About Cent'Anni LifeSelf Care is Paramount to a Balanced Life
You’re in the right place if . . .
- You might be experiencing high levels of stress
- You might be frustrated that life is pulling you in several directions, leaving little time for self care
- You’re worried that things need to change otherwise your quality of life will decline
And that’s why Cent’Anni Life exists
Been there Done That
As a 24 + year veteran of the fire service, I work in a high-stress environment that can have a cumulative effect on overall wellbeing of the mind, body, and spirit. In April of 2014, while in training to become an Illinois Firefighter Peer Support team member, I realized that I had a major issue with stress in my life. When the topic of post-traumatic stress was discussed, I felt as if this was about me. I sought help and was treated for this anxiety condition.
What did I remember feeling at that time?
For over 16 years I always felt on edge as my stress response was perpetually ramped up. For many of those years I was sedentary, averaging only 4 1/2 hours of sleep a night, and had a poor diet. By lunchtime I was so exhausted that I had to take a nap. At the time of my diagnosis, I felt like a hamster spinning the wheel in a cage with no end in sight- I was at my wits end.
When Enough was Enough
From a physical standpoint: 8 years prior to my diagnosis- I was told (during an annual department physical), that I was pre-diabetic. At that time, I began to exercise regularly and changed my dietary habits. As a result, I lost 20 pounds. However, in the years that followed, I never felt completely whole as a person because my stress levels remained at an all time high.
As a client, I partnered with practitioners from the following disciplines: counseling, chiropractic care, acupuncture, reiki, yoga, nutrition response testing ( dietary guidance), massage therapy, and advanced exercise routines (I became a personal trainer along the way). I felt empowered by the experience of transformation, and with guidance/coaching, I was steered on the right path towards wellbeing. The greatest satisfaction came from taking that first step and doing all the hard work with just a little nudge from my helpers.
In order for all the chosen modalities to work synergistically, it was paramount that I learn to manage my elevated stress levels. Taking it one day at a time, I completed assignments given to me by my healing team and researched with earnest to gain a complete understanding of what was asked of me. As I better managed my stress, I noticed that things I once obsessed or worried about (finances, interpersonal relationships, health) improved with time.
How Am I Doing Now
These days my stress levels have been greatly reduced, my spirits are high, and I have lost (and kept off) a total of 36 pounds for over 6 years. However, the greatest gift I received were several valuable life lessons. First, by working with others (clients) I will continue to heal from within. Second, the support of like-minded people was a key ingredient to this transformative journey. Lastly, it is going to take a lifelong concerted effort on my part to maintain a balanced life, but perseverance is- and will always be the cornerstone to my success.
One of the biggest barriers to a successful lifestyle modification program is the daily stresses of life. Our goal is to help others-in-kind to manage these hurdles in the best way they can to achieve a balanced life for increased longevity, wellbeing, and peace of mind.
About Tim Grutzius
President + Founder
Tim is certified by the American Council on Exercise in both Personal Training and Health Coaching. He also holds a Diploma in Holistic Health Practice and Certificate in Wellness Consulting from the American College of Healthcare Sciences. Additionally, he is certified as a Usui Reiki Master practitioner under the guidance of the Rev. Shannon L. Chada.
He does volunteer work for the following organizations: Illinois Firefighter Peer Support, Firefighter Cancer Support Network, and the Holistic Riding Equestrian Therapy team.
Tim retired ( after 25 years) at the rank of Lieutenant-Paramedic from the Alsip Fire Department. His mission is to make this world a better place to live by assisting others in achieving a more balanced life.