Tina Lerner is a licensed HeartMath and Biofeedback therapist, using state of the art technology to create powerful impacts on emotional, mental, and physical well-being. Learn how to alter your physiology to direct your body into self healing and increased relaxation.
Occupation: Licensed HeartMath and Biofeedback therapist. I also have a Masters in Applied Psychology and also in Spiritual Science.
Resident of Santa Barbara since: I’m originally from Michigan, but I have been living in Santa Barbara since the 70’s. In 1989 I had the opportunity to move to Seattle to work with a pioneer in Biofeedback. In 2004, after 15 years, I moved back to Santa Barbara.
Favorite Local Restaurant: I like the Sojourner, Dish, and anything really healthy. I like the small healthy places. I also like going down to the water to eat at The Brown Pelican.
Music I am currently listening to: I like easy listening, like James Taylor.
Favorite sports/hobby: I love to walk and swim, as I was a swimmer in high school. One thing many people don’t know about me is that I was a world-class surfer, a tandem surfer. When I came to Santa Barbara on a summer trip, the hotel owner’s son, who was a world-class surfer, asked me if a wanted to try being a tandem surfer. Since I was a gymnast as well, I gave it a try, and it turned out to be a natural fit. So by chance, I became a world-class tandem surfer.
How I spend a typical Sunday: I get outside, walk on the beach, go swimming, and eat meals outside at the Beachbreak café. One of my favorite activities is boogie boarding. I’m an avid active person so I like to spend a lot of time outdoors.
How I got involved in the health industry: I started out as a yoga instructor in the 70’s, and I was attracted to the peace and well being of being relaxed. I also became a chiropractic assistant. Then I got the chance to work with Dr. Cram, a Biofeedback pioneer, so I went back to school. I recently got licensed in HeartMath, and I’m continually evolving. It’s my passion and interest.
How Biofeedback works: Biofeedback is about connecting to, and getting feedback from your physiology. By attaching sensors to the body that measures and displays heart rhythm, body temperature, respiration on a computer screen, you can see how your body responds to life. Over time, our physiology creates habits, so Biofeedback can act as a mirror to angle you towards better health. It’s a great window to your physiology. I like to use this analogy; if I gave you the best make-up kit in the world, with the best brushes and colors, but I didn’t give you a mirror, you wouldn’t be able to tell if you were applying your eyeliner right or not. Biofeedback can teach you how to direct your subconscious and unconscious physiology into healthful habits.
What Biofeedback is beneficial for: Biofeedback is great for stress management and easing anxiety. It’s also really good for stomach disorders, high blood pressure, and relieving muscle tension. It’s now gaining popularity for sports performance. HeatMath has recently been taken up by Oprah and plenty of other magazines because it can help athletes find their zone. A lot of golfers use HeartMath to help them find their most relaxed state before swinging.
What is most rewarding about my job: Watching people’s lives change, and watching them get healthier physically, mentally, and emotionally. It also means a lot to me when my clients refer their family and friends to me, that they would share their experiences with the people they care about the most. And the “Thank You” cards don’t hurt either!
My definition of healthy: I would say enthusiasm, and having the energy to do the things you want to do. It’s feeling like you CAN do anything you want. It’s leading an inspired life; one with energy and health to follow through with what your heart wants to do.
Changes I would like to see in the health industry over the next ten years: I’m enjoying the consciousness movement where the person is involved more in their health. I like how people are starting to participate in their symptoms, not just taking a pill to fix it. It’s really cool that there are more internal participations, not just an improvement in chemistry. I would like to see this continue.