About Alicia Fajardo
Alicia Fajardo is the creator of the The Fajardo Method of Holistic Biomechanics. Alicia Fajardo danced professionally while in college and received a B.S. degree in Exercise Science and Sports Studies from Portland State University. She is a certified fitness professional with 34 years of experience teaching movement in the fitness industry.
Alicia spent 12 years at the Multnomah Athletic Club teaching movement classes of all types and personal training. It was during this time that Alicia dislocated her sacrum. She pursued many different modalities in hopes of rehabilitating what she perceived to be an injury. While many of the different modalities provided temporary relief, the motor patterning of the dislocation was dominant and continued to return.
It was at this time that Alicia realized that unless the brain changed the signal that it was sending to the body, the sacrum would always continue to hold the dislocation pattern. This was the beginning of her journey into a different approach to the body. She realized that there was some functional survival purpose for her dislocation patterning; thus her brain kept choosing the pattern.
Based on her studies of motor patterning she also realized that motor patterning doesn’t change until new sensory information reaches the sensory motor cortex in the brain. Obviously this wasn’t occurring in her case which led her to wonder “why?” She then began her in depth studies into the brain and autonomic nervous system to determine what might prevent sensory input from reaching the brain. This in turn led her to studies in the valve system, emotional anatomy, the fascial system, and developmental motor patterning. Combining all of this information with her knowledge of movement biomechanics led to the creation of the Fajardo Method of Holistic Biomechanics.
The Fajardo Method of Holistic Biomechanics has continued to evolve. Alicia has continued to learn and participate in new movement modalities in order to expand and update her sensory maps of her body and to continue to experience novelty in movement. She has gone through both the Gyrotonic Expansion System® and Gyrokinesis® Level 1 certifications and is also an avid parkour participant.
Alicia enjoys sharing the Fajardo Method of Holistic Biomechanics with others. She and her husband Michael Fajardo opened Transformations Studio, a movement education and personal training studio in 2003. While operating and teaching at Transformations Studio, Alicia began developing an Educational Program curriculum. Though the Transformations brick-and-mortar location has since closed, Alicia currently leads a 10-month Holistic Biomechanics Educational Program Foundation and Advanced courses online to participants from around the world, annually. For those interested in certification, there is a certification program available. Alicia also shares the Fajardo Method of Holistic Biomechanics though Fajardo Method Movement, an online platform dedicated to teaching this modality. Customers can attend live classes, workshops, special class series as well as view an extensive video library.
Alicia says ”Our client base ranges from athletes wanting to improve their performance, those who want to recover from injury, those wanting to avoid surgery, those suffering with autoimmune issues, those who are wanting to deal with emotional issues such as PTSD, those with motor dysfunction or coordination issues, those who just want to enhance their body’s ability to move functionally over their lifetime, to those who just want to have fun!!!!”
Alicia has a desire for greater understanding of the complex machine of the human body and its even more complex nervous system. She acknowledges that the amount of knowledge that the world does not have about the human body is extreme. Every day, new information about how the body works is being discovered and delved into. For the rest of our natural lives on this planet as well as after we are gone, even more knowledge about the body will become available. This information will surpass anything that we could have ever imagined. Alicia hopes that the Fajardo Method of Holistic Biomechanics can be an introduction to a new way of viewing the body for each client. Alicia’s current view of the body and how it works is just a small piece of a much larger puzzle, and her view changes with time as more of the entire picture is revealed. Alicia realizes that she will never know what the “body puzzle” fully looks like but will be content to continue in the process of learning, not knowing the end result.