Rosie Liebe begins talking about her business by noting: “The focus at The Body Praxis is brain-based movement coaching.” She is very enthusiastic about the benefits of her unique process for helping people to become better at movement and get out of pain. She explains the underlying idea behind this process is that people are more than joints and muscles, and to really get better at movement, you need to focus on what is really holding you back: your brain. She points out that the brain’s primary job is survival: “Your brain takes the input it receives from the environment, processes it and then generates output.”
Rosie was born in Germany, but moved to the U.S. in 1990. After settling in the Bay Area, Rosie spent many years in the corporate world. When she began to notice signs of burnout, Rosie decided it was time to change gears.
The first step in transitioning to a different career path was becoming a Certified Massage Therapist. Through her business, The Body Praxis, she initially offered bodywork sessions using Neurokinetic Therapy®, a technique that goes beyond traditional massage by working with the motor control center in the brain. Her ongoing interest in understanding the intricacies of movement patterns, anatomy, kinesiology and what drives it all ultimately led her to study Z-Health® almost a decade ago. She also became a certified Pilates instructor. She notes, “For me, Z-Health is the umbrella that enables me to bring together all of the different approaches into the movement work I do with my clients. I use all of these tools to assess and resolve my clients’ sub-optimal movement patterns.”
The transition to Whidbey Island followed a magical path. After a few years of living abroad, she and her husband, Barry, decided to move back to the West Coast of the United States. They used a Zillow search for the greater Seattle Area when a suitable rental popped up in Freeland on Whidbey Island. Rosie says that “When we arrived in October of 2017, and drove off the ferry toward Freeland, we couldn’t believe how beautiful and green and amazing Whidbey Island was. It was love at first sight and here we are!”
Establishing The Body Praxis on Whidbey allows Rosie to share the movement coaching techniques she believes can make a major difference in someone’s life: “With appropriately customized movement programs, I have been able to help my clients get rid of back pain, hip issues, foot discomfort, shoulder injuries and much more.”
She adds, “I very much enjoy teaching and sharing my passion for the complex workings of the brain and the body, and I ceaselessly try to encourage my clients to be curious about their body, their movement patterns, and how they can help themselves stay out of pain. I see myself as a coach, facilitator, and educator for my clients by striving to enable them to have only positive movement experiences.”
For more details, check out her website: www.thebodypraxis.com