We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracy Hill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tracy, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I had the opportunity to work with patients rehabilitating from injuries, help them feel more confident in their body & get back to the things they loved. I always looked to the source of where the issue was coming from, rather than treating the symptoms. What I began seeing, however, was that I could give people the greatest strategies to move better and manage their pain, they had underlying stories in their head that kept them from achieving their greatest potential in their body. They would be better and have the best tools to keep up their exercise routine and manage their pain, but after they were discharged from my care & life stress kicked in, the exercise program was the first thing to go. I wanted to make it my mission to help people not just feel well in their body, but break free from the start-stop cycle of what kept them stuck, what kept them in the pain cycle and combat the underlying thoughts that held them back. As a result, I decided to take my business out of the traditional model to blend the body science with the brain science to give people simple & sustainable solutions to stay consistent in their health journey without the need for willpower, restriction or motivation
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
In my 15 years as a clinician, it was always my desire to get to the source of people’s pain & limitations. But what I saw was that people were struggling at a greater level. They were drowning in the chaos of life, barely able to keep up with demands, let alone being able to exercise or take care of their body. After I became a mom, I understood this juggle in a greater capacity, but also recognized how important it was to show up for my health so that I could be the mom my boys needed. I started treating post partum women and saw how great a struggle it was for women to accept their changed body, figure out how to get back into a rhythm of taking care of themselves and find success in their body even though it might look different in this season.
I realized most people give up on exercise when it doesn’t fit a certain model we have in our head of what it’s “supposed” to look like. That might be what we think we should do, comparing to what we used to be able to do, looking at what others are doing. I wanted to help women meet their body where it is so they can stay consistent through any season, whether that was pain, sickness or other life stress.
Was it easy? Not even close. As a new mom to 2 boys and a heart to create a business to make a greater impact, my personal life was in turmoil as I realized my husband was dealing with an alcohol addiction. I recognized I could not change anything he did, but I could change who I was becoming. This was a pivotal moment that I realized this is when most people would throw in the towel to taking care of their health when their life is spiraling around them. Instead, I had to make a choice of who I would be and how I would serve my family whether things changed or not. And that meant me taking care of myself because my boys, who were suffering, needed me more than ever. So me showing up strong, energized and well mattered more than ever.
What do I want the world to know? That there’s no perfect program, quick fix or miracle product for sustainable health. The key is having the principles to adapt & shift when life gets messy, you get injured or things don’t go as planned so that you can keep going even when it looks different. Health is not one size fits all & it’s not a destination. It’s a curvy journey & when you know how to master your thoughts around your body, you can Hardwire Your Health to take the hard out of healthy.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them on a hike through South Mountain & the next day a picnic at Papago park. We’d have lunch at the Farm at South Mountain and sit outside. Dinner in Old Town Scottsdale and dessert at Sugar Bowl.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Tim Spooner Dr. Shannon Irvine