In 2015, my company, Nelson Wellness Center, was growing nicely yet we were spending more hours dealing with insurance companies than with clients to receive payment. It was a very negative way to spend our energy. This was not the way I wanted to promote health. I assessed the situation and my life and concluded the best approach was to promote wellness instead of the current “sick care” model. Thus, I closed Nelson Wellness Center and Yoga Health Works was born. Integrating thirty plus years of healthcare, fitness training, manual skills, yoga and mindfulness training focused on the whole person, rather than one body part at a time. It is a journey for each of us. Everyone has a different path so I strive to meet individuals at their own starting point and progress from there. As we travel the path, insights occur, mindsets change, body energy changes and an enthusiasm for life in this moment occurs. It is fitness of body and mind and each conscious choice builds wealth in wellness.
The Well Coach
Agnes is a graduate of the Mercersburg Academy and received her Physical Therapy degree from University of Maryland in 1986. (You do the math!) She has practiced in acute care with traumatic brain injuries, in hospital based outpatient and inpatient care, worked in skilled nursing facilities, and private practices. She has been a private practice manager, clinical education coordinator, a clinical instructor and private practice owner. She continues to practice physical therapy and teach interns in the clinic at PT-ACAC in Crozet, VA . She enjoys working with orthopedics injuries, post surgical care, shoulder and neck injuries and geriatric orthopedics. * Scroll down the page for the formal resume.
She discovered yoga in 2004, immediately experiencing the benefits, and became certified to teach yoga in 2006. The experience was transforming and now her passion is to share the wonders of yoga. She integrates alignment and modifications in the poses so that yoga is safe for everyone.
Agnes believes in working with the mind and body proactively to build "wealth" as opposed to a "sick care" health model. This means investing in your health with each choice you make concerning sleep, exercise, nutrition and stress. She works with individuals or groups to educate and coach clients through a fitness progression that is functional and safe. She teaches a variety of Wellness Workshops and leads Yoga Quests (see workshop topics). Teaching and connecting with others is her passion.
When not working, Agnes’ favorite place to be is with her kids, partner and pets laughing and playing outside. Passions include hiking, traveling, cycling, skiing, kayaking, beach time, gardening, and any play that includes the outdoors. She also enjoys reading, eating delicious food and watching great movies. She believes in “creating your special day, everyday.”