As a former licensed massage and bodywork therapist, I have been involved in holistic and alternative healthcare for over 22 years. My love for this field first began when I took a job as a chiropractic assistant in 1996...and it continues to grow today.
As a result of a near-death experience several years ago, I desperately began seeking out my own healing and was hurled into an opportunity to answer another calling: to honor, preserve, and protect the ancient knowledge and rituals of the indigenous peoples of the world through energy healing and teaching.
My road on this journey has not been without pitfalls. In January of 2013, I suffered a sudden illness that would change my life forever in many ways; the greatest of which was a near death experience (NDE). This catalyzed a powerful shift in my personal spiritual perception. I was hospitalized with multi-organ failure, in a coma for 5 days, on life support for two weeks, followed by months of hospitalization, physical, occupational, and speech therapies. Prior to this sudden illness and life change, I graduated from the Center for Massage and Natural Health in 2003 and continued practicing as a licensed massage and bodywork therapist for over 11 years.
I have worn many hats during my professional life- everything from positions in the administrative profession (i.e., legal assistant, university executive assistant, retail manager) to those in the business and healing arts such as chiropractic paraprofessional, Day Spa owner & Consultant, Senior Instructor and Owner of Appalachian Institute of Healing Arts (a massage school in Virginia), and teacher of continuing education for massage therapists. I have been fortunate to work in many environments- from world class resort spas to private practice, massage schools, and beyond.
I am an Ordained Minister and Reiki Master Teacher. I also hold certifications to practice massage therapy, neurolinguistics programming, hypnotherapy, Qi-Gong, Cranio-Sacral therapy, Deep Tissue, Foot Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Raindrop technique, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Hot Stones, Hydrotherapy and Body Wraps, with extensive experience in Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, skin and beauty care. Although not all of my previous training in the massage/bodywork field are techniques now applicable to my current practice, I still implement the energy healing aspects of them ALL.
While I had to make my departure from a rich and long massage therapy practice after my illness, it seemed natural that shamanic energy medicine called me even further and thus, Awakening SoulFire was born. To be called to this work is to be a guide, teacher, mentor, and healer. It is both a great responsibility and privilege to take this leap forward with energy healing, and I am honored to bring reiki, shamanic techniques/wisdom, and energy medicine tools to create an integrative holistic healing approach to those in search of relief from suffering, spiritual growth and self-development.
I offer several different classes and workshops including:
All of these offerings are available periodically at Generations Emporium in Johnson City, TN, and can be found at various locations in and around the Tri-Cities, TN (Bristol-Kingsport-Johnson City).
Would you like for me to host a class or event at your home or place of business? Contact me today!
In addition to my apprenticeship with Dr. Rachel Mann at The Great Medicine Wheel of the New Earth School of Mother Earth Mysticism in Charlottesville, VA, I have spent the past 10 years researching Jungian psychotherapy, theology, anthropology, most branches of science/physics, and esoteric history, just to name a few. To understand these fields of study better allows to develop a more complete view of trauma, wounding, stories of lack and limitation, and dis-ease from all facets. I am an ordained minister and am very honored to offer spiritual mentoring and guidance to those in search of the "big" questions of life.
The shamanic energy medicine I practice draws on several different traditions, tools and training. This is a beautiful fusion of the rich medicine traditions of the Amazon and Andes in Central and South America, particularly from the Peruvian Q’ero, as adapted from my teacher's mentors, Alberto Villoldo of the Four Winds Society, Native American spirituality from Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo, my own Appalachian folk and Celtic roots, and ALL of the wisdom lineages to whom they, and I, are connected to and humbly and gratefully serve. 💫🙏
My work continues to evolve, as I do, on my own path of healing, and I can't explain how happy I am to offer these many beautiful gifts of grace, knowledge, experience, and healing to the world!
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