Neil Goodman, Holistic Practitioner

Fairfax, VA

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How does your business stand out?

Spiritual development is such an integral part of life, and often one of the most neglected. These times that we live in can be so overwhelming with stress. We tend to go from activity to activity without ever taking a personal 'time-out.' Whether we are struggling with a sense of direction or desperate for energy and clarity as we provide for the needs of others, we frequently get side tracked. Even times of triumph can be followed by distractions of worry, anxiety, fear. I am a Meditation Instructor, Reiki Teacher, Corporate Trainer, Massage Therapist and Life Coach who has positively impacted the lives of clients and friends. I have taught popular programs at local hospitals, clinics, yoga studios, health clubs, educational institutions, religious organizations, libraries, book stores, as well as sessions in private homes. Years ago - as some of my photos document - I found myself on a profound spiritual journey. Life and time had led me to a place where I was ready to receive the gifts that I now am guided to share. Aiding others in reaching their true potential, watching the miracle of another human being learn to value and nurture themselves emotionally, physically, spiritually - these are rewarding core values that motivate me to share the powerful tools of Meditation and other self-healing techniques.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy seeing the incredible transformations, as clients go from stress and anxiety to a place of calm and serenity. These last two decades have been spent assisting hundreds of individuals and groups in their efforts to gain stability, peace and energy in their lives. (There are often times when it can be difficult to simply remember to breathe!) If you are feeling fragile, know that there is an inner strength which you posses. If you are feeling lost, know that there is a path patiently waiting for you to explore. Besides... Meditation is not optional! This is just one of the reasons I have kept my fees low and have often volunteered my time within numerous organizations. No one should be burdened with financial stress when it comes to sharing such a precious 'natural gift'... the gift of Meditation! Some quotes to consider: "...Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." - George Bernard Shaw "...Two significant times in our lives; the time we are born and the time we find out why!" - Mark Twain "...I have experienced so many terrible things in my life and some of them actually happened." - Mark Twain
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Fairfax, VA 22033

Years in business



10 Reviews
  • Victoria D. Dec 27, 2016
    Meditation Instruction
    Verified Review
    Educational, meaningful, and funny
    Dear Neil, Thank you so much for the great mindfulness meditation class you led at the Shirlington library on Saturday, December 10, 2016. We had an excellent turnout, and I believe everyone who attended was enriched by the experience. I also felt that the humor you injected into the presentation was appreciated. It truly was an educational experience as well as a relaxing experience. Thanks again for all the thought and meaning you put into the class. As you put it, “meditation is not optional” and I feel like your students (myself included) walked away with a better appreciation of why that is so.
  • Ally C. Jun 7, 2016
    Meditation Instruction
    Verified Review
    Neil is so enthusiastic about meditating! He is a great teacher and is very helpful in setting up a sustainable practice. He also has great stories and jokes to share!
  • Maria G. May 2, 2016
    Reiki Healing
    Verified Review
    I was looking for Reiki practitioners in the NoVa area during a very trying time for me and found Neil, along with a few others, via Thumbtack. Inasmuch as my schedule was such that it wouldn't have been possible to hire Neil at the time, I have to say that he took the time to talk to me inspite of his full time job and not only suggest some wonderful reading material, but also leave lovely spiritual quotes that did wonders for my psyche. He has a very calming voice and I can imagine what a session with him would be like, whether it's Reiki or meditation or massage. I hope to one day avail of his assistance, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.
  • Ken B. Oct 3, 2015
    I attended the two classes on meditation offered by Neil at Unity of Fairfax this past year and they where great. The material he freely hands out sweeps aside the confusion surrounding the what and the why and the how of meditation. Neil has a great sense of humor and is obviously tuned in to his own Spirit. His experience and concern for others shines through his personality and his classes. Thanks Neil
  • Bob E. Sep 12, 2015
    Reiki Healing
    Verified Review
    Neil came to our home for a Reike and meditation consultation. He was very engaging and knowledgeable in a wide range of techniques. He drew from a wealth of experience and a depth of spirituality that made his consultation very powerful and meaningful. I look forward to working with him again.
  • Norma S. Jul 12, 2015
    I took meditation classes with Neil for over a year and it was such a relaxing and helpful experience. He knows so much about meditation! His practices were incredible and he was an expert. The meditation that helped us to relax just seemed to have good health follow. I have already recommended him to many others and would suggest him to users here as well. He is very present and pleasant and positive and I believe he practices what he preaches and you can see and be inspired by how his own practices make him. I think it would be good for anyone. It even helps your blood pressure! Such a positive experience! I would also point out that as a senior, my health was so improved and so many troubles just melt away. I would say anyone could benefit from meditation but I definitely would recommend it for seniors. It was like medicine without the side effects!
  • Nancy S. Jul 11, 2015
    This meditation teacher is enthusiastic about meditation and inspires his students to begin or deepen a meditation practice. His month long series of classes at Unity of Fairfax at The Metaphysical group were well received. We all appreciated Neal's sense of humor and knowledge about Meditation. Neal practices what he preaches and it shows!
  • Terry D. May 3, 2015
    Neil is a board member and volunteer at our church specializing in meditation and healing massage therapy. He is excellent at both. I have known him for eight years or more.
  • Suzi C. May 1, 2015
    Neil I found your class overflowing with information for raising my awareness. So much info ! on Chanting, Meditation and Kinesiology (brain gym). Above all, you and your teachings honor each person's powerful and unique potentials abilities. Please teach another class! Blessings, Suzi
  • Marianne S. Apr 26, 2015
    Excellent massage therapist, creator of a wonderful space and guide for meditation. What we all need for greater health and wellness


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My pricing is geared to a clients financial resources. Additionally, I reward clients with free sessions for referrals.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
to be 'present' for them; to assist in bringing more peace and quality into their lives and to accomplish this at a pace that they are comfortable with.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Train-The-Trainer certifications with a Fortune 500 corporation - conducting workshops across the U.S.; Reiki Level III; Certified Therapeutic Massage Therspist; Transcendental Meditation; 20 years experience - delivering Stress Management workshops and Meditation seminars which include - Mindfulness, Mantras, Breathing techniques, Brain Gym, Visualization and others.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
It wasn't necessarily my own decision! SPIRIT guided me along this path... We all have challenges of some kind in our lives... A quote from Joel Osteen that was helpful; "...too many times we talk to God about how big our mountains are when we should be talking to our mountains about how big our God is."
What types of customers have you worked with?
Individuals that sincerely desire to find more peace, harmony and balance in their lives. For these clients, I provide immediate techniques for relaxation and stress reduction along with simple yet powerful tools for daily use. Additionally, I spend a portion of time up front to see if I am able to assist with their requests. This is a complimentary time to help them determine if I am the best choice and coach for them to achieve their long and short-term goals.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I conducted a brief "Introduction to Meditation" on the campus of a local university. Over 100 health care professionals and volunteers were presented with, what I might even call; an "organic-fast-food" approach to Meditation principles. The response was wonderful, as participants enjoyed the many exercises we explored. Even though the venue was about an hour, individuals approached me afterwards with encouraging feedback as to how powerful the workshop was for them. It's these types of comments that motivate me to continue in this extremely important work.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Meditation is as easy as your next breath. If you have time to breathe, you have time to meditate! Never underestimate the power of Prayer and Meditation... 'God speaks to those who take the time to listen and listens to those who take the time to pray!'
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Are they willing to take responsibility for their healing process? Will they follow through with exercises, readings and assignments that may be offered? How caring and dedicated is the professional - they are about to work with - to see them reach their full potential and personal goals...?