Susan Ginsberg, Founder/Owner of Stop and Breathe
Testimonial following Zenful Aging Workshoop
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“Susan Ginsberg has been extremely helpful for our patients over the years; she provides a valuable service. We have patients with headaches, chronic pain, and anxiety, and what Susan teaches them is more valuable than the medications.”
-Dr. Larry Robbins, MD-Neurologist at Robbins Headache Clinic
"Susan provided a Mindful EmPOWERment workshop for my group of friends when we were traveling to Arizona. We all were blown away with how much introspection we all gained in our own lives and it was such an amazing experience for all of us. I loved the breathing and relaxations that she provided. I never realized how important breathing really was, and how I was breathing the wrong way all these years! Once I understood how to breathe in a healthier way, my body immediately felt more relaxed. I highly recommend this workshop and Susan- she is knowledgable, intuitive, and compassionate with her work."
-Linda S., Workshop Participant
"Thank you for the amazing experience of evaluating the Zenful Aging Workshop. I’m very grateful to have you as a new Leisure Education instructor offering fun & educational programs for the community. It’s always nice offering something different & giving people new experiences. I really enjoyed being a part of the class, and the students did too. Thank you for sharing your passion & knowledge!"
-Kristen Huber, City of Scottsdale, Recreation Leader Sr.
“I was fortunate enough to attend a training with Susan Ginsberg a few years back. I had been wanting to incorporate more mindfulness into my therapy practice. The training was enjoyable and informative. After the training, I referred a client to Susan who was struggling with PTSD along with other mental health challenges. We partnered on providing help for this individual. My client greatly benefited from Susan’s help and years later continues to put what Susan taught her into practice. Working with Susan was a very positive experience for both of us. I strongly recommend her services. She is a kind, committed and talented person.”
-Diane Gould, LCSW, BCBA, Private practice
“I am very grateful that I was able to come in and work with you. I have struggled with terrible sleep initiation problems on and off for the last 6 years and your breathing strategy has been AWESOME. In the past, I have tried pills, different forms of sleep meditation, and other relaxation strategies but nothing has worked as well as the breathing you taught me combined with your tracks on Spotify. Thanks so much for doing what you do— it has really helped me fall asleep.”
-Jessica R., private client
“It was very relaxing and well needed after a long day. I plan to take the relaxation with me so I can relax at work and at home. It's wonderful that this was offered. We often don't always take time to take care of ourselves. Thank you!”
-Stop and Breathe workshop attendant, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
"I just want to tell you how much I enjoyed your Zenful Aging presentation last night. Your passion and energy are contagious not to mention how much I learned. It is always refreshing to meet someone who really cares about others and is knowledgable in their craft."
-Sue Newhouse, Workshop Participant
"We had Susan to our community to speak to 40 attendees about Zenful Aging!! All were so impressed with her talent and wisdom!! Highly recommend her for all your relaxation issues!!!"
-Lisa Moss, Health and Wellness Committee Member, Legend Trail
“Susan shared her gift of relaxation and breathing techniques with our sales team and community non-profit organizations during a recent wellness event. It was a diverse group of participants but she managed to address our different interests, concerns and personalities in her presentation, while leading us through a step-by-step breathing practice and answering questions. And that’s Susan’s gift: she can bridge a divide to find a common denominator—helping each of us to find a place of calm and relaxation within. I often return to my breathing exercises to de-stress and to ease into sleep.”
-Enid Arnowitz, Eileen Fisher Corporate
"Until I started working with Susan, I had countless restless nights and felt that I could never get a good night's sleep. She provided me with the proper tools and techniques to not only fall asleep, but also stay asleep all night. Now that I have learned how to use her methods, I feel confident in my ability to fall asleep without worrying about staying up all night. I am so thankful that I found Susan!"
-Madison Wiltchik, private client
"Susan Ginsberg of Stop and Breathe, Deep Relaxation Series, helped me through a very difficult time these past 7 months as I had an accident and was dealing with a great deal of pain and anxiety. I found her tools with her voice and imagery I was able to relax my mind/body and help lower my anxiety. Very easy to follow and listen. I am forever grateful for Susan of Stop and Breathe. Even if I am restless I will put on this series and within minutes I am calm and at ease."
-Jodie G, Deep Relaxation Series listener
“The experience was great… relaxing, rejuvenating, and inspiring. I have had exposure to this through meditation classes but have not practiced like I should have. This one hour experience reminded me of what I am missing and gave me the needed kick to practice it regularly. Thanks for bringing this into all of our lives!”
-Chris Martin, Collegiate Academic Advisor/Disability Specialist
“I work in a pre-surgical holding room where I care for patients right before surgery. Anxiety usually peaks at this point, and I have witnessed Susan's ability to take people from a panic level to a peaceful state. Susan has a gift for making an abstract concept very tangible for most people. She is courteous, thoughtful and compassionate. Susan has kindly provided a session for all our staff members, so I have had a chance to partake in her program firsthand. She is a true professional and I would highly recommend her services.”
-Nancy Abrassart RN, Highland Park Hospital Pre-surgical Holding Room
“I have been to many workshops/classes like yours and you are excellent; the best I have ever seen. You really know what you are talking about and I thoroughly enjoyed it and was able to relax.”
-Arlene Minzer, Program Director, CJE Senior Life Weinberg Community
"I found Susan while doing research online and was immediately drawn to her positivity and peaceful presentation. I met her for a one on one session and she did not disappoint! She was very knowledgeable, helpful and present. She provided everything I needed and more during our session. She gifted a uniquely blended essential oil to compliment my intention for the session. I chose "balance" which was a perfect and lovely blend! She provided insightful feedback regarding proper breathing techniques and guided a beautiful mediation. I left feeling relaxed, peaceful and GRATEFUL! I would recommend Susan to anyone wanting more peace and relaxation in their life. She is absolutely amazing!! Don't miss out!!"
-Elizabeth Birch, private client
“The Stop and Breathe® program is such a wonderful service that is provided for our cancer patients. The mind/body connection is so strong and the art of meditation can really help a person cope with the diagnosis and the treatment process.”
-Diana Rawls, RN & Clinical Coordinator, Kellogg Cancer Center
“It was wonderful to have you work with me and our hotel staff yesterday. I slept like a baby last night and I am already trying to create my little corner in my room so I can learn to practice breathing and meditation.
-Carolina Ara, Human Resources Manager Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
“I found the Stop and Breathe workshop offered for the Chicago Finance Exchange members very beneficial — particularly the breathing exercises. I incorporate them when I'm unable to fall asleep or stressed. For that,
I am grateful!”
-Chris Glatz President, Glatz Management Services, Inc.
“Susan has done a very good job for us with several of our high anxiety patients and their families. Just having her go in the room and offering her service has a positive effect on people. The staff thinks highly of Susan Ginsberg (the founder of the Stop and Breathe® program), for the work she has done.”
-Jane Schneider, nursing manager at Same Day Surgery at
NorthShore University HealthSystem Highland Park Hospital
“Thank you so much for the wonderfully relaxing experience you provided for our staff. Your knowledge and perspective provided much needed insight on the importance of giving ourselves the time we deserve. The techniques you shared of belly breathing and positive affirmations have reminded me to slow down and breathe fully and have worked to calm me in times of distress. We are very fortunate to have found you!”
-Jamie Halmon, Coordinator of Fitness and Wellness- Morton College
"I laid in bed to listen to your Deep Relaxation CD and I did not even get through half of the second meditation and I was asleep! This is magic for sleep!! Thanks again for these tools."
-Laura E., life coach/private client
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“The Stop and Breathe program was beneficial for not only the patients at the Kellogg Cancer Center’s Stress Reduction Group, but also for the Kellogg nurses and supportive staff who participated in a separate session. The program brings together several stress reduction techniques including breathwork, body scan meditation and guided imagery and is something that can be brought into day to day life to assist with the stress and anxiety that comes.”
-Meg Madvig, LCSW,OSW-C, Social Worker at the Kellogg Cancer Center at Evanston
“Soon after my lung cancer diagnosis, I started my Stop and Breathe® sessions with Susan. Cancer creates a lot of stress, which was detrimental to my recovery goals. In my sessions with Susan, I am able to focus on the breathing and postures while the world melts away. The relaxation I achieve with Susan’s guidance is better than sleep. When the session ends I have a sense of calm, focus and well-being that carries me through the week.”
-Donna Lee Caringella, Stop and Breathe® client
“I want to thank you so much for speaking and doing a wonderful demonstration for our support group. It was a big success and the patients were thrilled to have you and very relaxed and excited to learn new ways how to cope and approach certain situations and also share with their loved ones too. I liked all the tips you shared and the compassion you have for these patients.”
-Sabina Omercajic, M.S., CCRP Research Associate-Head and Neck Cancers,
Kellogg Cancer, NorthShore University HealthSystem
“I have been diagnosed with severe COPD. There is no 'cure.' I take inhalers but that is not increasing the quality of my life. Susan Ginsberg and Stop and Breathe was recommended to me. The tools she has given me in our sessions have made an enormous difference in my life. Everyday chores keep getting easier; walking up stairs is easier ... there may be no cure but, I'm healing! I'm getting my life back.”
-Karen D, Stop and Breathe client
“Thank you ever so much for today’s Stop and Breathe session. It was well received! I was battling a light migraine all morning that is now completely gone! I realize we cannot have such a session every day, but please can you consider advocating for a routine interval, i.e. monthly, every other month, etc. Thank you again and hope for more!”
-Eva T. Kolasinski, Celergo Global Payroll
“When my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, she began a healing classes with Susan as part of her treatment regime. Susan’s wisdom and spirit lifted us up when we needed it. Her sessions gave us all strength, both physically and emotionally.
-Harriet S., television executive, Chicago, IL
“I am a yoga instructor who was looking for a bridge to take my teaching to another level. One of my friends put me in touch with Susan and as we spoke, I had a strong feeling that divine intervention was occurring! Susan had so much passion about her Stop and Breathe program but also felt that the teaching would be the bridge I was seeking. I spent the day at her training and as I was driving back home I started to cry tears of joy and that was 10 months ago! I began to work at Highland Park Hospital and the Kellogg Cancer Center in the Stop and Breathe program and it has truly changed my life! The honor I feel each week when I work with the patients is such a unique gift on many levels. It is so uplifting to talk with people from many walks of life, and to hear their stories at such a challenging time. Each week as I drive to the hospital, I say a prayer of gratitude to Susan for her love, compassion, dedication, and brilliance to have created such a seemingly simple but actually very unique program. I am sincerely in your debt, Susan, for the grace, beauty and understanding you have brought into my life. My heart is with you as you walk your path.”
-Rebecca Flanagan, yoga instructor, Stop and Breathe trainee
“Susan has given me the opportunity to relax emotionally, heal and help me find peace of mind for the first time since being diagnosed. She works in a calm, nurturing and trusting manner. Susan is a very special person and has become an important part of my healing process.”
-Stop and Breathe® private client
“I loved the workshop and I think it was so very beneficial for all of those who came. Thank you for your generosity in presenting and the Chai Center! I love your spirit and everything you are doing to also help so many others!”
-Mendy Hart, Director of Chai Center for Enrichment and Rejuvenation
“I thought it was a great new relaxation technique, I almost fell asleep and had to remind myself to stay awake. I had more energy afterwards.”
-Roxanne Barone, Executive Assistant Vice President’s Office- Morton College
“As someone who tries to routinely work meditation into a busy schedule, I really enjoyed Susan Ginsberg's "Stop and Breathe" workshop. I found Susan's knowledge to be expansive and her soothing voice the perfect complement to the relaxing experience. I also learned new techniques to improve my practice. Thanks Susan!”
-Kabria Cummings, Publications Coordinator
“My husband, my two girls, and I have taken private sessions with Susan. She is phenomenally knowledgeable, extremely soothing, and has incredible patience. She knows how to teach in a way that is non-threatening, motivating, and energizing. We all walk away from this session feeling rejuvenated, stronger, and more at peace with our bodies, our minds, and our souls. ”
-T, L, M and J Winston
“Thank you for offering the Stop and Breathe program to our staff. I found it particularly helpful because immediately before the class, I was dealing with a difficult situation...my legitimate excuse for being late! With Susan's help, the stress I felt was greatly relieved. Since then, I have used the procedures several times per day to relieve stress and to relax. I know that I will continue to use these exercises regularly. To summarize: To Stop and Breathe feels really, really good!!!”
-Kerri Gavin, Writing Tutor
“I can honestly say that sessions with Susan allowed me to actually feel full relaxation and calmness for the first time in my life. Having a stressful job and 3 kids, it is not often that I take a moment to take care of me. Susan taught me not only how to do this in sessions, but to find that time during a routine day as well.”
-Debbie G, marital/family therapist, Buffalo Grove, IL
“Susan is an extraordinary human being with the ability to connect and nurture people from all backgrounds and levels. Her sessions will heal you from the inside out emotionally, spiritually and physically.”
-Julie B., yoga instructor
A Heartfelt Testimonial
“As a recent breast cancer patient and a very grateful survivor, I would like to share a bit of my journey with you. If one believes in ‘fate’ or ‘what was meant to be,’ I met Susan Ginsberg at the perfect time in my life. I had just been diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and was working on lining up my team of health care providers. For some time, I had been interested in yoga and meditation, occasionally taking classes and doing some reading. I was at work one afternoon and in walked Susan … we began a conversation and she mentioned she was a yoga/meditation instructor! I explained my health situation and my wish for a combination of eastern philosophy with western medicine. She offered her hand … her knowledge … her friendship … her support at a time when it was most needed.
As I began my chemotherapy, Susan, my sister and two close friends began our Monday evening classes. Nothing made me want to miss my Mondays with Susan. They were so enriching and such an integral part of my treatment. Susan taught me yoga breathing — that was MOST helpful each chemo treatment. I could breathe though having the needle inserted, and visualize a good place during my chemo. With each of my surgeries, I carried a meditation/visualization CD into the hospital. I would put the CDs on and immediately relax. I found this more helpful than I can really express. I have begun to speak with recently diagnosed cancer patients and I offer them some of what I’ve learned from Susan.
I ‘carried’ Susan in my head, my heart and on my CDs as I went through all my treatments and surgeries. What a lovely opportunity it would be for anyone to visit and work with Susan during chemotherapy! She would certainly be a most special asset to anyone interested in the love and warmth she has to offer.”