About

Hi, I’m Maura! Welcome to Empower Your Wellness! 

If you’re thinking There are thousands of health and fitness blogs out there, how is this one any different? Great question! You’ve come to the right place!

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My story

I started working as a physical therapist in outpatient orthopedics in 2007. So needless to say, I’ve been asked a lot of questions about staying active and injury prevention.

I’ve always enjoyed fitness and it was highly rewarding to help people get back to activities they love, with a newfound understanding of how to listen to their body and hopefully prevent future injuries.

In 2019, I launched Empower Your Wellness to take my show on the road and reach a larger audience. I simplify how the body works to help you stay active and prevent injuries during yoga, fitness, and everyday life. 

The inspiration stems from fusing my knowledge of physical therapy, biomechanics, movement, and injury prevention with my experience in yoga and fitness to bridge a much-needed gap.

It’s important to understand why you’re doing what you’re doing.

Credentials (AKA What qualifies me to write this blog?)

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy | Simmons University 2007
  • RYT 200
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner
  • Certified Pilates Matwork Instructor
  • Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor

Advanced education in:

  • Functional movement assessment and corrective exercises
  • Lifestyle medicine
  • Vestibular and concussion rehabilitation

How do I like to stay active?

As a former competitive swimmer and diver, I needed fun and exciting ways to keep my fitness going.

Now, I’m a lover of fitness classes, keeping active with spinning, Bar Method, Yoga, Pilates, and other cardio based and weight lifting classes. If I’m on the go, I’m armed with plenty of virtual options.

Hit up my Resource page to see my favorites.

When I’m not exercising, I enjoy cooking, summer, bread baskets, and traveling with my husband.

Action Shots in the Wild

Paddleboarding!

woman sitting on a paddleboard on a lake
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Hanging out at aerial yoga

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Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia

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Skansen Museum and Zoo Stockholm, Sweden

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Beep Beep! Thessaloniki, Greece

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Yoga on the go in Eastern Europe

woman on a yoga mat doing chair pose outdoors with view of the mountains and lake
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