My own life journey has involved gaining profound awareness about how health is the cornerstone of anything that we do. And this is a journey of learning to master (as opposed to being mastered by) my own myofacial pain.
12 years ago, this myofacial pain began to cripple me physically and devastate my ability to live. And after years of learning to cope with this neuro-muscular disorder, recently the symptoms have returned with greater force than I have experienced in years.
Powerful spasms cause me to lose sensation in my hands and feet, losing the ability to co-ordinate muscles and dislocating my bones.
Throughout my 12 year history with this disorder, I have found exercise helped me cope with this. And through this and dedicated physical training, I have been able to uncover athletic abilities that are truly magical! In this post, I tell the story of that journey.
My health story started over 20 years ago whilst I was becoming athletic at school and rowing for my school and for the Junior Welsh National Rowing Team. At the time I was also learning to manage chronic fatigue and depression. As a result of this, I began teaching myself to cook and how to use a range of nutritional and health practices to optimise my health and my physical and mental performance. And over the years I have researched, studied and mastered key aspects of health whilst living in Brazil and California.
Between 2003 and 2010 whilst living in Rio Brazil, I undertook intense training with some of the most senior experts in martial arts, yoga and surfing, uncovering advanced technical abilities and insights as I did so. And this was whilst I was being debilitated by myofascial pain syndrome, and gaining deep insights into soma and the mind body connection.
Following this, from 2011 to 2016, I lived in California where I honed my athletic abilities in trail running, skiing and snowboarding to advanced levels. This was also where I studied graduate MA studies in holistic health and nutrition, again with teachers with advanced and expert knowledge. I then began experimenting on myself with what I was learning.
My health experiments focus into functional blood biomarker profiling tracking. I also use data from tracking devices, all to gain deep understandings about how to optimise my personal health. Since these experiments began in 2013, and to this day, I continue to experiment, test and track my health data. And why? Because I’ve learned how to uncode this health data and use it to resolve some of my own chronic health issues at the root cause of those issues.
Through all this, and from facing my own health challenges, I have wanted to help people benefit from my unique insights into wellbeing. And this is the purpose for this site – to share, to care, to bring light and love into this world.
Presently I am undergoing a new athletic challenge – cycling the epic Paris Brest Paris event this August. That event involves cycling 1,200 km in less than 80 hours! Further than I have ever done before! And I deal with debilitating health issues. So how, how am I going to manage this challenge?
Change. This goal requires change.
As I change, as I train and keep on track with my goals, I’ll be sharing the wealth of the wisdom I have gleaned from experience and my studies. And my aim through this is embody my vision for my life and work: to enhance, empower and enlighten both myself and you. Evolve, Empower, Love And Transform Everyday (ELATE!). Acting on this, and in my athletic training, I aim to evolve myself and my entrepreneurial business plans to share here … as a HuGuru!
The reason for why I am doing this training is to realise my health potential as the human-being-human that I can be. Its to change, to care, to live with greater compassion. It to transform the way I prepare, recover and take care of myself – in mind, body and spirit. And its to realise my spiritual mission in life – to care enough, as a human-being-human helping others.
Caring is not simply as an act of compassion or charity – caring effects our own neuro-chemistry in immensely positive ways (by raising oxytocin and serotonin). Thus the very act of caring … it helps others and ourselves at the same time. Doubling the benefits in a win-win!
Caring also effects how we are with people, and that in turn effects others – our families and communities. Daring to care … being willing to learn, change, transform and help others – I believe this is what it means to be human-being-human: to be of service to others.
All this begins with my actions NOW. It begins by transforming my health, It begins by me acting every day to embody my belief in functional, preventative and integrative medicine
- identifying and treating health problems at their root cause and before they cause further health problems
- integrating health professionals to work together in helping me
Through this, my heartfelt aim is to tap into and embody my spiritual and entrepreneurial purpose in life: as the spark that connects you and other people to your health potential. This all begins by acting on my health beliefs.
In effect, through walking the walk of what I believe, my vision is to be of service to you and others. Where this begins and ends is facilitating healing – healing myself and helping others to heal in the most effective ways.
I dream of creating a health care service similarly powered to preventatively heal
- preventing chronic and further health problems
- preventing health problems before they manifest
Thus my heartfelt vision is to help create this health care service and to inspire and facilitate my own and your health potential.