From the moment I step across the threshold of Bonnie Berke’s studio all my senses are gratified. First, there is the welcoming sight of a beautifully appointed room - all earthy and eastern with its pillows and wall-hangings and charming knick-knacks lovingly displayed; simultaneously I inhale the pleasing aroma of the oils: one for anything and everything that ails me. Bonnie is there to greet me. Her easy warmth and magnanimity are irresistible. I have yet to lie on the table and already the worldly stresses I dragged with me have fled the scene.
Then there are her hands. Those hands. Therein lies the Body Wisdom. Bonnie’s years of study, of practice, of caring for others are present in her loving touch - a touch uncannily both firm and soft. As she deftly works to tease the aches and pains from my body, we talk (OK, I talk. She listens.) and soon even my psychic pain recedes.
Bonnie possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the body, of nutrition, and of general well-being. She never stops learning; her hunger to stay abreast of the most current thinking about wellness is insatiable. She listens closely as I recount my weight-loss drama, and she gently offers a number of suggestions from dietary, to behavioral, to psychological, the combination of which has led to my dropping more than 14 pounds since I began coming to Body Wisdom.
By the end of the session, I feel whole. My mind and body, no longer working at cross purposes, are synchronized. An hour ago I hauled myself into this oasis, like Jacob Marley tethered to his ponderous weights and chains, and now I float out into the world, weightless. I am already looking forward to my next visit to Bonnie’s sanctuary.