Health Crisis = Hope

July 2000 after my rash had significantly improved.

This is me. After my rash significantly healed. Imagine, head to toe, covered in what was an unexplainable condition with no one really sure how to help. Least of all me. Or so I thought…

Right after I graduated from college, I moved home with my mom and started a job as a Director of an educational tutoring center. I was miserable. It wasn’t what I wanted to do. Every day I’d find myself feeling more closed down. More hopeless. And less like myself.

It would be an easy out to say just get another job. Do what makes you happy. Follow your bliss. I ascribe to these philosophies now as much as I did then. Except I had no idea what else to do and I felt absolutely trapped by this lack of clarity. As everything is connected, my body clearly expressed what my emotions and mind could not.

How can I fix this? How do I heal?

I went to a doctor, dermatologist, acupuncturist, nutritionist, live blood cell analyst, and homeopath. Each one gave me a completely different answer as to what was wrong with me and how to fix it. The live blood cell analyst told me what I had was worse than cancer, it was spreading fast, and it would kill me. That practitioner scared me enough that I followed her guidance and ended up in the emergency room. It was a nightmare.

But…it taught me one of the most important lessons of my life – DISCERNMENT & TRUST YOUR GUT.

Each health practitioner I visited had a different perspective on health and what it takes to heal, different training, and definitely, a different vibe. You get an immediate sense of people, don’t you?      I know I do. Yet, sometimes we turn off that instinct when we feel scared or unsure, nervous or out of balance. That’s what I did. And it landed me in a more compromised position.

There’s nothing like a health crisis to invite (ha, force!) you to examine how you take care of yourself, if you’re living a life that feels right/fulfilling, and how to be your own best advocate. The very crisis that arose from a lack of clarity and feeling “off my path” was exactly what put me on a whole new trajectory, for my health, my education, my career, my future relationship. It started by giving me hope for something new. I’m jumping ahead though. The hope came from what happened next…

What happened next

Clearly, continuing to work with the live blood specialist was a no go. Who could help me? There had to be someone. I scanned my mind to think of what other kind of health practitioner I could go to. Once home from the hospital, I flipped through a pile of cards I had recently picked up from a health food store. Homeopath. Something about her card stood out.

I didn’t know what homeopathy was, or what to expect. Enter a knock at the door, and a fiery redhead in a little black dress with a pile of thick black homeopathic books, and a cheery, “HI!” She sat down on the floor, asking me questions about my symptoms, while flipping through the book pages.

Truth is, I didn’t say much. She was able to see right through me, in the best of ways. I sat wide eyed as she started telling me what had me feeling stuck, what I was scared of, how I’ve felt all my life, and how I could turn it all around. I felt like she saw my spirit, the truth of who I was, how I’ve always wanted to be seen but for whatever reason was too scared to reveal, even to myself. Turns out, not only was she a Homeopath, but also an Intuitive.

Soon after our meeting, I went to the health food store and got the $8 homeopathic remedy she suggested. Within 30 minutes of taking it, I felt happy. I believe I need to emphasize the importance of this for you. I FELT HAPPY.  Though I consider myself a sunshine-y kind of gal, I struggled with depression and felt lost for many years. I still remember, so clearly, standing in front of the bathroom mirror after taking the remedy and seeing myself.  Like suddenly, I had reappeared in my own face after having been absent for so long. I was so beside myself for my own return, I kneeled on the carpet, touched my head to the floor, and whispered, “Thank you.”

The next day, my skin rash started to dry up and go away. It felt like a miracle. That intuitive became my mentor for the next 8 years, shaping my life and the reinvention of it in so many pivotal ways. She taught me how to develop the intuitive gift I have, how to better understand the energy or vibe we put out, and essentially how to heal myself.

In my lowest moments, she would say “Keep holding on. It will get so much better. You will be surprised at how much so. It’s coming. I promise. Just hold on and keep doing your work.” I am so grateful for her. As they say, when the student is ready, the teacher appears. As it is with all of life, even when the teachers don’t come in the form that you expect.

We all have these experiences where it really hits home that something has to change. This was my story.

I started working with Terra when I was 89 years old. I couldn’t do much and I didn’t really know what she intended. I was really hunching over looking at the ground when I walked and my back hurt a lot. I noticed I kind of shuffled instead of walking. She started with Massage and what she called “cupping”. I always felt better when I left but sometimes it would take a couple hours for me to notice.

After about three weeks we started to do some exercises on a machine she called a trapeze table. We started with ‘abs’ as she calls them. I didn’t think I could do a sit up but with that contraption I could. It was hard. I could barely do six. After another three weeks I could do three sets of 10 and we had moved on to leg and arm exercises in addition.

I used to do a lot of construction after I retired but I had to stopped that about 9 years previous. After working with Terra for about four months I was looking at the bathroom in my brothers house that desperately needed to be remodeled. It hadn’t been used in three years! I got some bids and didn’t like them so I started working on it. The next thing I knew I was remodeling the whole bathroom. I did pay someone to tear up the floor with dry rot because that was slightly heavier work then I wanted to try. But I removed the toilet and the vanity, tiled the shower, replumbed the entire bathroom, and then tiled the floor. It looks beautiful just like it would if I were 20 years younger. So if you think you’re too old for Pilates think again. I am now 91 and much stronger than I was before I started working with Terra.

Big thank you for providing the insight and guidance I have been looking for… As 52 year old woman with a high stress life that includes frequent airplane travel, I found myself prone to chronic, debilitating tendonitis in my shoulders and horrible muscle tension in my neck. Therapeutic massage was the first “relief” that I depended on to relieve these symptoms — and finding you as a massage therapist was heaven. As we soon realized, the systemic issues were beyond massage, and I realized that I needed to find ways to re-condition muscles and learn the mechanics of good movement.

As Yoga drop-out, I had some healthy skepticism about Pilates training and what it would entail. After all, I have been devoted to fitness and physical activity for most of my adult life. Daily cardio and occasional weight training have been part of my lifestyle for years. But with the onset of menopause and the chronic injuries, I have been looking for non-impact strength training that would help me manage the tendonitis and what my doctors already saw in my joints as early on-set arthritis — particularly in my shoulders, knees and hands.

The Pilates training has given me relief, and strength, that I never expected. I no longer have to take Advil 3 times a day to manage the pain. I travel easier — the lugging of carry on baggage through terminals and hoisting bags into overhead bins is easier. I feel less “compressed” and more open and relaxed. I have a greater awareness of good movement and from where to draw my strength. I am so much more aware of my spine and core…

While I was planning my last trip to St. Louis with my girlfriend, you were able to sense that I was fighting infection (potential sinusitis) and prescribed a regimen of Homeopathic Phosphorus. Ironically, with the remedy, I was able to fight the infection and my girlfriend ended up with a cold and a lung infection. I am convinced that your help in giving me a stronger body and good herbal and Homeopathic remedies delivers needed “balance” and a greater state of health.

You are incredibly intuitive and an awesome healer.

I write this testimonial with immense gratitude and appreciation, both for the practice of homeopathy and in particular for Terra, who is an incredibly skilled healer. I’m thankful that homeopathy offers alternatives for healing. Terra has been practicing for years and continues to expand her knowledge. She is passionate about healing and committed to caring for individuals in their journey to wellness. Terra has a depth of knowledge of the human body and a broad understanding of the interconnectedness of all body parts. She understands that if one part of the body is injured or in distress it can significantly impair another function of the body or trigger pain elsewhere. As she describes it, when any part of our being (body, emotions, mind) is over taxed, blockages and toxins will occur and ultimately something will suffer as a consequence.

Terra takes care when listening to your symptoms and asks questions to gather explicit data. Every detail matters! Once she has a thorough understanding of what’s happening and how long it has been going on she identifies the best approach. It may be a combination of reflexology, massage, and realigning. Through touch, she feels where congestion issues reside in the body and works those areas with her hands to open a clear path for the toxins to release. She talks to you throughout the process, letting you know where she identifies areas that are weakened and sharing possible causes. She continues asking questions for the most informed view and to help explain the tenderness, or lack of function, in a particular area of the body.

In my case, I had been suffering from both ears being plugged with a rushing sound echoing in my ears for well over 3 weeks. It was both frightening and irritating. Every conversation was difficult and background noise was overshadowing the immediate conversation I was trying to have. After visiting my regular doctor and an ENT who ordered an auditory test and suggested I may have hearing loss and need hearing aids. I was quite alarmed. I reached out to Terra as I had prior positive experiences working with her. After one session she was able to pin point what she believed to be the cause and prescribed a homeopathic regime as a follow up. Within 20 minutes of leaving her office and driving to a nearby store that carried the homeopathic item Terra recommended my ears became unplugged. It was amazing! Terra has continued to have me do a quick check in, monitoring my progress and helping ensure I stay on a positive path. Her caring approach and sophisticated methods of healing are remarkable and refreshing in an age of doctors who are ever so eager to only prescribe drugs. I am grateful and feel incredibly fortunate to have had Terra to help me through this ordeal.

“Being an athlete all my life helped me stay healthy and strong. So, when I had a miscarriage I thought I would bounce right back. My miscarriage was so bad I almost bled to death, twice. The doctors gave me drugs to stop the bleeding which only made matters worse. I went to 3 different doctors and had several tests, including a cervical biopsy. Still not finding anything “wrong” with me, they decided it was best to put me on the birth control pill. To me, this was not fixing the problems it was just suppressing it. I was lethargic, having irregular periods, hemorrhaging, severely gaining weight, having hot flashes, not ovulating, couldn’t exercise without bleeding, my hair was thinning, zinc deficient, insulin resistant, had no sex drive and could barely cope with life.  I was 28 years old, a personal trainer and healthy at the time of the miscarriage. This all went on for 4 years. Now 32, no kids and testing pre-menopausal, I was beginning to think I would have to deal with this the rest of my life! Thank goodness I was wrong. Terra, one day at work, asked how I was doing with my hormone therapy. I told her I wasn’t happy with how I was feeling or my results. She agreed that I should’ve had more progress. I made an appointment with Terra to go over my symptoms and my health history. She was very thorough and caring about my situation. She gave me the name of the remedy to purchase. Within 3 hours of taking the remedy I was back to my old self. I have ALL my energy back, I am smiling again and life feels good! In the 10 days I have been taking the remedy I have lost 10 inches, have been able to exercise, have had NO hot flashes, have energy to last me the whole day, my hair and skin are healthy again and so much more! I went from feeling like I was a prisoner in my own body, to feeling like I can conquer the world! Thanks to Terra I have my life back! She monitors me at all times and is only a phone call away. That is a lot more that I can say for any M.D.! I am excited to see where else this takes me. Thanks Terra!!!!”

“Terra is a uniquely gifted and highly skilled healing artist who weaves together her multiple talents to provide whatever treatment is needed at the time. I’ve been helped by her homeopathic treatments after contracting a travel bug; received her extraordinarily therapeutic massages for severe neck and shoulder pain from work and ergonomic stress; and most importantly, I have received insightful and caring intuitive guidance that has helped ‘mid-wife’ me through several major life transitions—including career, health, love, and cross-country moves.”

“I’ve worked exclusively with Terra as my health practitioner for 8 years. As a Pilates teacher, she has helped me isolate and change specific issues with my feet, low back, hips, and shoulders that I’ve struggled with for years, enabling me to feel comfortable in my body again. With Homeopathy, she has helped me on every level – mentally, emotionally, and physically. As an intuitive, I’ve never come across anyone more accurate, who could see me more clearly, and is especially skilled with supporting me in transforming my life. I highly recommend working with Terra if you are ready to change!”

“Terra has keen eye for detail and a great ear for discerning what’s going on in terms of your health, posture, and possibility. When seeing her for homeopathy needs, she’s always been very thorough, caring, and quite helpful in supporting me in having optimum health, and as a Pilates teacher, she is observant, encouraging, and a great teacher. My body has indeed begun to change shape as I’ve continued to take classes with her.”

“In my experience of life, like most, I always thought an ache here or a back pain there was completely normal, never thinking that the way I moved my body was actually hurting me. Terra has a profound knowledge of the inner working of the human body in mind and it’s a privilege working with her and an honor to be her friend.”

I worked with Terra following a hip replacement where I continued to have pain for over a year after the operation. She immediately saw that my gait was misaligned and that my upper back was not straight, and we worked on these areas.

I have worked with a number of physical therapists, but none so insightful, thoughtful and helpful as Terra. She recognized issues missed by others, and spent focused time with me finding out what adjustments and exercises would best work for my body. She was always upbeat and pleasant, while pushing me hard, and came in over the holiday season on her days off, showing real dedication and care.

I was only able to spend 2 weeks with her as I was visiting from London, but she sent me off both feeling better, pain free and with exercises and adjustments to work on. so I can not only maintain what I learned but continue to improve.
Significantly, she emphasized the importance of focusing on the adjustments in everyday activities, not merely in the sessions themselves. I would highly recommend Terra to you.