“Work harder. Give more.”  For years, this was my mantra.

My massage clients would come to me with chronic pain, and I’d put 147% of my energy into trying to get their muscles to relax while they were on the table.

 

Whether they were suffering from chronic pain or excruciating neck tension, I’d do my best to “fix” them. And I would try to do it in the fewest sessions possible since they told me they were “too busy” to spend much time on themselves.

My Guilty Secret

But I had a guilty secret.

 

See, I’m not just trained in medical massage and rehab. Yes, I’ve had rigorous training in anatomy, physiology, and muscle systems.

 

But I’m also certified as a Health Coach and highly skilled at listening to the body. I trained in Myofascial Release, Reiki, chakra re-balancing, meridian work, and Touch for Health.

 

The problem was my clients didn’t want to hear about chakras and body-mind connections. They just wanted me to help them to feel better—right this minute.

 

The bigger problem was that even I didn’t want to completely acknowledge all that “unconventional” stuff. I didn’t want to be that weird “hippy dippy” chick.

 

So I ignored my intuition and buckled down even harder, chanting my “Work harder. Give more” mantra like a zombie cheerleader.

 

I was booking often 30 massages a week.

 

When I wasn’t doing massage, I was emailing my clients, trying to share all my tips so they could get even faster results.

 

The one teeny tiny problem was that I couldn’t actually type these emails.

 

I had to record videos or voice memos because my arms were in constant pain.

 

I was working myself so hard that the nerves in my arms were going crazy. I would wake up in the middle of the night with my fingers, hands, and arms throbbing and numb.

 

I wasn’t sleeping well because I had to get up and walk around to get feeling back in my arms. Each morning I was drinking more and more caffeine just to feel slightly normal.

 

But that’s the price of “success” right…?

Breaking Point

As I was dealing with my own crazy body rebellion, I started getting clients with increasingly major issues. They wanted some kind of miracle from me.

 

Some were in so much pain that their doctor had prescribed medication or wanted to give them cortisone shots. In other cases, they were facing surgery for their pain.

 

They told me that if they could just book more sessions with me, it would all be “fixed.”

 

At that moment, I realized with horror what was going on. I was doing exactly what my clients were doing: Shoving self-care onto the backburner and totally ignoring what my body was trying to tell me, thinking I could fight it into better health.

 

I knew I had to do something different for myself and for my clients ASAP.

Kicking Chronic Pain to the Curb

My arms were so messed up that I had to cut back on my massage hours. And this was actually the biggest gift. It forced me to listen to what my body was trying to tell me.  

 

The message was loud and clear: My body needed rest. It needed downtime. And I saw the same pattern for my clients.

 

They needed the time in between our sessions to let their bodies readjust and recalibrate to a new, healthy normal.

 

I asked myself how I could make the best use of this time between sessions to support even better results for them.

The answer was clear: All that mind-body expertise I’d spent years learning—and then years ignoring.

 

Slowly, I began unpacking my full-range of healing methods.

 

At first, I was using them only with a handful of clients—people who had told me they were willing to try ANYTHING to stop their severe pain.

 

In between our sessions I didn’t just send them tips. I began following up, holding them accountable, and coaching them as their partner in health.

 

And I started seeing HUGE breakthroughs.

 

One client had been coming to me on and off for 7 years. She could barely move her neck. I’d tried different approaches. I’d tried every new skill I learned from my ongoing professional development training. I’d even referred her to a chiropractor and a pain specialist, but none of the changes stuck.

 

Finally, I was really straight with her: “What’s going on with your neck and shoulders and jaw is really about what’s going on in your mind and thoughts.”

 

She was surprised to hear this, but she was open to follow me down this new path. After two sessions using a mind-body approach, she felt more relief than in the entire time we had worked together!

A New Path to Health

From that moment on, I knew I could never go back to trying to force bodies to heal. Not mine, and not my clients’. I knew that the secret to better health was engaging with the body.

 

I became committed to helping women find lasting relief from pain, exhaustion, tension, and everything else that was stealing their mojo.

 

I started using my full toolbox of healing expertise. Hey, it might seem “woo woo” but it works!

 

Now because of my “Fierce self-care practice”  not only has my own health flourished, but I have the amazing privilege of watching clients heal from the inside out. They…

 

  • finally, find relief from chronic pain
  • manage chronic conditions and start enjoying life again
  • reclaim their mojo so they can do more and feel badass while doing it
  • stop feeling exhausted all the time and thinking “This is just what it takes to be successful” or “This is just what getting older feels like.”

 

As a mind-body health coach, I’m on a mission to help people do more of what you love and feel badass doing it. I teach you to put yourselves and your health first without sacrificing your career, family, or the causes you care about.

 

Together we design a personalized action plan so you are making yourself a priority, revitalizing your life and reclaiming your mojo.

 

Most of all, you learn to listen to what your body is saying and embrace fierce self-care. I teach you how to create first-class health in your lives, even if you’re busy running a business or a family.

 

 I have opened up space in my schedule to work with people who are ready to commit to themselves and claim their path to Elevated Wellness.

Those spaces will fill quickly so you claim them before they are gone!

 

Lets chat!

If I feel like I can help you, together we will determine what level of support fits your needs

Click here and select “book now” to set up your free call with me.

 

Dannielle 🙂

 

*I’m a body-mind health coach for people who are sick and tired of feeling overwhelmed by the demands of a busy life.  You’re doing “all the right things” but still feel exhausted, run-down, and so busy running a business or raising a family that you feel like you can’t take the time you need for yourself.  I help you discover and embody a practice of fierce self-care to reclaim your energy so you can do more—and feel badass doing it!