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 was first planted when I took a job as a chiropractic assistant in 1996. It is this love that led me to move to Asheville, NC, where I graduated from the Center for Massage and Natural Health in 2003, and continued practicing as a licensed massage and bodywork therapist for 11 years. It relentlessly flourishes within me to this day.
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. I was hospitalized with multi-organ failure, in a coma for 5 days, on life support for two weeks, followed by weeks of hospitalization, and months of confinement to a wheelchair, speech and physical therapies, and a foreboding prognosis. I was given less than a 20% chance of living 2 years after I was released from the hospital.
It was during this event that I had a near death experience (NDE) which catalyzed a powerful shift in my personal spiritual perception. It ignited within me a determined mission to bring myself into a state of health and initiated me as a shaman; to learn how to "walk between worlds" in service of lighting a path for others find healing, awaken to higher consciousness, and discover the greatest, grandest, version of themselves.
I am an ordained interfaith Minister, a Usui Ryoho Shinpiden Reiki Master Teacher, a graduate and apprentice teacher of The Great Medicine Wheel of the New Earth Shamanic Energy Medicine and Ceremony Program in Charlottesville, VA (more information below). I also hold certifications to practice neurolinguistics programming, hypnotherapy and Qi-Gong. I have been fortunate to work in many environments- from world class resort spas to private practice, massage schools, and beyond. I've 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), teacher of continuing education for massage therapists, and hold certifications to practice Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Deep Tissue, Foot Reflexology, Aromatherapy, 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, working with dimensions of the spirit world, healing and 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 a great responsibility, humbling privilege, and honor to bring reiki, shamanism, ancient wisdoms, and energy medicine 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 which are available periodically at various locations in and around the Tri-Cities, TN (Bristol-Kingsport-Johnson City). I also travel around the world for healing and teaching retreats.
Are you interested in learning more about the above workshops? Would you like for me to host a class or event at your home or place of business? Connect with me today!
I use the phrase Sacred Alchemy to frame the shamanic and diverse types of energy healing I practice into one gracefully succinct expression.
These include an illuminating blend of Usui Ryoho Reiki, Crystal/Stone Therapy, Sound healing through sacred songs, toning and instruments, scent, as well as shamanic healing techniques I have been blessed and honored to learn, which encompass 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, Rachel Mann, PhD of The Great Medicine Wheel, and her mentors, Alberto Villoldo of the Four Winds Society, spiritual teachings from Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo as well as Buddhist principles, Ancestral Lineage Healing, Animism and Earth Reconnection from Dr. Daniel Foor of Ancestral Healing, among others. I also enjoy the privilege of passed-down knowledge and being trained by the inherent wisdom and spirits of my own Appalachian folk and Celtic/Norse ancestral lineages—and ALL of the wisdom lineages to whom they, and I, are connected to and humbly and gratefully serve. 💫🙏
(To delve more deeply into the subject of energy healing, step Inside SoulFire).
It is through my studies and apprenticeship with Dr. Rachel Mann at The Great Medicine Wheel School Mother of Earth Mysticism and Shamanic Energy Medicine Program that I have gained invaluable knowledge and practice in:
I have also spent the past 10 years researching consciousness, Jungian psychotherapy, theology, anthropology, most branches of science/physics, and esoteric wisdom, 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 interfaith minister, a third degree Usui Shiki Ryoho (Shindipen) Master Teacher and have been a Reiki initiate and practitioner for 13 years. I am very honored to offer wisdom teachings and spiritual counsel to those in search of the "big" questions of life.
My work continues to evolve, as do I, on my own path of healing. I am so very grateful to lend a hand to those who also find themselves drawn to the path of awakening their "soul fire!"
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