Today we’d like to introduce you to former Equinox trainer Meghann Baker. Meghann has gone through some incredibly difficult times with regards to her health, but she has persevered through it all and has established a well-regarded private practice. Below, you’ll find some of excerpts of our interview with her.
Meghann, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started personal training at Equinox Pasadena in 2003. I loved it- it’s an awesome gym, and I was able to work with a huge range of clients from triathletes to people who had never worked out before. In 2006, I left Equinox and started a private practice, and in 2010, I got my California Massage Therapy license.
Being able to provide massage to my clients was a total game changer. Pain no longer stopped our progress because massage could fix it. Sometimes, we’d do a quick massage in the middle of a session, stop a muscle spasm, and keep on going!
My private practice thrived until 2011 when I was diagnosed with a chronic illness. I could not work or exercise for 3 years because I became so weak.
When I went back to work, I had a new perspective. I wanted to help people come back to wellness, as I had. That is why I started The WellBeings Company. My practice now focuses on supporting those who are living with chronic pain or illness. My clients and I have built a beautiful community that is warm and supportive and safe. We would love for you to join us, and start your journey back to wellness.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to grow The WellBeings Company from a single person practice to a company that has several locations. Each location will be small and intimate- a warm and welcoming haven for those who need an alternative to traditional gyms. We have just added two wonderful new practitioners, so we are on our way!
Let’s dig a little deeper into your story. What was the hardest time you’ve had?
The hardest time in my career was during the illness I spoke of earlier. It turned out the cause was an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s Hypo-Thyroiditis that severely damaged my thyroid gland, which is responsible for your energy and weight among other things.
During the worst of it, I didn’t know if I would ever be able to work in the fitness industry again. I wasn’t even sure I would ever have enough energy to be a good mother. I had sent all my clients to colleagues indefinitely, and I was suffering a full blown identity crisis.
The way I got through this was the same way my clients get through their struggles – I found people I trusted who guided me back to health, and I did what they told me to as consistently as I could. It was not easy, and I was not a perfect client by any means, but I did slowly gain my energy back.
Another very important part of my recover was to tell people about what I was going through. I wanted to hide my weakness and my weight from my clients because I was embarrassed. Then I realized I had to share with them what I was going through in order to deserve to work with them.
Do you ever just stop and think WOW – I’ve made it?
The day I will feel truly successful is the day that I can be part of making massage and other manual therapies replace surgery and pain medication as the go-to treatments for chronic pain. My work has taught me that there is very often a simple, non-invasive way to manage chronic pain and ease the symptoms of many chronic illnesses. Too many people are living with miserable symptoms, convinced things are as good as they’re going to get for them. I cannot wait to see this change!
- 60 minute corrective exercise or massage session – $95-$110
- 90 minute corrective exercise or massage session – $125-$150
- 120 minute combination session or massage- $200
- 60 minute Small Group Personal Training Session (Power of 3) – $35/session
- Monthly subscription available – $100-$400/month
- Website: www.wellbeingsco.com
- Phone: 626-373-8165
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Location: 960 E. Green Street, Suite L-14, Pasadena CA 91106
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-wellbeings-company-pasadena-3
Check out her work below: