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Personal Training: Functional Approach

Working out in a large Health Club, lifting weights and sitting on a stationary bike is all fine and well but limited towards well rounded fitness. Relying on machines to improve strength, balance and coordination will lead to disappointment. By taking a Functional approach to reaching your fitness goals, you will reap the rewards and then some in a more timely and enjoyable manner. Functional Fitness involves stimulating load bearing joints (hips, Knees, Ankles and shoulders) through full range of motion without pain, stiffness, or restrictions.

Each client will begin with a movement analysis to detect restrictions and understand body mechanics before designing an individualized, progressive training program. Every individual and every joint has varying degrees of function. Therefore, having a personnel program is essential to fitness, strength and functionality. Workouts will be designed to open areas of restriction, activate muscles that may be weakened, and apply it to exercises that will challenge you to be agile and unrestricted. By unleashing movement, the possibilities are endless. The goal of workouts is to train in the studio to be able to take on whatever life throws at you outside of your workouts. Whether it be improving your sport, hiking a trail or simply playing with your kids, function is key to your success. No matter your age or your current fitness level, movement is vitally important and becoming functionally strong and fit is possible with consistent, targeted efforts.

By taking a Functional approach to reaching your fitness goals, you will reap the rewards and then some in a more timely and enjoyable manner.

Karen offers a FREE 1 hour consultation to better understand her client’s needs and allow an opportunity for each potential client to gain an understanding of how she works and tour her studio. Packages are custom designed to suit each individual needs and budget.


The benefits of yoga far exceed flexibility training. A regular practice will improve strength, posture, bone and joint health, improve lung capacity, allow for better sleep, and reduce stress. However, perhaps the most important component to this ancient practice is strengthening the mind body connection. Conscious deep breathing, body awareness and stillness of the mind creates a peaceful outlook, an environment for healing and stimulates creativity. Karen studied yoga on the beaches of Tulum Mexico in which she refers to as a soulful experience. Understanding the benefits of meditation, yoga, deep breathing and training the body and the mind to appreciate the present moment can be transformative. Forget the past, the future can wait and appreciate exactly what is. Karen teaches private yoga sessions, small groups and is available to teach at special events and in the workplace.

Fascial Stretch Therapy

Fascial Stretch Therapy is a non-invasive, full body approach to care. This manual stretch therapy targets not only muscle but the fascia which is the connective tissue that surrounds muscles, bones and joints. Each joint is addressed with light traction and assisted stretching leaving the body feeling lighter and free. The fascia is 9 times more receptive than muscle tissue. When our bodies are under stress whether that be physical stress, nutritional stress, emotional or chemical, the fascia will create restriction if not addressed. This may contribute to decreased mobility, reduced performance and increased pain if not treated. Fascial Stretch therapy releases these restrictions in a systematic approach. Traction is used to target the joint capsule increasing mobility and lubricating the joints. Limbs and joints are stretched and maneuvered through full ranges of motion. The use of PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) is layered in to increase flexibility often after just one treatment. By releasing restrictions in the fascia, it creates opportunity for freedom of movement, increased flexibility, pain management, and increased performance.  By pairing deep breathing techniques with Fascial Stretch Therapy, the parasympathetic nervous system is activated which induces healing.  Leave each treatment with greater buoyancy and mobility.

Thai Massage

Thai massage is an ancient healing system that involves assisted yoga. The 90-minute session involves rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. You will be twisted and turned into different yoga like positions to explore different ranges of motion. The needing of the tissue in these positions encourages relaxation and improves flexibility. Inspired by a trip to Thailand, Karen became certified with the Ottawa School of Thai massage in 2016. Clients settle in on Thai mats wearing loose clothing. For the next hour and a half, Karen will use her hands and feet to offer a full body treatment, leaving you relaxed and rejuvenated.

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