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Join Us at the “I ❤ the 80s Gala” to Support Haiti’s Children

Last year around this time, I wrote a post about visiting Haiti and getting to know The Vertile Foundation. Since then, I’m honored to have become the Executive Director, helping shape the direction of the organization so it can best help the children it serves.

The Vertile Foundation runs two operations:

  • The House, which provides a safe, stable and nurturing home for abandoned and orphaned children
  • The Academy, which is a school designed to teach leadership, technology and employable skills

Haiti is a bit like the Wild West, with rampant political corruption and high levels of poverty, unplanned pregnancy, and severe malnutrition. The system makes it difficult for parents to afford food, housing and education for their kids, and many abandon them. Vertile works hard to care for children impacted by poverty and starvation, giving them a family, an education, and a future. I got involved with Vertile because it represents the best of what we can do to help others in need.

I’m so impressed by how the founder Rico Changeux has leveraged his community to support the kids that live at the house. I’d like to do the same with the Sanitas community. A little goes a long way Haiti and the kids we help lead happy, healthy lives because of the generosity of people like you.

I would love for you to join us at our upcoming fundraising Gala, designed to support and bring resources to these kids, and kids in the larger community. Seating is done in tables of ten, and we’d love for you to be a part of our Sanitas group! I hope that you’ll join Eric, Dwight, Tom, Michael, Laura, Antonio, Courtney, Claire, and the rest of the Sanitas crew at the event.

Gala Details:

  • I  the 80s Gala
  • Friday, Sept. 27th
  • 6:00 – 11:30 p.m.
  • Folsom Field Event Center

Tickets: $100 per person

  • Dinner by Celebrity Chef Justin Brunson, Restaurateur and Cooking Channel Host of SEARious Meats and The Best Thing I Ever Ate
  • ‘80s throwback music and dance party
  • There will be both a silent and live auction, filled with Sanitas-related goodies

All the proceeds go directly to support the children, helping the team provide housing, food, medical care and education for these kids so they grow into self-sufficient adults.

Read more about the event here, and put your name on the list at the front desk if you’re going to we can seat you with other Sanitas folks.

Sanitas Dance Party

The organization’s founder – Rico Changeux – is an inspiration wherever he goes. He not only runs this nonprofit, but owns Streetside Dance, a studio built off his stellar career dancing with people like Britney Spears and Michael Jackson.

He will join us this Friday, Sept. 13th at 6:30 p.m. for a special dance class, and I hope you can make it. Bring your friends, kids and family, and let’s dance!

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One of the most common concerns I hear from potential clients is that they are afraid Rolfing is going to be painful & too intense for them. Historically, Rolfing was fairly uncomfortable & at times, even painful. However, like any profession, as we learn more over time, we adapt and refine our approach.

The largest refinement has come from a deeper understanding of the nervous system. When I am working with a client, it is never my intention to activate the nervous system into a holding response. What I mean is, I never want to work so deep, so fast in an area with a client, that it causes them to tense up elsewhere, hold their breath, or check out of their body. It is essential to me that my clients are able to stay relaxed, present, and meet me with their awareness as we are working together.

It can be tempting to want to ‘just get after it’, but the reality is, when you work too aggressively in an area & are holding tension elsewhere, you are simply rewiring your nervous system to be in a danger holding and guarding response in that particular area. When a client sees me for the first time, they are often surprised at how relaxed they feel after the session and that it wasn’t painful.

Stay tuned for Rolfing Myth #2. If you would like to learn more about Rolfing, feel free to send me an email at or give me a call at 720.236.4847. I have availability at CrossFit Sanitas on Mondays, you can see my upcoming schedule & book a session with me below.

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