After I left my hometown I graduated with a BS in Biology from Wake Forest University and then traveled for jobs with the National Park Service and AmeriCorps. While living in Montana, New York, Utah, and Massachusetts, I had the opportunity to meet folks from so many different places. I owe a great deal of thanks to everyone for adding to my “life recipe”. When I returned to NC I added ChiLiving to my “life recipe.”
My discovery of ChiWalking came after completing The3Day, a 60 mile walk, to raise money for breast cancer through the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I had never participated in a fundraising walk, so I trained for the intense event. After I completed the walk, I realized having purpose in my walking was important to me. Thankfully, I found the ChiWalking book on my mother-law’s arm chair a few weeks after the walk. ChiWalking brought purpose back to my walking as well as increasing my physical ability. After practicing ChiWalking myself I trained to be a ChiWalking mentor, and now a Certified ChiWalking and ChiRunning instructor. I have reflected many times on why this technique “hit the spot” with me. They have blended my love of movement outside and my desire to understand body mechanics as well as passion for teaching. I like learning new things and particularly things that are holistic in nature. I enjoyed learning about the body’s mechanics with ChiWalking/ChiRunning so much that I pursued and completed a Masters in Physical Therapy at Western Carolina University. I now have an even greater understanding of walking and running gait mechanics and recognize the benefits of ChiRunning and ChiWalking even more. Additionally, I am an Original Strength instructor.
My husband and I have two young kids and I have learned that “good chi” works miracles with little ones as well. So ChiWalking and ChiRunning certainly have the capacity to spill over from your exercise into your daily movement and choices.
I design my workshops/sessions for all levels. Whether you are looking to start something new, go deeper in your running/walking or returning to exercise you receive personalized feedback based on your intentions. The instruction time is focused on your needs and ChiRunning/ChiWalking technique. Minimal distance of walking and running are required.
Contact me for a private session. Also, you can schedule your own workshop for a group of 4-8 people, contact me to make arrangements.
I have been a walker and jogger for over 40 years. I was new to the practice of ChiWalking when I attended a class taught by Michelle Spevak, PT. She is an exceptional teacher and made everyone in the class feel very comfortable. We learned each concept, practiced each component and then were able to put it all together in a short (3 or 4) hour class. The class size was limited so that each of us got individual advice and Michelle actually videotaped each of us and provided individual feedback on our technique. I was able to leave the class with the skills to begin this style of walking. I have been able to walk further and faster without stressing my knees and back! I am very glad that Michelle is continuing to teach and lead ChiWalks in our area!
I took your class about a month after my total hip surgery and thought the movements were easy to follow. Therefore, I continue to use this technic and remember to tighten my abs and move my arms and hips to move freely when walking.
Thanks so much. You were an awesome instructor!