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?
I am 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 my 30s teaching feminist cultural and media studies and discourse analysis at Carnegie Mellon University, I tripped down a rabbit hole into ill health when a conventional dentist drilled a cracked mercury amalgam filling, exposing me to toxic mercury vapor. Falling in a downward spiral, for a moment in time I thought I might be crazy. Instead I landed in the hospital with an ovarian tumor, and realized I wasn't crazy, I was physically ill.
Enormous changes at the last minute.
Over time, I discovered I 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, I ventured beyond the world of the university to embark on a decade-long search for a more holistic education I seemed to be missing—one that integrated mind, body and emotions equally. I walked the healing path with mindbody pioneer Ilana Rubenfeld, inventor of the Rubenfeld Synergy Method®, a hands-on method of somatic-emotional therapy and psychophysical education. I learned Meditation and Ayurveda with Dr. Deepak Chopra. I learned mercury detox with chemist Dr. Christopher Shade and body electronics with Dr. Doug Morrison. I dove deep into west LA power yoga with Bryan Kest, 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 I 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. I coach people to self-regulate their thoughts with meditation, their health with healing foods and herbs, and their emotions by detoxing waste and toxins from their liver, kidneys, colon and mouth. And I help people change habitual and repetitive thoughts, emotions and behaviors that cause ill health and unhappiness, guiding them to re-pattern unhealthy bodymindsets until they are healthy and adaptive.
Today, my mission as a self-care advocate and somatic-emotional therapist is to contribute to the evolution of education, therapy and bodywork. I write wellness books that teach functional self-care literacy, publish articles on body psychotherapy and somatic psychology, and meet 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.
You can read my writings on bodymind integration in Semiotica, Somatics, and The Handbook of Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology. I am the author of Becoming-Woman and co-director of the film Memories of a Forgotten War. As The Healist, I've written books on wellness topics ranging from bodymind detox to mouthbody care to body psychology. My latest book is The Body Psychology of Chronic Disease.