injuries. 

How Does Corrective Exercise Help You?  

Throughout our lifetime, we do an array of activities, or lack there-of, which over time will slowly create muscle imbalances in our bodies. Muscle imbalance is a term used to describe the condition of identified muscles being overactive or tight and other muscles being underactive or weak.  If these muscle imbalances are not addressed, they can lead to discomfort or pain that can eventually lead to serious injury.

Whether you sleep in a certain position, sit for extended periods of time, work at a desk for endless hours, or participate in an activity requiring repetitive movement, such as a skilled labor (painting, contracting) or sports like dance, tennis, and golf, our bodies slowly develop different strengths and weaknesses that eventually lead to misalignment in our posture and movements that cause unevenness.  These posture and movement imbalances can lead to unnecessary wear and tear on our muscles and joints and make us more susceptible to chronic pain and injuries.

What Is The Goal Of Corrective Exercise?

To identify both posture and movement imbalances including joint limitations in order to create a program to correct them. The focus is on movements designed to create balance, stability, and mobility in areas that are not functioning properly. This is done with carefully chosen stretches and exercises that address your specific imbalances. The end result is that you feel better, move better and do what you love to do better!

What is a Corrective Exercise Specialist?

A Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) is a health care professional who helps you relieve everyday muscle aches and pains to improve your ability to move and feel better.  A CES also creates a corrective exercise program to create balance, stability, and mobility in areas that are not functioning properly.  This process helps to strengthen your body to overcome a previous injury and decrease your risk of future injuries so that you can do what’s important to you more effectively.

What To Expect With Corrective Exercise Appointments?

Following your free 30-minute phone consultation, I email your start-up packet that includes your medical history, informed consent, cancelation policy, and schedule your Initial Assessment.

 

  • The first 60-minute meeting we determine biomarkers ie. girth measurements, body fat composition, blood pressure, O% uptake, and go over your medical history, talk about your goals and discuss your challenges.

  • Next, we perform movement assessments to determine which muscles are overactive and which muscles are under active. This is critical to be sure you are doing the right exercises for your body type and fitness level. By doing the assessment, I can determine which muscles need more mobility, stability, and strength and which muscles need more flexibility training for optimal functioning in your daily life.

  • After collecting the assessment information I create a program focused on your goals and your specific needs.

  • We commit to our weekly sessions and get the results you deserve.

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What Is Yoga?

 

Yoga is a very natural way to ignite an elegant balance between strength and flexibility that encourages blood flow and oxygenation throughout your entire being. It is calming and powerful at the same time.

 

For me and for you, Yoga is a very personal experiential practice. My Yoga practice heals my mind, body, and soul. Yoga will immediately bring you into the present moment similar to mindful meditation. It is like honoring (God, Source, Higher Power, Infinite Intelligence, etc.) saying prayers and taking care of yourself as you breathe, move, and meditate in unison. It is focusing inward and not letting the external world disturb your peace (ZEN). This alone is incredibly healing for the mind, body, and spirit. You are one with breath while moving and being still.

 

Practicing Yoga helps with injuries, pain, anxiety, depression and all of life’s stressors. I know I am not alone dealing with these emotions, stresses, and challenges that are thrown at us all left and right.

 

I decided to get certified in Yoga so I can share this peaceful and powerful experience with others to heal and keep moving forward. 

 

Yoga Defined

 

Sanskrit definition of yoga

 

Yoga means ‘union’ or ‘connection’. In Sanskrit, the word ‘yoga’ is used to symbolize all forms of connection. Yoga is both a state of connection and an array of modalities that allow us to become more aware to feel and experience our life on a more meaningful level.

 

Yoga practices include posture (asana), breathing (pranayama), control of subtle forces (mudra and bandha), cleansing the body-mind (shat karma), visualizations, chanting of mantras, and several forms of meditation.

 

The philosophical definition of yoga

 

In Sanskrit, the word ‘yoga’ is used to signify any form of connection. In a philosophical sense, however, yoga means the conscious connection of the limited little (ego) self with the unlimited, eternal, higher Self.

 

Patanjali’s definition of yoga

The great sage Patanjali, in the system of Raja Yoga, the definition is: ‘Yoga is the blocking (nirodha) of mental modifications (chitta vritti) so that the seer (drashta) re-identifies with the (higher) Self. Patanjali’s system is the tradition of Classical Yoga Philosophy and is one of the 7 major philosophies of India.

 

Hatha yoga definition

The definition of Hatha Yoga is the union of the upward force (prana) and the downward force (apana) at the navel center (manipura chakra). Hatha yoga includes postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), purification techniques (shat karmas), and energy regulation techniques (mudra and bandha). Hatha yoga guides us to the awareness of our life force (breath), which is also called prana. By learning how to feel and master our life force, we access the source of our true self. 

 

Kundalini yoga definition

Kundalini yoga is the science of liberating the dormant potential energy in the base of the spine (kundalini). The kundalini yoga is the union of the mental current (ida) and the pranic current (pingala) in the third eye (ajna chakra) or at the base chakra (muladhara chakra). This creates oneness in our duality by uniting the body and mind to lead to the awakening of spiritual realization.