meet lisa talev
Certified Integrative Nutrition Holistic Health Coach
Amen Clinics Certified Brain Health Coach
Licensed Massage Therapist (retired) & Level III Reiki Practitioner
Certified Tuning Fork (Sound Healing) Therapist
Certified Supreme Science Level III Qigong Instructor
The work I do was inspired by my own healing journey from complex chronic illness and chronic pain. Everything I offer my clients has been a vitally important part of my own recovery. Born in the ’70s and raised in Maryland, my health issues started early. My many intolerances to common foods went undiagnosed, which led to chronic respiratory infections and year-round antibiotic use (age 2-17). Multiple tick bites from hiking and playing in the woods caused chronic strep and viral infections and damaged my immune system, triggering autoimmune disease.
Behaviorally, I was a sugar addict and binge-eater from childhood through my 20s. I compensated for overeating by over-exercising for many years. I was never truly overweight, but struggled with body dysmorphia and disordered eating from age 19-28. I was diagnosed with CPTSD and “type II bipolar” as a teen (which was changed to the milder diagnosis of “cyclothymia” in my 30s).
And so my epic healing journey began in 1993, seeking holistic alternatives to mainstream medicine and the Standard American Diet. I began studying nutrition, massage, meditation, yoga, fitness, psychology and Eastern Philosophy. I radically changed my diet, which cleared my asthma, eczema, and chronic sinus infections.
In 1995, however, a car accident with repeated sideways whiplash triggered head and neck injuries and led to fibromyalgia, migraines, and full-blown Lyme disease. Lyme manifested for me as a long list of mysterious viral infections and neurological symptoms, which changed over time and went undiagnosed until 2020.
I started getting massages regularly in 1997 to relieve chronic neck and back pain and found them so helpful that I began my professional massage training in 1998. After working at several day spas and resorts, I launched my home-based massage practice in 2007.
Living in Austin, Texas from 1999-2016, I was exposed to very high levels of toxic molds and heavy metals, which worsened all my neurological symptoms and food intolerances. It was my self-care, fitness regimen, energy practice, and anti-inflammatory diet that enabled me to function highly between pain flares, getting only 5-star reviews in my massage practice. I turned my own recurring pain flares into my greatest teachers, working on myself daily and applying what was most effective for me in order to help my clients bounce back from their chronic pain in record time.
As my repetitive strain injuries from massage worsened, I trained in Reiki energy healing (2010-2012) and began to practice Qigong (energy cultivation & moving meditation). I expanded my scope of practice in 2011 to include Holistic Health Coaching, the study of which helped me shift my own mindset from “live to eat” to “eat to live”. I stopped eating sugar in my 30s, stopped binge-eating, stopped over-exercising, and started discovering new, healthier ways to self-soothe.
I also started studying brain health in my free time starting in 2010, seeking new ways to work with my own mental health and my mom’s early-onset Alzheimer’s. I managed to break my addictions to several bad habits, rewiring my nervous system to crave what’s good for me. Following a brain-healthy diet and lifestyle, I got into the best shape of my life, and celebrated that fact by fitness-modeling for artists and photographers (2012-2016).
In September of 2016 I relocated to Tucson, where I re-launched my practice and trained in Tuning Fork Therapy (a form of sound healing). During the pandemic, I closed my massage studio for good, became a Certified Brain Health Coach and a Level III Qigong & Breathwork Instructor. I also took a much-needed sabbatical, working with just a few clients from 2020-2022.
I’m now 3 years into a 5-year holistic treatment for toxic mold illness and chronic Lyme disease. Although I look forward to helping more clients in the future, for now I’m enjoying a much-needed vacation from work, letting go of my old workaholism, getting lots of rest, and focusing most of my energy on my own healing. My goal is to return to serving more clients in 2025. In the meantime, I’m only taking a small number of new clients by personal referral.
The more I learned about energy medicine and flow-state consciousness, the more I realized I could help clients experience more ease and flow by applying energy healing principles in daily life. The more I learned about brain health, the more I could help clients work with their mental health issues, rather than feeling ashamed or fighting their own minds.
My favorite people to work with are women aged 30-60. I especially love working with “black sheep,” creatives, empaths, highly sensitive people, and those who are navigating big life changes like divorce, menopause, death/grief, or caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s. I also love helping women break free from disordered eating patterns like bingeing, emotional eating, sugar addiction, and other dysfunctional coping methods, so common in our culture.
On my YouTube channel, in addition to my own videos, make sure you check out my Playlists section. This is a collection of videos I’ve curated over the years on a wide range of topics, featuring lectures and interviews from experts in their field. These videos offer life-changing perspectives that inform, inspire, and give hope to those who are suffering. I encourage anyone considering working with me to check out my YouTube Playlists to see if you resonate with the topics and videos I’ve shared.
As a health coach, I don’t replace a psychotherapist or medical provider, but am a key part of your wellness team that supports your habits, mindset, self-care, and accountability. Want to see if I’m the right coach for you? Contact Me to schedule a free initial consultation.
And click the button below to visit my YouTube channel, lisatalev, to check out those video playlists!
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I’ve had many hours of training from these product lines, so when you buy from me, you’re not just buying bottles of pills, you’re also getting clear guidance on how to use them.