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Meet Lorelei Woerner-Eisner of Integrative Wellness Therapy in Malibu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lorelei Woerner-Eisner.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Today, my business name is trademarked and I am working on an “Integrative Wellness Therapy” training that blends eastern and western rehabilitation techniques, including: Occupational Therapy, Yoga Therapy, Myofascial Release, and much more. It is body, breath and brain working together as an integrated whole. As with all journeys, the road to this point has meandered through over 25 years as an Occupational Therapist, 3 spine surgeries that led me to the blessings of yoga therapy, a curious and inquisitive mind — and most of all, a heart’s desire to help decrease human suffering and enhance a person’s ability to do what they need and want to do in daily life.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has been twisted, with sharp turns, bumps, road blocks, detours and the occasional U-turn (temporarily only). As an independent entrepreneur, the biggest challenges are: balance, time and faith. I find it difficult to maintain my practice while simultaneously working to develop my business (read: pay rent AND move the business forward). Time is my rate-limiting factor. I can continue to learn and work hard, but the days always run a bit short. I have to schedule the time for myself and self-care. I tell myself “that is enough for the day” and leave my very hefty “to-do” list on my desk for 7 am the next morning, only AFTER I do my morning routine and personal yoga practice. And keeping the faith in myself, staving off the fear and negative self-talk, is probably the most difficult, and yet there is always a new day, with gratitude. So, yes the road is winding and layered in fog. I do not know what is to come, but I keep my eyes FOCUSED on each dividing line ahead of me, trusting that I will be able to handle the unknowns that lay ahead.

Please tell us about Integrative Wellness Therapy.
At Integrative Wellness Therapy, we work in tandem with the Client-Partner and their family to cultivate profound shifts toward a flourishing life, through individualized intensive treatment sessions. By integrating established western medical techniques with research-proven alternative therapies, we facilitate an optimal path toward wellness. This fresh, unique style of therapy helps enable adults, teens and children (2 months to 102 years) to reach their highest quality of life by addressing the holistic, biopsychosocial nature of each person — acknowledging each body’s inherent wisdom in restoring balance.

The result is a wellness program rooted in the individual’s own nature, manifested through the client’s personal motivation, which comes to fruition through guided support. Our intention is to achieve meaningful, purposeful improvements to help get the most out of daily life.

We base our treatment philosophy on 9 foundational principles:
1. Working with the whole person
2. Honoring individual nature of each person
3. Nurturing social connections
4. Providing intensive treatment sessions to make real shifts in a person’s life
5. Taking the therapy out of the clinic and into daily life activities and hobbies
6. Returning to the basics of meaningful and purposeful, hand-on activities
7. Facilitating the cultivation of healthy habits
8. Retraining the brain through integrative techniques
9. Supporting as the guide on the side and acknowledging the individual’s inherent wisdom toward wellness

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My heart’s home rests on the sand dunes of Baja, Mexico. Our thrice-yearly, 10-day trips (starting at the age of 5 years) were spent seaside, without shower, toilet, or tent. We literally lived on the beach, waking to the sunrise and rolling out of our sleeping bags (tossed where ever we liked on the dunes) and headed straight to the salty sea. We spent our days swimming, sailing, walking, shell hunting, reading, laughing, playing and rolling in the sand, Dinner dishes were washed in the shallows, using the sand to scour. As night approached, we slipped into our sleeping bags (still wearing our — now dry — swimsuits) and were lulled to sleep by the gentle lapping tide and a sky exploding with stars.

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