DAY 243: Why You Must Keep Searching


If in this very moment you are struggling with with pain, illness or lack of vitality you must keep searching for the solution; not for someone else’s solution for you, but for YOUR solution.

You are the ultimate expert when it comes to your body, your mind, your well-being and your health.

Once you understand that vibrant health is your BIRTHRIGHT, you become the captain of your health ship. And as the captain, you are in charge. You know how to employ the right team to achieve your goals.

Health is a life long commitment.

Joseph Pilates used to say that “Health is the first prerequisite for happiness.”

It is.



365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 242: First ELDOA lecture under my belt

Pic before lecture

I took this pick just before the lecture. It was a great night at the Vancouver Pilates Centre: 35 people attended my presentation and some stayed for the demo ELDOA class.

One person came to thank me at the end, saying that finally she understood what fascia is. Another person wanted to tell me that now she knows that she can heal and does not feel desperate for a solution anymore.

Quite a few of the attendees are considering signing up for the ELDOA 1 course in July.

My first official ELDOA lecture was a great success!

I am grateful.



365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 241: ELDOA lecture – little exerpt


60 – 70 %??????

“The lifetime prevalence of non-specific (common) low back pain is estimated at 60–70% in industrialized countries.” – “Low Back Pain” by Béatrice Duthey, Ph.D. World Health Organization March 15th, 2013.

 SO WHAT CAN WE DO?????what can I do?


ELDOA 2012



365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 240: Taking ELDOA to Vancouver

ELDOA in Vancouver

Look what greeted me yesterday on a large blackboard at Vancouver Pilates Center. This is where I came 18 years ago to learn about Classical Pilates and healing the body through movement.

It is such an honor to spend two days here doing a lecture on ELDOA, teaching ELDOA classes and working with clients one on one.

My lecture tonight is entitled “THE SOLUTION FOR THE BACK PAIN  EPIDEMIC” and precedes the ELDOA 1 Course that I will be teaching here in July.

I am excited!



365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 6: My Body (part 1)


My physical body proved to be my invaluable teacher. Given the fact that for 25 years I have been teaching people how to move better in order to get out of discomfort and pain and how to heal on all levels of their being, my personal lessons served my clients as well. If I were to write about it all today, it would make for a really long read, so these posts will be spread throughout the year.

Lesson 1

In the late ’90s, I studied Classical Pilates with Dianne Miller in Vancouver. During one of the morning workouts with my peers, my lower back started to release and move with more ease and freedom than I have ever felt before. In the afternoon we were in class, studying anatomy and practicing our teaching skills when my back seized up. I was in trouble and I was in pain. Not wanting to disturb the class, I made my way to the washroom; I did not know what to do, so I just stood there. My spine was locked, my lower back and hips throbbed with what felt like someone jabbing a sharp object into my muscles. I started to cry slowly, because I hurt and because initially I was scared. This was the beginning of a wonderful experience of emotional release brought about by a physical release.

My quiet crying soon became loud sobbing, interrupted only by the fact that I felt embarrassed and tried to make less noise. I could not stop sobbing, and gasped for air as tears flowed out of my eyes and down my cheeks in abundant streams; did not even know why I was crying and that was strange, but I discovered that my back was not hurting anymore and I could again move with ease. After a few more minutes the crying stopped. What had just happened? I  had no idea, but decided to accept it as it was and return to my class. All was fine until about an hour later when the whole cycle started again: back spasm and pain, trip to the washroom, uncontrolled and un-consolable sobbing, complete release of pain and discomfort and the return to my class in a calm, non-sobbing state. This happened over and over for three days, at larger and larger intervals of time. I only had two choices, it seemed: to cry and feel great in my body, or to be in pain. What a remarkable mechanism! My body initiated a powerful physical and emotional release and I allowed it to unfold without being afraid. When the process was complete my body felt light, mobile and at ease.

I am grateful for my body teaching me this method of multi-level, simultaneous release. It was an intense experience, but in the absence of fear, the realignment of the body took place unobstructed; the emotional residues trapped in the tissues were released without the need to be looked at or examined. This was a flawless process, orchestrated by the innate knowledge of the physical body. The only thing required was my awareness in action.