As a former licensed massage and bodywork therapist, I have been involved in holistic and alternative medicine 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. The love of holistic healing 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 to "walk between worlds" and endure "soul fire" in service of lighting a path for others find healing, awaken to higher consciousness, and discover the greatest, grandest, version of themselves.
I am a facilitator, a guide, a translator, a witness, an observer, a channeller, an extractor, a teacher, a way-shower, an alchemist, and an empowerment leader. I am an ordained interfaith minister, an 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, energy medicine, intuitive readings and spiritual counsel to those in search of the "big" questions of life. It is a great responsibility, humbling privilege, and honor to bring wisdom teachings, reiki, and energy medicine to create an integrative holistic healing approach to those in search of relief from suffering, spiritual growth and self-development.
I am a graduate 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, Shamama SoulFire was born. During my near death experience, I was gifted the spirit name SoulFire, and as such made a decision a few years ago to refer to my practice as 'Awakening SoulFire.' As I continue to shift, lift, and dance into my own sacred sovereignty, spirit has led me to embody who I am. My work continues to evolve, as do I, on my own path of transmutation. I am so very grateful to lend a hand to those who also find themselves drawn to the path of awakening their "soul fire!"
I offer several different classes and workshops which are available periodically at various locations in and around the Nashville, Tri-Cities, TN (Bristol-Kingsport-Johnson City). I also travel around the world for healing and teaching retreats.
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I use the phrase Sacred Alchemy to frame the diverse types of energy medicine I practice into one gracefully succinct expression. These include a blend of reiki master techniques, crystal/stone therapy, vibrational healing through songs, chants, toning and instruments, sacred scent, rune, stone, and card readings, as well as other techniques of holistic healing. My spirit walk and animist training fist began as a child long ago through my Appalachian folk roots and continues every day as I am being trained by the inherent wisdom of the spirits of my own Celtic/Norse ancestral lineages.
In addition, I have been privileged to learn and practice the rich medicine wheel traditions of the Amazon and Andes in Central and South America, particularly from the Peruvian Q’ero adabted by Rachel Mann, her mentors, Alberto Villoldo of the Four Winds Society, as well as Ancestral Lineage Healing, Animism and Earth Reconnection from Dr. Daniel Foor of Ancestral Healing, Buddhist principles —and ALL of the wisdom lineages to whom they, and I, are connected to and humbly and gratefully serve.
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Over the years as I continue to learn, grow and evolve, I have gained invaluable knowledge and practice in:
I have also spent the past 10 years researching consciousness, Jungian psychotherapy, theology, sacred contracts, 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 offer distance healing sessions and local healing in my Tennessee studio. You can also find me doing retreats, holistic and metaphysical classes, Reiki I, II, & III workshops, group healing meditations, shamanic ceremonies and ancient wisdom/medicine wheel teaching events.
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