Nova is a woman of many talents & interests. As a competitive salsa dancer & dance teacher with Nieves Latin Dance Studio, with an extensive training in classical ballet from the Joffrey Ballet School, moving and dancing are her way of life. Nova teaches the Chakra Class offered by Healing Arts NYC, is a certified Reiki practitioner, and is currently studying under Dr. Alicia Armitstead to become a practitioner of Nutrition Response Testing, with the goal of helping others find health & happiness by supporting the body to heal itself. Dedicated to a life of growth & learning, Nova is thrilled to be working with the team at Healing Arts and is endlessly curious to learn at every opportunity.
Nova’s Personal Story with Nutrition Response Testing:
I was referred to Dr. Armitstead by a friend in 2011, at which point I was plagued daily by horrible abdominal pain and unsightly acne all over my face. I was recovering from an eating disorder I had developed a few years earlier (by no means uncommon in the dance world) and the occasional digestive issues I had experienced as a child had become aggravated & intensified by my unhealthy eating patterns. I was eating normally again, but the bloating & discomfort I was feeling was making the recovery process even harder. It was obvious that something was not right. My health was deteriorating quickly and I needed help. Having grown up in an alternative & holistic household, I knew western medicine would only try to cover up the symptoms I was experiencing, without trying to solve the underlying problem. I was so relieved when I found Dr. Armitstead. My detox was not an easy one. It took a long time and much patience before I started to really feel better, but I was committed to the process, and boy, once the toxins were out of my system, it was like I was in a whole new body: No more pain, no more acne! Since then, I’ve referred my whole family and many friends to Dr. Armitstead. Through my journey, I realized just how many of the health issues people face are avoidable by simply supporting the body to heal itself. As a dancer, there is something very special to me about the physicality of the technique we use in the office - the simplicity of communicating & trusting the body to know what it needs has been deeply healing and humbling to me. I want to share this tool with as many people as possible, helping them to feel better and empowered about their health the way Dr. Armitstead did for me.