About Alina

Alina is an award-winning artist, writer, Reiki healer, and the creator of Brain Gardening. During a series of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)—including divorce, codependency and narcissm dynamics, natural disasters, and a familiy history of addiction—Alina developed lifelong anxiety and health issues associated with a maladaptive stress response. Art was a beautiful buffer, but that outlet also became impacted by declining health.

Through applied neuroscience based on the principles of neuroplasticity, Alina has sowed seeds of hope and encouragement in her mind, weeded out behaviors that were established during a state of survival, and allowed her true self to emerge separate from any trauma. More than 50 chronic health issues have resolved since she began neural retraining (brain gardening) in Late 2018/Early 2019.


Conditions that resolved after continued application of neural-retraining techniques 

  • Adrenal Fatigue

  • Adverse Reactions to Supplements & Medications

  • Agoraphobia

  • Allergic Reactions (chemical, environmental, food)

  • Brain Fog

  • Bruxism

  • Candida Overgrowth

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome

  • Chronic Pain

  • Chronic Skin Conditions

  • Chronic Sinusitis

  • Circulatory Issues

  • Claustrophobia

  • Cleithrophobia

  • Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Coordination & Dexterity Issues

  • Dry Eyes

  • Dry Mouth

  • Essential Tremor

  • Food Sensitivities & Intolerances

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Hair Loss

  • Heart Burn

  • Heart Murmur

  • Heart Palpitations

  • Heat Intolerance

  • Histamine Intolerance

  • Hyperthyroidism

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Insomnia

  • Irritable Bowel Disease & Digestive Issues

  • Memory Loss

  • Menstrual Dysregulation

  • Metabolic Issues

  • Migraine Aura

  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

  • Neuropathy

  • Nutritional Deficiencies & Methylation Issues

  • Night Sweats

  • Night Terrors

  • Panic Attacks

  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

  • Premature Atrial Contractions

  • Protracted Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome

  • Restless Leg Syndrome

  • Sensory Hypersensitivity (Light, Scent, Sound, Taste, Touch)

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Tachycardia

  • Temperature Dysregulation

  • TMJ Dysfunction

  • Tinnitus

  • Vasovagal Syncope

  • Visual Disturbances

Reminder:  You are not your body’s symptoms.

When you center your identity around a diagnosis or disease, it reinforces to your brain that it is important. Symptoms are a cue that something needs attention in the body, but sometimes that attention is needed on your thoughts or what your brain is perceiving as a threat to safety or well-being. Never underestimate the strength of the mind-body connection. Your thoughts generate neurochemicals that have the power to turn on or off the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. Learn more about neuroplasticity.

Alina in garden

Where to begin?


As I sit down to write this page, I wonder what would be helpful for other people to know about my history before I came across the concept of neuroplasticity and how it could be used to build or reshape the mind out of the trauma-loop. The cliff notes version is that I was stuck in a chronic state of fight-flight-freeze-fawn because it was largely all I knew life to be. I did not have resources at the time to establish a sense of security and protection that would adequately buffer my experiences. So I internalized them on some level until I reached a breaking point and all came to the surface. You know that saying, if you don’t make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness? It’s true. Sometimes it’s not a conscious choice that we have in denying that wellness to ourselves, but because we simply lack sustainable coping skills to do so. 

Now in my 30s, I have re-learned or perhaps discovered what my baseline is—what it is to truly feel joy and to know calmness and stillness of the mind no matter what may be happening externally in the world. Our thoughts shape our reality—another cliche saying, but there is so much truth (and science) in it. It is my hope with this website to speak more to the science part of that truth. This isn’t to say that life is 100% sunshine or rainbows (because that’s not how weather is either) or deny or invalidate experiences that have emotional ramifications. But to establish the tools needed to move through such experiences and not get stuck in a state of survival. You deserve to thrive. 


If you have any specific questions about my journey to wellness and wholeness, please submit them for consideration in a future blog entry or in the development of resilience materials.

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