Welcome!!

Welcome to my new blog post.

I know you’re here to learn more about fitness, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle! I can help you to reach your goals.10302045_10153052327218648_3491970537823673509_n

I’ve been involved in fitness, since I came here when I was twenty, as a nanny from Sweden. I discovered aerobics and fell in love! We did not have anything like this back home, so when I moved back to Sweden I opened up an aerobics studio.

To me fitness is a part of having a whole life!

I ended up moving back to the United States in January of 1991, with my husband, who owned a fitness studio. A few months after I arrived, my life changed in an instant! I was hit by a car while walking across the street; I suffered a broken neck among other injuries. I was fortunate in that I did recover, but it took two long years of physical therapy, working out and massage to feel like my old self.

Did I just say massage and working out helped in recovering from my accident? YES!!!

It took about a few months for my fractures to heal, but I still suffered from a constant headache and tension after the accident. Massages saved my life! I worked out and had regular massages, which relieved and released the pain I was in. My accident taught me a lot about the human body and how to heal from injuries, which is why I work with so many people who have been through traumatic physical experiences! I can help them!

Once I was physically able, I started working with my ex-husband. We opened up another studio in Pasadena in 1993 and I am still in the same location 23 years later! I am so fortunate, as to have had clients who have been with me that long, and new ones joining me on a regular basis.

I have kept this business going, because it is my passion, even after the birth of my twin daughters in 1997. I love what I do and fitness is not just my job, but my lifestyle. You can see me out hiking and running the trails in the San Gabriel Mountains, several times a week, or riding my bike, walking or doing yoga.

My philosophy is that you must keep surprising the muscles and stay consistently working out. It’s definitely not about overdoing it in one session, but to work out consistently 3-4 times a week. Most of my clients come in to see me for semi-private training twice a week and do some other form of exercise to supplement.

Have you tried semi-personal training?

It’s an opportunity to receive your own training program, while in the company and support of a few other people. It’s a great way to be fit, get more competitive with yourself and make new friends too. It is a great way to train, rather than having one on one sessions with a trainer, and for a fraction of the price.

I also have six massage therapists, and a Pilates studio, because I know what a difference it makes in overall health and well being.

My keys that I offer to well being and total fitness are to have a sustainable program for the long run meaning:

  • No one is going to the ER for overdoing it!
  • This is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix!
  • It takes a commitment—something to stick with and see results!
  • To lose weight, maintain fitness it takes a combination of eating right, cardio and resistance training—there’s no shortcut!

Injury free is the way to go! Stay consistent and steady, it wins the race!

Please call me, so I can learn more about your goals and if you have injuries or any other obstacles to fitness. I will then have you come in for an in-person consultation. 626.799.7243.

In fitness and health,

Carina


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Massage and Fitness Recovery

massage-therapist1-300x175Recovery Never Felt So Good

Whether you are an exercise addict or just beginning a fitness routine from a sedentary lifestyle, everyone can benefit from therapeutic massage.  This is because we all use our bodies in repetitive ways, such as sitting at the computer for long periods of time or driving.  Both your fitness routine and your daily repetitive behaviors cause soreness, tension, and even strain in your muscles.

The ability of massage to assist in muscular recovery can be astounding.  Relief from tension, greater range of motion, a greater mind-body connection, and an overall sense of relief and relaxation are just a few of the feel-good benefits of massage.

Recover Like an Athlete

Sports massage, also known as manual therapy, has been popular among professional athletes for decades.  If you want to train like an athlete massage should definitely be included in your fitness regimen.  Regular massage can improve your overall fitness level by enhancing flexibility, reducing fatigue, improving endurance, preventing injuries, and relieving stressed muscles from intense workouts.

MFR Recovery Therapy

Our massage therapists at Pro Fitness Network specialize in a form of therapeutic massage called Myofascial Release (MFR).  One of the most relevant massage techniques for sports recovery, MFR works to resolve strain patterns, eliminate pain, and restore motion by releasing the restrictions in our fascia, or connective tissue.

Through regular therapeutic massage with fitness specific techniques such as MFR you can experience faster recovery, a greater connection to your muscles, and improve your fitness level.

Call the Pro Fitness Network today at (626) 799-7243 and schedule your next massage for fitness recovery. First session is $10 off – new clients only.


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Meet Vanessa our new Acupucnturist!

Vanessa Ferandell received her Master’s degree from Emperor’s College in Traditional Oriental Medicine and Herbology in 2008. Vanessa is a California Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist. She has been licensed for ten years in massage therapy with a specialization in Myofascial Release since 2002. Vanessa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from California Polytechnic University of Pomona in 2001.

Attending Acupuncture school and being trained in various massage techniques was essential to Vanessa’s integrated approach in delivering healing arts to patients. Some of her focuses are in pain management, gastro intestinal issues, sleeping disorders, and women’s health. She also facilitates the body’s natural healing with Chinese herbal formulas and massage.


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Come in and receive 10% off of your first Therapeutic Massage!

What is Myofascial Release?

Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce muscle or sinew related pain.  Myofascial Release applies gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial (muscle/sinew) connective tissue to eliminate pain and restore motion.


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August Special: $20 Off!


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Understanding movement and functional anatomy will give you a greater insight into how to address issues related to repeated injury, neurological dysfunction, inefficient motor control, lack of coordination, and overall weakness.  The gift of exercise also has the added value of getting the client actively involved in the healing process.

It’s important to figure out which form of exercise is appropriate for the client at the present moment, and which may be appropriate as the person gets stronger.  If an exercise is too easy, the client will be bored and not progress.  If an exercise is too hard, they will get discouraged and quit.  Think of Goldilocks–only if program is just right for a client will they overcome the initial challenges and take to the program.

The integration of massage and exercise is important for the long-term health of our clients.

Ben Benjamin, PhD


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