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February 12, 2021

We love some Diana Sullivan, a healing arts practitioner that we were blessed to have at Energy Fitness in Memphis. We made a few videos a while back so I thought it was time to share this one about essential oils. This post was also inspired by my pop in to a guest speaker at massage school a couple of weeks ago on this topic. Did you know that there are several essential oils that are toxic and must have carrier oils. You don’t simply put the oils on your skin directly almost 99% of the time and some are very toxic if you put on then go into the sun (phytosensative).

Here’s a few with a video from Diana (dee-ah-na) that you may wish to add to your collection. By all means find pure or organic. Where? Well…that would be a whole different post. I have used now sports essential oils many times and liked. Don’t forget they have a shelf life as well and should be kept out of sun or high heat environments.

She has a gift of healing intuition, has wonderful spirit and is a certified Reiki Master (she attuned me to Reiki 2 Certified). Find and message her at https://www.instagram.com/thesensitivesage/

Come see us onsite for only 2 WEEKS at our Memphis location 552 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103 or find me online with live personal training/coaching or hire me to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included. Onsite following local covid guidelines as well as maintaining our current disinfectant procedures. You will have to sign a Covid19 release form, wash your hands upon arrival, etc.

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February 4, 2021
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Many of you may know I am down the home stretch finishing Massage Therapy School in South Carolina. It’s been an educational experience that will enhance my extensive resume thus far. Several students and instructors have asked me if they thought my fitness and nutrition coaching experience will help me in being a better massage therapist. Now that I have massaged about one hundred people I had a moment of clarity the other day. For over 25 years as a personal professional I have and continue to assess individual’s body fat, blood pressure, heart rate, strength, endurance, height, weight, BIA, breathing, flexibility, behavior choices, nutrition habits and functional movement patterns. During a functional movement screening or during their workouts I ask people to move and visually see what their body is doing or how they can’t move their body as per my demonstration. Often followed by “There is no way my body is getting into that position!” or “I’ll try, but it’s not gonna look like yours!”.

So the realization moment came to me that I have only been using two of my senses to create an understanding of a problem or issue from an individual for all these years with their body. Simply hearing (auditory) and seeing (visual) someone say my back hurts, my hip also hurts or my neck and traps/shoulders are sore just wasn’t the whole story.

Aside from stretching someone or assisting them do a movement where I could only half determine (with use of touch sense) their possible link to weakness or dysfunction I could not really get a complete story.

Did you know that prescribing fitness or nutrition is outside the scope of a licensed massage therapist?

With the application / modality of massage therapy in my toolbox it’s so much more meaningful. Being able to use my hands to manipulate soft tissue to feel for muscle tautness/tone or underdeveloped/lack of tone of a muscle, the tightness or laxity in a joint or fascia and the position a body lies at rest can be such a great marker for how to help someone further. This is where I am really excited as now I will be able to help ease the aches and pains with massage and stretching whilst offering massage therapy as a service and since I’m an expert in fitness I can give them advice on how to keep the pain or aches away from incorporating simple stretches or exercises. Having lots of client success stories already I feel confident in my ability to help others going forward in a greater capacity and readers of this blog as well.

Here’s an example of WHY YOU NEED TO DO EXERCISES OR STRETCHES THAT YOU DESPISE (OR HATE FOR A STRONGER WORD). Let me just say I hated lunges for years and had to force myself to do them to stay injury free. What do you hate to do? Maybe, it’s just what you need.

Train your weakest link.

Mark Tittle, my husband said I could use this short video for this blog post. This is too funny! My sweet funny, husband. I love a good laugh, how about you?

Mark has complained of back pain for many years, especially after hurting it doing a deadlift exercise several years ago. I gave him a massage last weekend and noticed that he lacked tone in his gluteus medius muscle. I now have a greater reference point having massaged numerous others then massaging him as to compare and prescribe him exercises. Although I have told him many times, it is this official hands on training that finally has given him more reason to start doing the hated “abductor/outer thigh exercises” that he thinks are silly. Well, I gave him many of the exercises I did a blog post on a while back and said “no the outer thigh machine in the seated position at the Y isn’t going to cut it, you will have to do other exercises and stretches as well. Click here for previous blog post.

Here’s a big weakness many people have including myself. See the pic below. Lots of people can’t even lift their arm off the ground. This is an assessment of shoulder function. You can see that this is my worst arm as I am lifting it off but not keeping it straight.

Take the take to do the things your body needs and you won’t regret it. Your devotion to your weaknesses will pay off by staying injury free, reducing chronic pain and getting stronger. You will have the satisfaction of having a well balanced and functional body.

Just like exercise, nutrition can be often referenced the same way but opposite actually. What you crave is what you need to stay away from as it’s your body working against you to maintain homeostasis. Crave carbs? Eat less carbs and eat more fat. Crave fat? Eat more carbs and less fat.

Come see us onsite for a bit longer at our Memphis location 552 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103 or find me online with live personal training/coaching or hire me to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included. Onsite following local covid guidelines as well as maintaining our current disinfectant procedures. You will have to sign a Covid19 release form, wash your hands upon arrival, etc.

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January 30, 2021
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I love Diane’s success story and happy to have been and continue to be a guiding force for knowledge and inspiration. I like to share these stories to get some of you believing in yourself and your efforts as well as encourage you to reach out to fitness professionals with the right credentials. We have so many more success stories from almost 19 years of working with clients at Energy Fitness in Memphis, TN.

Meet Diane, a nurse and my former neighbor in Harbor Town in Memphis, TN. Here is her story and her self compiled before and after pics. Sometimes it takes more than me just telling you to hire me or giving you exercises, nutrition advice or other holistic mind/body tricks to get you moving on track to optimal health. Take it from Diane!

“A year ago I once again made yet another New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Once again frustrated that despite consistently exercising and eating “right”  I was overweight. But this time I decided to give Tonya Tittle’s program at Energy Fitness a try. I thought, I will give it 6 weeks. Well…..it’s been a year and it’s been an amazing journey. The difference with Energy Fitness is that Tonya develops an individualized program that is based on testing of your  fitness (cardio and flexibility) and your goals. And because part of my goals were to lose weight, I used some of my sessions for nutritional counseling. There were several plans to choose from but I knew I did not want a diet, I wanted to eat this way for the rest of my life. So I chose the Mediterranean plan, since it is what I harp on with patients!   So with two weekly 30 minute workouts, some tweaks in my diet and daily protein powder I was on my way. And within 5 months I was at my goal. The aha moment for me? Being able to tuck a shirt into jeans and wear a belt! So it’s a new year and still going 💪 with new goals. And although I gave myself extra treats during the holidays, I’m back on my plan with workouts and my daily Energy Fitness vegan protein feeling gratefully ENERGIZED!” Diane G., Nurse

Without naming exact numbers she’s lost numerous inches, pounds, bodyfat and feeling more mobile. Go Diane!

Recently I sent Diane 2 custom workout programs to do at home since we are relocating the studio next month to South Carolina (my new home). She wanted me to incorporate a cable pully unit she’s had for years and not been comfortable knowing exactly what to do with it. I also incorporated other small dumbbells and body weight exercises to give the programs a well rounded balanced based on her functional movement assessment we have done in the past. Each program consisted of 6-9 exercises. I sent her a pdf of each program along with a short less than 5 minute video of each one instructing her how to do the program and how many reps and sets to do. She loves it thus far and will reach out to get new programs in about 8 weeks because she knows that you have to change up your workouts to keep getting results.

When I texted her during this blog entry and told her she is the feature of my blog and hope she inspires people she replied…

“Your program is the Inspiration!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I remember when she texted me the pic of her holding the fanny pack out with the comment “I haven’t worn this since last summer, Thanks Tonya!”

The pic in the face mask below is one she sent to me when she was feeling sexy after a routine medical exam. I love it when clients become more confident from their new improved lifestyle choices. Every choice you make can either take you closer or further away from the goal of having the body, skin, better sleep and more energy for optimal health.

C’mon ladies who else wants to feel some self love? Toot your own horn if you know you have worked hard for it. 

I’m here for you and you men deserve to feel great too, so give me a call or text 901-466-6242 for either virtual training or a custom exercise program. Eating right isn’t rocket science, it’s making the right choices for your body and working within your habit loop for success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come see us onsite for a bit longer at our Memphis location 552 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103 or find me online with live personal training/coaching or hire me to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included. Onsite following local covid guidelines as well as maintaining our current disinfectant procedures. You will have to sign a Covid19 release form, wash your hands upon arrival, etc.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A FREE VIRTUAL OR ONSITE FITNESS CONSULT (VALUE $87)