My Story

My Story

My name is Rebecca Gonzalez. I have always had a hard time deciding what to put down in this section. I think it is important to tell you about my credentials. But just as importantly I want you to know why I do this work. So here is my alphabet RN, LMT, BA, BSN and AANP (AANP stands for “All Around Nice Person”).

As a child growing up in New York City I was obese and sickly. As a teenager I decided to take control of my health. I taught myself about nutrition and activity and how they impacted health and wellness. Walking became my solace, it strengthened my body and nourished my soul. I was able to lose 100 pounds and join the military… the rest is history. The experience taught me that by taking an active role in my health and well-being amazing changes can happen. After a very bad car accident in the Army I discovered the importance of massage therapy as yet another tool in not only my recovery but my overall health and well-being. I am so grateful that I can help others using tools, knowledge and information I have gathered over 25 years.

As a Registered Nurse I was trained and educated to teach individuals and their families to manage health challenges. This is one reason I wanted to become an RN. But, within our current health system the disease is the primary focus. Time and money constraints limit the ability of doctors and nurses to encourage active participation by patients in managing their health. In addition, many patients and families feel overwhelmed in the fast paced lives we all lead or don’t know how to be involved. They give up control and look for quick fixes or simply surrender and do not participate at all. After 14 years as a Registered Nurse I made the decision to step away from Nursing in the classic sense. I now utilize the knowledge and experiences I have collected to help YOU take an active role in creating wellness.

I have been in Hawaii for over 30 years. I received my degrees from the University of Hawaii-Manoa and moved to this amazing island 13 years ago. I have been a massage therapist for 25 years. BodyWise Body Tools, LLC was started 20 years ago on Oahu to provide massage therapy and tools to help people care for themselves and optimize their health and well-being. As this site grows watch for specials, products and links to help you live more fully.

Thank You for taking the time to read this. Leave your feedback. Take good care,

Rebecca

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