3rd Age Women's Wellness is a niche offshoot of my business, Mind-Body Movement Center Physical Therapy Inc.
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, 2016-2017; Mount Madonna Training Center; getting back to the roots of yogic philosophy in the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga provided by Baba Hari Dass
Integrative Women’s Health Institute, 2014-2016; Women’s Health Coach (WHC = Certificate in health coaching, and nutrition as it regards to pelvic health and hormonal balance)
Professional Yoga Therapy Studies, North Carolina, 2008-2010; Medical Yoga Therapy Certification (MYT)
UC San Francisco/ San Francisco State, 2004-2007; Doctorate of Physical Therapy (PT, DPT)
Mesa College, San Diego, 2000; Fitness Specialist Certification
UC San Diego, 1994-1998; BS in Animal Physiology & Neuroscience; Minor in Health Care & Social Issues
American Physical Therapy Association; International Association of Yoga Therapists
Winter Special Olympics, Idaho, 2009; Healthy Athletes FunFitness, conducted brief evaluations of athletes and provided healthy tips for flexibility and strength.
Susan G Komen Walk for Breast Cancer, 2008 & 2010; Medical Tent, conducted evaluation and treatments for participants for musculoskeletal injuries as well as applying first aid.
RotaCare Bay Area, Inc, 2012; evaluated and treated patients at a free health clinic in San Leandro
Alameda Friendly Visitors, 2013-present; Visit a community member who is homebound and in need of companionship in Alameda, weekly to bi-weekly. A very rewarding experience. If you have time, consider signing up!
How I changed my story from sweaty, fatigued, and sad to vibrant and resilient.....and how you can too!
Hi, I'm Tianna. A woman, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a knowledge seeker, a kitesurfer, a yoga instructor, a women's health coach and a physical therapist. I am also someone that sometimes struggles, sometimes feels pain and sadness and sometimes feels absolutely amazing and full of gratitude (mostly)---though this was not always the case.
I know many people have this life that seemingly flows with synchronicity, and I am definitely on that path now. One thing has led to another....as though the universe knew where I was going to be at just the right time.
I was drawn to become a physical therapist when I was in the throws of a repetitive stress injury from my customer rep job. If I had known then what I know now, it wasn't just the stress of the job, but also my lifestyle and diet--out too late, drinking too much, exercising too hard, eating soy, soy, soy and fat-free, sugar-free. My poor system was under the attack of inflammation. And likely in the throws of hormonal imbalance.
But I thought becoming a physical therapist would end that pain. Nope, it followed me. All the way through grad school. Still stressed, still not eating well (diet soda and Cliff Bars galore) and not sleeping enough.
Way back when, I had found yoga to try to ease my pain. But it was "gym yoga." And looking back, it may have done more harm than good. But what it did do was to spark my interest in yoga as a healing tool. Last year of grad school, I found Professional Yoga Therapy Institute and was drawn down another path of integrative healing through Yoga Therapy. The philosophy and practices of yoga were not only healing for myself, but also a way to see past my patients injured body part and see into their spirit.
Meeting a whole person in front of me and not just treating my sore, achey arms or medicine for my rashes.
Jump forward a couple years and I'm thrown into another spiral--still working at the PT clinic and starting my business, Mind-Body Movement Center. Stressed? Yes. And too tired to get up and meditate....I'm mean, really, too tired to meditate? It's just sitting there, breathing and witnessing. But yes, I was too tired. Coming home from a busy work day seeing 14 patients with only a 1/2 hour break, only to slump into a little ball on the floor and weep. I would wake up in a pool of sweat in my bed, sometimes having to change the towel that I would use to protect the bed from staining. Pain in the arms coming back. Feelings of unexplained sadness. Pooping up to 5 times per day (not normal by the way). I was only 37---too early for menopause. Around that time, I did a cleanse that shocked me out of my spiral. I felt great! But as we all do, I slipped back into the usual habits. Until I was on a trip several years later and was taken over with a systemic rash and feeling sad again. Sigh.
But the path turned and I found a functional medicine practitioner and was able to really start learning about what I was putting in my body.....or not putting in, was literally, my medicine.
This spurred me to enter into the Integrative Women's Health Coaching program with Jessica Drummond to become a certified Women's Health Coach (WHC). And taking lots of continuing education on women's health and the pelvic floor and persistent pain. And this is where we are now.
Today I enjoy:
- Daily meditation and breathing practices
- Healing, nutrient dense foods (most of the time)
- Practicing yoga on the beach
- Spending time with my husband
- Feeling like I have empowerment over the way my body feels and the choices I make every day about what to eat, how to move and how to relax
I want this empowerment for you too. We may not share the exact same life....but the story is similar.......Transitioning from a feeling of hopeless fatigue and sadness towards one of vibrant resilience. Climbing up that hill, only to get to the top and finding another hill just beyond. But you'll know just how to apply the best self-care so you can make it to the next peak.
Will you join me in creating a journey of resiliency for yourself?
Tianna Meriage-Reiter, PT, DPT, MYT, WHC