Mental • Emotional • Spiritual • Physical
We are Austin-based Chek practitioners, specializing in orthopedic rehabilitation, Neurosomatic Therapy, personal training, integrative corrective exercise coaching, holistic nutrition, health and lifestyle coaching. We believe that stress reduction is the key to optimal health, fitness and performance and we have the experts to help you feel better throughout all mind, body and spirit.
Sara Gustafson HLC 3, IMP, CPT, CHN
CHEK Practitioner, Director of Women's Health
Sara is a C.H.E.K Practitioner who is certified in corrective exercise kinesiology, integrative movement practice, holistic nutrition, holistic lifestyle coaching and art therapy. She is a 15 year member of the International Sports Science Association with a comprehensive achievement in higher education focusing on sport-specific conditioning, fitness, clinical orthopedic assessments, scientific core conditioning and strength training. She has spent over 8 years in women’s orthopedic health and exercise science education, research and development; speaking at conferences, universities, serving as guest lecturer for various collegiate health and kinesiology departments in Texas, is a published writer for Mark Sisson, Paleo Magazine, and course developer and instructor for The CHEK Institute.
As a visionary thought leader, authenticity expert, and truth seeking provocateur Sara Gustafson sparks healing + transformation through her powerful life coaching and holistic wellness programs. A champion for radical self-care who has embraced the empowered divine feminine within, Sara boldly inspires positive change that leads to ultimate wellbeing through intimate conversations, weaving insightful humor with uncomfortable truths.
Her courageous writing, perceptive speaking, dynamic coaching and uplifting teaching, invites us to discover our deepest truth, ignite healing and live our lives with passion and purpose.
More about Sara Gustafson
Sara’s whole body approach to wellness as a corrective exercise coach, nutritionist and art therapy practitioner and holistic counselor, emerged out of fifteen years of combined research and clinical application in the health and fitness industry.
An avid learner and diligent researcher, Sara employs a unique body of knowledge to discover metaphysical correlations with physical symptoms so she can help her clients transform pain and suffering into harmony and renewal.
She is the former Operations Director for Paleo f(x), the largest Paleo conference in the world and Female Empowerment Founder of “Women Who Raise Hell” is an expert educator who is available for speaking engagements, workshops, panel discussions, wellness programming, podcasts and writing assignments.
Sara’s specialties include:
- Intuitive strengthening and healing, cognitive behavioral training
- Women’s Health, Prenatal to Postnatal health, nutrition and fitness
- Metaphysical correlations with physical symptoms & chronic illness
- Hormone & Stress related disease, weight challenges and pain conditions
- Holistic recovery for anxiety, depression and mood disorders
- Sociocultural influences on lifestyle, health and habits
- Integrative exercise programming & structured movement therapy for recovery, performance, health, healing, and wellness.
Aleks Rybchinskiy LMT, HLC III, NST, CP4
Level IV CHEK Practitioner
As the youngest Level IV CHEK Practitioner, and one of only < 50 practicing in the world), Aleks Rybchinskiy is a seasoned record-breaker having started his life on this earth by defeating the greatest odds, a kind of momentum that has remained a natural part of his path and continues to leave jaws dropped in its wake.
Speaking of jaws, Aleks is a Neurosomatic Therapist with a decade in the field working to heal clients by applying holistic therapies and integrative methodologies mastered through accelerated completions of the prestigious practitioner programs at CHEK Institute in California, and Neurosomatic Educators Institute in Clearwater, FL. Working with professional athletes, stunt professionals, actors/actresses, singers and musicians, Aleks has established himself as the go-to therapist when something in the body needs repair and has been dubbed the “performance engineer” and “human body mechanic” from many professional agents and coaches around the country.
Aleks works with many clients, both onsite and remotely, as a coach by combining his expert knowledge of metaphysical correlations with physical symptoms, as well as holistic nutrition and the sociocultural influences on lifestyle to help his clients make positive and permanent changes to their health and pain symptoms. He applies the science of mindfulness to access values and determine specific, attainable goals through a comprehensive system of health & physiological assessments, therapy and 1-1 coaching.
He works with clients from all ages to address weight loss, muscle gain, pain, physiological imbalances, TMJ, frozen shoulder, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, headaches/migraines, visceral massage, cranial alignment, and many more.
Aleks leads his men’s community coaching group, Tribe of Men, weekly in Austin, TX, and is also a speaker and educator teaching workshops and courses on shoulder rehabilitation, core function, and athletic injury prevention & recovery. He is an active member of Gracie Humaitá Jiu Jitsu where he demonstrates the importance of his professional and personal philosophies by improving himself, also, as an athlete through the artful balance of integrity, performance, discipline, body awareness and recovery.
The concept of the last 4 doctors is so important.
Paul Chek studied the ancient Greek physicians who spoke of the philosophy of the three doctors (Dr. Quiet, Dr. Happiness, and Dr. Diet) in their teachings. They believed that one could heal any illness with regular visits to these three doctors. Paul Chek added the fourth doctor (Dr. Movement), due to the fact that so many of us lead increasingly sedentary lives nowadays.
The four doctors are meant to create wellness within the individual using them. One must understand the four doctors and the purpose of the doctors in order to create true health and well being. Regular visits or reflections with these “doctors” will provide high levels of understanding and awareness to anyone seeking optimal health and fitness.
We show you how to hear Dr. Quiet’s advice on rest, recovery, sleep, and finding balance through self-time in your life.
We help you tune into your body’s particular nutritional needs and give you the basic tools to meet them.
We promote the importance of living by your values to enhance your health, and guide you through exploring your own value set using cognitive therapies and stress management.
Learn about the difference between Working Out and Working In and putting those movement types to use in your life.
Six Foundation Principles
As babies we know subconsciously how to breathe properly. But as we grow into adults our breathing patterns often become shortened and more shallow. This is mainly due to the hectic nature of our lifestyles, which often puts us into a "fight or flight" stress pattern for extended periods of time.
The first thing you do when you wake up is think. It might not be anything profound other than realizing you desperately need to go to the bathroom. However, some would agree that your very first thoughts upon waking will determine your mood for the rest of the day - be it upbeat or downcast.