What is Fitness?

You “could” measure fitness in how many miles you can run or how many pounds you can bench press or your body fat percentage. These are all metrics that can be helpful to track as indicators of your fitness, but they don’t tell the whole story.

If your daily run leaves you with chronic knee pain or you “kill it” in the gym on a regular basis but can’t lift your arms overhead, are you more fit than the person who walks pain free or who doesn’t sweat buckets but has a full range of motion in the shoulders?

It’s great to train hard, push past perceived roadblocks and mild discomfort, and improve your strength, endurance, or body composition. But moving well should come before moving more. Taking care of your body post-exercise should be as large of a priority as working out itself. Why you exercise and how you feel during and afterward are just as important as what you do or how much you sweat.

Fitness extends beyond your workout regime. It includes how you care for your body, what you eat, and how you recover. You can think of it as four slices of the fitness “pie” (yes, you can talk about pie while talking about fitness):

  • Move well and often
  • Prioritize self care and recovery
  • Find and treat the sources of pain
  • Power your body with real food

When all four of these components are in place, creating the full circle of fitness, you’ll discover your body feels better. And when you feel good, life becomes easier and you can do the things you love, whether that’s gardening, running a 5K, skiing, or simply playing with your grandkids. Measures of fitness may vary from one person to the next, but ultimately for everyone the meaning is the same: fitness is the ability to pursue your passions without limitations.

The MELT Method® (MELT) is a self-treatment technique that helps prevent pain, heal injury, and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. MELT simulates the hands-on techniques that manual therapist Sue Hitzmann uses to eliminate stress, pain, and dysfunction in her private clients. This unique Hands-off Bodywork™ approach is the first treatment that simulates the techniques – and the results – of manual therapy.

MELT is the first neurofascial technique. This method brings your body back to a more ideal state by directly enhancing body awareness, rehydrating connective tissue, and quieting the nervous system. The first time you MELT, you see and feel a difference – and over time, you can transform how your body looks and feels. MELT is changing the way people care for their bodies. This proactive approach to maintaining a healthy, pain-free, active lifestyle is the best solution for living longer and better.

MELT offers the opportunity for anyone, regardless of age or fitness level, to improve their balance, stability and tensegrity through self-treatment. The consistent results MELT yields are remarkable and undeniable. MELT utilizes a system of soft foam rollers and small balls that lengthen and hydrate the connective tissue.

Our connective tissue surrounds every joint, muscle, nerve, bone and organ. Unaddressed trapped tension causes connective tissue dehydration and cellular damage. This creates a domino effect that begins with aches and stiffness and leads to common health problems such as neck and low back pain, headaches, insomnia, digestive problems and injury. Accelerated aging and chronic health problems can follow; leaving us with limited options such as medicine, surgery and a sedentary lifestyle.

However, when our connective tissue is hydrated and free of roadblocks, our bodies function more efficiently. MELT keeps our connective tissue and nervous system in top condition and slows down the aging process. MELT rejuvenates tissue hydration and relieves the tension of day-to-day life that gets trapped in our bodies.

To attend a group class, participants must be comfortable enough to get on and off the floor and roller, and must be able to lie on the floor on their backs for short periods of time. If pain makes this too difficult, a private session is a better option. (See information about private sessions) Please contact Shannon prior to attending class. There is limited availability in some classes.

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Please email shannon@fullcirclefitneseugene.com or call (541) 968-2390 to see if there is space available in your desired session.

Healthy, sustainable food and lifestyle habits are key components of fitness. Whether you want to lose a few pounds, alter your diet to help support your exercise program, revamp your eating habits for health reasons, or address other lifestyle issues that may be preventing you from meeting your fitness goals, Full Circle Fitness has you covered.

Nutrition and Health coaching is offered in combination with personal training packages or as stand-alone services, with regularly scheduled one-on-one sessions devoted to helping you define your goals and giving you the tools to identify and overcome the barriers to success. For more information, email us at contact@fullcirclefitnesseugene.com

“Healing is not an event; it is a process.” John F. Barnes, PT

Whether you are suffering from an acute injury, rehabbing from a surgical procedure or have had chronic pain for years, therapeutic massage can help. Massage can decrease your pain and increase your range of motion using a wide variety of techniques and styles to release both muscle tension and fascial restrictions.

Depending on your issues or needs, I will use Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, PNF (Proprioceptor Neuromuscular Facilitation) or oppositional stretching techniques. I also have years of experience working with new mothers throughout their pregnancies and after delivery. My current passion is scar tissue release. Whether your scars are surgical or related to trauma, gentle release work of the scar tissue can resolve a variety of issues from limited range of motion, to chronic pain and decreased strength.

I have recently become a certified NeuroKinetic Therapy practitioner. Neuro-Kinetic Therapy (NKT) is a method of manual muscle testing designed to direct treatment and more accurately pinpoint the causes of pain. It was developed by manual therapist David Weinstock to help practitioners go directly to the cause of the pain rather than simply treating the symptoms of dysfunction and muscle imbalance. NKT is an assessment and treatment modality that addresses the causes of dysfunctional movement/coordination problems at their root in the motor control center in the cerebellum. NKT guides my treatments and helps me get to the root of where your pain is coming from.

I have over thirteen years of experience and success relieving headaches, TMJ pain, neck pain, lower back pain, shoulder injuries, tendonitis, whiplash, nerve pain including Sciatica and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Plantar Fasciitis among many other conditions.

  • 60 Minutes: $75.00
  • 90 Minutes: $110.00
  • 120 Minutes: $140.00

***These rates reflect a discount for payment at the time of service. I will gladly bill your medical insurance if you have massage coverage or submit claims for auto accidents. I would be happy to discuss 3rd party billing with you. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. (541) 968-2390 or shannon@fullcirclefitnesseugene.com

I am available on Monday-Friday, by appointment only.

Fitness is a lifelong pursuit. Whether you are 8 or 98, regular exercise is essential for a strong body and mind. But just moving isn’t enough. Moving well is key. We spend a great deal of our lives in positions that may make it hard to use our bodies as they’re intended. And when we do move, we often develop patterns that lead to pain or discomfort, or just inefficency.

At Full Circle Fitness, your exercise program is created for you, based on your goals, body, and overall needs. Whether your focus is fat loss, building strength or endurance, or increasing mobility, we work with you to help you reach your goals using a variety of tools and techniques…
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