Pura Vida BodyMind

Mckenzie Merges, BodyMind Coach


Pura Vida, literally translated, means Pure Life

Contextually, it means Full of Life, Purified life, This is living!, Going great!

It is used as a greeting, a farewell, and to express satisfaction.

Costa Ricans use the phrase to express a philosophy of strong community,

perseverance, good spirits, enjoying life slowly, celebrating good fortune,

whether small or large. 


Pura Vida is an acknowledgment of the Costa Rican attitude towards life.


I use powerful coaching conversations in combination with

embodiment exercises to help clients overcome patterns of pain and frustration.


I do this by creating customized coaching programs for each individual client.


Through this education, clients are able to live life in a more authentic and

embodied way which leads to a more balanced and less stressful life.


You want to learn how to listen to your body and live a more authentic life.

You are feeling stuck and you want help to move forward. 

You are going through big life shifts and would like support while you transition. 

You want to make a big life shift but you don't know how to get started. 

You are having issues with financial insecurities and would like to shift your money mindset.

You are a perfectionist and it is keeping you from living life to its full potential. 

You are dealing with unhealthy relationships and you would like help setting boundaries. 

You are having trouble finding your voice and know it is time to speak your truth. 

You feel like an outsider and need help becoming comfortable with your unique self. 

You need to learn how to slow down and enjoy your life. 


I am a BodyMind Coach with a background in therapeutic massage. I provide clients with tools to help them understand the connection between the body and the mind. With this knowledge they are able to function in a more authentic way which helps them to reduce stress and tension. Not only can this reduce physical pain, but it can improve confidence, stamina, and wellbeing. With these tools and this knowledge, my clients are better prepared to meet the stresses of everyday life. My background as a Licensed Massage Therapist qualifies me to offer massage as an option for embodiment in my BodyMind sessions. 

In the BodyMind Method the term embodiment means listening not only to your brain, but to your body as well. When you are able to experience embodiment, you are able to more fully listen to the language of the body and understand the messages that it is trying to communicate to you. When you are able to understand these messages, you can approach your life in a more fulfilling and accurate way. There are dozens of ways to get "embodied". I specialize in helping you find which method works best for you.  


In my virtual sessions, we can use multiple options to achieve embodiment, such as meditation, visualization, and dance, to name a few. In my walk and talk sessions, we use walking, preferably in nature, to achieve this state. In my BodyMind massage sessions we use massage to help accomplish this state of wholeness.