I worked out last week with my friend Dylan Berkey, who is part psychotherapist, part trainer and an all around lovely person with whom to spend a grueling 90 minutes. When she first told me about her new endeavor, Traverse, I was immediately intrigued. Her literature describes Traverse as, “enabling individuals to address psychological issues and obstacles while engaging in outdoor physical exercise, all with the guidance of a practitioner experienced in both modalities.”
I’m someone who tends to manifest all my problems physically. I’ve had about twelve migraines this month alone. My body is where much of my trauma has occurred and all of my self-hatred eventually winds back to it. So I was eager to find out more about Dylan’s philosophy.
It’s always a challenge for me to work out with another person, as I tend to enjoy the hour of solitude. But Dylan was a great support and through most our trek up the mountain in Griffith Park, I could still find enough breath to spill my anxieties about work, motherhood, the marathon, God, failure, success, stroller assembly, etc.
In summary, I’m wildly excited about her enterprise. I think it’s groundbreaking and I encourage anyone who is interesting in approaching your mind-body-spirit healing in an integrated way to get in contact with her: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, and check out our groovy minimalist footwear. I’ve been running in the Vibram five finger weird gecko shoes. It’s kind of like going barefoot, but with less of a chance of stepping on something gross. I love them so far.