In episode three of the Explore Your Fitness podcast, we have Kelly Walsh, owner of Boulder Healing Arts. Kelly is an intuitive healer and CranioSacral Therapy practitioner. She uses her rich experience in bodywork, yoga, and spirit medicine to guide people to consciously embody their greatness with gentleness, humor, and grace to live a vibrant and rich life they love.
Motivation: Kelly was always active and played sports throughout high school. She went to college in Portland, Maine, became a “gym rat” going to the gym twice per day, for up to three hours each day. After hitting a plateau, she discovered a new way to challenge herself in Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. Through Yoga, Kelly learned the importance of rest and achieving balance with a mind-body connection.
Challenges: After experiencing a wrist injury from practicing handstands, Kelly developed a ganglion cyst on her wrist. Kelly says that injuries are great teachers. This one helped her create more mindfulness around how she used her body.
Passion for helping you: Kelly loves how her subtle work with CranioSacral Therapy can make such a huge impact on people’s lives. She had a client who came in for a headache that she had for ten years straight. Her client not only left feeling less pain but was also better able to avoid the stress that caused these headaches and live a life more true to herself.
Nutrition: Kelly has tried several different approaches to nutrition. She’s recently found that adding extra trace minerals and using high-quality whey protein is the ticket to greater energy, building lean muscle, and recovering faster. To learn more about the Nutritional Superfood System that Kelly shares, please schedule an appointment for a free consultation.
What’s a favorite quote or mantra of yours and how does it help you with your fitness?
“If you wait until you’re ready, it will never happen.” This has been a driving force for everything from fitness to work to relationships to nutrition.
Who inspires you?
Malala Yousafzai, the young woman who was shot by the Taliban. She faced a challenge like that and still has a positive attitude and seeks to change the world.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t try to do it perfectly.
Do you ever take a day off? If so, what does that look like?
I spend time outdoors and try to be by myself or hang out with my man and my cat.
Do you have a fitness resource or tool that you recommend?
A foam roller.
What book would you recommend and why?
The Bowl of Light by Hank Wesselman
If you could give your younger self advice, what would it be?
Don’t be so hard on yourself.
What does fitness mean to you?
It’s more of a holistic view of being aware of how the body feels, how I use it and also what my mind and spirit need and addressing that in a holistic way.
Takeaways from this episode:
Everybody has an incredible gift to give to the world, and it’s your purpose to share it. It’s Kelly’s passion to help people do that. Kelly co-leads a two-hour yin and restorative workshop every month with April Glaser called the Still Point of Yoga.