Episode 47: The Power of The Nervous System with Amy Bonaduce-Gardner

April 26, 2024
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In this conversation, Nitika Chopra and Amy Bonaduce-Gardner discuss the Fajardo Method and its transformative effects on the nervous system. Amy shares her journey into this work, which began with a knee injury and led her to explore the connection between the body and the nervous system. They delve into the concept of sensory input and motor patterns, explaining how mapping specific areas of the body can lead to profound changes. The conversation highlights the importance of thriving and the impact of the work on both clients and practitioners. Overall, it emphasizes the power of working on our nervous systems in promoting healing and well-being. In this conversation, Amy discusses the importance of letting go of things that don’t actually matter and finding peace and surrender.

In 2005, Amy began training in Pilates at Transformations Studio in Portland, Oregon. Under the direction of Alicia Fajardo, she completed her Pilates certification with endorsements in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac and Chair. Continuing her education with Alicia, she also obtained her certification in the Fajardo Method of Holistic Biomechanics and was a group and private personal trainer at Transformations Studio for 13 years. Amy is also a NASM certified Personal Trainer with specializations in Corrective Exercise and Behavior Change, and a certified GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® instructor.

The Topics We Explore In This Episode

  • The Fajardo Method focuses on the connection between the body and the nervous system, exploring the impact of sensory input and motor patterns.
  • Mapping specific areas of the body can lead to transformative changes, unraveling emotional and behavioral patterns associated with those areas.
  • Thriving is the result of the body no longer being in survival mode, allowing for a sense of calm and presence.
  • The Fajardo Method has the potential to improve various aspects of life, including physical health, relationships, and overall well-being. Learning to let go of things that don't matter can bring a sense of ease and peace.
  • Finding surrender can lead to a greater sense of well-being.
  • Amy's work at Prism Movement Studio focuses on helping people let go and find peace.


  • 00:00 - Introduction and Background
  • 09:10 - Amy's Journey into Working on the Nervous System
  • 16:17 - Amy's Passion for The Fajardo Method
  • 23:23 - Understanding Sensory Input and Motor Patterns
  • 32:51 - The Process of Mapping
  • 35:43 - The Transformational Experience with the Clavicle
  • 40:21 - Thriving and the Impact of the Work
  • 47:16 - Thriving for Clients and Amy
  • 50:59 - Gratitude and Mission
  • 51:45 - Letting Go of What Doesn't Matter

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