Hopewood Holistic Health is directed by Rebecca Wood, a Certified Natural Health Professional (CNHP), AromaTouch Therapist, E-RYT 500 Yoga Instructor, Advanced Myofascial Release (MFR) practitioner, Herbalist and Reiki Master & Energy Practitioner. Coupled with her work in yoga and herbal education, Rebecca spent 22 years teaching Natural Resources and Sustainable Design at the college level and 10 years coordinating international study-abroad and eco-wellness journeys to Central America.Prior to that her career included Therapeutic Recreation and Community Mental Health.
Her passion and philosophy is to integrate holistic thinking and permaculture design throughout her curriculum and wellness work. Her Natural Resource work, coupled with years of Herbal and Wellness experience, makes Rebecca uniquely qualified to help you meet your holistic health and wellness needs. To ensure the best possible service, Hopewood collaborates with and provides referrals to many other holistic professionals, doctors and specialists should the need arise. These services are yours to ensure your goals and needs are met in the most caring, integrated and simple manner possible.
Rebecca Wood on Holistic Health and Yoga:
What do you bring to the healing arts? The special quality I bring to any studio, workshop or private session is the joy and love I experience in helping people find balance within and out. I love to see people (and myself) delve into the inner sanctum of habit, pain, injury to discover the amazing resiliency and healing power of our body. My work is as a guide or advocate for people on a journey to health, awareness and understanding. Working in the Healing Arts is a gift and a craft, one I take seriously by holding a safe, creative and fun space for that work to occur and by providing pertinent health information so the client can educate themselves.
Each year I find it refreshing to meet folks on their path to personal understanding through yoga and lifestyle changes. It is a blessing to see how youthful and aged bodies move through asana, MFR, respond to nature, revive with wholefood, herbs and meditation. It is my blessing to see, to listen and to facilitate.
What is your background and training in yoga/MFR? I am an E-RYT 500 practitioner and CNHP (Certified Natural Health Professional). My early formal training is in Iyengar and Hatha Flow yoga. My work with Norsara Yoga sharpened and intensified my focus on Self Awakening Yoga (SAY) Therapeutics, Pranassage and YIN yoga. I have also taken Structural Yoga training with M. Stiles, Balance Training with Jean Couch and Anatomy Training with Tom Myers and Doug Keller.
Over the last few years I have incorporated Myofascial Release (MFR) as a treatment modality and recently completed the Advanced level status from The John Barnes MFR Technique. It has enhanced greatly my understanding of the body’s innate ability to heal itself. From these experiences I have created my own system of body work and yoga practice, integrating skills from each teacher and training. I call it, Integrated Body Alignment © . My ongoing work with Angela and Victor has also solidified my desire to explore, to soften and to have fun with any practice. Recent training and practice in Silver Sneaker Yoga, Yoga Dance for Special Populations and Functional Fitness has also opened my eyes to the aging client and importance of social activities and community, the use of the body and breath to bring grace, function, fun and health to a person at any age.
How did you come to be a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner? I am certified as a CNHP, Certified Natural Health Professional, through an affiliate organization of Trinity College. This work coupled with many years of experience and a Masters in Therapeutic Recreation, experience in Mental Health and extensive training in herbal therapeutics, Field Botany, Reiki, Chakra and Energy Healing, Food as Medicine and Functional Fitness has helped to meld my work in Holistic Health and Advocacy.
My goals for 2018 include completing my holistic nutrition certificate from Trinity College and perhaps my Personal Trainer credential as well as to continue studies in herbalism, whole-food nutrition, sustainable development and yoga therapeutics.