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The Invisible Key: Unlocking the Mystery of My Chronic Pain

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

An acute injury. Chronic pain. A shocking discovery. Maria Socolof, a former collegiate athlete, at age forty, ruptured a disc in her neck when she rolled over in bed. Time and conventional medicine failed to heal her. Years of debilitating pain followed. She sincerely questioned whether life in such pain was worth living. Then, through mindbody approaches and bewildering revelations, true healing finally began. Her raw chronicle attests to the impact emotional trauma can have on the body and how we can set ourselves free from the limitations of our subconscious. She went from being unable to stand for more than fifteen minutes to hiking in Alaska five years later. She shows us that one can heal, even when hope is lost.
Cynthia Toussaint, Founder of For Grace; Author of Battle for Grace

“Life-altering chronic pain is a complex experience that has many causal agents, seen and unseen. One of the unseen is past physical and emotional trauma that can lay in wait for the right time to pounce, causing seemingly simple injuries to turn into living nightmares. Maria, through her memoir, The Invisible Key, displays commendable courage and determination to share her dance with personal darkness to ultimately break through the shackles of debilitating chronic myofascial pain. Every person challenged by high-impact, persistent pain needs to read this book to discover if past traumas pose a shrouded barrier to their wellness.”

John F. Barnes, PT, Author of Healing Ancient Wounds: The Renegade’s Wisdom

The Invisible Key is a brave personal account of healing from chronic pain. After years of ineffective traditional treatments, Maria Socolof finally found lasting relief by treating both the body and the mind. She candidly details how John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release bodywork helped her discover the underlying causes of her debilitating pain. I highly recommend her memoir for those seeking direction and hope on their path to authentic healing.”

Mary Ruth Velicki, MS, DPT, Author of Healing through Chronic Pain

“In this real and honest memoir, Maria takes us with her as she works for years to heal from intense cervical myofascial pain. Maria describes her discovery of the mind-body connection and how she worked to heal on all levels, including using the John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach®. Maria’s experiences will help those in chronic pain not feel so alone in their struggle, and open up new holistic healing avenues for those who have not improved with Western medicine alone.”

Phil J. Tavolacci, PT, Author, What’s In Your Web?: Stories of Fascial Freedom

“Ms. Socolof’s chronicled arduous journey through debilitating pain is a great conveyor of the maze that is complex chronic pain. In her book she skillfully brings the reader through her process of putting together the puzzle pieces of trauma. It becomes clear in reading her lived experience that chronic pain resolution oftentimes takes addressing deep rooted issues in the body’s connective tissue (fascia), the psyche, and the spirit. I will highly recommend this book to my patients.”

Steve Ozanich, Author of The Great Pain Deception

“Maria’s memoirs detail yet another example of how mindbody work is the ultimate answer to healing. As Dr. John Sarno describes with The Mindbody Syndrome, chronic pain does not come from the structure of the physical body and so cannot be healed by attempting to fix the body. However, the path is never clear in the beginning, and so like most, she followed the failed medical-model down the road into further despair. Once she began to connect her symptoms to her childhood experience, she began to free herself. Anyone seeking healing can follow Maria Socolof’s personal journey through the medical maze that perpetuates suffering, and back into the light of wellness by better understanding the mindbody connection.”