Clients Have Their Say-
about Santha and her work:
"Everything you do is done with so much love!" GS, Poughkeepsie, NY
"You are very good at what you do. You have made a lasting difference in my life." SK, Poughkeepsie, NY
"Santha has fearlessly and compassionately focused my attention where it needs to be in my body, mind, and spirit. I feel more whole in myself and know I have an ally in my search for balance." CS, LaGrange, NY
"We've been connected in so many ways over the years. What threads through my memoriesis your delight in learning and your desire to bring what you've learned to others. You're always in the process of creating ways to share what has sparked you." JR, Staatsburg, NY
"I am getting even more out of this than I thought I would!" ES, Poughkeepsie, NY
"A catalyst for transformation!" SR, Katonah, NY
A brilliant woman -- a catalyst for transformation." DJ, Grand Junction, CO
"Brilliant!" SJ, Kingston, NY
"I feel better than I have in a long time." GS, Poughkeepsie, NY
"I felt like I could stand up straighter than I have in years." SU, Poughkeepsie, NY
"Who could believe that a body this old could feel this much better!" OS (87), Clinton Corners, NY
"In ___ I suffered a serious accident. I was hit by a car while riding my bike, and was thrown onto the sidewalk, where I bounced from side to side several times. As a result, I required two hip operations, and was left with a large dent in the tissue of my right inner thigh, where the bicycle seat had been. Daily the scar tissue hardened, and I feared that the dent would become permanent. Having been active for many years as a yoga teacher and aerobics instructor, the resulting discomfort and limitations to my mobility were extremely distressing to me. I set about doing all I could to heal as quickly and completely as possible. Santha's work as a massage therapist was invaluable in my recovery. The dent in my leg is greatly reduced. The area became much less sensitive and painful. Santha's work helped my whole body to reintegrate and recover its' balance after this trauma. Massage therapy with Santha has been an irreplaceable healing tool for me! SWH, Poughkeepsie, NY
"Your style of massage is more sensitive and tuned in than other massages I've had. Your use of touch was mysterious to me." JH, Millbrook, NY
"Magic!!!" AA, Wappingers Falls, NY
(Can the following words float through, somehow? They're from Omega clients, about massage. Like a gallery/slide show of words instead of pictures centered below the massage testimonials?)
"a wonderful gift."
"knows her stuff!"
"different -- and very constructive."
"a philosopher of the body."
"a real healer."
"Before working with Santha, I was always on-the-go. I never cut myself a break and simply did not take as good care of myself as I know I could. After working with her, I learned how to slow down. I learned some very easy relaxation techniques, practical recipes, and, most important ... inspiration and motivation to stay on my path. As a health practitioner myself, working with Santha was vital to my well-being. And -- it was fun! KW, Somers, NY
"I hardly know where to begin to talk about how you have helped me through our counseling sessions. One thing for sure is that I am learning how to listen to the unsaid things, and ask the questions that get those things said, the way you do in our sessions. I guess the most important thing for me is feeling that all of my experiences are as important and weighty to you as they are to me. And the way that you are present and emotionally there with me is so lovely and healing. You are always just as happy as I am when I have had a breakthrough. You have a sweetness that emanates from you constantly, and a lovely laugh that is contagious. I feel more clear about my life than I have in years, and that means so much to me. Thanks, Santha! You are the best. DH, NYC, NY
"What a difference you've made in my LIFE! Thank you for listening with love and compassion. I'm glad that you were my mentor, and so appreciative of your wisdom." LB, Brooklyn, NY
"A lot has shifted since our coaching session last night -- thank you so much! So many things are popping up, so many realizations, around my job, ... and my desire for something more:. peaceful. I'm grateful for you, and I'm very thankful for our connection. NE, NYC, NY
"Thank you so much for all that you have given and taught me over the past six months. I have learned as much from the person that you areas I have from the food and health topics we have discussed and the profound issue you have helped me to confront. Your ability to synthesize issues into concrete action steps is a model that I am working on incorporating into my life. Yet what will stay with me most is your incredible teaching about generosity. Your generous spirit infuses all your teachings and has truly nourished my soul." BK, Poughkeepsie, NY
"If you only knew how much this work would help you, you'd sign up right now! This work can change your life." KW, Red Hook, NY
(Again -- floating words? This time from OneTaste coaching program classmates/colleagues. Below the Coaching section.)
"clear and insightful."
"a soft, gentle, loving energy."
"deep, rich spirit and insight."
"richly rooted sensitivity."
"wise and peaceful."
"generous with love."
"holding a stable space of love and compassion."
"steady grace and wisdom."
"a grounded, fiery touch."
food and cooking:
"Eating and living this way has given me a clarity and focus I've never had before. I can be who I am, and get to my business here on Earth. I urge all who have even the slightest inclination to meet with Santha to do so!" ME, Clinton Corners, NY
"Nutritional counseling with Santha Cooke has been a wonderful gift to myself. Santha is an ale and knowledgeable counselor who has guided me well in the discovery of foods and cooking methods best suited to me. The result: I am feeling deeply, richly nourished as never before." JR, Staatsburg, NY
I have lost 23 lbs. and am still losing. What I have gained is strength, energy, and insight. I think that food has assumed its rightful place in my life, and I have, for the first time ever, a sense that I can control how I eat and therefore how I feel." PW, Clinton Corners, NY
Before my Health Counseling program, my eating habits were terrible! I'd be afraid of what would happen to my stomach if I ate. Now, I like to eat. I still tend to eat sparingly, but preparing and eating foods I know will benefit me is so great! I loved being able to speak honestly and get honest feedback. I loved your suggestions and recipes and cookbooks. It was great the way you would help me see what's really going on in my head, and help! CF, Pleasant Valley, NY
"The quality of your attention, insight, and valuable analysis, and the varied fields of knowledge from which you draw understanding and recommendations are amazing!" ES, Poughkeepsie, NY
"I don't panic about the things I used to." PW, Clinton Corners, NY
"It's amazing that now, when I go off, I go back on! My body craves the food that is good for it." CS, LaGrange, NY
"I am feeling so good -- I have never felt this level of energy. I don't know quite what to do with it!" DB, Fishkill, NY
"This is the first winter of my life that I haven't been cold!" JR, Staatsburg, NY
"You gave me a confidence in cooking that I never had before." TS, Pleasant Valley, NY
"I chose Santha because she is a spiritual nutritionist." CD, Pelham, NY
"Health counseling with Santha opened a door to a place I've never been before. I'm more aware when I'm doing something that is not good for me. My new routines are in place -- I don't even think about them any more. I've stopped drinking coffee. I'm not as scattered as I was. I'm still very busy, but I get things done quicker, with less stress." KS, Highland, NY
"I never considered myself a cook -- although I cook three meals a day I never enjoyed cooking and felt it was a burden. I came to Santha's cooking class simply looking for something different to cook, hopefully something easy and something my children would eat. I came away with so much more! It started with a change in the way I thought about both the act of cooking and the food itself. Santha helped to change my perspective. I began to think about preparing meals, really think about it, from the choices I made at the store to the way I approached the preparation of each meal. Instead of approaching it as a burden, I began to see each meal as an opportunity -- each meal a chance to provide my family with a truly nourishing experience, not just through the food but also through my own mindfulness toward the entire process. this mindfulness began to find its way into my life outside of the kitchen as well. I began to think of each choice (what to read, what to watch, what to say, etc.) in terms of nourishment. In everything I do, there is a possibility to lead the life I want to live. The choice is mine, and for me it started with a consciousness toward what I eat myself and provide to my family. Santha inspired me to see food and my life in a different way. She did it gently, with compassion and honesty. I am changed as a result." KW, Fishkill, NY
" I went to Santha for health counseling because I was frustrated. Despite my mostly organic vegetarian diet and lots of exercise, I had lost an inch of height since menopause, along with bone mass. I suffered from digestive problems and joint stiffness. Unwilling to take allopathic drugs, I was hoping that Santha had some answers -- and she did. My work with her has led me to new understanding, awareness, and ability to improve my digestive health, which in turn is related to how my body absorbs and uses calcium and other nutrients which build the bones. I've learned it's not only what I eat, but how and when, how I deal with stress, and how I can eat food that can calm my entire system. I now have a full range of methods to maximize digestive functioning, prevent episodes of irritable bowel syndrome, and keep my joints flexible and pain-free." JH Poughkeepsie, NY
"Things are going very well. I'm able to maintain the gains. My energy level feels very good. My blood sugar level feels stable. I'm able to get back on the wagon. I've developed a lot of clarity about the stress and where it comes from." MT, Rhinebeck, NY
"I am still working with what we did in my health counseling program two years later, and continuing to move ahead." KW, Wappingers Falls, NY