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Meet Debi Kennison of Balance Point Therapy in Fort Collins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Debi Kennison.

Debi, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My story began over 30 years ago when I was told that my spine was fusing together and my shoulder would never heal nor be fully useable by doctors after a bicycle accident I had in college. That was a turning point for me; first I got angry, and then I became proactive. I did a great deal of research, and I continued to move, despite the pain, and I made progress bit by bit. I turned to yoga when I was 30 years old and I have never looked back. I have completely recovered from every injury and setback and I have continued to study the human body, psyche, and movement ever since.

One thing that stuck with me was that I couldn’t be the only one who had heard a diagnosis such as this, and I was correct. I knew there were times I needed hope, patience, and the knowledge of others along the way, and my goal was to provide that for others. I love learning for learning’s sake, but I also believe our greatest and highest good is to serve others. I also believe it takes more than one modality or methodology to heal, and I provide several different modalities to help others heal.

If we look to nature, there are many variables and factors that contribute to the health of a species, and by nature, we are no different. The planet is far wiser and far more advanced than we are as humans, and from an evolutionary standpoint, we are still in infancy. I’m not convinced that our brains are as evolved as our bodies are, even. Our bodies are natural beings, and as such, they contain more knowledge than we can grasp currently. I look to the body and it’s inherent wisdom when applying any healing modality. I think the human body is the next frontier of science and health, combined, and I hope that we learn to fully honor and respect the unlimited potential we all possess within us.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This has been both my greatest joy and my greatest challenge to share my work. My work, and many others like myself, confront the status quo every single day. The underlying belief that our bodies, mind and spirit require nothing of us in order to exist is not only false; it is arrogant. We live in a society that views health as a commodity, not a birth-right, and the gap continues to widen between the haves and the have-nots. Healthcare is a business, not your business, and it doesn’t pay for you to be well.

Beyond the financial and racial biases underscoring our healthcare system, the general population knows so little about what it actually means to be healthy that people like me must be tireless and brave in order to do what we do. I am constantly met with skepticism, non-acceptance and a rationale that can only be explained by a lack of understanding of what wellness really means. The absence of disease does not mean you’re healthy, and health and wellness should be defined by more than your weight or even what you eat.

In the most simplistic terms, a plant may grow under some of the most undesirable conditions, but given the best of conditions, that plant will thrive, and chances are it will provide something the Earth with something both beautiful and beneficial, and I believe that human beings are no different. I may not ever be wealthy doing this work. I will, however, be well, and that is a wealth beyond compare.

Please tell us about your work.
My first foray into the world of health and wellness was in the Nutrition realm. I quickly realized that health meant more than eating well. I had taken dance classes since I was five years old and movement became my favorite way to communicate with the world, so it seemed natural to become a Yoga Instructor years later. There are very few movement classes I have not tried, but I look for longevity in any form of movement I do.

Because of my interest in longevity, I studied with Eric Franklin for three years, learning bone rhythms. orgokinematics, functional movement, cognitive behavioral therapy, and Dynamic Neurocognitive Imagery, as well as Myofascial Release practices. The Franklin Method is the future of the movement, in every aspect, and Eric’s work has informed everything I do.

What sets Eric’s work and mine apart from other methodologies is that your internal dialogue and your mental imagery plays a large role in not only what you do, but how you do it. Most of us carry so much additional tension in our bodies that we become inefficient in moving, thinking and breathing, which eventually lead to injury or disease. Essentially, one can become their own biofeedback system if the opportunity allows for it. It doesn’t interest me to invent a new way of being or moving; I want you to reduce stress and tension and discover who and how you were intended to be and move.

Given the latest findings on Fascia and it’s role in the body, I am on the front lines of understanding and communicating just how important and vital it is to work with the fascia when addressing nearly every facet of the human experience. Fascia is THE communication system of the body; EVERY single thought you think, and every emotion you experience is conveyed and communicated to the entire body through fascia, so if you’re addressing stress, which seems to be on the rise, you must address fascia, and you must do it in the right way.

Fascia is also your body’s water transportation system, so it is invaluable to support it in any way possible. I see the difference in people daily, before and after working with them, and I know I am making a difference, not only in how people feel but in the larger schematic of health and well-being.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I think my favorite memory is camping with my family in San Isabel National Forest and finding a natural seesaw in the woods whereby two trees fell in an x pattern and my best friend and I spent hours there each day, daydreaming and talking. It was magical, and it was one of the last times my family went camping.

Pricing:

  • My rate is normally $75/hour and I am offering a package of three sessions for $195 during October for your readers.
  • I do offer a discount for students, seniors and veterans of %15 off my normal fees
  • Reiki and myofascial release sessions are $65/hour during the month of October.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 357 Pascal St.
    Fort Collins, CO 80524
  • Website: www.balancepointtherapy.net
  • Phone: 970-381-8069
  • Email: zendebi8@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Balance_Point_Therapy
  • Facebook: Balance Point Therapy


Image Credit:
Val Mosley
Don Hacijek

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