My stomach issues that had been around for 18 years were…gone…
I was completely convinced after my very first session – the tension in my neck was gone for a full week, but most importantly, my stomach issues that had been around for 18 years were…gone. Wow. What medications and dietary restrictions had not been able to accomplish was dealt with over just a few days. Since then, I continued the work with Marcela – even if that meant to travel from DC to LA on a regular basis for sessions. I have been able to change not only physical symptoms but also other aspects of my life with which I had been unhappy for a while. I can now stop old habits, enjoy my professional life, and am clearer about what I want in my personal life.
F.N., Attorney, World Bank, D.C.
I am regaining the confidence that had been buried beneath a lifelong battle of anxiety…
The emotional and physical results of learning to deal with fear through my bodywork sessions are continuing to re-shape me in the most incredible way.
KM, Director, LA
I woke up one morning and had lost all hearing in my right ear…
I was diagnosed with Sudden Sensioneural Hearing Loss. Due to the hearing loss, I was struck with a severe case of vertigo and had no control over my balance and vision. Fear, denial, depression all started to take over my body and mind. In previous work with Marcela, I had learned that the fear and pain inside didn’t have to take control of me. I could easily break these walls in sessions, and when I left the studio I knew we had faced those fears, and I was ready to conquer all my goals and dreams without hesitation or denial. When I lost my hearing, I was experiencing a lot of fear, denial and depression. So in recent sessions these same tools I had previously learned to recover what I had lost. While I still have a loss of hearing, my connection to the right side of my body is now 100%. I feel as if I am “one” again and the vertigo has faded to a point where I am living a normal life, not controlled by the fear.
I was never a big fan of therapies and was stubborn about using them. There is something different about Marcela and the way she works. There is a sense of comfort and trust that resonates deeply with me.
GK, Actor, L.A.
I can be clear and direct about my needs and boundaries…
I grew up in am abusive household. I had done traditional talk therapy for a few years before this, but found it time to let go of that type of work, get out of my head and into my body. The essential thing that I’ve learned is fear is not the issue, it is my response to fear that causes problems. When I make the decision to be afraid, everything shifts. I am able to connect to the powerful energy of my fear. I am able to feel my boundaries in my body with out having an analytical debate in my head. I have become aware of the patterns my body goes into and by making simple shifts in these patterns and my breathing I can shift my response to situations. Thru the work I’ve done with Marcela I have become clear on what I want for my life. My business has taken off and my personal relationships are flourishing.
I can be clear and direct about my needs and boundaries without feeling exhausted by any of these interactions.
PG, Hair Stylist, L.A.
Exhausted from being stuck, this work has been my propeller forward…
As a long time sufferer of depression, severe anxiety, and a myriad of gastrointestinal ills, I’ve been in psychotherapy for over a decade and tried literally everything from medication to NLP to hypnosis to get a handle on what, at times, have been completely debilitating mental and physical issues. I was tired of living my life at the mercy of my ailments. Exhausted from being stuck, the bodywork sessions with Marcela revealed have been my propeller forward. I am regaining control of my life, my behaviors, my activities, my work, how I relate to others; to begin making decisions based on what I want and what I know I can have versus what I feel I should do or have to do…how to be present in the world and get the most out of both my mind and my body.
J.A., Self-defense instructor, L.A.
I did not need to hold all this anger inside.
I met Marcela one Christmas. I was angry. I had just gotten off the phone with my father and did not like how it made me feel. That first session showed me a path. I did not understand the bodywork at first. As I became more aware of my body and what I did when things bothered me, I started to see how I could ultimately change my life. I did not need to hold all this anger inside. There was a way to pay attention to what I was feeling and not be overwhelmed.
JF, President, Internet Company, L.A.
I’ve gotten through some very difficult times feeling stronger and more centered…
Marcela and the work we have done together changed my life. When I first started I had been in a toxic job environment for over two years, my relationships and many of my friendships left me unfulfilled and drained. I had no idea how to change my situation. An uncountable number of breaths, and many sessions later… I recently had the revelation that I like the people I surround myself with; I started a great new, challenging job with a fantastic manager that is propelling me forward in my career; and I’ve gotten through some very difficult times feeling stronger and more centered.
A.B., Grant’s Manager at a non-profit, S.F.
It has a unique potential to dissolve or reorient strongly held patterns…
The bodywork Marcela does is profound. In my experience it has a fairly unique potential to dissolve or reorient strongly held patterns, and maybe more fundamentally, to open up deeper and deeper connections with what lies beneath those patterns. For those of us whose natural or learned tendency is to bypass the body in our instinctual reponses to the world, I think it is particularly helpful.
Manya, Attorney, L.A.