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My name is Karen Hovorka.

My passion is to help transform as many lives as I can in this lifetime, and that’s exactly what I have been doing for the past ten years. I have developed this website so you can learn more about me and at the same time make decisions on how to change your own lifestyle with the resources that you will find here.

The information you'll find on this website will be designed to help you envision what living a healthy lifestyle looks and can feel like for you. Feel how empowered you would be by making the choice to exercise and eat healthfully for the rest of your life.

Thank you stopping by and I hope you enjoy my website and all it has to offer. Best of luck with your training! 


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Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is a unique system of table-based assisted stretching which focuses on the muscles and connective tissue that surround and encompass the joints.Fascia is a network of layered connective tissue that surrounds muscles, bones and joints.

The joint capsule that surrounds joints is involved in optimizing the mechanical function of the joint and is also part of the fascial network. When the fascia and joint capsules are restricted it can cause increased muscle tone, strains, and tears. It also contributes to scar tissue formation which inhibits efficient movement patterns, increasing tightness even further.

What makes this therapy different from other flexibility programs is that each stretch begins with a light traction of the joint being treated, to allow for a deeper stretch.  This is an excellent treatment choice for those wanting to improve flexibility, recover from training, and for injury prevention.

At BodyBalance, a registered therapist can provide you with the benefits of FST.  Fascial Stretch Therapy can also be an effective adjunct to physiotherapy, massage therapy and chiropractic treatment.  Inquire for more information and find out how you'd benefit from this treatment.

Life is guaranteed to bring a full range of aches and pains, some of which can be so serious that they affect both the ability to move freely and quality of life. In an effort to help chronic pain sufferers, new techniques like fascial stretch therapy have been developed. 


Q:    What is a fascial stretch therapist?

A:    A fascial stretch therapist is a health professional who deals with mobility and chronic pain issues. This is a relatively new form of treatment that involves the therapist performing assisted stretching techniques with a client on a treatment table or floor. 

Comfortable straps help stabilize the limb or part of the body that is not being stretched in order to facilitate complete relaxation and to enhance the effectiveness of the stretches.


Designing and Implementing Optimal Lifestyle Solutions

Using the most progressive technologies in fitness training, we will show you how fun and exhilarating exercise can be and how focus through exercise can ease your stress.

Body Balance is dedicated to providing our clients with the knowledge and direction necessary to achieve quick and permanent health and happiness.

If you've ever trained in a conventional health club or gym, you know how distracting your environment can be. Weights bang. Music blares. Spandex flashes in the background. Even in a home gym, interruptions can be unavoidable.

Karen Hovorka believes that every second of your workout must be carefully orchestrated and executed by a certified personal trainer, and that a private environment is essential for effective communication between you and your trainer. 

At Body Balance, you don't compete with anyone else for Karen's complete attention, or for the use of top-of-the-line equipment. Instead, you'll find it surprisingly easy to focus on yourself and -- with Karen's one-on-one help -- to take control of your body. 

Lose weight. Sculpt your body. Breeze through menopause. Enjoy a pain-free body. Avoid surgery. Breathe with ease. Play at the top of your game. Feel relaxed, focused and confident ....

No matter what your health and fitness goals may be, your results are measurable at Body Balance.  Karen monitors your body monthly and fine tunes your training constantly, so that your progress never stops.

Depending on your goals and individually-tailored training program, you can expect to lose one to one and a half pounds of fat per week, and gain one to three pounds of lean body mass. Rounded shoulders and weak backs are things of the past.

When you train consistently with Karen, you can expect dramatic improvements in your strength, agility, flexibility, balance, endurance, bone density and coordination ... reduced stomach size ... pain-free joint movement ... plus a greater sense of confidence, inner peace and calm.

Before creating any program we take objective measurements of your present state of fitness & wellness. This allows us to monitor your progress regularly and accurately, ensuring that you are on the right track towards improved and lasting health and wellness. 


Whatever wellness related question you have we are here for you. Give us a call, send us an email, make an in person appointment or take us along to the grocery store, market, farm, or perhaps allow us into your kitchen. Your improved health and wellness is our mission. Let us help. No matter how simple, no need is considered unimportant to us. We don’t mind. Let us know.


We consider.

  • The accuracy of our testing procedures.

  • Your blood pressure and resting heart rate.

  • Your detailed body composition including height, weight, girths and skin-fold measurements.

  • Your past and present health problems and treatments including medications.

  • Your resting and dynamic body postures.

  • Your muscle imbalances by using postural pictures and specific muscle testing techniques.

  • Your cardiovascular efficiency through maximal oxygen consumption prediction.

  • Your present quality of life.

  • Your present metabolic balance.

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525122 Horn Road
Woodstock, Ontario
N4S 7V8

Telephone 519-788-5657

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