What made you choose to pursue your profession?
Well, I first came to Reiki as a client during a harsh winter and when I was also experiencing IT band pain in one of my legs due to running. Receiving Reiki was such a gift. I felt very much alive and in a way that I never have before, was able to understand the ways that I was holding onto energy inside of my body. I decided to receive Reiki attunement so that I could continue learning about it as a mode of healing and began connecting with hospice patients, which turned out to be such an amazing experience.
In addition to my own personal Reiki experience, I have always been very much an emphatic person and have found that everyone has a story that is abundantly rich for healing. Sometimes though, the constant busy-ness of life can get us so wrapped up in our stories that we're stuck in repetitive cycles. I believe Reiki is one way to help people uncover their stories in a way that is transcendent and not dependent on language, so that people receive the opportunity for healing in a peaceful, gentle, and quiet setting.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Ultimately, it's my children who get me out of bed. It's important to me to take the moment to begin the day by slowing down with them to say good morning and what better way is there to send them to school with an embrace?
What kind of clients do you like working with most?
I enjoy working with clients who have questions and are seeking to empower themselves to be healers of their mental, physical, and emotional states. I love it when clients come seeking some specific type of healing and then realize that whatever they are experiencing is tied to something deeper or greater within themselves. This realization sparks a healing journey.
What are you currently working on in your professional life?
I am working toward becoming a Reiki Master Instructor. Currently, I am enrolled in creative writing classes. I am also interested in an aromatherapy certification,Ayurveda, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
How do you spend your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my family - we walk around Lake Nokomis often, swim at the YMCA on Sundays, read together, and watch movies. I also love to read books, write poetry and take group exercise classes.
How do you celebrate living in your body?
I became a full fledged runner 5 years ago after the birth of my youngest child. Running is good for the body, but it's the mental challenge that is incomparable. I have run many 5 and 10Ks, a handful of half-marathons, and two marathons. I know it's because of running's mind-body connection and pushing myself to the limit that I am able of accomplishing whatever I set my intentions upon.