HOW I GOT STARTED
I knew I always wanted to work with my hands. However I quickly learned that mechanics and a lot of craftsmanship required an aptitude for math which I did not possess.
Eventually, I found my way into manual therapy and once I took a course on sports therapy I was hooked. I ended up moving to Atlanta, had great mentors take me under their wing, and started to work on professional athletes.
In my early career as a manual therapist I began to wonder how could we secure our work in between sessions? When our athletes hit the field did we do everything we could to reduce their risk of injury?
IN SEARCH OF A SOLUTION
In 2011 I moved back to Iowa after the birth of my first child and opened up a yoga studio called Iowa Powered Yoga. I was had been practicing yoga since my early 20's and really felt the benefits of having a movement practice that simultaneously engaged the mind. I thought this could be great for my athletes.
I was all in for a few years but ran into one problem. Many of my athletes were unable to achieve certain poses, injuries would aggravate, and it became difficult to use it as a way to measure physical capacity that could translate to on field performance.
Finding Functional Range Systems
Around the same time I pivoted from Iowa Powered Yoga to what is now Superhuman Lab I I found Functional Range Systems.
FRS is a systematic approach that has assessment, treatment, and training and can accomodate 1on 1, small group, or even team training environment. It is not a cookie cutter recipe but rather an approach that when done appropriately saves a lot of time and confusion for the client. It is a way to troubleshoot your problems and adjust to the constant chaos that we find in training and sport.
TREATING, TRAVELING, & TRAINING
What I love most about my job is the people I meet and the places I go. Usually during the summer months I take more frequent trips to train with colleagues or take courses that interest me.
At other times I teach classes or presentations on movement and human performance.
Most of the time I am hunkered down at the Lab working with people 1 on 1. When I started Superhuman Lab in 2014 it was important that I picked a name that resembled the great potential that every human possesses while remembering that experimentation is fundamental for growth.
My meter for success is how much fun are we having? Having fun it was unlocks the channels of creativity and curiosity which is our ally in the treatment/training environment.