Hi, I’m Rachel!
I've been on a path to deepening and sharing my mind-body connection since I was a baby watching my parents do martial arts. On my road to becoming a 4th degree black belt in Hapkido, I learned how to move, how to fall without getting injured, and how to connect my mind to my practice. Over the years, I've picked up many more sports and hobbies – gymnastics, ballroom dancing, pole dancing, yoga, Pilates, paddle boarding, rock climbing, even dabbling in Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting – each time learning a new style of movement and body awareness to integrate into my own practice.
At Willamette University, I earned a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, but more importantly, I learned the science behind these movements I've been doing my entire life. Intent on not losing sight of the mind side of mind-body, I wrote my thesis on Mindfulness Meditation as an Intervention for Chronic Pain. Even with school in the rear-view mirror, I'll always keep learning and staying up to date on the latest science. I'm a certified personal trainer through ACSM, a certified FRC mobility specialist, and I've completed a Pre/Post Natal Exercise certification through AFPA.
As a personal trainer, I've had the wonderful opportunity to share my knowledge and love of movement with others. I have learned so much working with people of all different ages and abilities including figure skaters, doctors, builders, triathletes, engineers, and more. Through sharing my knowledge and testing my practices, I've learned which strategies work for everyone and when each person needs an individual solution.
Everybody needs to move, but we all have different bodies and different goals.
I started Mindful Movement and Living to make healthy living more accessible by teaching the fundamental skills you need to design your own healthy lifestyle.
I'm here to tell you that you can do it (cheesy, I know). You can define health in a way that matters to you, and you can achieve it. Mindful movement and living can be hard (and should be hard at first), but I believe it is the best way to make sure you are living your life for you.