Author and Founder of The Gokhale MethodSM
Esther Gokhale (Pron: Go-clay) is an acupuncturist, author and expert in pain-free living. She developed the Gokhale MethodSM, a unique, systematic approach to help people find their bodies’ way back to pain-free living. Esther has practiced acupuncture and taught posture, dance, and yoga in her Palo Alto, Calif., wellness center for the past twenty years. 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back is the first book in her series, Remember When It Didn't Hurt.
Gokhale majored in biochemistry at Harvard and Princeton. After graduating from Princeton, she earned her degree in Chinese medicine (C.A.) from the San Francisco College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Because of her personal struggles with back pain, unsuccessful back surgery and a dismal prognosis, she began an in-depth study of the causes and prevention of back pain. For five years, she studied Aplomb®, a French movement re-education technique, and earned her certification in that system. Esther traveled to Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America to study posture and movement in populations with low incidences of back pain. She studied at Stanford, taking courses in anthropology, anatomy and physiology. Using her formal education, specialized training and extensive field research, she developed a unique, systematic approach to pain-free living.
Gokhale has been involved in integrative therapies all her life. Born in Amstelveen, The Netherlands, Gokhale moved to India as a young girl where she lived until her early teens. Growing up in India, she studied Indian dance and yoga and helped her mother, a registered nurse, treat abandoned babies waiting to be adopted.
On family holidays, Gokhale would travel to remote villages and tribal areas. She and her mother found the flexibilities and capabilities of the indigenous people fascinating. This became an interest that would later influence Gokhale’s work and theories.
Today, Gokhale owns her Palo Alto clinic, which is dedicated to improving the lives of pain sufferers. She lectures internationally for medical schools, medical foundations, professional sports teams, and corporations.
She has launched new products to help aid in the way we sit, stand and move including the The Gokhale Stretchsit Cushion.
Through her books, products, classes and lectures, Gokhale hopes to improve the lives of younger generations and eliminate back pain in our society.
Gohkale is involved in numerous social welfare projects in India, as well as many in the U.S., including Recording for the Blind, Fitness for seniors, Posture rehab for the handicapped, and more.
Gokhale is married to the distinguished Stanford mathematics professor, Brian White. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their three children.
For more information visit www.egwellness.com.
After years of studying cultures with low incidents of back pain, I found that re-establishing natural posture and movement patterns address the root cause of pain, which leads to regaining and ...
February 24, 2010 - 12:46pm