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& wellness coordinator at Shepherd University’s Wellness Center, has learned over the years that people fi nd success when they discover something fi tness-oriented that also fi ts their likes and interests. “Zumba, spinning, CrossFit, aqua aerobics—and some people are great just working out on their own,” she observed. “The bottom line is that everyone should be encouraged to just move around, and not be made to feel that they have to do it any other way.” The SU Wellness Center is one of the area’s few full- service fi tness facilities, and Seeley has had a hand in its success for quite some time. She sees planning as a necessary step in one’s personal health evolution—one that most folks tend to slack on in the New Year’s frenzy to change their life.

“There’s this all-or-nothing mentality. We’ve all been there. It becomes unrealistic and burdensome when there is too much to do without clear steps on how to get to where we want to be—so we abandon it,” she admitted. “A

health assessment, for basic

information, is a great start. Then try changing one little thing at a time—like adding a bottle of water a day, walking ten minutes, or going to bed thirty minutes earlier. You have to ease into a lifestyle change. And never be afraid to ask for help.”

Mastrangelo advises her clients to build on this approach,

as well, with a

unique twist. “One of the best ways I’ve found to create a new habit is to look for something in your day that is already a habit, like brushing your teeth every morning, and then add the new habit in immediately after,” she revealed. “Set this intention (possibly aloud, to people who will make you accountable) to practice your new habit every day for thirty days, even if it’s only for fi ve- ten minutes. The already established habit serves as a little bell tolling to begin the new habit. This is a great way to form a new habit so that it becomes a lifestyle and not a short-term resolution.” Chris Crawford, LMT, CSIT,

and Lori Robertson, LMT, SIT, own and operate Downstream

to Wellness/Capstone Method, a progressive structural manual therapy and precise bio-mechanical practice, with offi ces in Shepherdstown and Winchester.

In other words,

they use a variety of techniques to fi x or facilitate the body’s ability to heal physical aliments like back, neck, shoulder, or knee dysfunction. Chris and Lori will, essentially, fi x your broken body—or at least give their best effort to do so. As a result, they’ve become quite popular in Jefferson County, and it’s no coincidence that they’ve also developed their own perspective on how and why people approach health and wellness goals with varying results.

Like the rest of the group, Robertson believes people need to base their health goals “on very practical strategies that yield motivating results.” In her practice, her fi rst goal is to help people to get any asymmetrical patterns out of their bodies, build core strength, and give them a customized system to maintain that balance and build functional strength. Both she and Crawford believe in a three-pronged


Wes Karns manages Charles Town’s popular Gold’s Gym.

approach to making permanent health changes: good nutrition, cutting-edge body work, and a precise exercise routine tailored

to each unique,

individual body. “Examples would be body-weight exercises, joint mobilization routines, functional strength exercises—like free-weights/ kettle bells—low impact aerobics,

high level yoga/

Pilates, and Gyrokinesis®,” said Crawford. Both he and Robertson are

also heavily experienced in the nutrition movement, and believe that it all starts with diet. “A balanced, healthy gut

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fl ora; a diet based on eighty percent organic land- or sea- based vegetables; and twenty percent high-grade


like cold-water fi sh, grass-fed non-commercial beef, free- range chicken, and plant-based proteins,” they agreed.

For more information on

setting up a fi tness, health, and overall wellness plan that’s right for you in 2015, visit www., www., and/or www.jalayogafl Contact Lori Robertson at 540- 336-4737, and Chris Crawford at 540-270-7601.

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