She loves and respects life, big and small, in all forms. Her natural approach to healing is based on communication with life itself, the body or “our nature” as she puts it, and it makes sense no matter which form you take. Taught and promoted by such notable figures as Dr. A. Wigmore, Dr. H. Clark, Dr. Gerson, Dr. Vant. Dr. Greger, Dr. Barnard, Dr. Lipton, Dr. Boutenko, and Dr. Saupe. Her devotion has helped parents, children, corporations, athletes, models, physiotherapists, psychotherapists, business people, housewives, and even doctors (they don’t include nutrition or holistic thinking at medical school), with issues big or small, that prevent them from being happy, healthy and at peace, even when life happens to us.
After earning an MBA in Economics from the University of Stockholm, Cristina navigated her way upward through the corporate ranks in some of Sweden's highest earning and most recognizable companies, playing roles in sales, strategy, marketing and finally ending her corporate career as Brand Manager, at times directly responsible for up to 130 people and major fairs and events.
For Cristina, the paradox of a loved family member being diagnosed with a severe disease on the same day her first child was born, and the recognition of the impermanence this entailed, would force a drastic curve in her path, a Karmentum. The only truth is Change, and after a few other drastic curves and her own neurological issues, she realized and decided to embrace it instead of fighting it. The questions turned up. The cycle of Earn more - Spend more - Earn more, didn’t make sense anymore. She realized that the diseased body was obviously trying to tell us something. Mainstream medicine did not have the answers, but with Yoga she started to listen in.
As with many leaders in the wellness industry, personal experiences of suffering lead her to lose interest in $ and so called “progress”. Stress was a part of the corporate job and they decided to get of the wheel. A good moment occurred during a merge and she left her Brand Management position in Stockholm with the cash to start a new life. They moved to Spain and she re-schooled and changed careers. Her vision expanded quickly, she continued her health quest and detox. Even if it was with a “broken leg” it was still her path, no doubt a healing one and she walked it slowly but surely, no other option made sense.
Her knowledge in statistics got her to question the mainstream medical treatments already 1995. If studies showed that Placebo was better than the medication, why take the risk with such terrible side effects? Her questions arose but no answers were found until she re-schooled in Ayurveda, nutrition, biochemistry and holistic healing philosophies. She started vegan forums and helped others start theirs (some very famous today) all in favor of health democracy, and poured herself into the medical and health literature with the community. She learnt all about detoxes, cleansed herself and others, always with the scientific facts to support her, realizing that the existing mainstream forms of healing for chronic illness is disease care and not health care, and a part of a dysfunctional society that creates and maintains chronic illness. To her surprise the statistics were there, and with firmness she turned towards holistic avenues and methods.
She had to feel her body’s every cell to heal, go deep. A method was developed for her practice, today taught at every retreat and by a few trained healers. It can heal every imbalance and disease with trust, perseverance and time. Her personal practice become her teachings. She became a disciple of famous holistic leaders, many of whom she learnt from personally, including Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Bo M. Nielsen, Sri Pattabhi Jois, Sri Ravi Shankar, and Dr. Simo. She dove into philosophy and humanity but always stayed in her body to find the answers. Her healing focus became Ayurveda and Orthomolecular Medicine, Ashtanga Yoga, Pranayamas and Meditation.
Since the healing of her family member’s illness, and herself, others would follow. She never set out to help others heal, but started teaching the Ashtangas and Yoga in the evenings, and one thing led to the other. Her teachings took form when working clinically with Dr. Nielsen teaching Orthomolecular Medicine and Acupuncture to medical professionals. When it was time to start O·live Retreat in 2011, it derived from her huge gratitude and humility for what she was given and taught, and for being able to share and help others to heal. How could she say no? It never crossed her mind to turn anyone down, it wasn’t her decision to make, as it isn’t her decision to help those that don’t want to be helped.
When Ray join the group she finally had a partner that understood the depth of healing as she did. Both had arrived there through a great deal of suffering. Together they explore the science and philosophies, a fruitful partnership that has grown Olive across the globe to what it is today a place to heal BODY · MIND · SOUL .
Besides O·live they help others in the area of health, brings awareness and spread Prana through publishing, editing and writing guests stories. Nothing is a given. Her inquisitive mind leads her to more studies. She goes deeper into the source of Life itself. The only mystery about healing is that it is so easy…once you learn!
From the core of all methods she co-developed Feel f’ Real which she formalized as a at O·live Retreat together with the O·8 Mind Detox. She has written books, health guides, blogs and articles, and makes her work available to everyone who is interested in learning. You can read some of her pragmatic but deep philosophical teachings in her blog or in her books.