Erin Burch

The Offramp of Panic

Erin Burch, known by her clients as “The Body Whisperer” is a pioneer and visionary and founder of The Burch Method. Her signature system has created un-dreamt-of results not only for herself, but countless of her clients who have regained hope, ease, and a return of performance in what they love to do. Her background as a physical therapist and yoga instructor prepared her to discover the “Hidden Design” of the body during her own “inside-out” healing journey. In her 40 years of working to restore people to better-than-their-former selves, she had treated celebrities, professional athletes and rock&roll icons and people from all walks of life.

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Erin Burch, PT, is fascinated by what it takes to be the most amazing human being possible and to realize our potential from every perspective. She is compelled to explore the truth of our cultural paradigms about pain and aging because of the deep research she’s done for the past 26 years to reverse an “irreversible” condition in her own body, caused by aggressive scar tissue that threatened to leave her in constant pain, unable to walk with a crippling future.

We’ve all had pain… it’s a part of life… and we’re getting older each moment, chronologically, but do we have the suffer the disability and indignity that we associate with these inevitabilities? From her unique perspective, Erin Burch has developed The Burch Method, a premier bodywork system that negotiates pain and aging and promises outcomes that defy expectations.

Clients from the east and west coast, as well as Hollywood A-List Actors, Professional Athletes, Rock&Roll icons and network executives have found relief from the rigors of pain and aging from Erin’s signature system. She is taking her work global and is committed to breaking the belief barriers we all have about what’s possible for the full expression of our later life outcomes.

Erin enjoys speaking to groups, and igniting the fire to avoid unnecessary pain and problems that are associated with aging. She also enjoys being active and challenging her comfort zone. Her passions include music, hiking, biking, travel, SCUBA diving and rock climbing.

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It is customary in the ancient families of Kerala, South India to name their son with the first initial of their father’s lineage. My mother went against this long tradition that traces its origin to 52 AD when the Apostle St. Thomas converted my father’s family into Christianity.My mother named me Ajit, which in Sanskrit means invincible, unconquered, unsurpassed. It is a really difficult to fully live up to the true meaning of my name but it didn’t stop me from trying.

In 1967, my mother started a local chapter of a well-known Children’s League in Kerala where I became its President at age 13. I was made in charge of distributing baby chickens and packets of the new IR8 miracle rice seeds throughout Kerala.

I learned valuable leadership and organizing skills on how to recruit volunteers and organize service projects and manage time and talent to serve others. It was here I understood my calling and the life contract set forth by my mother. With the help of my older sister, I left India at the age of 16 and moved to the United States to go to the University of Delaware with seven dollars in my pocket.

While I am a capitalist at heart, I was never driven by the need to maximize the most amount of money I could make. While I liked good wine, good food and great vacations, I did not make accumulating wealth my success indicator. Let me share a story from my father’s family. My grandfather once returned a cooking vessel full of gold coins he found on his property to the Maharaja of Travancore and then refused to take any reward except his return fare home. In our family, we were taught what was more important in life is to do the right thing as opposed to accumulating material wealth. The pull was much stronger to serve the underserved. I kept finding causes that appealed to my desire to serve others. For the past five decades, I kept landing myself into situations that called for leadership that utilized my time and talent.

Here are two examples: My oldest sister recruited me raise funds to help eliminate a waiting list and recruit volunteers to deliver home delivered meals to the homebound elderly in Delaware from 1989 to 2007 as the founding chairman of Meals On Wheels in Delaware.

As organizer of TEDxWilmington from 2011 to 2018, I was privileged to give over 475 thought leaders a platform to share their ideas worth spreading with the world by giving TEDx talks that have attracted over 17.5 million views. As an immigrant to the United States from a third world country, I brought with me the courage to fail in this land of opportunity.

I have failed more often than I ever want to remember. My mother always taught me that failure was just a milestone to leave behind. My commitment to get up from each failure, stand up and go forward remains invincible.

As I stand here, honing my why, I’m convinced it started with my mother and the charge she set forth for me. As she went against the grain, breaking ancestral tradition, she passed the baton to stand up against the institutions that do not serve the greater good.

It is precisely why as I turn 65 this year, I have made a ten year commitment to create Green Jobs and create a new crop of Compassionate Capitalists by giving second chances to men and women returning from prison through the creation of indoor, hydroponic vertical farms and by growing pesticide-free, herbicide-free, fresh, local organic produce.

My gift to you tonight is to question how you fit in this world. Speak your truth. And if you don’t know how you fit in this world, it is because you are here to help create a new one. Go forth and fail gracefully and celebrate your success stories each word.

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