While spending much of my time this winter in Miami, I took up running on the beach. Running is a lot harder on my legs, knees and feet, so my body had a hard time adjusting and therefore I was more prone to injury. Luckily, I was introduced to Troy Training, who does house visits, and has a very special technique for stretching the muscles and circulating the energy flow of the body. Troy saved me from many aches and pains, and we are so fortunate to now have him in the Hamptons all summer! Being an avid Tracy Anderson Method client, my body tends to feel very tight. Stretching is not really incorporated in our workout and therefore, Troy plays a large role in keeping my body aligned and pain-free. He uses a machine called the Raptor, which really gets deep into your muscles, and loosens up the joints to relieve stress and tension. He is a true healer for any of us who workout regularly, particularly with regards to high-impact exercise.
How many years have you been in business in NYC?
I've been in business in NY For 2 years. But overall I've been in business for 13 years.
How did you get your start and what was your initial inspiration?
I started out as a personal trainer. I wanted to give my clients a better experience, so I studied and learned Thai massage in Chicago. I also saw how people were working out harder, but not recovering properly, so I wanted to help people recover better.
What do you feel differentiates you from others in your field?
I think my knowledge about how the body moves. Also, the main thing, I care about my craft and about my clients body and mind. I truly love helping people move and feel better.
What do you feel gives you longevity in this big city with so many options?
I think because I care and have empathy for my clients. Anyone can touch someone but the quality of my touch is what makes me different.
How do you positively impact your clientele?
I think during and after the session they are more aware about their body. They don't realize that certain parts are tight or they are carrying stress.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I think meeting people and helping them feel and move better.
How do you benefit mamas?
I think that the moment a woman becomes a mother, her nervous system is heightened. As a mother you have to be ready for anything. What I do is help calm the nervous system down, which allows mommies to relax and think about nothing during the session. Also motherhood is an extreme sport. It's not about fitness it's about getting the job done. If your child wants to be pushed in a swing and your back is hurting, mothers will forget about the pain in their back for there children. So mothers need recovery stretching just like any other “athlete” to help recover from the stress of motherhood.
What is the most memorable feedback a client has given you?
I think when my clients smile and are a little amazed after the session because they feel lighter and less stress, and the pain has decreased or is no longer there.
Pay it forward and name your top colleagues in the same field or related field.
My top colleague I would say is Sean Armstead. He was my mentor when I first started training. He taught me the importance of knowing the body and to keep learning.
What is the best advice anyone's ever given you? Or what is your "mantra" / words to live by?
Just be kind and pay attention.
As moms, the day can escape us, what is your best time-saving trick?
It's hard for me to give a time saving trick, due to the fact that so many things can happen throughout the course of the day. But I will suggest taking time off from being a mother. Take a day or weekend of and go to the spa. Treat yourself and take care of yourself.
How can our readers book an appointment?
They can reach me by phone (312.933.1924) or email.