Pain doesn’t mean you are broken!

Wrist Pain

Susan came to see me she was 39 years old. She was a first time mother with an active toddler. She had been diagnosed with arthritis, related to carpal tunnel syndrome, in both wrists. Susan was desperate. She had been told that she needed to have surgery on both of her wrists.

Back Pain

Carol came to see me with a long history of debilitating pain in her back. She had an MRI, which revealed a small cyst sticking into her spine. The doctors had said that the cyst was the cause of her pain. They advised a complicated surgery which would have included…

Knee Pain

It is always interesting to work with doctors because they often have fixed ideas about etiology of pain and the best forms of treatment.  Alex came to me about six months ago with a long history of what had been diagnosed as plantar fasciitis in one of his feet.


When Urvi came to me, she had been suffering from migraines for almost a decade, as well as neck pain from the base of her neck up.  She had gone to a doctor and a neurologist, and they both told her the same thing: her headaches were caused by some behavior of her own.


Dr. Andrew Weil

“By teaching me how stress is manifested in my body and how to master it, I progressed from a person who was crippled by anxiety to the confident and

Emma T.

“Michael’s talent is going into reading the individual body, and then being very creative in what exactly the person is going to need, providing specific exercises, advice, and hands


“I am tired of thinking that my back is broken! I know I can feel better, and now I am excited that there is a way to do it


The Resilient Body

Watching a human body in action is a marvel of nature; the wonders of our anatomy as we move and grow are innumerable.  Science’s insatiable hunger to understand the world has helped us to understand and outline all the different parts that make up this human form.  We have learned so much about atoms, chemistry, cells, organs, and bones.  So why is that we lack so much knowledge on the subjects of pain and stress? 

The problem of pain is not one that can be solved by understanding body parts alone, we must understand that stress is the intensity of experience, and pain is our perception of stress.  When we feel pain, it simply means that our body has lost some of its ability to be resilient.  It is not a problem of the body being “broken” or having a “bad” knee or back or wrist, it is simply a lack of resilience. 

The difference between being broken and lacking resilience is that being broken requires that someone else come and fix the problem.  Being resilient is something that can be developed on your own over time once you have the tools.  Science has done a wonderful job of giving us a