2019 February

February 17, 2019

As a boutique personal training studio located Downtown Memphis since 2002 we started offering Healing Arts services starting in 2017 to offer even more of a holistic approach to optimizing health. We have two healing arts practitioners that can help you with something that has gained more popularity in the past few years.  Have you heard of Reiki Therapy? Is it right for you?

We asked Drew, Licensed Massage Therapist/Reiki Practitioner to do a short video about this healing modality so you can be in the know.

Additional information on What Is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.  America’s Interest in Complementary Health Care is resulting in the general public turning with ever-increasing interest to complementary health care, including Reiki. It is beginning to gain acceptance as a meaningful and cost-effective way to improve patient care in many hospitals and clinics across America and now personal training and massage therapy studios.

Most recipients report feelings of stress reduction, pain reduction, relaxation, calm mind, and a feeling of peace. It can promote healing. Reiki recipients often fall asleep during a session. Don’t worry though, you will still receive all of the benefits of the session, sleeping or awake. Reiki may release emotional blockages, accelerate natural healing, balance subtle bodies energies and support other medical modalities including traditional therapies.

What happens during a Reiki treatment?

During a session, the patient is usually lying down or sitting comfortable and remains clothed (unless of course you are also getting a massage by a licensed massage therapist which will use part of your session for Reiki therapy). The practitioner’s hands are placed near or lightly touching various parts of the body, including areas around the head, shoulders, stomach, legs and feet allowing the Reiki energy to flow. The practitioner doesn’t have magical powers; however is allowing their attuned hands and intuition to be a channel for the energy.

Reiki practitioners receive a reiki attunement.  This has been described by many practitioners as a powerful spiritual experience, as your energetic pathways are opened by a Reiki Master. This energetic opening allows the reiki energy to flow freely through your body to impact your health and the health of others. There are 3 levels. Reiki 1, Reiki 2 (includes the ability to do distant healing), Reiki 3 which is Reiki Master and gives the ability to train and attune other Reiki practitioners. Reiki practitioners can and should perform Reiki self healing on a regular basis.

A typical session of Reiki lasts anywhere from ten minutes with the typical session lasting 60 minutes and in some cases 90 minutes depending upon available time.

Energy Fitness Reiki Therapy Sessions cost: 60 min $75, 90 minutes $100
(Practitioners: Drew Sherrod & Diana Sullivan)

Massage Therapy Sessions cost: 60 min $75, 90 minutes $100 ($25 off first massage)
Massage Therapists: Mae Jensen & Drew Sherrod

Reiki Practitioner Licensure: Many private Reiki education companies teach this healing art and offer a Reiki certification or license of their own however; this is not regulated. In most states, however, no license or certification is required to practice Reiki.

I, Tonya (Owner/Dir. of Training of Energy Fitness) have been attuned as a Reiki Level 2 practitioner so write this blog post article with knowledge and experience. Our Reiki Master,Diana Sullivan attuned me to Reiki Levl 1 and some time later after a private Kundalini Yoga session was attuned to Reiki Level 2. I mostly use for myself, family and friends with the occasional session for my personal training clients.

For more information on sessions with one of our Reiki practitioners or opt in for them to contact you to book click here:
Energy Fitness Healing Arts Page

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February 3, 2019

With high fat low-carb lifestyles on the rise, it’s important to get enough sodium & potassium. Here at Energy Fitness, Downtown Memphis, nutritional coaching is a huge part of what we do to compliment our personal training. In keeping with our mission to inspire optimal health we must educate you on nutritional science.

On a low-carb diet, your insulin levels will go down and your body will start shedding excess sodium and potassium. This causes people to get rid of excess bloating within a few days of low-carb eating. Sodium is a crucial electrolyte and low sodium levels can become problematic when your kidneys dump too much of it. Feeling lightheaded, fatigue, and headaches are a few of the side effects. The best way to alleviate or avoid these side effects is to add more salt to your diet. Here are a few good options below that pack more punch than your average table salt.

Don’t just load up on sodium alone you need the potassium along with it to avoid bloating. Potassium can help you to avoid muscle cramps and is also essential to muscle contraction.

Science: If you don’t have the right balance of sodium/potassium aka electrolytes then what needs to get into the cell can’t and what needs to get out can’t. Electrolytes are a carrier of nutrients!

  • Pink Himalayan Salt- Contains over 84 minerals and trace elements, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron.
  • Sea Salt- Is produced through evaporation of ocean water or water from salt water lakes, usually with little processing. This leaves behind certain trace minerals and elements.
  • Vegetable or Vegan Bouillon (Rapunzel or similar brands)

Often we see clients come in for their sessions fatigued and just not inspired to work out that day, in which we recommend a vegan vegetable bouillon or broth (even bone broth) but you will never hear me personally recommend bone broth. In fact, I keep the bouillon cubes on hand at Energy Fitness and make up a hot cup on the spot for these such clients. Sometimes they instantly feel better, but definitely the next time I see them the remark that it made a world of a difference in their energy level.  This is a much better option than chugging a sugar or artificially sweetened electrolyte sports drink.

*If you have high blood pressure issues always consult your Dr. before adding extra sodium to your diet. 


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Below are a couple of Tonya’s certifications that compliment her Master Degree in exercise science and ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and over 25 years experience in the fitness industry.