Introducing Jillian Ardoin!

Hello Fit Chicks and new Clients!!

My name is Jillian Ardoin. I’m originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, and I have lived in Texas, California and have found a new home here in Colorado.  I’m really excited about joining the wonderful Lauren Harmon at Body in Harmony and teaming up with Fit Chicks Express to provide this beautiful group of ladies with quality self-care. I can’t wait to meet you all and work with you in the near future!  Until we meet here’s just a little bit about me, enjoy! Please stop by for a session or just to say hello 🙂

After I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Texas in Austin in 2004, I moved back to Louisiana and became a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in 2007. It was during my massage training that I was pulled towards receiving my first Rolfing® Structural Integration session to help with chronic back pains and knee issues; it was then that I immediately felt a calling to Colorado to become a Certified Rolfer™ of Structural Integration.  So I planned for four years and saved my earnings and made it here to this lovely state.  And I have happily found a new home here with many opportunities this beautiful community and region has to offer for which I’m very grateful.

I have been a student of dance since the age of three. I’ve taken many classes covering a variety of techniques including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, Hip-Hop, Modern, Pilates, Contact-Improv and Break-Dancing.  I was also a dance teacher for 10+years in Texas, California and in Louisiana;here I had my own dance company, “Breathe – Dance and Performance Collective.”  As a Dancer-Athlete, I have a long list of injuries and structural mis-alignments that has kept my interest in a consistent pursuit of structural and energetic healing. I also deal with ongoing, deeply rooted, vehicle traumas that I’m continually present with and working on filtering out of my body by receiving Rolfing, Cranial-Sacral and Source Point sessions.  I strive to integrate a Fascial Fitness program into my week by combining yoga, healthy eating habits, weekly Boot Camp classes at FCE and receiving bodywork to keep my mind and body in balance.

I strive to progressively share my ability as a healer and educator of the body.  I am constantly in this endeavor by using my experience with movement/dancing, bodywork and expressing my knowledge of the body by facilitating ease of movement in my sessions.  I strongly believe educational sessions are part of integral healing.

I’m trained in Rolfing® Structural Integration, Swedish & Deep Tissue Massage, Body Talk Access, Polarity Balancing for the Nervous and Immune System, Level I Reiki and Source Point Therapy®.

I believe in listening to my clients so there can be a mutual understanding of what he/she wants to accomplish within themselves; this will allow their true, original self to shine through.  I strive to facilitate peace within the chaos of the connective tissue, AKA “The Fascial Web.”  I believe this happens through a journey of filtering the pathways within the body, which allows energy to flow through more freely.  This will ultimately promote ease of movement, deeper breathes and better communication within one’s self.

If you would like to know more about Jillian and Body in Harmony, visit our website at www.FitChickExpress.com

One Year!

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Body in Harmony is Celebrating its One Year Anniversary with Fit Chick Express

Body in Harmony is honored to be part of such an amazing community of women and wants to thank every member at Fit Chick Express for a spectacular year. I want to send out a special thanks to Angie Schumacher, the owner of Fit Chick Express, for inviting me to come join FCE. These women do inspiring things everyday and they always come out ready to take on the days challenges even when it is a struggle. The women of FCE are vivacious and vibrant and to be part of that is something to be cherished.

Many impactful events have happened in the past year through the support of FCE members. This includes the following. The first annual fundraiser for the Race for the Cure was a great success and this year’s Team Body in Harmony is going to be even bigger than the last! We have set a goal of fundraising $3,000 for the cause. If you would like to join our team this year, go to this link http://convio.komencolorado.org/goto/bodyinharmonysi!

This year we introduced Body Awareness Classes to help people find a better sense of their bodies and how to get more out of their workouts. For those that participated they found how using their feet differently could change how they harnessed their power in their workouts. These classes will continue to be offered at least once a month throughout the year. The classes are limited to small sizes in order to ensure better understanding. To help people get a better sense of what Rolfing ® Structural Integration is Body In Harmony started offering sample sessions throughout the year. This will continue to happen at least once a month. Many people are fearful that Rolfing ® Structural Integration is painful and we want to show you that it doesn’t have to be.

Body in Harmony is excited to announce that this year there will be lots of exciting events as well as new additions to the practice. Some of these include a The Race for the Cure, Client Appreciation Lunch in October, Body Awareness Classes, Sample Rolfing Sessions, The Love Your Body Event, and much more. In the next year Body in Harmony will be adding Cranial Sacral for horses as well as Rolf Movement to the services provided!

Have a grand day and here is to a brilliant second year!

Lauren Harmon Certified Rolfer™ Certified Equine Structural Integration Practitioner Rolfing ® Structural Integration Longmont and Fort Collins Colorado

Lauren Harmon is a Certified Rolfer™ working out of Fit Chick Express studio.  If you would like to know more about Lauren and Fit Chick Express, check us out at www.FitChickExpress.com

Body Awareness Is Key!

Race for the Cure

I know it is early but wanted to get the ball rolling. Every year Team Body In Harmony runs/walks the Race for the Cure in Honor of Morgan Cavenaugh and all that have been affected by breast cancer.

Morgan was a lady with a beautiful soul that lived gracefully. One would never know that she had bad days because she made the most of every day. She was part of the United States Army, was getting her degree while working fulltime in the military, ran Marathons, loved to bake, participated in Mud Runs and so much more. If she was still here today she would have loved being a FIT CHICK! She was one of the strongest women I will ever have the pleasure of knowing and will forever be an inspiration to me and all those who knew her!

Every year Morgan would raise money for the Race for the Cure as well as participate in the race. She passed away at too young an age in March of 2013. In honor of my remarkable friend I have taken on her yearly joy of raising funds for the cause!

The race is on September 28th of this year and throughout the next couple months there will be different opportunities to be a part of Team Body in Harmony! All are welcome to join on Race day or you can sleep in for the Cure!

Check in at www.bodyinharmonysi.com over the next couple months for info on how to join Team Body in Harmony, fundraiser events, and updates about what has been accomplished!

Be well and cherish every day!

Contributing post from Lauren Harmon Certified Rolfer™

Visit us as www.FitChickExpress.com for more information about our fitness program for women!

Why you should become a Fit Chick!

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This blog post will be different than most you will see from me and not what I promised for this next post from Body In Harmony. With that said I felt this message of thanks and gratitude needed to be expressed. This post is about what it means to be a Fit Chick and why it is important that places like Fit Chick Express exist.

I joined Fit Chicks a year and a half ago after attending the annual Love Your Body Event. My intention when joining the gym was to meet people since I was relatively new to Longmont.  I didn’t join because of weight loss goals or because I needed a place to work out. I tell you this because being a Fit Chick isn’t just about the workouts. At Fit Chick you gain a community, a support system, and fun place to get strong! The community feel isn’t just in the gym but taken outside the daily classes in the form of group challenges, mud runs, parties and fun events just to have a night out!

Angie Schumacher, owner of Fit Chick Express, has create a welcoming atmosphere where women of all walks of life can come together and feel confident, strong, and supported as they work towards their goal to live a healthy lifestyle! Angie goes above and beyond to ensure that all the Fit Chicks get more than your average workout by creating each workout to be different.  In addition to the workouts you can also get a variety of other classes like yoga, zumba and kickboxing with great instructors. Many of the instructors started as clients and were so inspired by being a Fit Chick that they went on to train to be part of the Fit Chick team! That in itself speaks volumes for what an amazing and inspirational place Fit Chicks is.

There is also an understanding that fitness isn’t the whole thing that makes us healthy. Resources are made available for self care and Nutrition. Bobbie Covert with RU Nourished is there to help everyone get the most out of their workouts from the nutritional stand point. How we fuel our bodies greatly impacts our daily lives and our ability to get stronger. Bobbie helps you know what the right fuel is!

On a personal level, joining Fit Chick Express was a big step for me. Prior to becoming a member I had back surgery along with being sick for four years and up to that point had just done physical therapy and Rolfing ® Structural Integration to assist my body in recovering.  This made the idea of starting out in the boot camp classes very intimidating since there were many exercises that I couldn’t do because I was too weak. I am also hyper mobile; stabilizing during certain workouts is very challenging for me.  I decide that is was time to be brave and see how it went.

Angie was amazing and helped me alter every workout that didn’t work for me so that I could be in the class and feel comfortable and confident.  Even though I still struggled with health issues at times, I was becoming more resilient everyday and I owe that to Fit Chicks and Angie. Workouts became easier and I was able to take on more in each class. As I mentioned in the beginning, I didn’t join to lose weight, my time at Fit Chicks still altered my body to be leaner and stronger. This transferred into my daily life because things that had been challenging after back surgery were now afterthoughts.

About a year after joining Fit Chicks I got married. I took on the challenge of private sessions with Angie because I wanted to look great in my dress for the big day! Angie stepped up and helped me achieve my goals and then some! I was able to walk down the aisle feeling confident and beautiful and very proud of the way I looked in my backless and strapless dress. Without her help I don’t think I would have felt the same way!

If you are looking for a place to achieve your health and wellness goals and to find a sense of community, then Fit Chick Express is the place for you.  It has been a year and a half since I started at Fit Chicks and I look forward to many more years with these awesome women!

 Lauren Harmon Certified Rolfer™

Certified Equine Structural Integration Practitioner

Rolfing ® Structural Integration Longmont and Fort Collins Colorado

Visit us as www.FitChickExpress.com for more information about our fitness program for women!

Body Awareness: How it applies to you

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What is body awareness and why is it important?

Body awareness can mean many things depending on the context but in this instance it is being used to describe how we move through our daily lives. For example the way we pick something up off the ground, sit in a chair (see previous post here) or do squats at the gym. It can even be something as small as how we move our eyes or turn our head. Bringing awareness to simple movements or sensations can enhance these movements so that they are done with ease and efficiency as well as in way to prevent damage to our bodies!

So why is this important?

When we are less aware of how we move then we are more likely to get injured doing the repetitive motions that fill our day or the random movements like picking up something heavy without thinking about it or how we sit at our desk on a daily basis.

What this means for your workouts?

When doing a workout there is a tendency to do repetitive motions. Those repetitive motions work through the same joints over and over again. Now imagine that this movement was a squat and that it was done without awareness and one knee is twisting each time. Even if it is just a tiny movement of the knee out of alignment it could be causing other compensation in the body.

Through becoming more aware of where your body is in space and how to feel when things are moving well it enhances the workouts by making them more efficient and less likely to produce injury.

Starting to develop more awareness in ourselves!

To start to develop awareness in our bodies there are some simple movements you can start with. You will need a tennis ball and a small bouncy ball (like the ones you get out of a gumball machine, there are 8 packs sold for $1.99 at King Soopers).

The feet!

The tennis ball is to start bringing awareness to your feet which in turn will loosen the body up all the way into the hips and low back.

  • Start off by taking a walk and get a baseline for how your feet feel when you walk and what your knees, hips, back and shoulders feel like as you move.
  • Then standing or sitting with bare feet roll the tennis ball under one foot very slowly and gently. It isn’t about putting a lot of pressure through the tennis ball but about feeling the sensation of the tennis ball on the bottom of the foot. In fact if you are standing most of your weight should be on the foot that isn’t on the tennis ball. You want to do this slowly and be conscious of what you feel. This sense of sensation work to repattern the nervous system and teaching it where your foot is. That is why it is important to get the whole foot including all the toes! Do this for a minute.
  • When finished take a walk before doing the other foot so you can feel what has shifted then do the other side! This can be done throughout your day and even while sitting at your desk to keep you back loose during the day!

Increasing awareness of our feet gives us a better sense of grounding and support from our lower body allowing our upper body to be able to rest and not try to hold us up so much! When we can connect to our feet we can also access more power from out lower body which is important when doing your workouts. Think about the way you do squats and notice next time if you are using your whole foot to do the movement! If not then you lose some of the power. Try doing to the tennis ball exercise before doing squats and see if you notice a difference in the way you do them! For more information on Squats be on the lookout for my next post!

The Hands!

Next use the bouncy ball to do the same thing for your hands! This is best done if you can use a table to rest your hand on!

1. Once again take a walk and just notice how your neck and shoulders feel.

2. Take a bouncy ball and place it under the palm of your hand and then rest your hand on the table.

3. Roll the bouncy ball under your hand for a minute like you rolled the tennis ball under your foot. You want to feel each finger with the bouncy ball and the whole surface of the hand. Remember it is the sensation of the slow conscious movement that creates there patterning of the nervous system so that your body is more aware of where your hand and arm are.

4. While doing this be aware of what the ball feels like on your hand and make sure to take deep breaths. Also watch that you’re allowing your shoulders to rest and your armpits to relax!

5. Be careful to be very light near where your hand and wrist meet as this is where there are nerves.

6. Do one side and then take a walk. See what the whole arm, shoulder and neck feel like then do the other side!

This is a great way to warm of the shoulders especially before/after an arm workout!

Do you want to learn more about how to be aware in your body especially in your workouts?

Watch for more information and a follow up post in April!

We will be going over Pushups, Squats and other exercises to help with biomechanics and form with the intention to reduce injury!

 

Lauren Harmon Certified Rolfer™

Certified Equine Structural Integration Practitioner

Rolfing ® Structural Integration Longmont and Fort Collins Colorado

www.Bodyinharmonysi.com