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ILYA PARKER, BAS, AAS, A4548
Address:
5131 Springview Rd
Charlotte , NC  28213
United States
Location: Charlotte, NC
Phone: 704-909-9614
Email: decolonizingfitness5@gmail.com

Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
Organization/Business Name: Decolonizing Fitness
Area(s) of Expertise: Activism/Advocacy, Athletics/Fitness, Writing/Publishing

Description: I firmly believe fitness can be utilized as a healing tool to help folks reconnect with their bodies in ways that feel supportive and liberating. I am a body positive and fat affirming personal trainer.?? I am equipped to train folks with disabilities and chronic medical conditions. ?I specialize in training transgender people and can assist those who are preparing for or recovering from gender affirming surgeries. ??I do not believe in shaming folks for how they look or policing what they choose to eat.
 
Books Written: E-BOOK- LGBTQIA AFFIRMING SPACES TRAINING MANUAL PT. 1: INTRODUCTION E-BOOK- LGBTQIA AFFIRMING SPACES TRAINING MANUAL PT. 2 FITNESS EDITION

Articles Written: https://everydayfeminism.com/2015/10/trans-masculine-dating-abuse/

Website(s):
www.decolonizingfitness.com
Decolonizing Fitness was birthed from the need for queer, trans, non binary, chronically ill and disabled folks to have better access to affirming and supportive health/wellness/fitness services. Decolonizing Fitness seeks to put healing justice into practice by redefining and reimagining what fitness can be like when it is liberating, and restorative. Fitness is about more than pushing your body beyond its limits in order to achieve a certain aesthetic. No more shaming and blaming bodies for how they look, move and show up in this world. Our goal is to help decolonize (through education and support) toxic fitness culture. We seek to carve space for bodies that don’t fit normative standards of beauty. For ALL bodies to be represented and affirmed.

Blog:
https://decolonizingfitness.com/blogs/decolonizing-fitness
As I look in the mirror at my own reflection. I feel more and more affirmed that I am helping to reshape what healing and wellness practices can look like. From the ways I hold space for my fitness clients, through the messages being delivered via my apparel and how my unapologetic trans body shows up in the gym. Healers and Wellness “experts” can be awkward, fat, queer, trans, disabled, sex workers, chronically ill with mental health issues. We don’t always need special certifications. We all possess tools for healing. Healing is a collective effort. It can be rooted in African & Indigenous practices. It can also have components from conventional medicine. It can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be.


 
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