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Brain Training New Pathways: Waking up the Paralyzed Body Part I By: Shanti Medina

This is the first of a 3-part Neurosculpting® Institute Video Blog documenting the transformational journey of one woman’s choice and courage to use Neurosculpting® brain training to look out beyond her limitation and transform her life.

Heather Griego’s courageous choice to embrace hope and move beyond her limitations is what led her to Lisa Wimberger, Founder of the Neurosculpting® Institute. Heather experienced a life-altering accident leaving her a quadriplegic after being thrown backwards off a horse. Although her spine had not been severed, she had a subluxation around C3/C4 in her neck.

Heather’s hard work, courage and dedication for the ten years following her accident helped her remember how to use her arms and  wrists, but not her hands. She initially began working with Lisa to manage daily stress, but after only 6 sessions of Neurosculpting® brain entrainment, she regained volitional movement in her thumbs as her paralyzed body woke up and remembered how to work. Watch the documented astounding results in this six-minute video as she moves her thumbs by will for the first time since her accident.

Want to learn more about Neurosculpting® brain training?  

In simple terms, Neurosculpting® is a 5-step meditation process, created in 2007, that can strategically help an individual release the grip of old patterns and entrain their brain to create new and more supportive patterns, habits and behaviors. Neurosculpting® brain training teaches practitioners how to engage and self-direct their brain to support stress management and emotional down regulation. This empowers the brain’s ability to transform. Lisa Wimberger developed this tool to save her own life and heal from chronic seizures after a lightning strike at age 15. These very same practices supported her emotional stability as a single mother on food stamps after a divorce.

You may be asking, “What’s the trick?” It’s simple, yet it takes intention. Neurosculpting® down-regulates the hyper-arousal stress states of the brain while simultaneously up-regulating the higher executive functioning parts of the brain. According to neuroscience, this specific dynamic is a state of optimized and stress-free learning; literally optimizing and training your brain to create new neural pathways of health and well-being.  

Here are the 5 steps

Step 1: Down-regulate flight/fight/freeze response to calm the nervous system

Step 2: Enhance activity in the higher executive functioning of the brain

Step 3: Increase activity and communication between the right and left hemispheres of the brain

Step 4: Imprint the meditation for easy identification and replication in day-to-day activities

Step 5: Choose a name for your meditation


Feeling Inspired and Want to Find Out More?

To learn more about Neurosculpting brain training, please visit: or explore the Neurosculpting learning store at: Learning Store

To learn how you can support Heather in her daily journey toward recovery and everyday needs, please visit her online giving platform:

Do you have ideas and/or resources to collaborate with the Neurosculpting Institute to secure peer-reviewed Neurosculpting® brain training research?  Contact Shanti at

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Shanti Medina is the Director of Development and Branding at the Neurosculpting Institute. She created Energize training systems and Body Current® therapeutics after more than 15 years designing transformational personal therapy and wellness programs for clients. Body Current is a proven application of somatosensory practices and entrainment principles to empower self-realization and embodied living with each breath.  She is a Certified Neurosculpting® Facilitator and Yoga Therapist sharing her Body Current modality as a presenter at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health as well as faculty for the Neurosculpting Institute Facilitator Certification. Find out more about Shanti at


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