An integrated approach to wellbeing
Realizing the gaps in conventional therapy, education and bodywork through which Americans are falling by the millions into chronic ill health and mental distress, Camilla launched a blog promoting bodymind integration and preventive self-care. She called herself The Healist, and invited others to be healists too. Camilla helps people take personal responsibility to change, moving from being patients to healists—people who practice integrated self-care to heal mindbody imbalances and prevent chronic illness. On her blog, you'll find curated lists about self-care practices we could all be doing today to prevent chronic ill health and unhappiness tomorrow—without advertising and fake news. You'll find blog posts connecting the dots to a more sustainable and holistic wellbeing that is physical, mental and emotional. And you'll find featured healists sharing stories of healing and empowerment. Through her on-site workshops, Camilla promotes self-care literacy and chronic disease prevention in schools and workplace. Or work 1-on-1 with Camilla in person or by phone to jumpstart personal change for better health and wellbeing.
In the quantum universe your mind, body and emotions are not separate. Why should your therapist, bodyworker and wellness coach be?
No pill for self-care.
Camilla is more than an educator, more than a therapist, more than a bodyworker, and in a necessary way, all three together, without separation. Of course, there's a body story to that evolution. When in her 30s teaching feminist cultural and media studies at Carnegie Mellon University, Camilla tripped down a rabbit hole into ill health when a conventional dentist drilled a cracked mercury amalgam filling, exposing her to toxic mercury vapor. Falling in a downward spiral, for a moment in time she thought she might be crazy. Instead she landed in the hospital with an ovarian tumor, and realized she wasn't crazy, she was physically ill.
Time for enormous changes at the last minute.
Camilla discovered she had hypothyroid, toxic liver, weakened immunity, irritable bowel syndrome, adrenal exhaustion and weak kidneys, not to mention brain fog and a mercury toxicity score almost off the chart of a heavy metal test.
Survival instinct kicked in. Like Ulysses sailing far away from home, she ventured beyond the world of the university to embark on a decade-long search for a more holistic education she seemed to be missing—one that integrated mind, body and emotions equally. She walked the healing path with mindbody pioneer Ilana Rubenfeld, inventor of the Rubenfeld Synergy Method®, a hands-on somatic-emotional release therapy. She studied Vedic meditation and Ayurveda with Dr. Deepak Chopra. She learned mercury detox with chemist Dr. Christopher Shade and body electronics with Dr. Doug Morrison. She dove deep into west LA power yoga, and journeyed on sacred plant medicine with a community of shaman. All the while connecting the dots to the social and cultural causes of our collective ill-ease.
And so it was that Camilla became an educator who talks to the mind, heart and body simultaneously. A bodyworker who helps people process their emotions and observe their thoughts. And a therapist who talks and touches. She coaches clients to self-regulate their thoughts with meditation, their health with healing foods and herbs, and their emotions by detoxing their liver, kidneys, colon and mouth. And she helps people change habitual and repetitive thoughts, emotions and behaviors that cause ill health and unhappiness, guiding them to re-pattern bodymindsets that are less than healthy and adaptive.
Today, Camilla's mission as a self-care activist and somatic therapist is to evolve wellness education, therapy and bodywork. She writes wellness books that teach functional self-care, publishes theories of the acoustic bodymind, and meets clients where they are in their healing journey—helping them embrace whatever healing crisis they're facing in order to become more adaptive, happy and healthy again.