What inspired you to open Pose Wellness?
At 19 years of age, I was a healthy 115 pounds and a size 5. Then I became pregnant with our first daughter and came face-to-face with a lot of health challenges, including high blood pressure. I knew high blood pressure was in my family but I honestly never thought I would have to deal with it at such an early age.
Six years later, we had our second daughter and the third six years after that. Not too long after my last daughter, I had an unexpected hysterectomy. While I thought this was the greatest of my health concerns, I continued to experience high blood pressure, developed anxiety, diastolic dysfunction and was at my heaviest at 222 pounds. And to top off all the prior issues, the hysterectomy introduced the new challenge of hormonal imbalances. When I thought about it, I realized that my body was making significant changes every six years but not of the positive sort; and I knew without a doubt that something needed to be done differently if I wanted different results. This laundry list of health concerns was an eye-opener for me and forced me to make some changes in my life at that very moment.
One evening while doing some health and wellness research, I found Clayton County’s 1st 2010 Health Report outlining prevalent health issues that were impacting the county and coincidentally they mirrored exactly what we wanted to address in our business plan. As I researched more on women’s health, I learned that 600,000 women a year have hysterectomies, which are not all necessary. These women’s experiences were similar to mine. They too were paying no real attention to the almost guaranteed hormonal imbalances that would follow. Through my own personal experience I’ve learned, that for women, simply getting older necessitates special attention and targeted health solutions; and by no means are men excluded from the need for tailored health solutions to address their specific needs experienced as they age. My thirst for more knowledge in health and wellness has inspired me to further my education; and now I am in school for Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness and Sports.
What’s amazing is that Pose Wellness was given to me in a dream from God one night back in 2009. I got up the next day and began to write the plan. I also started practicing yoga for my anxiety, a recommendation from my sister and [I did] Pilates for muscular pain in my abdominal region after my surgery, which was recommended by my PA who also encouraged me to pursue this dream [of opening a business] that was now coming to life. I began to feel strong, peaceful, and calm and as a result noticed a change in my blood pressure, anxiety, weight and relationships with myself and others.
I knew that I was now living in my purpose and knew what needed to be done to share it with my community.
This entire experience has changed my life, my husband’s life, and most importantly over one hundred people’s lives physically, mentally and spiritually; and I intend to live my purpose and make more changes and enhance many more lives with these products and services in our community and others.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
Start in your community.
What fitness classes do you offer?
Your cardio needs – Zumba, SOCA Dance Fit, Group Cardio Kick Boxing and Mit Kick Boxing, Yoga- Stretching, Mind/Body Connection, Fit body-toning and resistance, Kid’s dance, line dance, and boot camp
What affirmations do you repeat to yourself that contribute to your success?
“It’s all good”
Now that you’ve opened the studio, you are embarking on a walk for “Hermones.” What is this?
It is a campaign to raise awareness of hormone imbalances; a personal, preventative and possibly permanent solution to individual wellness from PMS to menopause.
Why do you think this mission is important to women?
Hormone imbalance can be life-diminishing, chronic and life-threatening. It is also misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Our goal is to bring awareness to the women in our community, and make them aware that they can avoid daily and long term pain and suffering. And most importantly, prevent hysterectomies.
When and where will the walk be held?
The Reclaiming Your Balance Awareness Walk and Community Day events are scheduled for Saturday, June 6, 2015, from 7:30 am to 2 p.m. at 12160 County Line Road, Fayetteville, GA. 30215. Supporters can find more information and register on Eventbrite at http://posewellness.eventbrite.com. Also, there is a GoFundMe account set up at http://www.gofundme.com/posewellness to raise funds for women suffering from PMS or menopause to have a free blood test done at their convenience. The blood panel test would tell them powerful information about their hormone levels and a lot about their bodies, which would increase energy levels, self-confidence and overall wellness.