Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Rahe.
Anna, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In 2000, I was 20 years old and suffering greatly from severe systemic pain and multi-symptom physiological pathologies. While trying to find answers and healing, doctors and healthcare professionals couldn’t provide, I discovered I could move something inside my body that wasn’t muscles and that gave me incredible reprieve in my condition as well as significant permanent physical change to my body.
This something I could move ended up being fascia. Fascia what?! Fascia is one of the most significant materials in the human body, that comprises its own entire body system complete with its own organs. This fascia connective tissue system is pervasive throughout the body, influencing other systems, and as such is currently being studied for myriad possible influences related to our physical and mental health.
To find answers, I studied and researched fascia for the past 20 years, developing proprietary technology from leading scientific fascia research, to address the unique properties and functions of fascia. See, if you know how to work with fascia, you are taking care of the body holistically every system. This is only possible because of what fascia is and how it works with the autonomic (automatic) and somatic (by choice) nervous systems.
Thanks to the evolution in concepts of food, most people are now familiar with whole food and holistic nutrition. The hope is that fascia will do the same, introducing people to the concept of holistic body care, one system for total body care. Fascia offers new perspectives on health and wellness, an evolution from the current elementary and compartmentalized approach of diet and exercise.
Has it been a smooth road?
No, it’s been extremely challenging. But no road worth taking is easy or smooth. It has been a struggle the whole time. Ironically the same pain and vicing restriction that made me feel isolated and alone in my body, and my struggle for answer and healing, has been a theme of trying to share GST and get it to the world. There were additional challenges, above and beyond what most people think of as common struggles of building a business. Of course, I didn’t know this at the time but looking back my hurdles were more involved.
First I had to build some science because a lot of what was out there didn’t address what fascia was showing me. Then I had to put the science into technology that was useful, language and ideas, and concepts that were accessible. After that, I had to take the technology and put it into a product. The user doesn’t have to know the tech behind their app; they just want it to work- right? Then, after building the product, you test it and try to get people to understand this new radical perspective about something they know nothing about. Can you see the struggle?!
I tell people that trying to market fascia for the past 20 years was like having to explain the biology and usefulness of cotton to someone before they are willing to buy a t-shirt and then teach them how to style it. But fascia is becoming more mainstream now, and so people are really starting to seek for answers to their physical pain and body problems that the medical, health, fitness and wellness industries are not helping fix.
If I would have known what I had to go through to get here I might not have followed this road, but that’s the case with all of life. Just keep on the journey, have hope, courage and go around trying to do good, especially if you have something of value to share with the world.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with GST Body – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
It might be helpful to think of fascia like skin- it is the sunless side of your skin. GST Body is like a skin care company with different products to address different fascia types and body needs: injury and pain, athletic conditioning and anti-aging. Our products are all based on our unique fascia technology and are delivered via manual and motion manipulation. You can experience GST in private lessons or group classes.
GST Body is unique for many reasons, it works with fascia- which is unique in and of itself. In addition, its fascia technology sets it apart from other fascia methods and practitioners, the details best left for another discussion. The final one I’ll mention is that I don’t consider GST Body to be a service based company – we aren’t practitioners who provide treatment services, we are educators that teach. We teach you how to know your body and then how to work with the body’s master holistic system. This allows you to heal yourself.
Because of what fascia is, GST is also a unique sensory experience. When you do GST it feels so very good, like a deep tissue workout, releasing all types of physical and emotional stresses. GST exfoliates the toxic tensions we carry in our fascia, bodies and our lives and literally returns vital flow to all body systems and joy to your life.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and the least?
I love the insatiable lust and thrust of creativity and drive for living all of life. As a native Coloradan born and raised in Boulder, I love the eclectic, diverse mixture of natural geography and urban landscapes how they collide and contrast offering endless options for adventures to engage all my interests and soul needs.
I love the diversity of cultures and the beautiful faces of humanity that paint the canvas of the city and create the cinematic experiences of daily life. Ok- and obviously I do not enjoy the traffic. I also wish we weren’t in cars so much that people could interact and connect more.
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