Over 35 years of experience
Having been in the fitness and wellness industry for well over 35 years I have seen all the fads, gimmicks and magic pills that promise ‘’quick & drastic results’’. As an educated, seasoned professional I am able to help you understand what really works and what will lead to lasting changes.
My professional experience as a movement and wellness educator progressed through the years beginning with coaching various sports and teaching thousands of fitness/yoga/mobility/exercise classes of all types. I have trained clients to improve their posture and mobility, to enhance their strength and cardiovascular fitness and even more importantly; to feel better in their body. I have facilitated hundreds of courses, workshops and seminars ranging from lifesaving skills to stress management, pelvic floor muscle health, posture and mobility , overcoming burnout and healthy self-care. Over the years I have enjoyed writing articles on healthy living for newspapers and was a contributing author for the book Passwords: Passing on Words of Wisdom and Hope. I am regularly invited as a guest speaker on the Roger’s Cable TV show called Nat En Parle as well as have been on Unique FM Pensez santé with Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp.
I was the Physical Education Director at YMCAs in Montreal and Halifax. I then enjoyed being a grade school teacher for well over 6 years before returning to being a Fitness Director at the Ottawa Athletic Club. I was later recruited to take on the challenge of being the Regional Director for the Orleans YMCA-YWCA leading the management team during the time of expansion and renovations. I was then honored to be selected and hired as the Fitness Portfolio Specialist for the City of Ottawa where I developed high caliber yearly continuing education conferences, recognized by all the top national certifying bodies.
I chose to leave my municipal job with all the benefits and security to follow my passion of helping people re-discover their passion, their energy and talents. I enjoy being part of the process that empowers individuals to take that leap of faith, discover the right strategic decisions, tools and methodologies to shift from trauma/burnout to good then to great. My goal is to help people create lasting personal transformations from the inside and out.
- Graduate studies in Exercise Physiology – McGill University
- B.Ed. Phys. Ed specializing in Fitness- McGill University
- Diploma in Social Studies – Champlain College
- TraumaPractik® practitioner: Anatomy of Trauma
- 200 hour Strategic Intervention Training – Tony Robins & Chloe Madames- RMT
- NLP Life Coach – Canadian Fitness Professional
- Level II Reiki Energy Work practitioner
- BARS Energy Work practitioner
- Fitness Instructor Specialist – Canadian Fitness Professional
- Personal Trainer Specialist – Canadian Fitness Professional
- Yoga Teacher Certified – YMCA-YWCA
- Workshops and studies in Mindful Yoga, Yoga for Emotional Balance, Yoga Therapy
- Yoga Tune Up® Level 1 70 hour Certification
- Indoor Cycling instructor – YMCA-YWCA
- Sport Conditioning Coach level 1 – Twist Conditioning
- 1st aid and CPR
- I attend national and international fitness, physiotherapy, wellness, yoga and mobility conferences at least yearly.
WHY DID I CHOOSE HIKANO AS A BUSINESS NAME?
During my search for a business name that resonated with me I came across the words Hikanos and Hikanoo. Their definitions matched everything that I was looking for. I believe you will agree that the following definitions describe what I strive to accomplish with all my clients:
“To arrive” – “Sufficient in ability” – “To equip one with adequate power to perform duties”
Hikano Strategic Intervention Life and Wellness Coaching is all about a collaborative, supportive partnership between you and I that fosters good health promoting behaviors. I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. I look to help you develop a greater self-awareness of your thoughts, emotions and actions and their influence on your well-being. We will look at a balanced, strategic approach to incorporating healthy choices for proper nutrition, activity and self-care that are specific to your needs.
In simple words I take a mindful, whole-body approach to wellness so that you can can restore, revive and thrive. You will feel ''equipped with adequate power to perform your duties''
- Strategic Intervention Life/wellness coaching
- TraumaPractik® methodology based on the anatomy of trauma
- Movement/exercise coaching, therapy or Yoga Tune Up®
- Yoga and meditation – private or group lessons
- Reiki, or EFT energy healing
Most appointments will include some or all of the above depending on your specific needs.
I also facilitate workshops:
- Yoga Tune Up® and mobility work for a healthy gut, to release back pain, improve shoulder ROM, etc
- How to prevent, detect and/or overcome adrenal fatigue. ”Journey from burnout to great energy”
- Health and care of your pelvic floor muscles
- Yoga (hatha , power, yin and restorative)
- meditation ( breath & intention, chakra, mantra, guided visualization)
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