So great to finally meet you, beautiful!
If you want to regain your pre-injury physical and emotional wellbeing fast, and get back to your life and doing the things you love as soon as possible… you came to the right place!
My name is Maya Novak. I’m an Injury Recovery Expert and Mindset Coach, and I’m passionate about helping ladies like you effortlessly bounce back from their traumas.
The day my life shattered…
On the 31st of October 2012, I broke and dislocated my right talus bone while rock climbing.
My girlfriends drove me to the closest medical center. And while I was waiting for the X-rays, I still hoped that it was just a bad sprain and that everything would be ok in two weeks’ time.
A few minutes later the news that crushed me came in… I broke my ankle and doctors in the hospital (which was a 3-hour drive away) wanted to see me immediately.
Jerry, my fiance at the time, drove me to Dunedin. When we arrived I was tired, scared, and I was in so much pain that I begged the doctor to put me to sleep for the process of adjusting my ankle to 90 degrees and getting a temp cast on. In the next 4 days, when I was waiting in the hospital for the doctors’ decision what to do next, I heard the following:
- “Your ankle will never be the same again.”
- “You will have 60, maybe at the most 70% of the flexibility your uninjured ankle has.”
- “You will have problems with walking on uneven surfaces for the rest of your life.”
- “You might be limping for the rest of your life.”
- “Be prepared for arthritis – it’s really common with this kind of injuries.”
- “There is a possibility of your talus bone dying off so you might need extra operations that could be successful or not.”
You’ve probably heard something similar. I know how you feel – I’ve been there.
I was shocked! I couldn’t believe that the run a week before my accident might have been the last one in my life. I was scared of my unknown future. I had doubts about being capable of recovering completely from my fracture, without any complications.
That means I would never be able to walk on the sandy beach without pain, enjoy rock climbing and hiking for miles with my loved ones, dancing the Argentine tango or salsa or jive or… with my husband, or just running freely as before.
I was so frustrated because my recovery was so slow and I couldn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel.
After the surgery, I really thought my ankle would be back to normal in 3 months, and there I was – 9+ months into the recovery – and I was still limping, experiencing pain, swelling, lack of flexibility, not to mention all the fear and doubts that came along. I was really worried that the doctors were right! And every day I felt like I was riding an emotional roller-coaster without end.
But I simply didn’t want to accept that my life was going to look like this.
That I would never run again, rock climb, walk without pain, go on hikes with loved ones, and move my body like before. I didn’t want to accept that my ankle would never feel the same or even get worse.
I know what is going on in your mind and I know how to change this.
As a matter of fact, since my accident:
✔ I completely recovered,
✔ none of the predictions above came true – I proved all of my doctors, physiotherapists, nurses… wrong,
✔ I walk, run and move without any pain (even when wearing high heels),
✔ I have completed 2 long-distance triathlons (the first one 2 years and 4 months after the accident), and
✔ I helped hundreds of people overcome their injuries so they can enjoy their lives again as well.
This experience taught me a lot about myself and because of everything I went through, the experience allows me to help YOU effortlessly bounce back from YOUR injury!
What I do
I work with women like you, who struggle with slow progress and are on a roller-coaster of emotions, doubts, and worries. I help you remove these obstacles by mindset, spiritual and emotional practices, so you can regain your physical and emotional wellbeing faster, and get back to your normal life and doing the things you love as soon as possible.
This mission chose me and I’m so grateful for the experience. Because of it, I can help you change your recovery as well!
Here are some of my clients’ transformations:
Nicola came to me because she wanted to go through her ankle recovery with more peace. She was dealing with anxiety and the constant emotional roller-coaster ride was affecting her life and recovery progress. She dislocated her ankle, as well as broken her tibia and fibula, and every time she thought of her accident, she got so teary and worked up. She was scared of re-injury or potential fall, as well as worried that something similar could easily happen to her loved ones. Her three-year-old daughter missed her tremendously.
Through working together, she uncovered the real reason behind her emotional struggle, she learned how to heal old wounds that were preventing her from fully recovering fast. 5 months after her accident the weight on her shoulders finally lifted up, she was happier, she could spend more quality time with her daughter and husband, and her ankle increasingly started regaining the range of motion and strength. Her anxiety and emotional breakdowns stopped.
Another client, Anu, contacted me after she suffered a tibial plateau fracture when crossing the road and getting hit by a speeding motorbike. Every thought of the accident was making her so angry, and she could not sleep at night due to extreme nightmares. As she was reading stories online, she became more and more depressed and wanting to give up on her recovery. While her physical healing was going well and doctors were pleased with it, she was suffering from the mental and emotional part of the recovery.
Since working together, Anu is more positive about her healing and future. She learned simple techniques that helped her get rid of the nightmares which significantly shortened her recovery time, and she regained the range of motion of her knee.
Want to know what is even better?
Since I was able to completely recover emotionally, physically, and mentally, I can actually 100% enjoy my life and my marriage. I returned to my old physical activities and I am again able to enjoy rock climbing, running, walking for miles, dancing, diving…
I’m so much more grateful for my body and health, and I can see how this fracture changed my life in the most positive way.
11 random things about me
#1 I always wanted to do triathlons, but I only did my first race after doctors told me I would limp for the rest of my life because of my ankle fracture.
#2 I’ve jumped out of an airplane 5 times, always with my husband, Jerry (he’s done over 7000 skydives), and every one of them was from a different aircraft (3 planes, 2 helicopters).
#3 I believe you can train cats.
#4 I truly believe that everything is possible.
#5 One of my favorite subjects at university was pathology (creepy truth: I loved opening the bodies, exploring them and finding out the cause of death).
#6 The best way to distract me is with a puppy. Or any small, cute dog, for that matter (I have a particular soft spot for whippets and miniature pinschers).
#7 … forget about the dogs – any kind of small, cute animal will do (piglets, kittens, rats, hedgehogs…)
#8 When I was a child I loved carrots so much that one day I ate so many my skin turned orange. My mum, of course, freaked out, thinking it was jaundice.
#9 I love scaring people but hate it when someone else does it to me.
#10 I’m a great snow-angel-person, but I’m pretty much useless on skis – hence the fact we live in the Carribean part of the world.
#11 I believe that gifts should be wrapped because it’s just weird to get a gift in a gift bag. Isn’t it?
Maya Novak is a passionate Injury Recovery Expert and Mindset Coach with over a decade of experience in health, fitness, and nutrition. Born and raised in Slovenia, she moved to New Zealand with her husband Jerry in 2012 and after almost 5 years they left and continued their journey to the Carribean part of the world.
Her devotion to helping others and a fracture that should have left her limping for the rest of her life led her to discover her true purpose in life.
Maya is also a writer and has authored several wellness books, including a cookbook entitled 88 Kitchen Tales. Her mentoring programs, including Iron-Built Flexible Ankles, Guided Healing Meditations, Mindful Recovery – Heal From The Inside Out, and many others, have helped hundreds of people around the world.
She’s a Certified Health Educator and received extensive training from the Wellness Forum Institute for Health Studies on the effects of food on health and overall wellbeing. Combined with her study of veterinary medicine and experience as a fitness instructor, this creates a comprehensive foundation for her continuous research on how our body functions, but what ties it all together is her personal philosophy of how thoughts influence our reality.
A defining moment in her career was when an ankle fracture threatened to leave her limping for the rest of her life.
Armed with her knowledge, she created a system that allowed her to get back on her feet and go way beyond all doctors’ expectations, and today, a large part of Maya’s work involves 1-on-1 coaching with people determined to create the best possible recovery for themselves.
Her programs offer personal support in the areas that are crucial to recovery but rarely covered in the course of regular treatment. Things like maintaining a positive mindset and taking proper care of yourself at different stages of recovery, keeping the ego and fear at bay, eating foods that accelerate the healing process and knowing how to approach physical activity after an injury.
When she isn’t improving lives, Maya enjoys to travel and relax in saunas and spas. With an artistic side, she also has an avid interest in photography and theater.