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  1. Jessie Carper Davis

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    Gary was my teacher at AIM and I assistant taught with him. He was my career mentor. This is my tribute to him. Gary was a dynamic teacher, therapist, and author. He taught me how to learn for the first time by showing me how to retain information by working with my brain and through behavior. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have become a teacher, a massage therapist, or a coach. He taught me that humans learn by doing and that repitition and learning in small chunks is the key. You don’t have to be brilliant, you just have to know the way to learn.

    One of the best things about Gary was his sense of humor. I especially saw it when I assistant taught with him. When teaching about the Longus colli muscle, he would show the students how to strengthen it by doing an exercise called the “vomiting dog” (the position is self explanatory). Just as the students got into position with their eyes on the floor he pulled a camera out of his pocket and snapped a photo of everyone in this ridiculous position, then quickly put it back in his pocket before they realized. I asked him if he did this with every class and he quickly told me he had a small collection of students doing the vomiting dog exercise. Makes me laugh every time. Gary always had me laughing with his sharp wit and sarcasm.

    He was an avid science lover and he showed me that the human body is a miracle in itself. He believed in the power of science helping people and always strove to learn more from research just to help more. Sometimes I would want to make physiological processes more complicated, or more far out and woo woo. I would get pissed sometimes by his matter of factness. Years would pass and I would learn more and research more only to realize he was usually right. This showed me the power of in depth learning and continuing to question and be curious. Never stop learning and don’t spread information if you yourself don’t understand it. He was so ethical and cared very much about not doing something if you didn’t know why you were doing it.

    He would often try to trick me and my class with tough questions. At first we would be so mad and think he was so cruel only to realize when taking the national exam that that very “tricky” question was on there. We would be so glad we messed up so royally because it was stuck in our memory so strongly. Failure sticks in your memory longer- smart right?

    Gary took me to see my first cadaver, compassionately realized how it made me feel, and showed such respect for the donated bodies. He taught me how neurotransmitters and hormones impact behavior such as love, bonding, and addiction. He explained to me the intricacies of the immune system and how the fascia is brilliantly intelligent in its own right which research is now showing to be true. I can figure out an exercise and stretch for every muscle because of his incredible kinese lessons and could probably remember my O, I, and As with ease even though I’ve been out of the teaching field for awhile. He even taught me valuable lessons about potty training which made it so easy with Iyla. I was hoping to get to share that one with him!

    I could tell a million more stories about Gary that left impression on me and how he impacted my whole life trajectory, but for now know that if you were a student of mine, or a client, that Gary is living through my hands and my teachings. If I ever sit or stand on the massage table or stretch your rib fascia, if I ever ask you if you played basketball because you have fantastic peroneal muscles, or show you on my skeleton how babies fit through the pelvic outlet in amazement and why you may subsequently have pelvic floor dysfunction, or if I ever rant on about the suboccipitals and the multifidus- it was because of Gary. Did you know you have two anal sphincters- one that warns you and one that keeps it in (the body cares about you lol)? Now you do so thank Gary.

    You will be so missed Gary. I was really hoping to geek on on how cool the vaccine is with you and fill you in on my daughter and childhood development, but maybe in our next life. My condolences to all of his loved ones.

  2. Efklidis Oikonomidis

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    I was just under 20 when i discovered my PIED problem. I searched on youtube for answers, his ted-x video was one of the first videos I ever saw about porn-addiction. Since then (March 2019) i have watched that video a handful of times. Quitting porn addiction is not something easy and I couldn't believe what I would go through up until today. Gary Wilson's video had all the answers an addict is looking for, in just one video. I was from the lucky ones who found answers immediately due to Gary Wilson's video. Looking at his photo while writing this, I would like to say :

    Thank you for your work, for your contribution and the information you provided us for free. Thank you

    Rest in peace, your legacy will live for ever, like a fire that will bring light to the new addicts

    Efklidis 22, from Greece

  3. m

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    Thank you!

  4. Anonymous Comment

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    Rest in peace, Gary. Your work made me realize my addiction and I have improved so much since I saw your TED talk many years ago. Thank you for everything.

  5. Gary Einhorn

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    Gary was a friend of mine from our time together in Ashland, Oregon. He was a sensitive, kind, giving, and most intelligent human being. He helped me with my physical issues and did so out of the goodness of his heart. He is so sorely missed.

  6. Anonymous Comment

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    As a woman who was addicted to porn, I mourn the loss of such a courageous man, Gary, who fought against the massive porn industry. Eternal rest, O Lord, grant unto, Gary, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him!

  7. Meg Donevan

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    Gary's courage and perseverance in the face of adversity, tireless dedication to the pursuit of the truth, and generosity in keeping us informed, alert and prepared, have had a profound impact on myself and countless others. His legacy will be a continuous source of strength, courage, and hope.

  8. Collett Smart

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    Gary Wilson was a giant in this field, giving the rest of us courage to do what we do.

    Sending my love to Marina, Gary's son and their loved ones.

    Collett Smart

  9. Anonymous Comment

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    This man has changed a lot of lives including mine. may he rest in peace ;(

  10. MrChipDesign

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    I watched Gary's TedX talk when I was at the lowest point in my life having been kicked out of graduate program I had worked so hard to get into. Luckily the school offered a re-admission and I started working getting back to earning my degree.
    Implementing Gary's ideas on quitting porn - PMO was THE DETERMINING FACTOR in me quitting PMO and getting back into the graduate program and finishing my Master's degree. Thank you for helping so many young men like me. You lifted the veil off the propaganda about porn. Condolences to his family - they should be immensely proud of the work he did.

  11. Robert

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    Thank you for giving me a perspective on that subtle & unhealthy habit of mine at the age of 21. Although I never lost myself in this addiction, those past 3 years of consequent abstinence did wonders to my mental health, ability to socialise as well as generally appreciating the small things in life (which often tun out to be the big things).
    Without your [email protected], I may have never found the answers I was looking for.
    May you find peace.
    Robert

  12. Anonymous Comment

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    Thank you for giving me a perspective on that subtle & unhealthy habit of mine at the age of 21. Although I never lost myself in this addiction, those past 3 years of consequent abstinence did wonders to my mental health, ability to socialise as well as generally appreciating the small things in life (which often tun out to be the big things).
    Without your [email protected], I may have never found the answers I was looking for.
    May you find peace.
    Robert

  13. Edwin

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    Truly a gifted, spirited and beautiful teacher. Gary's teachings have had a profound effect on my life and will continue to do so.

    So much love and respect for you Father Gary. What a legacy which will live on forever.

  14. Ulla

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    Just heard about Gary's death and I am very sad and shocked. What a loss - in human terms for family and friends; in professional terms for Gary's colleagues and allies. My heartfelt condolences to the relatives, also on behalf of my life partner! We will always remember him as a strong fighter and, especially, a wonderful person.

  15. MHA

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    Time seems to have flown so quickly looking back now. I will most miss hearing Gary say Marnia’s name, and I will miss Marnia saying “Hey Wils” or “Wilson!!”. Good vole. My heart goes out to Marnia and Arion; his love for you both was clear and present in every conversation. Thanks for sharing him. xo

  16. Christa Rodriguez

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    It's taken me a few days to wrap my head around this tremendous loss. First, many blessings to his loved ones and to all whom were deeply touched by his public service & generous spirit.

    Gary wore many hats throughout his life, but all lead him down the path of service to others. I was fortunate to have him as an instructor at the Ashland Institute of Massage in 2006 and a mentor thereafter. His dry wit & no-bs attitude hooked me in immediately (along with yelling "Fascia!" at various moments). He taught me how to study in a way that I wish I had known as a child! Alas, the more I got to know Gary, I was deeply touched by his unending kindness, integrity, and unrelenting drive for truth. I'm aware of the adversity he faced over the last few years and yet he soldiered on. He was a warrior for justice & peace, through & through.

    I would not be the practitioner I am today without Gary's gifted insight and impact. I'm not surprised that Gary affected so many people during his brief time on Earth. May his work continue to nurture future generations and foster healthy relationships with one other.

    I'm not ready to say goodbye, so I'll just say "See you soon!" Rest easy, dear friend.

  17. Justin Lightfeldt

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    I'm having a hard time holding back tears as I write this. Although I never personally knew Gary, he had a profound impact on my life. When I was in my early twenties I struggled with a pornography addiction and I didn't know where to turn. I felt depressed, confused, and lost. When I saw Gary's famous TED Talk I finally felt like someone understood what I was going through. I realized I wasn't alone. Since then I've found support online and I've experienced tremendous growth. Without Gary, I'm not sure I would have ever fully understood what I was going through. RIP Gary. You will live on through the tremendous work you have done.

  18. Anonymous Comment

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    Thank you.

  19. animoto

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    Gary Wilson has started a movement that had touched many lives in a positive way and created life changing outcomes.

  20. Anonymous Comment

    May. 27th, 2021 Permalink

    I couldn't more thankful to Gary. I watched the TedEX video in 2017, and since then I'm following NoFAP, and It's been so amazing. You'll be missed greatly. Thanks Gary for showing right directions to many people like me.

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