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This is a special Podapalooza episode, featuring 2 guests!

Firstly, Dawn and I discuss the importance of touch, how it positively impacts our health when we get the touch we need, and also that our need for touch can vary from day to day and person to person. Dawn shares tips on removing the awkwardness of situations where the other person’s touch needs may not match yours, and instead using fun ways to give them a choice in how they want to be touched. Dawn wrote the book “The Touch Crisis: Navigating the Tricky Terrain of Bringing Healthy Touch Back to Our Culture, which is available on Amazon, and comes with a workbook, so you can learn more about this important subject.

Bobby and I then had a great conversation around strengthening and lengthening in order to prevent aches & pains. When we only strengthen, our muscles get shorter as they get stronger, and that then reduces the range of movement and can cause pain.  Bobby has developed great tools that you can use at home, in the office, and even in your business attire several times a day to ensure you are lengthening your body and ultimately reducing pain! What you do to your body today, matters to your mobility later!

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About the Guest:

Dawn Bennett:

Dawn Bennett, LMT, NCTMB, CST, NLP, Certified Hypnotherapist, NLP Results Coach, Accredited Certified EFT Practitioner, Relationship & Intimacy Coach, and Bodyworker has been helping people connect with themselves, others, and their communities in body and mind since starting her practice in 1997.

She’s the author of two Amazon Best-Selling books, The Touch Crisis: Navigating the Tricky Terrain of Bringing Healthy Touch Back to Our Culture, and What Happened to My Friendships? Five Steps to Navigate the Social Distancing Crisis. 

In addition, Dawn worked for over ten years as an instructor teaching massage + alternative and complementary medicine courses at Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical in Red Wing, MN. Dawn completed her bachelor’s degree in Business and Complementary Medicine in 2009 from Metro State University in Minneapolis in. Furthermore, she graduated from the Northwestern Academy of Classical Homeopathy in 2009. 

Today, she has hundreds of clients who, she is proud to say, have done their own deep work and restored their inner power, released physical and emotional symptoms and struggles, and found their own potential and voice in their work, relationships, and volunteer communities.

Dawn founded, owned, and sold a business that won “Service Business of the Year” two years in a row. She has been called a “zen hummingbird” because of her propensity to be chill, introspective, and in-tune, and then suddenly embrace her inner child, explode with energy and movement, and get an obnoxious amount of stuff done in a very short amount of time. She loves to travel and enjoy the healing powers of nature. She also loves people dearly and is working on saying so more often.

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Bobby Aldridge:

Bobby Aldridge is a Physiotherapist who has spent over three decades as an athlete, student, and educator of physical movement. Now, in the best shape of his life, his mission is to help others move with ease, grace, and power to eliminate pain, reduce the chance of injury, and maximize performance with metrics-based equipment to use at home or in your office.

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About the Host:

Melissa is an Integrative Health Practitioner and Master Practitioner in NLP and Timeline Therapy and a Board Designated Hypnotherapy Teacher Trainer, helping people get to the root cause of their health issues and then get lasting results. Melissa neither diagnoses nor cures but helps bring your body back into balance by helping discover your “toxic load” and then removing the toxins. Melissa offers functional medicine lab testing that helps you “see inside” to know exactly what is going on, and then provides a personalized wellness protocol using natural herbs and supplements.  Melissa’s business is 100% virtual – the lab tests are mailed directly to your home and she specializes in holding your hand and guiding the way to healing so that you don’t have to figure it all out on your own.

Melissa is the winner of the 2021 & 2022 Quality Care Award by Business From The Heart and is also the recipient of the Alignable “Local Business Person of the Year “Award 2022 for Whistler.

Melissa has been featured at a number of Health & Wellness Summits, such as the Health, Wealth & Wisdom Summit, The Power To Profit Summit, The Feel Fan-freaking-tas-tic Summit, the Aim Higher Summit and many more! She has also guested on over 60 different podcasts teaching people about the importance of prioritizing our health and how to get get started.




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