Each of our actions is like a drop that falls into the water and creates waves, ripples and sparks of lights.  

The WellnessDayByDay project was created to help people establish a daily habit of performing simple and short self-massage techniques, movements, breathing and stretching exercises to improve their psycho-physical wellness.

  • Maura Garau, Educational Producer, Founder of the WellnessDayByDay project.
  • Frédérique Guern, Psychologist, Shiatsu Operator and Trainer, Project Consultant
  • Stefano Andrade, Martial Arts Teacher, Personal Trainer, Massage Therapist and Trainer, Project Consultant

 

MAURA BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

Maura Garau
Maura Garau

I have always been fascinated by Oriental disciplines, art and different languages and cultures.

I began my professional life as an art director.

In the meantime, I completed my academic degree in Foreign Languages ​​and Literatures and continued to study various Oriental disciplines, from martial arts and meditation to shiatsu.

Since 1991 I have been working on educational projects.

I founded CyberItalian.com, a website dedicated to teaching the Italian language and culture via the Internet, because I believe humanistic values should be promoted and disseminated all over the world.

I created the WellnessDayByDay.com project and wrote the book Your Renaissance. 8 steps to embrace your true self and renew your life because I believe that in order to improve the world, we must first begin with ourselves.

I would like to inspire people to develop the potential and talent that everyone possesses, and to live a creative and healthy life.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I want to thank my teachers of Oriental disciplines for how they have helped me to grow and understand that wellness is an essential part of our life and cannot be postponed nor underestimated.

  • Sensei Elliot Zgodny, back in 1990 in New York, was a great karate teacher and the first to show me that Martial Arts is also about healing and that besides the physical training we must study, cultivate and practice the energy aspect. He opened a World for me.
  • To better understand what the energy aspect was, I also began studying with Ohashi Sensei.
    I remember that, in his first lesson, Ohashi Sensei showed us the Japanese ideogram for the word “Man”. Being short he called one of his tall pupils, they leaned one against the other miming the ideogram and then Ohashi said, “Here, I represent the smallest sign of the ideogram, my student is the largest. We are two men supporting each other, there is a relationship. If we separate ourselves suddenly, we fall.”

The concept of “Man” is that of a human being who knows they are not alone, and knows how to relate to other beings, to the world around them and to the Universe.

The path to the energy aspect, and how it applies to our being and to the world around us, became increasingly mysterious and fascinating for me.

  • I continued to study and had the privilege of being inspired by quality teachers: Gabriella Poli, Giovanna Ipsevich, Anna Christa Heindrich, Klaus Metzner, Peter Itin, Eva Maria Schulte, Cliff Andrews, Pauline Sasaki, Dianne Connelly. They all helped me to experience what it means to integrate our body, mind and spirit, to develop a vision beyond what we see and to feel the energetic movement beyond muscles, tendons and bones.
  • At the same time, the great rigor and depth of the teaching of Sensei Paolo Taigo Spongia presented me with the opportunity to understand how each of our actions must be direct – here and now – the result of a unified and sincere mind and body.
  • The generosity of the teaching and the knowledge of Master Stefano Andrade continually bring me back to the importance of our daily wellness and relaxation, so that we can move with clarity, efficiency and a great and compassionate heart.

And from each teacher, in one way or another, I learned that we must practice every day, not so much to live, but to live well.

 

PHOTOGRAPHERS

I want to thank the following photographers who have kindly allowed the use of their images:

  • Alex Bertha for the beautiful picture in the homepage and in the video cover, with the woman looking at the sea and the horizon.
  • Fabiana Rizzi because her seagulls are stimulating and full of energy.
  • Jean Wimmerlin because he reminds us that we have to practice daily, and several times a day, as felines do.
  • Bolun Yan for the powerful rising sun, to support our Renaissance.
  • Herbert Goetsch because we are drops in the ocean of life.
  • Humphrey Muleba for the beautiful leaf that makes us think that every contact can branch out in many directions.
  • Zach Reiner for the strong tree root that defines our privacy policy and terms.