Performance over aesthetics
Kaisa recalls feeling proud of her athleticism from a young age, which helped her develop a strong connection with her body. “I was proud of being athletic and focused what my body did for me rather than what my body looked like.”
As a trainer, Kaisa helps others move and become healthier because it internally feels better, instead of moving and eating to look a certain way.
“I find joy in inspiring others to understand that coming off the couch and getting into movement is much more than losing 10 pounds. I have seen clients become more confident in the workplace, in their relationships, and in everything else they were doing because they had this newfound confidence in their bodies,” she said.
No pain, all gain
Upon graduating from the University of Washington where she was a track athlete, Kaisa found herself injured, and the connection she previously had with her body was no longer there. After spending years following a “no pain, no gain” approach, she began seeking movement that felt more intuitive. “I was injured throughout my entire collegiate career. I put my body in somebody else’s hands, and it didn’t turn out very well. I realized learning about my own body was what I needed to heal.”
Since overcoming her injuries, Kaisa feels better than ever. She has regained the positive connection with her body and is grateful for everything it does for her.
“I fully believe in my body, and I think that’s completely different from where I was before. I started listening to my body and reducing the amount of stress I put on my body. I’ve never felt better in my body than I do now.”
More than my body
Now that Kaisa has re-established a positive relationship with her body, she is not defined by her appearance. For Kaisa, movement is a form of self-expression that helps her stay true to her own unique characteristics.
“I am compassion. I am fiery. I am stubborn. I am more than my body.”
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