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As far as feedback on the Posture Perfect!TM class goes, it has not only met my expectations, but exceeded them! There are several reasons I enjoy the class...
|Learn More About Woody and Friends |
|Adult Health and Fitness Specialist|
With over 30 years of experience in the health and fitness, Woody McMahon specializes in health and fitness programs for severely de-conditioned (out of shape) adults. He specializes in a holistic approach to helping people with osteoporosis, osteopenia, acute and chronic back pain as well as painful knees, hips and shoulders.
Woody co-developed a program with Sara Meeks, PT called Posture Perfect!TM This safe and effective exercise program is based on The Meeks Method and helps improve your posture, restore your balance, increase your muscle and bone strength and provide more mobility all the while boosting your confidence and quality of life.
Unlike other exercise programs such as Pilates and Yoga, Posture Perfect!TM is a safe and effective way to improve your posture, balance and strength while reducing osteoporosis fracture risk and alleviating back, knee and hip pain.
My education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in human biology from the University of Maryland, a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from Palmer College of Chiropractic, a personal trainer certification through the National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA) and a Level 1 and Level 2 Certified Osteoporosis Exercise Specialist from Sara Meeks, PT Meeks Method.
After your first visit, I will create a supportive health and fitness program that compliments your medical care improving chronic illnesses such as osteoporosis, excessive weight, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. My extensive experience in health care allows me to talk directly to your doctor.
My training, education and the experience gained from each of these degrees and certifications puts me in a unique position to help you solve complex health and fitness challenges. Working with me gives you access to my personal and professional experience. These are valuable tools to help you successfully tackle the toughest health and fitness challenges. I am able to offer life changing health and fitness insights even if you consider yourself beyond help.
To learn more go to www.sequoiahealth.com/pp.
By carefully listening to your concerns and troubleshooting the problems, I am able to create an individualized, effective, easy to follow healthy lifestyle solution. My customized solutions will help you regain your health by reducing stress, eating healthier foods and improving your posture, balance, strength, stamina and flexibility.
I look forward to working with you soon.
Patricia Dunn Williams honored her own mother, Grace, by naming the home companion care company she founded 20 years ago, GraceFul Care. Now Pat is using her Master’s Degree in Teaching as she educates the public in all phases of eldercare.
Earning her CSA designation (Certified Senior Advisor) and trained by the Area Agency on Aging, the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice, she is a speaker and lecturer in area universities and businesses about the aging population including social, physical, and mental aspect of aging, community assistance for seniors, health and fitness, spirituality, grief, housing choices, end of life issues, and more.
Pat exemplifies the CSA Code of Professional Responsibility, with honesty, fairness, trustworthiness, professionalism, and continuing study of new trends and solutions. Her colleagues comment on her vast involvement in senior issues, such as establishing multiple “villages,” serving on the Board of the Alzheimer’s Family Day Center, Chairing Fairfax County’s “Services for Seniors Committee” of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council, conducting free Memory Screening for the Alzheimer’s Foundation annually, starting a Lifetime Leaders Program at Leadership Fairfax, and serving as Vice President for Ethical Responsibility in the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Claudia Osmon is a graduate of Bod-E-Work School of Therapeutic Massage in Atascadero, CA. Her massage favors the Eastern influences incorporating acupressure points to facilitate muscle release; Thai massage methods for stretching promoting the flow of qi, our life-force energy; and deep tissue techniques to stimulate muscle relaxation.
She practices Shiatsu, Polarity, Reflexology, Sports and Swedish (upon request) as well as Touch for Health Kinesiology. Touch for Health is an approach that blends east and west using muscle testing as a biofeedback tool; locating hidden imbalances in the body's energy pathways.
When balance is restored muscles can relax, chronic muscular conditions stop, the immune system is strengthened, mental clarity is enhanced, qi flows freely through the meridians (pathways) and energy is increased. Muscle testing can also be used to help determine allergies, food and environmental sensitivities, vitamin and mineral needs, emotional imbalances and other situations that affect well being.
Claudia is also trained in several spa techniques; Hot Stone Massage, Herbal Facials and various skin scrubs. She believes very strongly in the mind, body, spirit connection in everyday life and within her healing practice. She also believes in physical activity on a daily basis and can be found exercising every morning before work.
Sharon began her acupuncture training after receiving acupuncture treatment herself. She felt better physically, with less pain, more energy, and a better mental attitude than in many years prior to starting acupuncture.
At the time that she began the Master's Degree program at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in 1997, she had been working as a Certified Massage Therapist for six years and as a Registered Nurse for three years. In many ways, acupuncture felt like the logical next step. While she felt very fortunate to have had the massage therapy and nursing experiences, she remains in awe of the potential that acupuncture treatment has in creating and supporting healthy change for so many people.
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Back in the 1980's, I was feeling unfulfilled after having worked in the field of map making for several years. I knew that helping people and feeling like I was making a difference in their lives was a top priority.
So I decided to pursue a physical therapy career and after attended the University of Maryland at Baltimore I graduated in 1989. Since that time, I have been working at Virginia Hospital Center (formerly Arlington Hospital) working initially as a staff therapist throughout the hospital treating both in and outpatients but soon learned that working with outpatients was my true love. Click Here to read more about my work at the Virginia Hospital Center.
Since 1994, my areas of focus have been orthopedics, osteoporosis and balance deficits. In 2004 I obtained a certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy from the McKenzie Institute and in 2005 did a continuing education study in osteoporosis under Sara Meeks, PT. My career change has really paid off. Every day I go home feeling I have helped my patients improve their quality of life by decreasing pain and increasing activity levels as well as independence and quality of life.
Woody and I were introduced this year by Sara Meeks, PT after he took one of her osteoporosis continuing education certification programs. Sara is a dedicated and recognized expert in the treatment and management of osteoporosis. I had taken the same course back in 2005 after receiving a diagnosis of osteopenia which is the precursor to osteoporosis. Now that bone health had become a personal matter, I felt like it was important to learn all I could for myself and my patients.
After discussing how our respective education and experience would make an excellent care team, Woody invited me to come to Sequoiahealth and experience a training session with him. In turn I had Woody perform an in-service for our physical therapy staff at the hospital. We decided that I would come to Sequoiahealth to offer physical therapy services with a specialty in osteoporosis and Woody and I would teach the Posture Perfect! class at Sequoiahealth and The Virginia Hospital Center.
Even though I am still challenged by and enjoy my work at the hospital, I see this as an opportunity to explore the area of wellness and injury prevention which is one of my other interests. By teaching posture and balance classes and treating a more active clientele, I hope to help people avoid the pain and disability that sent them to the doctor in the first place.
Yogaworkz Nancy McMahon wants to help you experience the many practical health and life benefits of yoga. Yoga has been enormously helpful in her life and she would like to share those benefits with you.
Each one of her small and personalized yoga classes will help strengthen your body and soothe your mind. Individualized attention and assistance make the yoga asanas (poses) more accessible and achievable. Nancy believes it is important to combine learning and moving so that your regular yoga practice will enable you to feel, look and be your best. Join Nancy at Imagine for small group classes or your personalized session.
The Total Team Approach
Personal and Professional Support
Achieving and maintaining good is a long term commitment requiring a strong personal and professional support team. Support is the key ingredient to the successful completion of any task. "Partnering up' is the absolute best way to develop your personal support system. Whether it is a friend or loved one, your "Health Buddy" is there to share your triumphs and push you through your moments of inertia. When things get tough, it's good to have a shoulder to lean on and a helping hand to grab on to. Our team of experts provides 24/7 professional support through phone calls and emails giving you all the tools needed for long lasting success.
Motivation and Accountability
Scientific studies have shown that new healthy habits take at least 30 days to create. Hectic work and home schedules pulling you in all directions makes it challenging to dedicate personal quality time. Additionally, if you are unhappy about the way you feel and look, getting motivated may be next to impossible without help. Our team is there to maintain accountability and motivation pushing you through the moments of inertia and weakness. Your interaction with the Team through scheduled appointments, emails and phone calls provides a strong helping hand when you most need it. You'll stay motivated and focused on your health and fitness goals while staying on the right track.
You've probably heard the saying "Knowledge is Power". The more you learn about yourself, your body and your health, the easier it is to make good life decisions and stay focused on your goals. Through your entire program we'll show you how expert knowledge will strengthen your foundation. We'll give you pertinent information and show you how to apply it directly to yourself. All of your healthy decisions increase your personal power giving you a clearer picture of where you are going and how you'll get there.
You live in the age of information overload. Still, your long term health and well being is dependent on cutting edge information that is timely and pertinent to you. Our team is responsible for giving you focused, quality information thus maximizing your progress. The goals and special needs we established in the Healthy LifePlan provide the basis for the information you'll receive. Because we constantly review the latest medical research pulling out the best and discarding the rest; you receive information that allows you to make the best possible health and fitness decisions.
Our monthly e-newsletter called The Sequoia Advisor provides pertinent, cutting edge healthy lifestyle information in the form of newsletters, email, phone calls and workshops. We eliminate the need for you to spend hours a day trying to sort through the piles of conflicting health and fitness information. Our targeted information allows you apply the latest scientific health and fitness breakthroughs to improving your life. Sign-up today and join our extended healthy family.