The Holistic High Performance Podcast with your host Daniel Christofferson, is a unique blend of interviews with world class speakers in the fields of athletics, performance, mindset, health, wellness, fitness, movement, alternative medicine, spirituality, bodywork, structural integration, energy medicine, nutrition, and how to live the best version of your life. We will hear stories from Olympians, Professional, and World Class athletes. Learn about scientifically proven energy medicine technologies and explore the rich variety of movement, meditation, and bodywork practices available to help you increase your awareness and bring your body, mind, and spirit into balance. We invite you to join us on a journey of self discovery....
The Intersection of Awareness and the Body - with BetsyAnn Baron
Few people are as aware of their bodies as professional dancers are. Not necessarily aesthetics, but the ‘mechanics,’ the function and feedback. Their bodies are not only their source of vitality and expression, but their livelihoods, and therefore need to be respected, maintained, and healed. We can all take lessons from their awareness and rejuvenation. BetsyAnn Baron has a unique view of body awareness, as a former professional dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Her own experiences with injury and healing led her to the next phase of her life, that of a massage therapist and Structural Integrator. She also developed and teaches Structural Myofascial Therapy.
What You Will Learn
- Unlearn some of the things done to our body.
- Structural Integration as a way to reset your body to restore health, wellness, and vitality.
- Just because we get older, that does not mean that we have to deteriorate.
The Twists and Turns of the Pursuit of Sports- with Jennifer Wheeler
For some athletes, their path is clear and straightforward, often laid-out for them from a young age. Follow and connect the dots and you’ll get there if you put in the hard work and stay focused. For the rest of us, athletics, as in life, is full of twists and turns, and forks in the road. At some point, ‘greatness’ and ‘winning’ is not the goal, as getting older, relationships, children, and a hundred other things can divert us from our goals and force us to re-prioritize. Our next guest perfectly illustrates this non-linear road. Jennifer Wheeler was a collegiate runner, who transitioned into Roller Derby, and then into professional road cycling. Even then, she left to take a job, have a child, and returned to cycling while trying to balance it all.
What You Will Learn
The path to your sports goals is not always clear – it’s okay to take a break and concentrate on other things. It IS possible to return and/or change your focus to adjust to your new realities. Don’t give up – adjust, and build a community that supports you, and you them.
Whole Foods and Whole Body Wellness - with Mia Cara
During the past year we’ve had less control over where we go and who we meet, and have witnessed one of the most profound public health crisis of our lifetimes, along with its economic fallout. We’ve all been spending considerably more time at home, and have had more time to rediscover some more simple pleasures and joys.
One of those joys is food. Some have taken the imposed home time to cook more, while others have taken this opportunity to try a new diet. Or, a combination of both – perhaps even a diet that is not only based on ‘what’ we eat, but what our bodies are telling us. No one diet fits everyone, and our guest for this episode advocates for not only a whole foods based diet, but one that we tailor to ourselves – our cravings, our bodies, our lifestyles and our minds.
Mia Cara is a wellness coach who not only advocates for individual-based diets, but also the larger picture of wellness. Through a combination of eating well and treating our bodies with the respect they deserve, and listening to what our bodies are telling us, we can achieve higher levels of wellness.
What You Will Learn
- What foods are not fit for human consumption.
- Learn to listen to your body. Not every ‘diet’ will work for everyone. If you listen, you’ll find out what works best for you.
- How blood type affects what you eat (even it you don’t consciously know it), and also what type of exercise you need.
- Getting useful information from food labels.
- How fasting helps your body regulate itself.
- Why bee pollen is magical.
Using SMART Goals to Accomplish More - with Mary Marshall
Despite our best intentions, our best plans can, and often do, fall short. We’ve been taught since we were young to have goals and pursue them, sometimes doggedly and without question. This idea has followed many of us into our adulthoods, where we dutifully create goals, but without introspection or a plan, follow them without vision or flexibility.
Author, coach and instructor, Mary Marshall, is a strong proponent of upgrading the concept of mere goals to that of Smart Goals – the idea that goals should be realistically achievable, incremental, and in the case of 2020, adaptable. As in life, and as they are part of life, goals need to adjust to our changing realities and life circumstances.
Marshall’s most recent books include How Not to Be a Leader, How Not to Build a Great Team, and How Not to Create a Winning Strategy. Her previous books include The Entrepreneur Puzzle and The Great Cultural Disconnect.
What You Will Learn
Tailor your goals to what you can actually accomplish. Learn which part of your goals are worth keeping and which parts are changeable. Get into the mindset that it’s OKAY to change your goals, and hear some real examples of how to make that determination.
Coaching Athletes to Win On & Off the Field—with James Laurence - EP009
Winning on the field is nice. But it’s even more important to translate the lessons we learn there to life beyond sports. To apply the discipline, work ethic and growth mindset of an elite athlete to everything we do.
Coach James Laurence is the Founder and CEO of Legerity Sports Performance, a coaching program for high-performing athletes of all ages based in Covington, Washington. James played football and ran track and field for the Antelope Valley College Marauders before earning a football scholarship to Western Washington University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science. James has 17 years of experience training a wide variety of elite youth, high school, collegiate and professional athletes.
On this episode of Holistic High Performance, James joins Daniel to explain why he didn’t play organized sports until seventh grade and how that informs his perspective as a coach now. He walks us through his journey from college football player to founder of his own coaching program, sharing the evaluation process he uses to determine if an athlete is a good fit and describing the growth mindset that helps him adapt as the industry changes. Listen in for insight on the foundation of faith in James’ family and learn how pursuing his own goal to compete on the world stage has shifted the way he thinks about coaching.
What You Will Learn Why James didn’t play organized sports until seventh grade and how that informs his perspective as a coach now
The challenges James faced in being a husband, father and college athlete
Why James wasn’t the DII football superstar he anticipated at Western Washington
The series of jobs James took on when his pro football career ended
Who mentored James in building Legerity Sports Performance
The evaluation process James uses to decide if an athlete is a good fit for his coaching style
Why James is focused on helping athletes channel the lessons they learn on the field into life after sports
Who inspired James’ growth mindset and how it helps him adapt as the industry changes
James’ commitment to helping his athletes learn to ‘drive in traffic’
James’ personal goal to reach the podium in high hurdles at the World Championships by 2025 and how training has given him empathy for his athletes’ mental struggle
The foundation of faith in James’ family and how his wife and kids inspire him to be better
Connect with James Laurence Legerity Sports Performance
Connect with Daniel Christofferson Holistic High Performance
Daniel on LinkedIn
Resources Seattle Chinese Athletic Association
For Next-Level Success, Question Your Beliefs—with Daniel Christofferson - EP008
What’s keeping you from achieving next-level success? For most of us, fear gets in the way, and we create self-imposed limitations based on what we think is possible or available to us. But what if you stopped to question those made-up limits on what you can achieve?
Our host, Daniel Christofferson, is the Founder and CEO of Holistic High Performance, a state-of-the-art performance and recovery center based in Seattle, Washington. He has been working in structural integration since 1996, helping thousands of clients transform their lives through the alignment of body, mind and soul. Best known for working with athletes, Daniel and his team support clients in realizing relief from pain, recovering from injury, and fulfilling their optimal athletic potential.
On this episode, Daniel goes solo to address a listener question around his journey to creating the Holistic High Performance Podcast. He explains his decision to go to massage school after college and describes how he came to work with Hellerwork practitioners Maureen Warren and Donna Bajelis before starting his own SI practice. Listen in for Daniel’s insight on doing more of what feeds your energy and learn how to spark transformation by questioning the artificial limits you’ve placed on yourself!
What You Will Learn
The pivotal moment when Daniel questioned his beliefs for the first time
How trips to Europe and Asia shifted Daniel’s sense of history and appreciation for other cultures
What inspired Daniel to go to massage school rather than teach English abroad
How Daniel was introduced to Hellerwork and what he loves about it
How Daniel came to work with Maureen Warren and Donna Bajelis
The artificial limits Daniel placed on his income potential and how questioning those limits created a shift in his business
How an introduction to Michael Street led to Daniel’s work with athletes
Daniel’s commitment to continuous learning and improving his skills
When Daniel finally overcame imposter syndrome and developed an internal sense of confidence
What it takes to let go of fear and trust that the support you need will be there
The questions Daniel asks himself and his clients to challenge their self-imposed limits
Daniel’s routine self-care practices and how he makes decisions around doing more of what feeds his energy (and less of what drains it)
Why Daniel calls his practice Holistic High Performance
Connect with Daniel Christofferson
Holistic High Performance
Daniel on LinkedIn
Donna’s Structural Medicine Training
Entrepreneurs on Fire with John Lee Dumas
The Tim Ferriss Show
Bulletproof Radio with Dave Asprey
Calming is Key!
I really enjoy Daniel's calm demeanor and the interaction he has with his guests. Definitely a podcast to share with those you care about.
An inspiring reminder about how important it is to take care of yourself holistically inside out and outside in.
These interviews are great. A peak into these athletes lives (the ones I leave listened to so far). The host pulls the threads of each story giving us the opportunity to know them and be interested in their continued journey.