My Story

As long as I can remember, I’ve always been attracted to a healthy lifestyle and nature

Kim Gilbert - Pure Bodywork Therapies - Safety Harbor, FloridaI’ve played sports and exercised since my early teens, always ate healthy and was always drawn to read articles or publications that would tout natural foods and herbs over mainstream pharmaceuticals, way before it was the “in thing” to do. I read and then, I practiced. However, my origin in bodywork and my serious application and practice of alternative health and wellness resulted from an event that was way more surreal.

I’m Kim Gilbert and I AM a healer.
I’ve healed and continue to heal from painful losses.

In December 2002, my husband was involved in a car accident, a car accident in which he believed he incurred very little injury. In the weeks following this jolt, he began to complain about an escalating amount of radiating lower back pain. The pain was becoming so severe that he could barely sleep at night. I asked him to get x-rays in order to see if he had injured something that he was not aware of. At my prompting, he finally acquiesced. The day he went for x-rays and what the subsequent tests revealed would forever change the course of my life. He had stage IV unknown primary cancer and had only six months to live.

I’m Kim Gilbert and I AM a bodyworker. I know anatomy, physiology, energy medicine and release techniques and most importantly,
I know and trust in your body’s ability to heal itself, to keep itself in wellness and out of dis-ease.

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After the initial disbelief and shock began to lose its Novocain effect, I began researching all of our options. There was the traditional western cancer therapy approach: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and then there was an alternative approach which included practices like detoxification, eastern medicine, supplementation and diet. At the urging of the “have to start this yesterday” oncology team and their stance that “you’ve got to make the first choice your right choice,” he began the most extreme of chemotherapy regiments. The chemotherapy treatment would, in months, break his body down to something almost unrecognizable. On the side, I had already begun researching and applying alternative medical treatments; I had developed my own complimentary approach and protocol, with his approval, to strengthen his body. From my research, he took all the recommended cancer-suppressing supplements, was on a macrobiotic diet, drank juicing combinations twice a day and consumed homemade tea combinations sent from a Doctor of Oriental Medicine who practiced just outside of Berkley, CA and who also came at high recommendation from many online cancer message boards. I was doing everything in my power not to lose him because he was my heart.

I’m Kim Gilbert and I AM a visionary, I see you being the best that you can be.

After five moves to five different cancer centers in the U.S. and all of our applied alternative therapy, he passed away in December 2003, one year from his initial diagnosis in Denver, Co. We had gotten him six months more life than his first prognosis. I left no stone unturned, but in the end, we didn’t win the battle. I lost my soul mate and the love of my life. I had no answers as to why this had happened. Even a post-mortem autopsy from Yale University in Connecticut, couldn’t tell me what kind of cancer it was or how long it had been there. In exactly one year, I went from “having it all” to being completely leveled and crushed.

I’m Kim Gilbert and I AM a channelor, I choose to be a channel of God’s divine love and healing energies.

Without missing a beat and just days after he passed, I jumped into reading as much as I possibly could in my attempt to understand the mysteries of life. I read about grief, healing, auric fields, meridians, chakras, the body, the soul, the spirit, intuition, the Akashic records, our sacred contracts with one another and the list could go on and on. I went through books like most people drink glasses of water in my attempt to understand why I had to experience so much pain.

I’m Kim Gilbert and I AM a nurturer, I want you to feel comfortable and safe.

I moved to Florida about four months after my husband’s passing to learn to fly single-engine airplanes. Learning to fly was a desire that began years before his diagnosis. That first year following his passing, it was the only thing that I looked forward to. It helped me hold onto life. After getting my private pilot’s license and while working as a concierge at a private FBO airport facility, I went back to higher education to pursue my second degree in Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. As I was healing myself from this tremendous loss, I still continued my awakening in a big way and evermore, turned away, as much as you can, from the western medicine that I felt had sickened my husband faster than his cancer had. If I was into natural cures back in the mid 90s, by 2005 I was completely immersed in it. Another real catalyst in my “healer” journey came in 2004 by way of a spontaneous introduction at a Christmas party. A friend had introduced me to an amazing local healer in Clearwater, FL who was an experienced Craniosacral Therapist and energy worker. I began to see her as my therapist and with monthly sessions, she kept my body from getting sick as I continued to clear considerable amounts of unthinkable grief. She would work on me; I would ask questions and then eagerly follow up with diligent research on all that she had told me. I would read about the body, how the body stores and responds to emotional pains and how modalities like Craniosacral therapy and energy work could help alleviate the tension and lessen emotional burdens on the body. I was now the person in need of healing, no longer was it my husband, and I was doing my own research for me. From almost the beginning the amazingly gifted healer, Anne, told me that I was a healer too. Eventually, I began to practice what she would show me and what I read in my studies on friends and family. They would receive benefit from my apprentice-like attempts at bodywork and energy work. They would tell others to see me. I practiced like this for about six years as a charitable hobby outside of my day job.

Just a month after graduating Summa Cum Laude from USF with my degree in January 2008, my Mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away five months later. It was the loss of the second most important person in my life that was my prompting to help more people.

I AM now doing just that. I truly believe that every realized healer has had to heal themselves first.
You can only offer to others what you’ve already given to yourself.

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