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Meet Katie Bressack of Katie Bressack Wellness in Manhattan Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Bressack.

Katie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Growing up, I was constantly battling allergies, sinus infections and had an ongoing prescription for antibiotics. By the time I moved to New York City after college I was getting sick more often, the combination of stress, not eating well and going out too late at night, really took a toll on my health.

When I was 28 years old, I had a chronic sinus infection and spent most of the year going from doctor to doctor only to get prescriptions for more antibiotics. I felt hopeless until I went to a holistic doctor where we spent an hour together, mostly dedicated to how I coped with stress, my diet and sleep patterns. She asked me questions to really get to the root reason I wasn’t feeling healthy. She took me off my allergy and sinus medicine and approached my health in a very holistic way. I started using a neti-pot every day, took probiotics, started taking yoga and slowly added meditation into my life.

I became obsessed with finding my healthiest self, I read tons of nutrition and self-care books, and I honestly feel better now at 38 years old than I did in my twenties! Once I started to really take care of myself, when I really nourished my body with healthy food, relationships and movement everything in my life improved. I became a yoga teacher, fell in love, went back to school to study nutrition and wellness and moved to Los Angeles where I’m so lucky and grateful for warmer weather and sunshine.

I’ve been supporting women now for almost seven years and have discovered on this journey the longer I work with women the more I realize how important our hormones are, they basically regulate everything that happens in our body every day – not just that time of the month. I have furthered my studies and now focus on women’s health and specialize in hormones. When my clients start to get their energy back, when they feel more confident and comfortable in their body and know exactly how to feed their soul it makes my heart happy.

Along the way, I’ve also been very fortunate to partner with several corporations to bring wellness into the workplace. I’ve worked with Mattel, Publics Modem, Vice Media and other fortune 500 companies. I love sharing how to incorporate health into employee’s life every day so at the end of the day they can leave work and do things that they enjoy because they have enough energy to do so. It is something I wish I had when I was in corporate, I know that if I had more knowledge about nutrition and wellness I would have felt better during my long days in the office.

Has it been a smooth road?
My journey was not always smooth, especially during the beginning where I assumed good deal of risk quitting my career to establish a new one. It was a feeling of reinvention and excitement, but also anxiety ridden from a financial standpoint. I wasn’t sure how any of it was going to work out and even though I wasn’t in love with my jobs in the corporate world, it was still comforting to know that I would be getting a check every other week. Now that I’ve been in business for almost seven years, every day gets a bit more comfortable and I feel more confident in the way I support my clients and my business.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I help women understand the link between what they are eating and how they are feeling, and how what we put in and on our body directly affects our hormones. I work with women who are dealing with hormonal imbalances, which result in symptoms ranging from mood swings, to fatigue, weight gain, PMS and others. I also work with women who are in the midst of menopause, or helping them achieve a healthy pregnancy through prenatal nutrition.

When we start to eat for our hormones, learn how to cope with stress, move our body in a way that benefits our body we can start to feel like ourselves again. I’m most proud of all of the women I’ve worked with, to see them start to make healthy changes one step at a time and then seeing their health transformation at the end of our time together is why I get up every single morning and am excited about what I do. To see someone overcome her struggle with exhaustion and now has space in her life for movement, or someone who was “hangry” and moody all of the time to feel more calm and balanced is just a few ways that I’m proud of my nutrition and wellness company.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
When I moved to the South Bay over six years ago, I was humbled by all of the support and openness to collaborate. I moved here without knowing anyone and am so grateful for the owners of The Green Yogi who opened their doors to me and I’ve been on staff as their wellness coach for six years. The South Bay is an amazing community full of people who are enthusiastic about wellness but also about supporting one another.

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