As a Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor, a certified bio-energetic practitioner, and a member of The American Association of Drugless Practitioners, I create a personalized, unique program for each of my clients that can address specific concerns and radically improve their health and happiness.
Many clients come to me after they have tried diets and supplements that worked for someone else; they saw no results for themselves and continued to struggle with fatigue, pain and other symptoms. From my own experience working through challenging health issues, I have realized that eating well and working out does not always resolve issues; it is like putting high-quality gas in a car that has mechanical problems. There is no single health “blueprint” that works for all. From our DNA to our finger prints, each of us is distinct and therefore our health approaches should be, as well. My work at Bio-Matrix is to discover the uniqueness of each of my clients lifestyles, bodies and emotions, which all play an important role toward our health.
My personal quest for wellness began over thirty years ago, when I came to the United States from Russia. I was struggling with many health issues labeled by doctors as “chronic” or “genetic”.
As a young woman, I visited various doctors in search for a cure from debilitating migraines, yeast and bladder infections, endometriosis, digestive issues, joint pain, and depression. I was both upset and frustrated when the only option for relief offered to me was medication. My family had a history of alcoholism, heart issues and cancer, and I wondered if genetic factors had contributed to my chronic health issues. Even so, at 24, I felt I was too young to begin my life on a medicated path. I could not accept that these diagnoses were final, and I started seeking alternative solutions to healing my body.
In the decades that followed, I focused my passion on getting my health back. I read, researched, and tried various alternative approaches, and I was encouraged when I found some that worked for me. I had discovered that nutritious food, an active lifestyle, and emotional balance could defy my genetic programming. Gradually, my symptoms faded to the point where I no longer suffered from my “chronic” health issues. It sounds so simple! But the journey getting back to the basics is not always easy.
In 1997, I lost my husband to cancer – deadly melanoma. Sadly I witnessed modern medicine fail to diagnose the disease early, or cure it. With his death, I lost what little remaining faith I had in conventional medicine, and that motivated me even more to seek alternative options for preventing and reversing disease. I continued to further explore the fields of alternative healing, longevity, and natural anti-aging treatments.
As a licensed aesthetician, I initially joined my sister Lena Makushina, who founded Maksim SPA in 2000. I believed that it was not enough to take care of my clients’ skin only on the outside. It was just as important to address physical imbalances such as digestion and hormones, as well as emotional issues like stress and trauma, that can affect skin. Healthy skin is a reflection of both, physical and emotional health, as well as proper care. Learning more about the internal factors that can prevent and heal skin conditions like acne or rosacea, and slow down aging was an exciting direction for me. I then pursued training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (INN) and received my certification from INN and the Teachers College of Columbia University as a Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor.
In 2008 I founded my own company which was to become Bio-Matrix. My approach integrates western science and eastern wisdom of healing and focuses on boosting the sense of well being along with improving or eliminating symptoms completely.
This is where bio-energetic technology, SpectraVision, opened a new door to wellness for me. My first Bio-Scan, as a patient, revealed astonishing physical and emotional information to me. Many things that I thought were hard to explain, and even harder to cure, made so much more sense now. Adding this innovative technology to my health coaching, and using the internal biofeedback, allowed me to individualize my treatments and get results faster.
As a nutrition and lifestyle coach at Bio-Matrix, I am particularly interested in the mind-body connection, which guides my comprehensive and holistic approach to balancing the body by rebooting one organ, one system at the time.
I don’t advocate for the isolation of physical symptoms. I view symptomology as our body’s cry for help; an attempt to communicate with us, bringing our awareness to imbalances within. I believe it is possible to remove physical stressors through detoxification and to address emotional issues by changing the energetic patterns of earlier traumas. With these steps we can initiate healing and gradually get better, regardless of the diagnosis. And as a practitioner, I have witnessed this reversal many times in my work with clients who suffered with autoimmune disorders or other health issues that could not be resolved by conventional medicine.
My approach to wellness was influenced by the concepts of Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer, the founder of German New Medicine, and by Dr. John Sarno, Professor of rehabilitation medicine in New York University School of Medicine. According to both doctors, by resolving emotional trauma, the body can reverse the disease and start repairing damage, returning the individual to health.
In my practice, I find that children provide some of the best examples for how emotional discord can disrupt physical balance. I have observed that children, like sponges, absorb and internalize emotional struggles and trauma, which later can become a root of many common health problems, such as allergies, digestive issues, learning disabilities, and obesity. The good news is that a young immune system tends to respond faster to bio-energetic treatments and often reverse their conditions completely.
I advise my clients to be kind to themselves and forgiving (we are meant to enjoy life after all). In order to achieve true and lasting results, it is important to keep goals simple, slowly adjusting them as the body responds. When my clients succeed on their personal health journey, I end up succeeding too.
Good health is a process; it is a long term investment, and as any investment, it requires knowledge and understanding. The best results can be achieved by starting with baby steps, instead of giant leaps.