Meet Shannon Goins-Blair,
Integrative Health Practitioner L2,
Shannon Goins-Blair is a highly skilled Integrative Health Practitioner L2 and LANA-Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT-LANA) based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her extensive training includes over 1900 hours of education in various therapeutic modalities such as Integrative Health, Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), Medical Massage, Myofascial Release, Cupping, and Detoxification.
Shannon’s Interests and Motivations
Shannon’s passion for travel and diverse experiences have taken her to 6 of 7 continents and over 35 countries. Travel has enriched her perspective and ability to relate to people from different backgrounds. Since a young age she has had an interest in anatomy and physiology, and reads extensively on the subject in her spare time. Her dedication to helping others stems from personal experiences, including her mother’s struggle with lymphedema, which motivates her to provide quality care and education to her clients.
Shannon’s Own Struggle with A Mysterious Invisible Illness
Ignored and Dismissed
As a child, Shannon often complained of invisible symptoms, including fatigue, widespread body aches, and gut issues. Since these were not visible, she was told that she was “fine.” As an adult, she continued to seek out medical help for these issues which were getting worse by the year. Her doctors often dismissed her complaints as “all in her head” and told her that it was “all psychological.”
Despite her efforts to discover the cause of her ailments, she got no answers. The condition continued to worsen until one day, it was so bad that she couldn’t sign a check because of the excruciating pain. It was here that her real journey to find the cause began.
The Initial Stage of Her Journey
In her relentless pursuit of understanding her debilitating condition, she embarked on a journey through countless doctor visits and medications, seeking relief from the relentless pain of fibromyalgia. Initially attributing her symptoms to stress, she endured multiple inconclusive diagnoses from various specialists, each providing temporary relief but no definitive answers.
A False Diagnosis
Her quest led her to a fibromyalgia specialist who prescribed a cocktail of medications, offering some respite but not a cure. Frustrated by the lack of progress, she delved into alternative approaches, exploring the potential link between her symptoms and food allergies. After extensive testing, she discovered a myriad of food sensitivities, leading her to overhaul her diet and gradually alleviate her pain.
Finally, An Answer
Despite these improvements, new symptoms emerged, and the lengthy quest for answers continued. Fortunately, she finally found the help she needed in the form of Functional Medicine. The attention provided by her Functional Medicine Practitioner led to an actual medical diagnosis of something that lay hidden for decades, there to be discovered if only someone would take the time to look. Finally, she was provided with the answer she needed.
The Diagnosis Was Only the Beginning
While the diagnosis gave her clarity on what was happening inside of her body, she still needed direction on how to manage her condition. There was not a clear path forward. She still needed to figure out why she had the condition in the first place.
Empowered by her journey, she she found relief and purpose, and studied hard to become an Integrative Health Practitioner, offering guidance and support to others navigating similar health challenges.
How Shannon Can Help You
As an Integrative Health Practitioner, Shannon aims to improve people’s health through integrative approaches that consider the whole person. She emphasizes a holistic approach, focusing on identifying and addressing underlying issues through testing and natural supplementation. Shannon offers services to address gut issues, fatigue, and other health concerns often overlooked by conventional medicine. Shannon can also provide nutritional counseling, functional health testing, personalized wellness plans, and lifestyle interventions to address various health issues and promote overall well-being. By combining conventional and alternative therapies, she strives to empower individuals to take control of their health and achieve optimal wellness.