Bridget McElvain

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vitalrootsmvmnt@gmail.com

FRCMS®
Kinstretch® Instructor
FRA®
500 CYT

I have always been an active person, but was no doubt effected by the cultural normalcy of a sedentary lifestyle . I played various sports as a child and throughout my teenage years. I started CrossFit when I was 19 and fell in love with it. The next 6 years, my life revolved around my diet and fitness routine. Around 2014, I seemed to have maxed out my capacity for improvement - I was over-training and under-performing. I was stressed out. My body hurt. I become too sore and stiff to do the functional things CrossFit claimed to prepare me for.

As a yoga teacher, I felt insecure and incompetent as it related to how others should be positioning and moving their bodies. If I was going to be teaching and coaching people, I didn't want to just tell them to do things a certain way because that's what tradition dictates. I wanted real science to inform my teaching and coaching.

My injuries caught up with me and kept me from doing the things that I loved. I had to stop doing CrossFit and yoga. I wasn't getting any relief or answers from the medical community: I dished out thousands of dollars for an MRI, sports medicine doctors, physical therapy, chiropractic, and acupuncture with no real solutions for treatment. I was told to rest a lot. I was driven to discover a solution and for me, it is the Functional Range System. 

In a big picture way, having control over my body gives me freedom over my life. If I can move freely, I can better adapt to changing circumstances. The FRS system has offered me a template to refer to as I expand into new territory of learning and implementing new ways of moving and being. The journey into recovering your relationship with your body is a profoundly personal one. My mission is to let my life be an example of what's possible so that I may be your guide on the start of your journey.