Rocky Gorge WellNews Mid Spring 2024

Rocky Gorge WellNews Mid Spring 2024

Stretch into Spring!

We can now safely say farewell to cold, dark months and hello to warmer, longer days. Most of us have already transitioned to Spring in various ways.

As we shift from limited indoor activities to being more active outdoors, transitional activities often require more physical effort. As many of us know too well, those movements may cause us to hyperextend, straining joints, tendons, and muscles as we reach, bend, pull, twist, and lift.

Spring cleaning, rearranging our closets, swapping out winter bedding, bending, and squatting as we clean up our gardens and begin to mow and weed: All of these activities can trigger joint and muscle aches and strains. That’s why this month we are introducing very simple stretches that can be done in just a few minutes before and after engaging in these activities, whether you’re heaving heavy blankets or taking longer walks with the dog, getting back to pickleball, hiking, kayaking, or being stuck in traffic on your way to athletic events, where you can acquire the dreaded “Bleacher Butt.”

Stretching is a key component in staying active without injury throughout the day. With this in mind, we are featuring our video, “Stretch 101,” filmed in early April 2024 by Abby for the Busy Woman Health Summit: Empowering Women’s Wellness. Included in this video are demonstrations of both static and dynamic stretches—as well as lateral neck stretches and shoulder shrugs—that can be done at home. We do recommend that you have a modest supply of inexpensive tools, such as a stretch strap, a band, and a Pilates ™ ball.

We hope that you enjoy this STRETCH 101 VIDEO.

These basic but essential movements will help you…stretch into Spring!

Please check our Rocky Gorge Wellness website or contact Abby for more information about our in-studio and virtual classes and training sessions.



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Dear Resilient Clients,
This has certainly been a long and challenging season for all of us…and I do hope you are all doing well.
Currently, Howard County is in Phase Three, which allows gyms and private studios to open—under CDC guidelines.
I want to assure you, again, that I am being extremely cautious in how I schedule clients/classes and am taking all necessary precautions to ensure a safe and healthy exercise environment.
I will continue to do virtual trainings/classes and am also doing sessions on my large outdoor patio!
I totally respect and understand each individuals’ personal concerns and restrictions, but I want to let you know that I am here and am ready to support you with your health and fitness goals.
I would love to hear from you and hear how each of you are doing; I do hope all is well with you and your family.
Please take time to get outside and enjoy this wonderful sunshine, wear your masks, and stay away from crowds!
Let’s continue to do our due diligence to safeguard the welfare of all of those around us.
Also, please remember that I plan to do a “reset,” with each of you as you return: a fresh fitness assessment, updating all intake forms—including any current medications/injuries—as well as addressing any newly occurring issues since the March 2020 shutdown.
To your robust health,
Be sure to read our latest Rocky Gorge Wellnews newsletter here.
Abby Dixson, MES ACE Gold Certified Health and Fitness Coach Rocky Gorge Wellness/MediFit, Inc. Body and Soul Fitness Instructor MES, Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist/AAHFP Member of ACSM, IDEA, Wellcoaches “Movement is Medicine”

Dear Resilient Clients,

I hope all of you continue to do well, during this challenging time!

Although I have been in touch with many of you, I wanted to reach out with an update, regarding opening Rocky Gorge Wellness Studio in the weeks ahead.

For those who have been doing zoom sessions, I am happy to continue virtual training/small group classes for as long as each deems necessary, for their own individual health restrictions.

As we look towards the State of Maryland (Howard County) opening up in its various phases, I want to assure you that we are taking all the necessary steps to ensure a safe exercise environment!

As in-person appointments are scheduled, I will be spacing clients so there is no overlap, to limit individuals’ contact with each other and to make sure all equipment and surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.

I plan to do a “reset,” with each of you as you return: a fresh fitness assessment, updating all intake forms—including any current medications/injuries—as well as addressing any newly occurring issues since the March 2020 shutdown. Remember, we also have warm weather coming and outdoor sessions are also an option!

I will have a full supply of disposable masks and gloves, but will ask for you to be prepared to have + bring your own initially. Gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer will be available in the Studio.

As all of you know, my passion is to help each individual achieve optimal health through safe and effective exercise and balanced nutrition! I am proceeding cautiously and will comply with the State of Maryland and CDC guidelines for all operations.

FYI: We have a monthly wellness support group focused on nutrition, diet challenges, and overall support. Please let me know if you would like to join us this Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 11:00am via zoom.

Please let me know any thoughts or concerns you may have, as I would love to hear from each of you!
Let’s stay Safe! Let’s stay Strong! 😁💪🏻🏻🌡

Remember: “Movement is Medicine,”
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