I started my career in sports medicine working with athletes, but soon realized that there was a much bigger picture. I recognized that many of the ailments and injuries athletes experienced were not only preventable, but many factors outside of training practices contributed.
So I wanted to gain more experience working with a diverse population, which led me to work at a health and fitness center for three and half years. I assessed and trained men and women between 10 and 80 years of age. Most of my clients 35 years old and older shared common chronic health problems; many suffered from weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and joint pain. And as I developed relationships with my clients and learned of their lifestyles, I realized their problems did not stem from just poor diet and lack of physical activity. The stresses of everyday life, environmental factors and the quality of products and health services all played a significant role in their overall health.
My experiences, therefore, led me to quite my job in 2010, and pursue and develop Akin To Green LLC, this website (www.akintogreen.com) and my work as an Exercise Specialist. My goal with www.akintogreen.com is to provide information; encourage action; and empower people. During my sessions with clients, I take a holistic approach to address the body's energy field, movement patterns, exercises, nutrition, environment and lifestyle based on the goals and needs of each client. My work is about creating harmony and balance, whether it is within the body or around it.
As a practitioner my journey is constantly in motion. I strive to learn and bring new tools, techniques and intuitive skills into my practice. This is done with the support of my mentors, including an amazing practitioner Colleen Hubbard who has over 20 years of experience. I always feel a deep gratitude when I am fortunate enough to work with amazingly talented practitioners.
Freelance Writer of health and fitness articles through Demand Studios that were published on Livestrong.com 2010-2011
Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) Through National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Since 2007
Completed Returning the Injured Athlete to Sports: Lower Limb, Trunk, Hip Course with Robert Donatelli July 2015
CPR/AED Certified through The American Heart Association
Retired Athletic Trainer (ATC) through the BOC (Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers)- certified from 2006 to 2016