Liz Evans

Liz Evans of HandsOn BodyWorks instructs participants through a workout during an August Facebook livestream — one of the ways she has learned to stay connected with people even during the pandemic.

By Mckenzie Moore

Staff Writer

In a time when gatherings of people could not take place, Liz Evans, LMT of HandsOn BodyWorks figured out a new way to both connect with people and show them ways to keep their health steady, both physically and emotionally. Facebook Live videos began appearing on local message boards with instructed workouts, accompanied by inspirational messages and encouragement.

Although the process of moving classes online and figuring out how to connect with people virtually was challenging, Evans said the experience has been valuable to her: both in terms of learning the technology and the ability to slow down and see her business in a new light.

“We’re all having a chance to recalibrate right now. We’re either numbing and avoiding or doing the work to recalibrate. ...It enabled me to feel like, in this time of craziness, I have something to offer: movement is medicine,” Evans said. “That stopping, slowing down, having to produce and create it in a different way, made me more creative in ways I wouldn’t have been pushed to be.”

Evans said it’s been a struggle not to be able to interact with people face-to-face as often during the pandemic, but the online workouts have allowed her to find new ways to connect with them in the future and shift her priorities.

“Doing this on an almost daily basis since the middle of March has definitely gotten me thinking in different ways, especially when people respond. It’s so restorative for me and I’m learning so much. I’m learning things I can bring back to the table and clients, and teach them,” Evans said. “It’s been this evolutionary process for me, and part of the therapy for me is getting to be out there with people and be a part of their process.”

Evans emphasized one of the most common mistakes people have made during the pandemic: handling stress and uncertainty by remaining still, both physically and mentally. She explained that binge-watching Netflix or browsing social media allows tension and stress to build up, while movement helps people understand productive ways to connect their body and spirit.

“Your body doesn’t have to happen to you. It’s flipping that, and understanding that you can happen to your body,” Evans said. “I use the body to teach people principles about their spirit. It’s so powerful to realize how much your body is connected to your spirit and your mind.”

Evans is currently in the process of opening the Wellspring Vitality center in Hotchkiss, which will offer bodywork, massage, restorative movement, counseling, workshops, an infrared sauna, salt room, ceragem massage bed and exercise with oxygen therapy. She is also working on increasing HandsOn BodyWorks’s online presence, including free instructional videos on the business’s YouTube channel to help introduce people to various workouts and more in-depth content for members.

“I’m so excited because it’s really going to make a difference in the community,” Evans said.

She hopes the business as a whole will not just help people improve their physical health, but become more aware of how it ties into their spirit and how they can use that to enhance their lives.

“One of the downfalls of the fitness industry is that we want to make ourselves look perfect. That’s not what it’s about. We’re not here to look good. You only have so long to be here, and we’re here to live out our purpose,” Evans said. “Take the energy and use it to fulfill your purpose, and everybody has the same baseline purpose: to love others. There’s some way you’re supposed to connect. My goal is to inspire people to move so they can live out their purpose.”

Evans encourages those who participate in the Facebook Live videos (or are just curious about the process) to reach out and give feedback about their experiences. More information can be found at handsonbodyworks.com or by calling 970-773-4728.

“We have energy, and we’re either going to use it negatively or we’re going to use it positively,” Evans said. “I’m choosing that balance, and that ethic has to flow through the work that I’m doing. I’m here because my purpose is to help people know that you are never stuck. You’re never stuck physically, emotionally, or spiritually and whatever I can do to give you hope, we’re able to make a huge difference. Whatever you can do to have your body in a healthy balance, that’s what everything I do is for: being balanced and healthy to do what you were created to do.”

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