Going beyond the physical
so that you can heal
completely with ease.
So great to finally meet you, beautiful!
If you have suffered a physical injury, I will empower you to recover with confidence so you can heal completely, and live a joyful, happy and full life.
I’m Dr. Maya Novak, a Mindful Healing Expert 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 help courageous women who physically injured themselves and I empower them to heal their bodies and lives from the inside out with confidence and ease.
This mission chose me and I’m so grateful for the experience. Because of it, I can help you change your recovery as well!
“The anxiety attacks had control over me and my recovery, and now I feel like my old bubbly self again.”
Maya is the biggest blessing! She taught me techniques to cope with anxiety attacks as they were happening. They started decreasing right from the start of our work together. As the anxiety attacks were decreasing, incredibly, the flexibility of my foot and ankle started increasing, so Maya’s mindful approach really improved my recovery.
Now I am less fearful and therefore can push myself more, physically. I have been able to enjoy social situations again without feeling anxious before going. I feel more positive and I worry less about what could happen. I have stopped crying daily!
I feel so lucky that I discovered Maya. She turned my life around and I will forever be grateful.
“I went from being extremely nervous, depressed and tensed to being positive, confident and back on my feet faster than I could imagine.”
I was extremely nervous, depressed and tensed constantly after the accident. I realized I needed a different kind of help – and I reached out to Maya. While working with her I began to feel more positive and confident. I felt supported and knowing that she was speaking from experience helped immensely. Slowly one by one she helped me overcome those mental roadblocks and that helped speed up my recovery. I finally felt that I was beginning to take charge of my recovery and I could make a difference to my healing.
My doctor was amazed at my speedy recovery and the range of movement I gained. Maya played such a huge role in it and I’m so grateful for her help.
“I went from being afraid and not believing in myself to full recovery and a 100km bicycle ride.”
At the beginning, everything looked easy but soon my feelings started to change – sometimes I was afraid I would always be crippled, then I was angry at myself, and before I started working with Maya I had lots of fears.
Maya helped me to see things differently. With her help I became more positive and present, and started believing in myself. I completed over a 100km bicycle ride while working with her and I’m now able to do everything I was doing before the accident.
Her experience and knowledge have been invaluable to me and Maya’s kindness and caring nature have really worked for me. I always felt understood and heard. Working with Maya changed my recovery and life.
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?
Dr. Maya Novak is a passionate Mindful Healing Expert with over a decade of experience in wellness, 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.
- Doctor Of Veterinary Medicine (2002 – 2008)
- Certified Fitness Instructor level I (2009)
- Certified Nutritionist / Certified Health Educator (2016)
- Certified NLP and Time Line Therapy™ Practitioner (2019-2020)
- numerous coaching programs for improving my coaching and mentoring skills (2014 – ongoing)