Testimonials

Testimonials

third testimonial

"I used to have a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders. Since doing the posture work, I can't remember the last time I've had any discomfort at all."

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Kathy Uros, Vice-President
Charles Schwab & Co., San Francisco, CA

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Initial Consultations

"The Gokhale Method opens up a new level of health even to those of us who spend most of our week at a desk. It takes no time to implement, yet it works for you 24/7."

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Susan Wojcicki, VP of Product Management, Google, Mountain View, CA

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I used to have a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders. Since doing the posture work, I can't remember the last time I've had any discomfort at all.

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Kathy Uros, Vice-President
Charles Schwab & Co., San Francisco, CA

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Private Sessions

"My 84-year-old mother-in-law who has severe osteoporosis with multiple vertebral fractures and even sternal fracture was already sitting and standing straighter after one visit to Esther. I wholeheartedly endorse Esther Gokhale’s program."

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Deirdre Stegman, M.D., Internal Medicine, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, CA

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Jackie Naclerio

Maya is very kind and calm--she immediately made me feel at ease. I was initially skeptical that I could change my walking gait or that it would make a difference but with Maya's guidance, I found that I could indeed change it and that it felt great. I am amazed at how tall and strong I feel when I glidewalk.
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Jackie Naclerio, Homemaker, Menlo Park, CA
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Refresher Class

"I found it very helpful to review the principles and techniques in a refresher workshop. It deepened my understanding, and allowed me to refine my practice of healthy posture and movement."

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Beth Gerber, Creative Director, Catchword

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Cristi Bishop

I love this natural way of being in the world. The fact that I can improve my health with every step is very compelling. Keep up the teaching and spread the word. Everyone should be pain free!
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Cristi Bishop, Portland, Oregon
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Teacher Training

"The patients I have referred to Esther have, without exception, found her work to be life changing. I have employed her concepts and techniques in my practice and have countless patients that have benefited from her work."

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Salwan AbiEzzi, M.D., Palo Alto Medical Foundation, CA

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Benefits

"I have not stopped receiving comments regarding my new posture, how tall I look and the new confidence I have assumed. In addition, my persistent leg pain has practically disappeared. GMF was

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"I have not stopped receiving comments regarding my new posture, how tall I look and the new confidence I have assumed. In addition, my persistent leg pain has practically disappeared. GMF was wonderful and my instructors were fantastic."

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Kayla Neumeyer, Palo Alto, CA

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Gokhale Method for Teens

"I highly recommend GMF for teens. My teens learned how to integrate correct posture into their daily life. They unlearned the myths and wrong messages. The instructor teaches in a visual way that makes the teens talk about it and even correct the parents. She focuses on the core exercises that teens can remember. My three teens had a great time."

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Ursula Oesterle, Vice-President of Innovation, Swisscom

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It's Just Common-sense

"I am 85 years old and was pleasantly surprised to learn from the Gokhale Method that back pain is not inevitable. I now do my household chores without any pain at all, got rid of my knee pain and walk faster."

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Gertrude Bock, Palo Alto, CA

 

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Billy Scarborough

The class improved my lower back pain as well as reshaped my body to a healthier position. I also like the abdominal exercises. Maya was an excellent teacher, enthusiastically helping people in the class. I definitely have a new outlook on posture. Thanks a lot, Maya.
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Billy Scarborough
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Piriformis Syndrome

"I had been suffering from sciatica, degenerating discs and spinal stenosis for almost four months. Esther began doing posture work with me and the results were quite dramatic. I recommend her with great enthusiasm."

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Andrea Lunsford, Professor of English, Stanford University, CA

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Jackie Naclerio

Maya is very kind and calm--she immediately made me feel at ease. I was initially skeptical that I could change my walking gait or that it would make a difference but with Maya's guidance, I found that I could indeed change it and that it felt great. I am amazed at how tall and strong I feel when I glidewalk.
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Jackie Naclerio, Homemaker, Menlo Park, CA
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"As a retired elderly physician, I've been impressed by her superb knowledge of her field."

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Milton Lozoff, M.D.

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Acupuncture

“I highly, highly recommend the EG Wellness Center for acupuncture. This was my first experience with acupuncture, and not only did it successfully address my wrist pain, but the entire treatment was physically and mentally beneficial. It was a completely positive experience – soothing, healing and energizing.”

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Catherine Bump, San Mateo, CA

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Testimonial 1

"Studying this method has enabled me to avoid what would have been my fifth foot surgery. I can now walk again without pain. It has given me a new lease on life."

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Honor Rautmann, business owner,
Sun River, OR

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"As a retired elderly physician, I've been impressed by her superb knowledge of her field."

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Milton Lozoff, M.D.

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Disc disease

"I felt the benefits from day one. I rarely have back pain now, and I feel more healthy and energetic overall. I am very pleased to testify to the positive effects of this work."

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John Hamilton, Geologist (USGS) and Musician, Menlo Park, CA

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second testimonial

"Logically based, compelling, and expertly delivered….I would like to see this approach become a part of standard care. Early access to this kind of intervention could have saved me a lot of pain and grief."

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Paul R. Ehrlich, Ph.D. , Bing Professor of Population Studies and President of the Center for Conservation, Stanford University, CA

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8 step testimonial

"8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back is a pleasure to read and a godsend to use. The lessons are easily accessible to anyone with an hour to spare. The account of why people in modern industrial society experience chronic lower-back pain is fascinating in its own right. The photographs of people sitting, standing, and lifting in a pre-industrial world are marvelously instructive and a joy to behold. While the principles of good posture are disarmingly simple, Esther Gokhale includes a wealth of pertinent detail to guide users through the eight lessons.

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David Riggs, OBE Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Department of English, Stanford, CA

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I used to have a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders. Since doing the posture work, I can't remember the last time I've had any discomfort at all.

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Kathy Uros, Vice-President
Charles Schwab & Co., San Francisco, CA

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Charles Bacon

I also used to contract headaches that clearly were related to poor posture, particularly staring at a computer screen.  The training I received from Esther has greatly reduced the frequency of my headaches.

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This letter will describe my experience as a client/patient/student of Esther Gokhale.  Esther has worked with me for over three years.  I contacted her on the advice of my doctor, Thomas Wisler of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, in order to improve my posture and avoid back pain.  I am over 6'3" tall, lean, reasonably fit, and have the common problem of tall people in tending to slouch. 

 

I have been a Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey for 30 years.  This has involved a few weeks of fieldwork annually in difficult terrain but also a great deal of office time, mainly sitting at a desk.  Over 15 years ago I was diagnosed with a degenerated disk (lumbar 4-5) which caused me persistent and commonly severe pain, especially when I had to sit for extended periods such as on airplanes or driving.  The disk was removed surgically in 1992 and the pain decreased substantially but still was an everyday fact of life until I started working with Esther.  I also used to contract headaches that clearly were related to poor posture, particularly staring at a computer screen.  The training I received from Esther has greatly reduced the frequency of my headaches.  My wife and teenage son also have been to see Esther about posture and she has come to our home to evaluate chairs, tables, etc., and advise us on how to facilitate having good ergonomic conditions in our environment.  Lastly, I have referred two colleagues to Esther and they both have reported with much enthusiasm that Esther has helped them alleviate their chronic back pain.

 

What has Esther Gokhale developed that has been so successful?  Her approach with me was first to evaluate my standing, sitting, and walking posture.  She then showed me photographs of people from a variety of times and places around the world as examples of how to maintain healthy posture during diverse activities, emphasizing sitting and walking.  She also explained about the structure of the spine, including effects of posture on disks, and illustrated this with photographs and a skeletal model.  During the course of perhaps 4 to 6 sessions she gave me the basics of her posture philosophy.  We spent a lot of time with walking, a little with rhythm through simple dance steps, reviewed stretching exercises I had been doing, suggested different or modified exercises, practiced sitting, and worked on posture for sleep.  The last one was a phenomenal breakthrough, although remarkably simple: Esther taught me to lie down gradually, either on my back or side, while extending my spine.  This has eliminated the morning back pain that I used to experience daily.  My colleague who has been to Esther volunteered to me that this has been very beneficial for her as well.  The method of reclining epitomizes the simplicity and effectiveness of Esther's approach.  I could cite several examples of specific things she has taught me that are equally as important.  The great appeal to me of Esther's program is that she evidently has put it together from many sources based on her own keen observational skill, logical analysis, and ability to reduce elements of posture and activity (e.g., walking, bending) to fundamental principles that are simple to learn and remember.  As I recall, the intense training took place in weekly or bi-weekly sessions over a few months and the interval between sessions gradually increased.  For the past year, I have been visiting Esther at 8 to 10 week intervals for refresher sessions.  I expect to continue at about this rate.  I appreciate Esther's flexibility in allowing me to return at a modest frequency that I can sustain in the long term.

 

In my previous experience with physical therapists and exercise programs recommended by physicians I have not had the degree of success in correcting my posture and managing my back pain as I have had with Esther Gokhale.  Had I been trained by her long ago perhaps I could have avoided damaging my back in the first place and certainly would have been spared years of misery.  The value of her program is not simply in treating existing conditions but even more so in avoiding their onset.  I hope my son has learned some of the basic points as a teenager.  I strongly support any effort to facilitate bringing Esther's program to a broad audience and to especially young people.

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Charles R. Bacon,  Senior Research Geologist, USGS, Menlo Park, CA

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It's Just Common-sense

"I am 85 years old and was pleasantly surprised to learn from the Gokhale Method that back pain is not inevitable. I now do my household chores without any pain at all, got rid of my knee pain and walk faster."

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Gertrude Bock, Palo Alto, CA

 

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Osteoarthritis

"While working on a book, I developed a version of repetitive stress syndrome that made my hands and forearms virtually useless. After a matter of weeks of acupuncture, acupressure and practice in posture, I recovered full use of my hands and forearms."

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Gretchen C. Daily Professor, Biological Sciences, Stanford University, CA

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