Because "sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness"

-- Galway Kinnell                      

Welcome!

I'm Dana. I'm a certified coach, a health expert, a mindfulness meditation guide, a scholar of history and gender studies, a former non-profit director, and a mom of two (mostly) grown kids. Friends and clients tell me I am warm, wise, grounded, and deeply caring. I think I simply reflect back to them the preciousness that is already there.

 

Kindness and compassion have not always come easy to me. I have a lifetime of experience struggling with my body. Since my 20s, I've experienced multiple spinal surgeries, chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, digestive issues, hypothyroidism, and struggles with food, weight, and body image.

 

Like a lot of "achiever" types, I fought and denied and suppressed the symptoms until my body literally gave out. That was ten years ago. As I have healed, I've learned some deep truths, and developed some powerful tools to fundamentally change my relationship with my mind, my heart, and my body. 

I have woven these threads together with my education, training, and self-study into a powerful model of compassionate coaching which I have practiced for over seven years.

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I've worked with nearly 100 others who've faced  an array of challenges: autoimmune disease, Lyme disease, chronic pain and fatigue, and arthritis, as well as struggles with food, weight, and body image.

Here is what I know.

We can live full and vital lives in ANY body, if and when

  • we stop fighting our body and start listening to it

  • we replace self-judgment with self-compassion

  • we cultivate community and support

Along with appropriate care and treatment, these strategies are a path to deep and profound healing.

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Our culture teaches us to view our bodies as sites of struggle. We battle illness, conquer pain, overcome injuries, control our food, watch our weight, and wage war on obesity. The battles never end, and we never win.

The perfect body is a cruel mirage: healthy, able, and thin (and young, white, cis-gendered and heterosexual). So few of us have all of those privileges!

 

And yet, we all internalize the pressure to pursue that ideal at all costs. It consumes our thoughts, our time, our money, and our energy. No wonder so many of us are exhausted.

Imagine you could let it all go. Relax. Accept.

Be well, happy, and at peace in the body you have, right now.

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Our work together can fundamentally change your relationship with
your body, your mind, your emotions & your health.

You will learn to:

Listen to your body rather than struggle with it

Define for yourself what it means to be well and happy

Replace judgment with compassion

Get your needs met from your healthcare providers

Stop comparing and judging yourself

Spend your time and energy on what matters most to you

I invite you to explore

There's no right or wrong way to do this

There's peace and freedom on the other side,

And plenty of tools to get you there.