About Michael R. Gilbert

Michael R. GilbertFor over 25 years Michael R. Gilbert has been practicing, teaching and researching different styles yoga, enabling clients to rid themselves of chronic pain. Michael’s work combines principles from many disciplines, including Medical Massage, Structural Integration (Rolfing), and Pre-Med Anatomy and Physiology.  Michael has also studied Shiatsu, Chinese Meridian Therapy, Feldenkrais, Trigger Point Therapy and the Alexander Technique

Michael R. Gilbert teaches people how to manage energy and reduce tension – the underlying key to good health.  He has helped countless people with chronic pain make their aches and stresses things of the past.  Many of his clients have avoided invasive and dangerous surgeries, and he has allowed them to continue to engage in the activities they love when other specialists told them they had to give up their livelihoods or hobbies.

His approach is based on time-tested, authentic principals drawn from Western and Eastern bodywork-related health systems, including yoga, massage therapy, anatomy and physiology.  After two decades of experience, he has come to understand that pain is no more than an accumulation of stress and pressure.  By teaching the body to share the effort, we learn the skill of ease.  The more ease we incorporate into our activities, including the daily tasks of sitting, standing and walking, the more we share the effort.  The more we teach the body to share the effort, the more we free ourselves of the limitations created by stress.

Michael’s clients span the globe and include US-based businesses, non-profits and health centers like the Hospital for Joint Diseases, Mount Sinai Medical Center and Institute for Women’s Disabilities, to British Airways, the Israeli Defense Forces and Japanese yoga studios.

Case Studies

Urvi W. – Migraines

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.  She was made to keep a food journal, cut out chocolate and wine, and always take special note of what she had eaten on the days she got

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Dr. Alex M. – 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.  He was frustrated because one of the ways he released the tension in his life was by running every day.  He stood for long periods of time every day in the

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Carol C. – Back Pain

Carol had 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 a spinal fusion, the removal of the cyst, and the insertion of a rod to straighten the spine. Even if the cyst was creating some of the pain, there was no way of knowing, and

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Susan O. – Wrist Pain

When 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. Most of the people I see have been advised the same thing: that they will need to have surgery when the pain becomes too much to handle. In

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