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Esther Gokhale, “Posture Guru of Silicon Valley” and founder of the Gokhale Method, reveals how a multi-channel approach to treating back pain has led to a paradigm change in spine care for the tech sector. By blending primal hunter-gatherer posture techniques with innovative motion-analysis wearables, the Gokhale Method teaches modern and sustainable ways to use our bodies and prevent and reduce back and neck pain. The success of this breakthrough method is borne out by crowdsourcing data, indicated by its highest rating out of all interventions for low back pain on the crowdsourcing site HealthOutcome.org.
Esther Gokhale (Go-clay) has been involved in integrative therapies all her life. As a young girl growing up in India, she helped her mother, a nurse, treat abandoned babies waiting to be adopted. This early interest in healing led her to study biochemistry at Harvard and Princeton and, later, acupuncture at the San Francisco School of Oriental Medicine.
After experiencing crippling back pain during her first pregnancy and unsuccessful back surgery, Gokhale began her lifelong crusade to vanquish back pain. Her studies at the Aplomb® Institute in Paris and years of research in Brazil, India, Portugal and elsewhere led her to develop the Gokhale Method, a unique, systematic approach to help people find their bodies’ way back to pain-free living.
Gokhale practiced acupuncture and taught posture, dance, and yoga in her Palo Alto wellness center for over twenty years. The Gokhale Method continues to grow as qualified Gokhale Method teachers now teach the method worldwide. Gokhale's book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, has sold over 100,000 copies and has been translated into eight languages. In 2010, Gokhale hosted the nationally televised program Back Pain: The Primal Posture Solution (available on DVD).
Gokhale has taught at corporations such as Google, IDEO, Varian Medical Systems, and Facebook Inc. She has also presented at conferences including TEDx(Stanford), Ancestral Health Symposium, Weston Price Foundation Conference, and PrimalCon. She continues to speak with physician groups including Stanford, PAMF, UCSF and has consulted for the trainers of the SF 49ers and several Stanford sports teams.
In May 2013, The New York Times featured Esther in an article giving her the title, “The Posture Guru of Silicon Valley”. Esther Gokhale lives on Stanford University campus where she raised three children with her husband Brian White, chairman of the Math Department.
Björn Krüger (www.bjoernkrueger.de) studied computer science, mathematics, and physics at the University of Bonn. He received his MS in computer science (Dipl.-Inform.) in 2006 and his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in computer science in 2012. From 2012 to 2015, he worked as a postdoc at the University of Bonn. In 2015 he joined the Gokhale Method Institute (Stanford, CA) where he leads research activities and the development of the Gokhale SpineTracker™ wearable (www.spinetracker.com).
6:00-6:30 – Registration & Networking
6:30-6:40 – Intros from The Hive
6:40-7:40 – Keynote
7:40-8:00 – Audience Q&A