Today we’d like to introduce you to Estelle Harford.
Estelle is an accomplished and nationally recognized wellness consultant with a multi-faceted approach that began with her work as a personal trainer. Dedicating herself to increasing the strength and dexterity of her clients in a gym setting, Estelle increasingly witnessed the pain they were in due to muscular tension and imbalances. With the goal of alleviating the limitations she observed in her clients, Estelle sought out a method that would facilitate the efficient, healthy and effortless movement she and her clients desired. She found exactly what she was looking for in the discipline of Ki-Hara. What Estelle discovered is a revolutionary technique that utilizes a person’s own resistance in the strengthening and elongating of muscles. Through assisted sessions Estelle helps you develop flexibility, increase range of motion and offers strength training and core focus all in one session. One of only 30 Ki-Hara Master Trainers globally.
Estelle also completed the rigorous and esteemed training to become a John F. Barnes Myofascial Release practitioner. Estelle and Stellar Strength and Wellness has been described nationally in the Huffington Post as one of “The Ten New Workouts You Need to Try.” Her work has been praised on “PURE WOW”, because “it doesn’t involve equipment, is only as hard as you want it to be and helps your body feel healthier and move better. As ‘Chicago’s Stretch Therapist’, Estelle has been featured in “Chicago Social” magazine multiple times, and Modern Luxury. She has shared her expertise with the local community on ABC7 HealthBeat Chicago.
Estelle has recently opened a studio in Atlanta, Georgia and has already been listed by “The Atlantan,” as one of its city’s “Dynanic Women.” Estelle is passionate about helping people live pain free, active, healthy lives.
Has it been a smooth road? My path is definitely not a traditional one. It has been filled with many bumps. It has been well worth it. What I do is very rare and not well known yet. My challenge is to educate people about what I do and how I can holistically help them rebalance and strengthen their body. It’s taken over a decade of hard work. I feel very fortunate to have something I am extremely passionate about.
So, let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Stellar Strength and Wellness story. Tell us more about the business. Stellar Strength was founded on the principle that everybody is unique. I pull from my years of experience to help remove painful layers of tension and help restore strength, flexibility, range of motion and balance to your body. I solve muscular imbalances that may have been holding you back. I always listen to my clients and never have an agenda in regards to their path of healing and progress.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade? I am positive that people will begin to seek more holistic approaches to pain, and healing. I’ve already seen a shift. So many fascial restrictions and limitations can be solved and released without surgery or invasive options. The goal is to find a practitioner that cares and knows how to help you best.
Please contact for pricing. Sessions begin at 150$
For some reason I’ve never made a good black bean burger. Yesterday, I was determined to change that. I came up with a healthy meat free alternative. Of course you can change this recipe if you want it to be gluten free or vegan. If you’re unsure how to change the recipe, just email me and I’ll help you. I always use organic, high quality ingredients when possible.
I used TVP, or texturized vegetable protein in this recipe. I started using this to add to our food on a backpacking trip in Grand Canyon. It adds a lot more protein without adding fat or a lot of calories. This also gave the burgers more substance and eliminated the mushy texture a lot of black bean burgers seem to have.
3 T Extra Virgin Greek Olive Oil
1/3 c. chopped red onion
3 cloves chopped garlic
4 diced medium sized baby ‘bella mushrooms
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. cumin
½ tsp. garlic salt
¼ tsp. chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
½ c. Bob’s Red Mill TVP
½ c. flour (you can substitute this with any gluten free flour you like)
1 can organic black beans, rinsed
Saute in medium sized pan over medium heat, 1T olive oil, red onion and garlic. Saute for a few minutes and then add the mushrooms. Add salt and pepper. Allow to caramelize a bit. Set aside. Maybe 5 minutes of cooking time.
Blend In a food processor or high quality blender. Add everything and blend until it is combined.
Cook Add 1 T olive oil, heat pan. Take a handful of bean mixture and drop patty sized mounds into pan. Make sure to give enough space to brown both sides evenly. After browned, transfer to paper towel.
Bake When almost ready to serve take browned patties and bake in a 350 oven for about 10 minutes.
Serve You can use bread, portabella mushrooms as buns, a lettuce bed or tortillas. It’s up to you, be creative. I served them with some shredded mozzarella cheese, some chopped heirloom tomatoes, fresh spinach, avocado, fresh cilantro and a dollop of non-fat greek yogurt.
I haven’t ever met a golfer that wasn’t interested in improving their game. Golf is a sport that is extremely intricate, and always presents new challenges. It can be the course, the weather or YOU! I am here to introduce you to an incredible, secret tool that can help you immeasurably.
Ki-Hara Master Trainer Estelle Harford has recently relocated to Atlanta, and can help you accomplish your game goals.
Ki-Hara is a unique method of eccentric flexibility, strength training, and core stabilization that is used to help athletes improve. It also corrects muscular substitution, which might be significantly impacting your game.
With the help of a Ki-Hara Master Trainer, you will decrease pain, eliminate painful muscular substitution, increase range of motion, flexibility, strength and core capability. All of these advance your game.
In golf, one needs the ability to quickly access muscles and rotate powerfully through specific joint rotations. If you can’t use these muscles properly you will have a lot of unnecessary frustration. You should be able to quickly execute these movements to get the most torque, control and precision in your swing. If not corrected this will translate into fault in your swing as well as other problems.
Aside from being strong; to be a successful golfer it is imperative that one has FLEXIBILITY! You need chest, shoulder, lattissimus dorsi (lats) and backrange of motion and flexibility. Your arm must be able to fully cross far enough in front of your body to allow for a proper backswing. Range of motion is extremely important to be able to get your body into good positioning. You have to be strong enough to have the power behind your backswing to make the ball travel a far distance.
Hip mobility and glute strength are often overlooked. There are many people that have extremely tight and restricted hip flexor and psoas muscles. One of the things these muscles do is, allow your hips to properly rotate internally and externally. This contributes to the ability to control sway and early extension. You have to be able to rotate your body in all planes of motion. If you can’t, you run the risk of injuring yourself because you are forcing other areas of your body to take unnecessary torque and joint stress.
You might be frustrated and feel like you are doing “everything correctly” and still not getting what you want out of your game. It is extremely likely you have muscular compensations occurring in your body, which are inhibiting your improvement. If these are not corrected they will impair performance and can lead to injury. Ki-Hara can be the missing link to perfecting your game. Working with a Master Trainer is the best way to determine what is happening in your own body and to create a program for correcting these issues.
Estelle Harford of Stellar Strength and Wellness is a Movement Therapist and a nationally recognized Ki-Hara Master Trainer. She has recently relocated to the Atlanta area from Chicago. She is the only Ki-Hara Master Trainer in Georgia. Please call to set up an appointment at 630-730-1410. She offers in-home sessions as well as studio sessions. www.stellarstrength.com, Estelle@stellarstrength.com
I am always tweaking things and trying to come up with the healthiest versions of food I love. This is a simple, incredible lunch I created last week with healthy ingredients I had on hand. I got so many positive responses, I wanted to share it here for reference. Let me know what you think or how you have changed it to suit your tastes more.
One small Baguette sliced lengthwise and toasted
Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, as much as you like or you can omit for a vegan version
One half of a ripe Avocado, smashed
A few sliced Organic Grape Tomatoes
A few fresh Basil leaves
Your favorite Extra Virgin Olive Oil to drizzle
Fresh cracked Black Pepper and Celtic Sea Salt
I toasted the baguette under a broiler first, then put the cheese on and allowed that to get a bit warm and melted.
I smashed the avocado, put the tomatoes and basil on top of it. I drizzled a bit of extra virgin olive oil on top and salt and pepper.