I have been fortunate to enjoy Ms. Fischetti’s health and fitness coaching for 19 years. I first met Ms. Fischetti when I started my yoga practice. She has taught me balance, patience and incorporates her knowledge of yogi principles and chakra practice into her classes and lifestyle.
She has continued to support my active lifestyle and trained me for a strenuous five-day hike to Machu Picchu which I completed with confidence and strength. To accomplish this adventure, she met with me weekly and monitored my cardiovascular progress as well as endurance for the strenuous hike.
She continues to influence my health maintenance through her knowledge of plant-based eating, natural, and complementary medical therapies. She currently is my massage therapist and incorporates both yoga stretches and aromatherapy in my bimonthly massage session. Her knowledge of anatomy gives her tremendous insight into muscle areas of tension and more importantly, how to rid the body of aches with her healing hands.
She has helped me with repetitive injuries suffered during my newfound golf hobby and has taught me stretches to prevent and heal my lower back and neck.
As a 58-year-old physician, I appreciate her open mind for both complementary and traditional medicine. She approaches health in a thoughtful manner, and questions and reads before adapting new modalities. I am very fortunate to have Ms. Fischetti’s expertise, boundless enthusiasm, and kind persistence in my healthcare. She had helped me endure the chaos of the COVID pandemic with both massage and diet counseling. I give her my highest endorsement as an overall fitness and health coach.
I want to share and put forward a heartfelt referral for a fantastic, licensed massage therapist I have worked with for the past four years. Angela Fischetti provided cognitive impaired and palliative massage for a dementia/ hospice patient I cared for and lived with. Angela's massages helped soothe agitation, anxiety, and joint stiffness in contracted joints commonly seen in mid to later stages of dementia. Angela brought years of experience to a team of caregivers who she encouraged, coached, and spoke on the benefits of touch.
As the primary care provider, I could see her expertise in my patient's response after each massage. He would ease into this sweet, relaxed pose that would last well after the massage finished. Angela would play music that would relax and resonate with him, use organic essential oils to soothe.
Additionally, she would use slow and gentle strokes with specific techniques that were deemed appropriate. Angela was adaptive and would modify her protocols as the patient's needs changed, sometimes week to week. She was professional, diligent, proactive, warm, understanding, and incredibly well versed in her craft.
For those with parents or loved ones confined to a wheelchair, recliner, or hospital bed, especially if they are receiving palliative or hospice care, consider adding some form of massage therapy. I saw first hand the physical and mental benefits shared when you have someone who will sit, be present, and focused solely on your loved one. It's time and money well spent.
I can't think of a better gift to give our loved ones as they age. Not all therapists are the same, but you can easily filter the bad ones and end up with a gem with a bit of diligence. Angela Fischetti was our gem.
We all know that building and maintaining muscle mass, flexibility and resilience is essential for avoiding injuries and preserving our independence as we age. But in a world that puts a premium on the young and fit, how many personal trainers are specifically knowledgeable about the needs of older women? What should we do if old-school in-person sessions with a qualified trainer are inconvenient, unavailable, or undesirable? Is it possible to replicate the benefits of in-person strength training in a remote setting?
The answer is yes if that trainer is Angela Fischetti. I was a client of Angela’s for more than a decade in Brooklyn, New York until Angela relocated to Florida 20 years ago. Even then Angela was known for the work she did with older women. In the many years since Angela left Brooklyn, I never found a trainer with Angela’s unique skills: extremely knowledgeable about the anatomy and functionality of the body; precise, careful, and observant about how exercise is performed and how to achieve maximum benefit without injury; kind and considerate while always focused on task. For someone like me, now age 74, with an underlying connective tissue disorder, Angela’s careful, focused approach was ideal.
If the pandemic has had any upsides, it is learning that we can do many things remotely that we had always done face-to-face. But a business meeting or a family chat was one thing: personal training another. How could this possibly work? For the past few months, Angela and I have resumed our strength-building work remotely and the results have been terrific. I am rebuilding muscle and regaining flexibility and resilience. Angela makes sure that every exercise is done properly, describing, and demonstrating what I need to do and how to do it. The hour flies by.
This is a long way of saying Angela Fischetti is an extraordinary trainer as well as a lovely human being. There is no recommendation I could give that would be warm enough, positive enough or loud enough to do her justice.
I have been working with Angela Fischetti for many years, first for close to a decade in a female attended group doing Hatha Yoga, and for the past four years doing private Hatha Yoga sessions. Angela has done Prenatal Yoga with me and has expertly guided me in my exploration of Whole Foods Plant Based Living. Her knowledge of the body, its movements and women's health in general is extensive and broad spectrum.
Over the years we have addressed several issues of muscular discomfort that were relieved by the yoga practice and Angela's careful guidance. Angela is unique in that she makes yoga fun and enjoyable, yet also really helps her clients achieve their goals in terms of form, agility and strength.
Today is my 79th birthday! Yesterday I went shopping at Publix (long list required a whole hour to collect everything). After my Poodle and I got home and put it all away, I had to straighten up some things in the garage and trim 3 trees in the front yard. In the evening Gracie needed some outdoor exercise so she and I went for a bicycle ride that’s usually (every day) about 3 miles.
I am very active and can do most everything I want or need, thank goodness. Probably the biggest reason that I am still so agile is that I have a ‘personal trainer’ that has been coming to my home every Wednesday for over ten years.
In-person or virtually, Angela Fischetti has kept me stretching, lifting, working out and deep breathing. She has taught me so many stretches for the various parts of my body that almost every day I find myself doing some of them to relieve aches and stiffness.
Angela is constantly supportive and encouraging throughout our times together. She also gives a great massage and I, or my wife, have been the recipient of too many to count.
All that aside, I simply thank Angela for the fact that I can walk, run, work and play quite well for someone my age. She keeps me on my feet and on my toes. I owe her a massive debt of gratitude, that is much more than the small fees she charges for the work she does on me.
Thank you, Angela.
I first met Angela Fischetti during the years 2000- 2017 when I signed up for her yoga class. It was a challenging class which I enjoyed including along with my other classes as I had already practiced yoga for years and was interested in different types.
Then, one day I mentioned at my dentist’s office that I desperately needed a therapeutic massage therapist because mine had moved away. Both the dentist and his office manager immediately said, “We’ve got one for you. She’s excellent”. That was about 3 1/2 years ago.
I have serious chronic spinal issues in cervical, lumbar and sacral areas. The problems surfaced in the 1970’s shortly after I was given a mylogram. I have chronic Arachnoiditis which itself causes extreme pain. I made a standing weekly appointment with her.
You might want to know that I am 79 years old and that my needs have changed over the years. She has always worked to accommodate all changes in my protocol. My P.C.P. has prescribed massage therapy for me.
I find Angela to be very intelligent, well informed and skilled in her practice. She is also sensitive and compassionate. Beyond that, she takes her time to research all things related to her clients’ issues. That’s unique! She often forwards any relevant information to my condition from sources she knows and trusts.
I think I’d be remiss not to mention one more very important impact Angela has had on my life. Nutrition. Specifically, I've reincorporated more GREENS in my diet! :-) My labs are good!
Angela Fischetti has been working with my wife and I, ages 67 and 70, as a personal trainer and yoga instructor for many years. We started doing in-home sessions, and are now meeting virtually due to Covid. Angela has proven to be a tremendous asset and resource person for us in a number of ways. For instance, I have to maintain a rigorous walking regimen for my cardiovascular health, and Angela has given me many tips and pointers to enhance the walking experience.
In addition, she has kept me injury-free with stretching and flexibility exercises, so that I can continue to walk unabated. Moreover, she has introduced me to strength training, which has been very helpful and constitutes a nice supplement to the walking.
I cannot emphasize enough how dedicated and conscientious Angela is. Before starting our workouts, she obtained from us a list of all our medical conditions and prescription drugs taken, so as to avoid anything involving contraindications.
Angela quite often sends us emails and texts containing valuable information regarding nutrition and other health issues, all of which are relevant and informative. If we have any questions involving any health matter, Angela will always meticulously research the issue and respond promptly. In short, Angela Fischetti has my highest recommendation, and my wife and I hope to continue to work with her for many years to come.
I want to thank Angela for the 20 years that we have been training with her. I wouldn’t be as flexible and healthy as I am now, if it were not for her excellence in what she does. Lately, we have been training virtually and the sessions have been great because she is very focused on detail.
I want to stress Angela’s commitment to her client’s well being. In the past, when I needed to do physical therapy for a rotator cuff issue, she communicated with my physical therapist in order to coordinate treatment. That’s what I call a caring, involved personal trainer.
We met Angela 20 years ago and ever since she has been our personal trainer. We used to train every week at the gym doing weights, some cardio, and occasionally some yoga poses until the pandemic hit us. Since then, we have kept our weekly training sessions via the internet and I am happy to say she still encourages us to work up to our level and at the same time she keeps a strict eye on our alignment, posture and intensity of the workout.
Angela has taken numerous courses in anatomy and is constantly learning from webinars conducted by experts in the health field, thus I fully trust her when she instructs us.
A couple of years ago, my husband fell down a flight of stairs and he as well as I firmly believe that he did not hurt himself because of the years of training we have had with Angela.
My step is agile, my flexibility is great and I have the strength that many younger women would like to have. I credit it all to Angela!
After retirement, we were looking for a way to reduce the possibility of falling, beyond swimming and walking. We met Angela Fischetti through AARP in 2013, when she responded to our request for training in flexibility, balance and strength. We have continued our one-hour weekly sessions since that time, at our home until the pandemic, now virtually.
Angela is a wonderful teacher, always clear, encouraging, and perceptive. She begins each session with a quick survey of how we’re feeling, and adapts to our needs, seemingly without effort. For me she offers suggestions in response to my scoliosis.
When I had a serious fall, she coordinated with my physical therapist to reinforce his treatment. What I most appreciate is her ability to identify our mistakes and weaknesses, and make gentle but precise corrections. She takes notes unobtrusively during each session, and forwards copies to us as both record and guidance.
Angela’s weekly sessions have provided us with activities we use between sessions. I have noticed that Angela is especially skilled at observing and commenting on very slight physical motions or indicators when we are working with her, both in person and online. In this, Angela reminds me of the very good athletic coaches I have observed over the years. While working with Angela, I had four surgeries. Angela was vigilant and careful to coordinate our activities with my aftercare people.
Angela’s sessions, including yoga, strength activities, and stretching, have increased our flexibility, balance and strength.