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OUR PROMISE: BREAK FREE FROM THE CYCLE OF CHRONIC PAIN AND CONDITIONS AND AWAKEN TO A

life without limits

You will learn the brain science behind what keeps you stuck and the tools to rewire and reclaim your relationships, your body and yourself. Together we will disrupt the fear-based narratives we have been fed about our bodies and come to know ourselves more deeply.

This is your BreakAwake.

We're in it together!
 

Our team is a tight-knit group invested in your experience and, communicating directly with you. We strongly believe the most effective way to heal is by sharing our stories, embracing vulnerability, and walking alongside each other. We are building a growing community of self-healers at different points on their journey. We hope wherever you are, you’ll join us too.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE FOLKS YOU'LL COME TO KNOW WELL:

Nicole's Story

 

I collapsed through the door of this work just like you - scared, suffering, alone, confused, and full of dread that the chronic pain I was experiencing would define my existence. At the age of nineteen, I was delivered a life-altering diagnosis: a degenerative spinal condition that doctors warned would severely limit my life and even keep me from having biological children. The spinal fusion surgery that doctors recommended carried no guarantee of becoming pain free. For the first time I realized traditional doctors didn’t have solutions for what was most urgent: ending my pain.

First driven by desperation, then fueled by curiosity, I began a surprising, ultimately rewarding journey to discover all I could about the nature, cause, and treatment of pain and chronic suffering. It brought me to the doorstep of Dr. John Sarno, then an attending physician at The Rusk Center for Rehabilitation/NYU Langone Medical Center. Armed with his teachings on the brain science behind MindBody medicine and an eagerness to regulate my nervous system, I became chronic pain free and gave birth to my three beautiful children without complication. I went from a patient to a colleague, lecturing with him at NYU and supporting his patients in my private psychotherapy practice.

For over 20 years, I have guided humans once engulfed in endless chronic pain, conditions, illness, and anxiety to total freedom through my private practice, podcast, retreats, and online offerings. Now with Your BreakAwake, I am realizing my dream of creating a comprehensive, cohesive community where you can learn, grow, and utilize all the tools you need to quiet chronic symptoms for good, and open to a life of limitless possibilities.

  
Your guides

   

Nicole J. Sachs, LCSW is a speaker, writer, psychotherapist, retreat leader, and podcaster. She has supported hundreds of thousands, dedicating her work and her practice to the treatment of chronic pain, anxiety, and other conditions. She is the author of the book The Meaning of Truth and the online courses Freedom from Chronic Pain and Freedom From an Anxious Life. Her upcoming book, Mind Your Body, will be released by Penguin/Random House in February, 2025.

Under the banner of The Cure for Chronic Pain brand, Nicole has a popular Podcast, YouTube channel, Instagram channel, and newsletter. Alongside her partner Lisa Eisenpresser and their colleague Christina Sarno, Nicole co-created The Sarno x Sachs Solution, a practitioner training that equips clinicians and coaches worldwide of this life-changing work. 

Nicole is on faculty at The Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in New York where her yearly retreats draw hundreds of people from all over the world to learn with her in community. She is one of a handful of direct disciples of Dr. John Sarno and she has brought teaching, writing, podcasting, and social media together to deliver his pioneering theories to a global, multi-generational, audience. Nicole’s personal success story as well as her transformative work with thousands of people around the world continues to shape and evolve her theories which teach those suffering how to heal themselves completely without medication or surgery. 

Nicole runs retreats and workshops, large and small, across the country for both professionals and participants. She has appeared on TV and well-known podcasts as an expert in her field. With Your BreakAwake, she hopes to use her own story and those of her growing global community as evidence that everyone has the power to fully inhabit their lives free of chronic conditions and self-limiting beliefs.

Lisa Eisenpresser is a writer, producer, and entrepreneur who has spent her career creating media and tools to empower individuals. She has always been fascinated by systems that deepen self knowledge, disrupt status quo, and promote growth. Inspired by the mission: “Teach Yourself Yourself,” she and Nicole partnered to found Your BreakAwake, a hub for community, courses, workshops, retreats, podcasts, and books dedicated to freeing people from chronic conditions to live lives without limits. Lisa is the Producer of The Cure for Chronic Pain with Nicole Sachs, LCSW podcast and co-founder of The Sarno x Sachs Solution, a practitioner training for those seeking to add MindBody work to their practice. 

Lisa’s career began in digital media where she created Satori for the Microsoft Network in 1997. In partnership with Sounds True, Satori introduced online audiences to Eastern and Western tools for personal development, from Caroline Myss’ Anatomy of the Spirit to Helen Palmer’s Enneagram, Deepak Chopra and others. Lisa also founded, SaysMe, a company providing tools for self expression; Partnered with Comcast Cable, SaysMe enabled people to create and air their own political TV ads. 

Lisa has also revolutionized brands with storytelling, co-founding, The Story Lab, a division of global agency, Dentsu Aegis, where she created episodic TV and web series. Since producing the feature documentary Chasing Childhood about the teen mental health crisis, Lisa seeks to bring life-changing tools for the management of chronic conditions to teen audiences. Lisa grew up in New York City and graduated from Brown University where she received a Ford Foundation Grant in Modern Culture and Media and now co-chairs Brown’s Arts Advisory Council.

 

Your BreakAwake
Team

Gigi is an accomplished speaker, lecturer, and life coach dedicated to empowering individuals to reclaim their lives from the challenges of chronic symptoms. With a background in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford, Gigi brings a wealth of knowledge to her work. Her own decade-long journey of overcoming debilitating conditions such as EDS, IBS, interstitial cystitis, and PoTS has uniquely positioned her to develop an innovative approach to treating chronic symptoms. Gigi is thrilled to join forces with the BreakAwake team, partnering with luminaries Nicole and Lisa in a shared mission to eradicate chronic pain. 

Monica Lia Setti is a former Educator turned Pain Coach after her lifelong experience with a wide range of TMS symptoms brought her to the work of Dr. Sarno, Nicole, and other leading experts. She is trained in Pain Reprocessing Therapy and has a deep passion for helping others. Monica brings her love for humor, learning, and personal transformation to her communities; sharing evidence-based tools for recovery from chronic pain and symptoms. Early in her MindBody journey, she shared her life experience with TMS on The Cure for Chronic Pain podcast and recently returned to the podcast to share her knowledge of Somatic Tracking. Monica is a guest teacher in BreakAwake Community, and will be joining Nicole, Lisa and team at The Omega Institute for the Freedom From Chronic Pain retreat. Monica Lia lives in the beautiful Pacific NW of the United States with her two children and spunky dog.

Phil is an Internal Family Systems (IFS) practitioner and coach with a particular interest in the mindbody connection, chronic pain, and stress illness. He has his own history of chronic pain recovery, so he has a personal interest in this work. Phil has been featured on The Cure For Chronic Pain podcast on how to integrate IFS with a JournalSpeak practice, and has run a workshop for the BreakAwake membership community on the same topic. Phil is transgender and queer and has two young adult children. He lives in South Gloucestershire in the UK. 

Phil is an Internal Family Systems (IFS) practitioner and coach with a particular interest in the mindbody connection, chronic pain, and stress illness. He has his own history of chronic pain recovery, so he has a personal interest in this work. Phil has been featured on The Cure For Chronic Pain podcast on how to integrate IFS with a JournalSpeak practice, and has run a workshop for the BreakAwake membership community on the same topic. Phil is transgender and queer and has two young adult children. He lives in South Gloucestershire in the UK. 

Kate Eisenpresser-Davis is a student at Wildwood School in Los Angeles. She has a passion for acting, public speaking, writing, and now podcasting. Learning MindBody work has made her even more popular with her friends who she tells why unprocessed stress is bad for their skin, stomach, and sense of humor.

Kate Eisenpresser-Davis is a student at Wildwood School in Los Angeles. She has a passion for acting, public speaking, writing, and now podcasting. Learning MindBody work has made her even more popular with her friends who she tells why unprocessed stress is bad for their skin, stomach, and sense of humor.

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