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Who is this 'Iron Belle'?
To mow or not to mow
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By Kerry M. Davis
Hey there, my name is Kerry (that’s me in the picture up there) glad you are here. I have been a health nut for a while but never truly realized my passion for it until a few years ago. I have been a massage therapist for over ten years and known ...
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Chronicles of an Iron Belle
Hey there, my name is Kerry (that’s me in the picture up there) glad you are here. I have been a health nut for a while but never truly realized my passion for it until a few years ago. I have been a massage therapist for over ten years and known for my ability to ‘torture’ people. The CIA wasn’t hiring so I pursued an Infant Massage Therapy certification in an attempt to figure out when things start going awry as we develop and stopping them before they cause trouble when we are adults. Person after person would come to me seeking relief from their pain and all I could do was iron it out with a massage, the rest of the work was up to them and I soon found that not too many go to the gym and know what to do or have a personal trainer who gives them a good program. A major contributor to this issue is the lack of communication from the client to the professional out of ignorance of their own body all because we are so busy with the other demands of life to even listen to what our body is telling us. This blog will give you that understanding.

All that background stuff brought me to today: a certified personal trainer who LOVES kettlebell training (my fave move is the Turkish Get Up), loves running, and loves acting like a kid (I have three!). I hope you enjoy the journey with me as we tackle understanding our bodies and how to get the most of your time at the gym, beat injury, figure out what muscles are doing what, and have a few laughs along the way. Understand that I am a massage therapist and personal trainer, not a medical doctor so the advice I share here is strictly that: advice. To see the kind of work I do (with my hunk of a hubby) click here.

Please drop me a line though, I would love to hear all about you!

Take care,

Kerry M. Davis LMT, CIMT, CPT
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Meadow
Mary Scipioni
By Mary Scipioni
April 23, 2012 12:01 a.m.





Now that it’s time to start lawn-mowing regimes, maybe we should take a minute to scrutinize this practice.







Everyone loves a green, well-groomed lawn. But have you ever considered that lawns are energy consuming, polluting and biologically sterile landscapes? Mowing them consumes time and gas. Chemicals like fertilizer, weed killers and pesticides can run off with stormwater and pollute our streams.







Perhaps we should start thinking about converting our lawns, at least partially, into areas that are more biologically rich. Meadows are an interesting alternative. Landscapes composed of tall perennials including grasses, forbs, and wildflowers provide habitat for pollinating insects and songbirds. They have become increasingly rare.







We like others to keep their lawns tidy, because it makes our street look respectable. To discover how we might overcome our neighbor’s qualms about these less orderly landscape types, Joan Iverson Nassauer, a professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan, conducted a study. She found that when we create a clear form and edge, or frame, it shows that our meadow landscape is intentional and maintained. So, think about dedicating some of your land to meadow planting. Maybe you and your neighbors can join forces to create a continuous swath for your families to enjoy. Then you can spend that mowing time watching your kids chase after fireflies.

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