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About

Hello!

My name is Rachel and I am a fitness legume, professional musician, and mother living in Carpinteria, CA. My passion is helping people learn to learn because I believe wholeheartedly that learning is a skill. The better we are a learning, the more quickly we can adapt to new challenges and succeed at whatever we work towards.

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Movement Specialist

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Freelance Musician

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Dedicated Educator

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Doctor of Musical Arts

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Guild Certified Feldenkrais Method® Practitioner

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Level 2 CrossFit Coach

Origin Story

At the age of 9, I picked up my first viola and from that point on I was hooked. I pursued music all the way through to a Doctoratal degree which I finished in 2013. Along the way, I encountered my share of challenges. When I was 15, I experienced my first playing-related Repetitive Stress Injury. For the next 15 years, I struggled to maintain a performance career while experiencing worsening symptoms.

I saw countless specialists, physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, Rolfers, and acupuncturists. You name the health profession, chances are I consulted with them. None of them could help me because none would take the time to truly understand my situation. In 2009, I found CrossFit and things changed for me. In my youth, I studied ballet and I spent time in the gym. But up until finding CrossFit, I had never understood how exercise and movement could help me play better. CrossFit made me stronger, increased my stamina, and gave me hope. This was an eye-opening moment for me though it was nowhere near the end of my journey.

Purpose Found

After finishing my Doctorate, I collapsed. I had just completed a huge hurdle, but I felt no real sense of accomplishment. I was burned out. I didn’t want to continue in academia and was no longer interested in performing. I also realized that I had not even begun to scratch the surface of healing my playing injuries. I redirected my learning super powers towards fitness by getting my first CrossFit certification. I started my first class called Athletic Development for Musicians (pictured right), and fell in love with coaching fitness.

From there, I dove into the fitness world learning from as many professionals and organizations as I could. I studied Foundation Training and trained with the Ido Portal online program. I turned my attention to gymnastics, boxing, SFG kettlebell training, Aikido, and any other classes or seminars that I could join. The more I fell into the rabbit hole of movement modalities, the more I realized I was looking for something to connect it all together.

Enter the Feldenkrais Method®

I completed my FM practitioner training in 2018. Through the rigorous four-year program, I realized that self-care and self-awareness are the most important parts of healing and thriving. It may seem obvious or even a little redundant, but these are much easier talked about than practiced. Without care and awareness, you will always encounter pain and dysfunction.

Postpartum Work

In 2016, I had my son and this opened up to me a whole new realm of the body and fitness that I had previously only read about. Even before pregnancy, I had been fascinated with the pelvic floor and diaphragmatic system, but experiencing the process of pregnancy and birth has helped me understand so much more. Motherhood has also made me so much more aware of the hardships mothers today face: too much judgement and not enough support. Mothers have been overlooked by the medical and fitness communities. I want to see that change.

Summing It All Up

My objective is broad. I want to help people learn. Learn about themselves, humanity, the world, movement, science, history, evolution, communication, music, you name it! I am a perpetual student and firmly believe that the more we know about a wide range of topics the closer we get to understanding ourselves and each other. Every obstacle is only an obstacle if we don’t learn from it.

I offer a range of avenues for you to explore. For people in the Santa Barbara area, I have classes and give private lessons. For people outside my area, I offer distance coaching and guidance, as well as online movement lessons. Please let me know how I can help you!

Education and Credentials

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    Doctor of Musical Arts, viola performance

    UC: Santa Barbara

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    Masters of Music, viola performance

    UC: Santa Barbara

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    Bachelors in Musical Arts, viola performance

    University of Oklahoma

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    Guild Certified Feldenkrais Method Practitioner

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    Certified Foundation Training Teacher

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    Certified USA Weightlifting Level 1

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    American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid

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    Certified CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

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    Functional Movement Screen Level 1

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    Certified The Brand X Method Coach