Chronic Pain/Disability or Illness

Years in Practice

10 years +


Paradise Island FL 33316 - United States



Additional Expertise

Counselor/Therapist, Personal Trainer, Spiritual Healer, Wellness Coach, YourTango Expert Partner



I Believe

"All healing begins in the mind. If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Once you understand that you have to see your healing as already having occurred, and not something that you want to achieve, your body cannot but follow this picture you hold in your mind." 

About Cornelia Merk

Many people have asked me how I, a body awareness teacher with no medical training, came to mentoring and coaching people with all kinds of illnesses and diseases to heal themselves and finally became an expert in holistic health and healing. 

As with many people who venture outside their trained profession, it was my own life story that stirred me in this direction. In 1990, I had a serious accident that left me in excruciating pain for nearly eight years. I tried one therapy that promised help after the other, including physical therapy, massages, acupuncture and acupressure treatments; I tried cranio-sacral, Feldenkrais, and became a Reiki practitioner. Painkillers were no option for me, as I soon started to suffer from serious side effects.  Over the years I spent many weeks in clinics for different forms of pain treatments and to learn Pain Management. Every now and then I would find some relief, but the pain always came back. And then, one day, nearly 8 years after the accident, it happened: I attended a movement and dance workshop, and the next day the pain was gone. This 'miracle' put me on a quest, as I somehow knew that it hadn't been a miracle and I wanted to find out how I got out of the pain. 

By diving into the fields of quantum physics, epigenetics and the newest brain research, I began to understand the potential of using the mind to better any health condition, no matter how life-threatening the diagnosis may be, or whether an illness is considered to be incurable by allopathic medicine. While conducting all the research on the body and the mind, I was working simultaneously as a body awareness teacher, implementing all my new-found knowledge in my teachings. People began seeking my help and advice, especially people with back pain. And so I gradually started working with some of them privately, and to my own amazement, most of them found relief from years-long suffering after only a few sessions. That was when I knew that my approach to healing was working. 

My work expanded more and more into helping people with all kinds of conditions as the principle of healing applies all the time, no matter what the illness or disease is called. It has become my passion to share those principles of healing, the connection between the mind, the body, and the emotions, so everyone can change their health and their life for the better. I teach my clients mind-body-centered awareness, positive mental attitude, and a life-style that focuses on living in the present moment, thus allowing the individual to make wiser decisions for their body and for their lives on a moment-to-moment basis. 

I am a sought-after speaker on holistic health and healing, and the author of Heal Your Back Pain Cybernetically, and the forthcoming book Whole, Healthy and Free: The True Science and Spirit of Health and Healing, which is due to be published in November 2016. 

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