About Monika

Why I do what I do.

In 2001, I lost my mother to colon cancer.  This was just before my 36th birthday.  My mother was only 57 years old.  This is WAY to young--for me to loose my mom, and for her to no longer be on the planet.  

 

When I was 42, I lost one of my best friends to Sarcoma, another cancer. This beautiful friend of mine was one of the "healthiest" people I knew.  She worked out, and hadn't eaten one deep fried item since we were 18 years old.  Losing these two influential people in my life set my life's work into motion. 

  • I wanted to help people feel better.  

  • I wanted to understand why some people get cancer and some don't.  

  • Most of all--I want to do everything in my power to live longer than my mother... much much longer.  

This incredible journey has led me to heal my own body, become a licensed manual therapist, and MELT Method Instructor, study coaching, functional nutrition, and now all things blood!  I am like an Alchemist searching for the elixir of life ~ our best path to Optimal Health.

Today I combine all of my experience, my knowledge of the body, my passion for nutrition, and my soul-full orientation to life to help people feel better, and transform their lives--for good.

I help people Transform Their Life ~ Body Mind & Soul.

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My Healing Journey

I'm sure you've heard the adage, "Physician, Heal Thyself."  After losing my mom and one of my best friends to cancer, my BIG motivator was to be sure that I lived a rich full life, and I want to have a Happy Healthy Body.  (I'll pass on the cancer gene--thanks.)

My research lead me to focus on enhancing epigenetic factors that will keep my genetic predispositions from switching on!  Science tells us the BEST way to keep from getting a disease, is to make changes to your lifestyle 20 years BEFORE you have symptoms.

In 2008, I became a licensed manual therapist, to help people feel better in their bodies. As I began working with my hands, I noticed how often my joints ached--honestly I was worried I had arthritis... My naturopath at the time suggested I try to cut out nightshades from my diet... (Which was REALLY HARD) and voila--no more joint pain.  This led me to play with my diet, and search for anti-inflammatory foods.  

 

In 2010, I chose to go gluten free, because my mom died of colon cancer.  At the time I would have told you that I had no symptoms or food sensitivities. I got a food Sensitivity test that showed a number of sensitivities... and looked quite radically like my shopping list.  My naturopath suggested that I probably had leaky gut. 

 

As I cleaned up my diet, and continued reasearching, I was introduced to the concept of anti-inflammatory and the paleo auto-immune protocol.  I chose to go Paleo in 2015.  Today I'm "mostly paleo" with occasional grains and legumes sneaking in. 

 

As a manual therapist people come to me, sharing about their aches and pains. I was recommending books and sharing articles, but make change is hard.  With a Masters In Adult Education, I understand the psychology of education, education styles, and how to help people learn.  In 2016 I decided to study coaching, to help people make change that lasts.  

There are so many more threads of my professional development, what led me to study CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Long Distance Healing, and how I came to be a MELT Method Instructor.. I will sprinkle these amidst my pages.  I am a science geek, and nutrition nerd.  I love all things that help us heal.  I believe the body is amazing and has the capacity to return to optimal function, even as we age.  

Read more about my wellness journey in these blogs:

Manual Therapist (2008)

As a Licensed Manual Therapist (MA 60058291), I have been trained in Traditional Swedish Massage, and Shiatsu (Acupressure).  I specialize in CranioSacral Therapy, mixed with Myofascial Release, and Visceral Manipulation/Motility. CranioSacral Therapy is my favorite way of working with the body; I believe it is better at resolving issues, and releasing trauma from the tissue.

 

As a CranioSacral Therapist I tune in and follow the body's wisdom, and work with what your body presents at a session. CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle touch therapy, where I listen with my hands and work gently to release restrictions.  This enables the central nervous system to do it's job more efficiently and bring the body back to homeostasis.  

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What People Are Saying...

This isn't just coaching... 

Monika has an amazing ability to listen to what I am saying and reflect it back to me in a profound way.

  She helps me to get out of my crazy-making stress brain, and reconnect the pathway between my head and my heart. 

Peggy

Coaching Client

I used to be a glass half-empty person. Now I see that the glass is re-fillable! The biggest change I have noticed is that my self-talk is MUCH nicer.  When my self-talk is better, everything is better, and I am a better mom, and better communicator in all of my relationships. 

This has been great.

 

Ivy

90-Day Intensive

“Monika has helped me learn to become more aware of the food I eat. When I eat clean, I feel better in my body, I have better sleep quality, my skin looks great, and I have WAY more energy! 

 

Kimberly

Trust Your Gut Jumpstart

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