Dr. Viktor Paul Giangrasso is a Body/Mind Wellness Advocate for Children, published author of two books, Pediatric Physical Therapist, and survivor of a thirty-year personal battle with depression.
As an undergraduate student, Dr. Viktor learned the intellectual aspects of meditation in his studies of philosophy and world religions. During two Summers in New York City, he studied the practical applications of meditation at Stanford University’s Compassion Cultivation Training program co-founded by His Holiness the Dalia Lama.
Personally, Dr. Viktor suffered with body dysmorphia for most of his life after childhood trauma and was hospitalized twice for suicidal ideation. After decades of talk therapy, trying multiple psychotropic and hypertensive medications, he discovered many alternative Body/Mind modalities. Proudly, March of 2024 marks two years being pharmacologically free.
Professionally, after over sixteen years working as a Physical Therapist in skilled nursing facilities throughout the country, he shifted his focus to Pediatrics. Also, alongside a former disciple of Thich Nhat Hahn, Dr. Viktor is a founding member of Greatwoods Zen Community providing meditation retreats to individuals and families in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.
During this personal and professional transition, Dr. Viktor’s mission became clear: Empower families within during the worsening mental health crisis.
In his two books, “Opaciphobia and Other Inner Reflections” and “2: Awakening the Mystery of You and I”, Dr. Viktor transparently communicates both his inner struggles and triumphs providing insights to families struggling with mental and physical wellbeing.
Wellness_is_Now is Dr. Viktor Paul Giangrasso's business that offers three services:
R2E Method (Reconnect 2 Empower): I work with families at creating inner connections with bodily postural muscles, simultaneously coupled with mindful/bodyful breathing techniques and positive affirmations. I look at what children are experiencing in our country today manifesting as mental and physical disconnect which is producing tragic outcomes, like depression, obesity, and violent behavior. By reconnecting families in their bodies and minds, they are empowered with purpose. This is the Reconnect 2 Empower Method, or "R2E".
($50/family - sessions are 1 hour))
Physical Therapy: Soft tissue massage, Therapeutic exercise, Stretching, Postural education, and Joint Mobilization. I graduated with my Doctorate in PT in 2006 from Stony Brook University. My professional experience is quite diverse working comfortably in geriatric, adult, and pediatric Physical Therapy.
Meditation workshops: Over two summers, I studied under Stanford University's Compassion Cultivation Training program co-created by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I conduct group meditation workshops for businesses and schools. The workshops are flexible and are tailored to meditators of all experience levels.
($30/person - workshops are 1.5 hours)
My greatest mission is to reconnect families with scientifically proven healing techniques and empower them with a purposeful vision for their lives to have a positive impact on the world. A family reconnected and empowered with a purposeful vision is unstoppable. Imagine an America where families are empowered to believe that they can positively impact the world by first healing themselves? My purposeful vision is to create that America.