tianna meriage-reiter's journey to be a PT
Rising up

Hey you,

I wanted to give share “Tianna’s journey to become a healer”…..

 

I’m a woman, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a kitesurfer, a seeker of knowledge, a yoga therapist, a health coach and a licensed physical therapist. Those are some of my identities, anyhow.

 

I was drawn to become a physical therapist during the depths of the dreaded “repetitive stress injury” while working as a customer rep. Suffering from daily pain, fatigue, sadness, even rashes.

 

I was given pain meds, muscle relaxers, birth control for headaches, offered x-rays (never did them), given an ergonomic keyboard, prescribed PT and hand therapy– all of it just on the body.  Not one doctor or PT asked me about my lifestyle, what made me stressed, or how to deal with it.

 

What? You can’t have the perfect ergonomic set up at work, sit hunched over your desk, stress about your job, not take breaks and sustain on energy bars and coffee and NOT feel good?  Guess not.

 

If I had known then what I know now, it wasn’t just the stress of the job, but also my lifestyle and diet–-out too late, drinking too much, exercising too hard, eating soy, soy, soy and fat-free, sugar-free (that was all the rage then!).

 

My poor system was under the attack of inflammation. And likely in the throws of hormonal imbalance. 

 

But I thought becoming a physical therapist would end that pain. Nope, it followed me. All the way through grad school.  Still stressed, still not eating well (diet soda and Cliff Bars galore) and not sleeping enough.

 

Way back when, I had found yoga to try to ease my pain. But it was “gym yoga,” not specific to me with large competitive group.  And looking back, it may have done more harm than good. But what I did get was a spark to develop this yoga as a therapy. 

 

Last year of grad school, I discovered Professional Yoga Therapy Institute, where I would later complete my certification. Later discovering, a yoga teacher training at Mount Madonna Institute being drawn down another path of holistic healing through Yoga Therapy.  The philosophy and practices of yoga were not only healing for myself, but also a way to see past my patients injured body part and see them more whole-istically.

 

Jump forward a several years and I’m thrown into another spiral––working at the PT clinic and starting my business.

 

Stressed? Yes. And too tired to get up and meditate….I mean, really, too tired to meditate? It’s just sitting there, breathing and witnessing. But yes, I was too tired. Coming home from a busy work day seeing 14 patients with only a 1/2 hour break,  only to slump into a little ball on the floor and weep.

 

I would wake up in a pool of sweat in bed, sometimes waking to change the towel underneath me. Pain in the arms coming back. Feelings of unexplained sadness. Pooping up to 5 times per day (not normal by the way).

 

I was only 37—too early for peri-menopause. Around that time, I did a cleanse that shocked me out of my spiral. I felt great!  But as we all do, I slipped back into the usual habits. Until I was on a trip several years later and was taken over with a systemic rash and feeling sad again. Sigh.

 

But the path turned and I found a functional medicine practitioner and was able to  really start learning about what I was putting in my body…..or not putting in, was literally, my medicine.  This spurred me to enter into the Integrative Women’s Health Coaching program with Jessica Drummond to become a certified Women’s Health Coach (WHC). And taking lots of continuing education on women’s health and the pelvic floor and persistent pain. And this is where we are now.

 

Finally, relief.

 

Seriously…….relief in the physical body. Relief in the emotional body. Resolution of rashes. No more night sweats. More energy. Sometimes I don’t even know that my period is coming, except that it’s a full moon–that’s right, no PMS symptoms! Wahoo!

 

Empowerment to use my own internal sources (and also compassion for when I need to ask for help from others) so that I continue to evolve in an ever changing internal and external landscape.

 

Now I enjoy:

✅ Daily meditation and breath practice–sets me off right in my day
✅ Daily mindful movement/exercise–even if it’s just 15 minutes
✅ Healthy nutrition that is right for me–believe me this is always evolving and challenging, because I am too!
✅ A good solid 7-8 hours of quality sleep–and a dry bed to boot!
✅ Healthy skin care products that don’t contribute to hormone imbalance
✅ Feeling like I have empowerment over the way my body feels by the choices I make every day about what to eat, how to move and how to de-stress

 

I want you to feel a sense of empowerment too! This is why I do what I do. To help humans transition from hopelessness, towards reclaiming their health and well being.

 

I, like you, am more than just my physical ailments….I am a woman, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a reader, a seeker, a yoga enthusiast, a lover of sunrises, a person that is sometimes in pain (though no longer suffering), a person that is sometimes sad, a person that struggles and a person that sometimes feels absolutely amazing and full of gratitude (this mostly).

 

I hope this inspired you and helped you get to know me a wee bit better. If it left you with more questions, please feel free to contact Tianna to see how we can work together to begin to help you shift your pain experience.


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