I teach people how to improve health through diet, movement, mindset, soulwork, and relaxation.
After working in the biotech industry for 20 years, I began to feel a strong pull to pursue my other passions. I asked myself numerous times over a 12 month period “what are my top 5 passions?” and the ones that consistently called me to duty were food, movement, and the outdoors. Walking away from a wonderful company after 20 years was a huge decision that carried much uncertainty with it but I knew that if I didn’t leave, my soul (my inner voice) would keep chattering in my ear.
A friend introduced me to the CHEK Institute and I geared up to learn all I could about diet and exercise. What I didn’t expect was how the holistic approach to these topics, and more, opened me up to a much deeper understanding of mind-body-spirit and how to heal, or more exactly, how to come into myself. I didn’t just learn about diet and exercise, I learned how my body and psyche respond to everything in my environment and that awareness of that response is key to knowing how to nourish my body and mind to gain optimal health.
Becoming aware leads to positive change and though it is a simple concept, it’s not always an easy undertaking. I’ve always been physically active with a strong affinity for outdoor activities and sports. I was a collegiate rower, a marathon and sprint paddler, and avid hiker, logging over 500 miles on the Appalachian Trail. But a severe car accident, a neck injury from a crossfit fall, and a hit on the head by an OC2 (outrigger canoe) forced me to rethink the way I go about moving and living. (How many whacks to the head does it take to realize something’s got to change?!)
After the injuries, my body began to change. Or maybe changes already in progress began to worsen. My digestion weakened, my joints ached even more, and I had a nagging, intermittent pain in my lower abdomen. What was happening in my body occurred simultaneously with what was happening with my spirit- that pull to start a new career path. Since that time, I’ve studied with numerous teachers on topics including martial arts, functional movement, energy medicine, shamanic healing, human physiology, philosophy, and spirituality. I didn’t realize it at first, but I was on my path to wholeness and understanding of myself more than I was on a new career path. I experienced the pain and freedom of realizing that a trauma when I was 18 years old unknowingly effected decisions I was making in my 30s and 40s. I experienced the joy of remembering what I love and bringing more of that in to my life. Opening doors to opportunities around you is fantastic but opening doors to yourself is where the magic happens!
The road to recovery and a healthy body requires motivation and includes a healthy mind. One cannot have a healthy body without a healthy mind and a healthy spirit. On my journey I recognized that my physical pains and disconnect had roots in not only my physical body, but also my mental, emotional, and spiritual body. Working with Reiki, Shamanic practices, and Tai Chi/Qigong were every bit as helpful to my progress as changes to my diet and exercise routines.
Through my teachings at the CHEK Institute and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®, my study and practice of Reiki, Qigong, Tai Chi, and Shamanic healing, plus much introspection, I make continuous progress in attaining my optimal health. Life gets better everyday. You too, have the power to attain your optimal health and happiness. I can guide you on your journey.
Suzanne has a B.A. in mathematics, worked as an enzymologist for 20 years, is a Certified CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach (HLC 2), Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner (FDN-P), Tai Chi & Qigong teacher, Reiki Okuden, Shamanic Practitioner, and author of The Optimal Health Cookbook: Your Guide to Real Food Made Easy (available on Amazon).