Michelle Graas, Program Coordinator, The Frida Center for Fibromyalgia, Portland, Oregon-2012 :
"Elaine Merryfield is one of the finest natural teachers with whom it has been my pleasure to work. She has been one of the most popular instructors at The Frida Center for Fibromyalgia, where she has offered courses like "Navigating Life Changes", "Introduction to Action Planning", and others---all designed to help students learn to take more effective control of their lives. The calm, accepting environments she creates enable even the most reluctant participant to feel secure and welcome.
After a single session in Elaine's classroom, I witnessed a newfound optimism in some of our participants. To describe her classes as "revelatory" is no hyperbole. People living with fibromyalgia frequently report feelings of insecurity, weakness, and inefficacy, but Elaine's programs offer participants the tools to combat these emotions and develop more positive ways of seeing themselves.
Her personal and professional journeys through fibromyalgia have given me a great deal of insight into my own paths, and others have told me of similar experiences. Elaine is truly a role model for discovering ways to live well with fibromyalgia."
Feedback from Class Participants
-"I loved this class! I learned a lot about my inner self as well as new respect for my body-also appreciation for the things I can still enjoy doing with my body. "
-"Having more tools makes me feel empowered. This class has also made me reevaluate how much I push myself."
-"Thanks for being nonjudgmental."
-"I have learned so much plus I am again reassured that this condition does not define who I am."
-"I learned so much about reading my body's signals---balance what you can do and what to do. . .Thanks"
-"Elaine's insights are invaluable."
-"You gave me hope again."
-"Knowing that I can craft my own path based on what works for me---there is freedom in knowing this because living with fibro often feels like the opposite of freedom."
-"Taking it day by day seems much more manageable. It only takes small changes daily to make a huge difference in your quality of life."
Elaine Merryfield, BS., mind/body wellness educator
specializing in both fibromyalgia and stress relief
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