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Wellness and Balance in Baka

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Rachel Koenigson is serious about wellness; as a teenager, she completely changed the way she thought about nutrition and exercise. This was the catalyst for the study and hard work that got her where she is today, helping her clients reach their personal ‘finish lines’ whatever they may be.

To Rachel, life is dynamic yet stressful. For this reason, she blends a range of disciplines to help clients feel good on the inside.

Rachel, what got you started in the different disciplines you practice?
When I was in high school, I was overweight and had a lot of digestive issues. Regular exercise always helped. My digestion improved and I started to lose weight and feel great. When I made aliyah, I continued to exercise and started giving advice to friends and family for their own exercise routines. I felt I could make it into a career and help people.
I got into acupuncture when I addressed some of my own health issues with Chinese medicine. I looked into the different Chinese medicine programs in Jerusalem and really connected with what Reidman College were
doing.¸While I was studying at Wingate, I took a massage therapy course to complement the physical training I was learning. When I combine all these fields, I have a better understanding of the body and what is going on with my clients. Focusing on rehabilitation and pain-free movement, I have seen some great results—which definitely keeps me motivated.¸

What can a new client expect from a first acupuncture session? And is the anti-aging angle catching on?
The first acupuncture session consists of filling out a detailed intake form. This helps me get a better idea of diagnosis, prognosis and length of treatment.
In general, I try to incorporate anti-aging treatments in regular acupuncture treatments, but I would say that cosmetic acupuncture is really catching on.¸Cosmetic Acupuncture is an effective way to remove
fine lines, reduce signs of aging, revitalize the skin and promote a healthy, glowing complexion–it will help you to look and feel your best!

What does a regular week look like?
Mornings and early afternoons I do personal training sessions at clients’ homes or the King David Hotel gym. I tend to keep my afternoons and evenings open for massage and acupuncture clients, but I can be flexible.

Tell us about your massage workshops for laymen.
I teach a full, private Swedish massage course and have led a number of mini-courses and workshops. I also gear massage workshops for different groups; for example, I held an infant massage workshop for parents, a neck-and-shoulder technique workshop including acupressure points and an essential oils mini-course for relief from winter ailments.

Tell us about your marathons.
I had the pleasure of running one full marathon as well as many half marathons and 10k races. The full marathon was a fantastic experience and I am happy to say that I completed it. Training for a full marathon is extremely time consuming and can lead to many different injuries; it certainly isn’t for
everyone. Running and training is not my main focus right now, but I am happy to guide clients through the training process.¸

What’s your personal training forte?
I have built a niche with post-menopausal women and exercise for pain relief and for osteoporosis sufferers. Another forte is the use of Pilates in general and for rehabilitation. Physical therapists refer their clients to me to work on overall health and fitness within the therapeutic guidelines.

What’s your nutrition philosophy?
It’s important to note that I am neither a nutritionist nor a dietician and when there is a need I refer my client to one. My own nutritional philosophy is definitely influenced by Eastern medicine. In general, I don’t believe in food type restrictions; I believe in being aware of what you put into your body and portion control. Everyone should have a basic understanding of how different foods a£ ect your system. My clients are receptive to guidance and they see results.¸

3 TIPS FOR SMALL, HELPFUL NUTRITION CHANGES
1. Use smaller plates to help control portion size. You will automatically eat less when you fill a smaller plate.
2. Drink a glass of water if you feel hungry between meals. Sometimes thirst is disguised as hunger. If you’re still hungry 5 minutes later, try to fill up on fruit and nuts.
3. Add leafy greens to your main meals; you can eat them raw or cooked. I love sautéed
spinach with an omelette or stir fry veggies. It’s a great source of calcium and iron, and it’s chock-full of fiber to keep your digestive system on track and satiate you for longer periods.¸

You can contact Rachel via her website:www.rachelshealthandfitness.com or call her on 054-787-2151.

 

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