Most people already know that eating well and regular physical activity are things you need to do to in order to achieve optimal health, but there are several problems with this limited thinking. Not everyone's body type is the same, and the food that one person eats and thrives off of can have opposite consequences for another person.
Perhaps the biggest problem is that there are two other vital components to optimal health which are often overlooked: stress and sleep! When a person is under stress, their body releases the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is a very important steroid hormone and it is released when the body is under any type of physiological stress (physical, mental, nutritional, etc.) One of the biggest areas our coaches focus on is stress management. If a person is under too much stress, even a great diet and exercise program won't be enough to combat the negative effects of being under too much stress. We teach various stress reduction techniques like meditation, diaphragmatic breathing, aromatherapy, tai chi, and several others.
At Team Youphoric, we thoroughly assess posture, mobility, strength, and movement, and create specific programs based on each person's unique body type and personal goals. Our coaches work with a variety of people and teach them how to listen to their bodies and find what works best for them. We don't put people on diets; we teach them to listen to their bodies and see what feels and works the best for each individual. Whether your goal is to look better, feel better, or perform better, Team Youphoric can help you!
Stephen founded Team Youphoric in 2004. He is an award-winning Holistic Health & Performance Coach based in Aurora, Ontario, Canada. He has coached and treated world champions, national champions, gold medalists, professional athletes, Olympians, award-winning action stars, and cover models, and has been treating patient's and lecturing on Holistic Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Program Design since 2010. 2010 is also the year Stephen started treating patient's and, in 2013, he began working as a Physiotherapist's Assistant which inspired him to open Youphoric Physiotherapy in 2019. Stephen also taught, and certified, personal trainers for one of Canada's top personal training certification companies in 2018 and left to start his own school, the International Strength Coaching Academy in 2020.
Stephen has over 6,000 hours of formal, and continuing, education and has extensive training in the areas of nutrition science, exercise physiology, program design, psychology, and assessment and treatment. He also has over 12,000 hours of coaching experience and has coached a wide variety of people ranging from people with severe physical pain and limitations to professional athletes. He has coached members of the Canadian Olympic Team, NHL, NBA, UFC, CFL, PGA, IFBB, IBF, WBA, and NCC - among other organizations - and has treated patients with various injuries, cardiovascular diseases, musculoskeletal conditions, autoimmune diseases, and postural dysfunctions.
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A 2,200 hour Massage Therapy program, Stephen received his diploma in Massage Therapy. His hours of study included:
Stephen is a SomaTrainer and ELDOA Practitioner. He graduated and received his SomaTraining diploma from the SomaTraining Institute in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The SomaTraining program is an intensive, three year SomaTherapy training program. Each year, students attend 5 seminars lasting 3-6 days, with examinations at the end of the second and third years.
Based off of the work of world-renowned French osteopath, Guy Voyer, D.O., the SomaTraining Institute aims to provide a holistic view of exercise and training.
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Stephen was part of the first graduating class from the prestigious CHEK Academy in San Diego, California, USA. A 3-year training and development program created by world-renowned Holistic Health Practitioner, Paul Chek, and run by his global certification company, the C.H.E.K. Institute, the CHEK Academy takes a holistic approach to treating the individual. Stephen has attended over 400 hours of live workshops, completed a mentorship program, and his main areas of study include:
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Stephen has graduated from the Stretch to Win Institute in Chandler, Arizona, USA, and has achieved the highest level possible, being designated as a Level 3 Medical Fascial Stretch Specialist and holding a Sport-Specific FST certification. Founded by Ann and Chris Frederick, authors of the best selling books "Stretch to Win" and "Fascial Stretch Therapy," Fascial Stretch Therapy is world class stretching system used by members of the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL, among other organizations.
Having adequate mobility is the foundation to a healthy body. Using this phenomenal stretching system, Stephen has helped many people improve their performance, eliminate pain, and regain their mobility. His areas of study include:
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To determine a client's area of improvement to reach their health goals, a variety of different factors needs to be considered. The International College of Applied Nutrition and Strength teaches its students the five NMP assessments to determine a client's profile to start getting rapid results. The assessments include:
The assessments will help determine the client's area of opportunity in one of these profiles:
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