Patty Okimura- with journey to fitness since 2015
"Fascia blasting is a MUST. So is using the acupressure mat aka the "pokey mat".
I had a very painful frozen shoulder. Through many months of training and exercise with Li Si, and even taking a few shoulder classes from her, we realized that the scar tissue and thick, binding fascia released my pain and my shoulder was finally cured! The constant and sometimes excruciating pain disappeared.
With the addition of the acupressure mat to the collection of "tools" we use to reduce pain and/or tightness, I am able to easier keep my body in check and move easier. I continue to work with Li Si regularly and use the tools (which include tennis balls, fascia blaster, acupressure mat, and foam roller, to name just a few) and the methods she's given me to sustain and maintain range of motion with my shoulder and all other aches and pains that arise. It's all about the blood circulation and regular movement of the whole body!"
Clara Chapman- with journey to fitness since 2008
Robert Chapman - with journey to fitness since 2014
"We found Li Si to be very innovative in her exercise routine. She keeps up with the latest developments in exercise aids and equipment and introduces them into her exercise programs.
We love using the Fitness Cue®. It's a great tool for mind body connection and upper body flexibility. She has helped us maintain good health and feeling like we are in our 70's instead of our 80's."
Heather Bolan - with journey to fitness since 2013
"I found the Journey to Fitness Pyramid to be the best tool for learning how the body really works, providing a solid foundation for building real physical fitness, and making any physical activities easier and less stressful.
Knowledge really is power. If I had been given this education in school during my youth, I might have avoided the out of condition body I have now, and might have already incorporated fitness principles into my daily pattern of life making my transition into the "golden years" that much easier.
I highly recommend this program to anyone who is committed to living a better life, one free from unnecessary pain or medications. You won't be sorry."
Karen Chang - with journey to fitness 2006-2008, 2019
I still vividly remember being flunked in elementary PE! I could not do the required number of sit-ups, chin ups, and all that standardized test criteria. (Still can’t.) So I deliberately stay away from this area of weakness and embarrassment.
However as one ages, I find that I’m faced with this momentous hurdle again! One needs to move a lot to age gracefully. So I’m exploring silk movements that I’ve always been fascinated with but scared to do!
Baby steps! 😂 Many, many thanks to my patient, innovative, personal trainer, Li Si Yang! She believes that I can do it!
Dr. Lois Saruwatari MD - with journey to fitness since 2015
I am an Internal Medicine physician and I have been training with Li Si for over 3 years with tremendous improvement in my overall well being as well as in my tennis game!
As an avid tennis player and with the gruel of electronic medical records I have suffered my share of shoulder and forearm injuries as well as wear on my knees. I do believe in and have relied on traditional physical therapy, occupational therapy, acupuncture and constant stretching.
However, working with Li Si has taken my health to the next level. Through personal training, cupping, fascia blasting, and Cue Stick Pilates, I have experienced improved fitness, avoidance of re-injury and continue to improve my tennis game!
Her positive attitude and the results is what keeps me motivated to improve and be healthier!
Tonya Huntley - with journey to fitness since 2007
I'm a pet sitter and veterinarian technician who had started to feel lower back pain from years of picking up pets and exercising with them. Li Si shows me a new way of breathing and aligning my body to prevent pain. As I age, I have Li Si by my side to help me continue this important way of developing my body. Li Si is a godsend. Don't wait, start now. You'll be so glad you did!
Founder of Malu Pet Bliss
Karen Ono- with journey to fitness since 2016
Attending Li Si's weekly Fitness Cue Class has been the best thing I have done to improve my posture, flexibility and balance. Li Si leads us in a variety of challenging Fitness Cue routines. I appreciate Li Si's spot on observations and specific instructions, which help me learn to use proper form for maximum benefit. What I learn in Fitness Cue class also applies to my yoga, Pilate and tai chi practice. After a lifetime of poor posture, I now find myself automatically sitting more upright and standing / walking taller. I can honestly say that attending Li Si's weekly Fitness Cue class weekly has been a life changer!
Ethel Iwasaki - with journey to fitness since 2007
"Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving." The quote is form Albert Einstein, but it sounds like what Li Si would tell her clients to inspire them to work on their physical fitness in in order to maintain and improve their quality of life.
Through these eleven years of working with Li Si, I have found myself appreciating her abilities and knowledge to help in healing and strengthening the human body. Every session is personalized for each client. She also is flexible in terms of revamping her plan in a session to heal an ache or get rid of stiffness that is affecting her client.
I know that the result of my personal training sessions have been successful, because when friends, who have not seen me for a while, remark on how well I look. One of my former high school student said, "What ever you're doing, keep doing it.
My "journey to fitness" with Li Si has been positive and enriching, as well as being enjoyable and worthwhile. I hope to continue getting fit with her for many years to come."
Dr. Robert Woliver, Ph.D. - with journey to fitness since 2008
As a health care provider and psychologist, I am well aware of the studies and research that show the benefits and importance of exercise and diet. The evidence is overwhelming on both the physical and psychological sides. In study after study, exercise reduces anxiety, improves mood, lowers depression rates, lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol counts and reduces stress. Nowhere is the mind-body connection more evident.
If you want to be happy, reduce stress, be more productive and healthy, you can't ignore proper diet and exercise. It's important to practice what you preach. For over 30 years, exercise and diet have been an important aspect of my life. This includes working out at least 1 hour four times a week. I have taken numerous classes and worked with various trainers to motivate myself and to learn.
I have learned as much from Li Si in 3 years as from all the other trainers in 30 years! She has a well thought out and developed system and the ability to communicate what she sees and knows.
I am over 65 and often am competing for waves when surfing with individuals a fourth or one-third my age. Fortunately, I have a secret weapon - Li Si.
Jim Wagner, D.C. - Fitness Cue® Master Trainer/Chiropractor Arizona
"I have been teaching a Dynamic Staff Stretching class for the past decade as well as being in the Health and Fitness industry for the last thirty years, and what I learned in Li Si's Masters workshop was amazing. We all have asymmetry, muscle weakness/tightness as well as postural compensations that are not allowing our body to function and perform like it should.
Li Si was very patient and thorough in correcting my deficiencies and when I had trouble grasping the movement she broke it down so I could learn it properly. Doing one rep properly is better than doing 15 reps wrong. Li Si has a true understanding of movement and how to work with individuals and her passion is infectious. Do yourself a favor and work with a true Master. I do!"
Sharon T.- with journey to fitness since 2012
I've been in Li Si's yoga class at the Kapahulu Center for over 7 years and I really enjoy it. Before I started the class, I wasn't sure if this class was for me since I've heard about the difficult moves in other yoga classes. The class is different! I call this class my stretching class. We work on muscles from our neck to our toes.
I really like that Li Si includes a lot of balancing exercises. Balance is very important for us senors.
Joyce & Rod Misawa - with journey to fitness since 2017
Our experience with Li Si started about 6 months ago as virtual 1st graders in our quest for fitness. Having led relatively sedate lifestyles for decades, it’s quite a commitment to show up each week and to also do the “homework” outside of the studio. However, with an understanding of her philosophy and holistic approach to fitness, we were motivated to make a personal commitment to this journey. Most importantly, Li Si gives us space and time to understand the requisite building blocks of this path to fitness, i.e., reconstructing your posture (to become aligned); engaging your core; breathing properly, increasing flexibility and improving your balance.
Li Si helps us to learn and develop at our own pace while structuring each session with a “stretch” for incremental improvement. This approach makes each session a meaningful and an enjoyable experience, and we are committed to endure this journey to fitness.
Jackson and June Cho
We first met Li Si at the Honolulu Marathon Expo in December 2012. We were impressed by her great posture. It was nine months later that we contacted Li Si. In the consultation session, we told Li Si that we wanted to improve our posture and core. Li Si suggested trying out her Fitness Pyramid©, which has six levels. We were really curious about this Fitness Pyramid©, so we decided to give it a try. Level 1 works on the posture, flexibility, breathing, core, and mind muscle connection. It was an eye opener for us to learn the concepts. Once they were explained to us, they just made so much sense. One of our hobbies is ballroom dancing, after Level 1, we were able to apply many of these concepts into our ballroom dancing. Level 1 was a great start for us. We were so excited about Level 2. Level 2 builds on top of Level 1. Level 2 works on the Ball Therapy and Self Message. All we needed were the foam roller, tennis balls and some golf balls, we were able to self message our bodies and release all the tight spots in our bodies. Level 2 is where we are right now. We feel the Fitness Pyramid© gave us the knowledge and tools to have a fit body. This training is the best investment of time and effort anyone can give to his/her self.
This past year I’ve had stiffness and tightness on the right side of my neck, shoulders, and lower back. Unbeknownst to me, the use of the computer, laptop, and mobile devices throughout my day was causing the annoying discomforts. My range of motion was limited, and I even experienced “pulling” when I would glance to the right to change lanes while driving. I’d awake each morning feeling tightness and stiffness in my neck and shoulder accompanied by occasional headaches. I would use the foam roller or lie on a tennis ball in the morning to relieve the built up tension and tightness. It worked but by the afternoon, the stiffness and achiness would affect me physically, emotionally, and mentally. When headaches were unbearable, popping an ibuprofen brought relief.
However, after two weeks of using the Fasica Blaster for at least 10 minutes, three time a week, I have experienced long lasting, drug-free relief. I started blasting slowly to allow me to become familiar and understand the most efficient way to maneuver the tool and to build up tolerance for the blasting pressure on my body. My troublesome pain has significantly been reduced in my neck, my shoulder has greater range of motion, and I no longer have a strain in my lower back. In addition, my arms don’t feel flabby and overall I feel toner! Using the Fasica Blaster along with the foam roller has increased my flexibility, reduced pain and stiffness, and improved muscle performance during my workouts.
Before working out with Li Si, I hated exercising. The exercise I could do on my own like walking was boring and I had no discipline to do it regularly. The exercise I thought I really needed like weightlifting, was too intimidating, and given my poor record with the easy stuff, I didn’t think I’d have much success with a gym membership. Li Si has made all the difference in me becoming healthier. She has taught me the proper way to work out, explains in terms I can relate to, and is extremely patient and encouraging. As a result, my strength has increased and my coordination has improved. The best change Li Si has helped me make, though, has been my attitude towards exercise: it’s a boost, not a burden.
I was fortunate to find the Journey to Fitness website in my quest to better my health. Li Si’s unique philosophy of training and fitness sets her apart from most typical trainers. I have gained a better understanding and awareness of my body, and the journey towards wellness has been very positive. The results of weight loss, proper eating habits, flexibility, and strength, which I encountered in my sessions with Li Si, have been encouraging as well.
Since taking Li Si’s yoga, pilates, Level-1 Pyramid and circuit training classes for over a year, I am more aware of my breathing, posture, flexibility and my body as a whole. It is amazing how we sail through the days and years, often unconscious of our habits and the cumulative impact they have on our bodies, our health and well-being. As an example, I can see that the discomfort in my left shoulder blade area correlates to my wearing my heavy handbag on my left shoulder. It should be obvious, but it wasn’t so! Li Si helped me become aware of this and has helped me address this problem area. Overall, with a greater awareness of my body since training with Li Si, I am able to make adjustments during the day; I am more flexible and have become stronger.
I appreciate Li Si’s personalized instruction and philosophy of teaching her students to “fish for themselves “when it comes to one’s health and lifestyle. She is very knowledgeable about the structure of the body, explaining what part of the body we are working on with the exercise we are doing. The exercises are varied, so it’s not only effective, but fun, not boring! When working with a small group, Li Si tailors the particular exercise being done to the needs and abilities of each person, which is welcomed and speaks to her commitment to truly help each person. Her instructions, explanations and demonstrations are clear, stressing proper form to gain maximum effectiveness. In support of her philosophy to teach folks “how to fish” for themselves, the exercises are practical and can be done at home using simple and readily available aids.
Li Si an exceptional personal trainer. She is one of those rare individuals who combines a passion for what she does with a deep knowledge of the subject. I started attending her classes about a year ago after my doctor recommended Pilates to alleviate my lower back pain in lieu of prescription drugs and surgery. After a few weeks of classes and doing my daily exercise "homework", the pain was gone and I've never been back to the doctor. If you have back pain, you really need to talk to Li Si before your doctor sends you down the path of prescription pain killers, physical therapy and ultimately, surgery.