Hello Beautiful Souls! I'm Anastasia, the Founder of The Healing Heart, creator of the Soul Activation healing technique and an insatiable lover of life!
Nearly a decade ago, I stumbled into Reiki by way of a series of events that led me to taking a Reiki Level 1 training class. At the time, I had heard of Reiki, but I had no clue what it was or how it worked. After that first training class, that all changed! It opened me up to an entirely new level of self awareness, consciousness, and a profound connection to life. I had never experienced this before.
I felt changes happening within me, deep within me. As these changes unfolded on the inside, I saw my life transform in so many beautiful and amazing ways. Reiki became a way of life for me, and why not? Who doesn't want to experience an abundance of unconditional love?
As I look back on my path, I have such a profound sense of gratitude for all the ways I was led to Reiki. It opened up doors to learning about so many other powerful alternative healing methods and holistic practices. By opening my heart and soul to the flow of Reiki, I gained access to new realms of spiritual knowledge and understanding. Reiki was the 'Ki' that woke me up to my divinity, and to the universal connection we all share. From that place of pure love and consciousness, I have been inspired to find every avenue possible to share the amazing gift of Reiki with as many people as possible. My hope is that you also experience the abundance of peace, love and joy that is available to all of us.
Hello! My Name is Samantha, and I am a Certified Health Coach. I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I studied with the world's top health and wellness experts. I am currently completing continuing education, also through IIN, to become a Hormone Health Expert (estimated completion April 2022).
I left my corporate career to pursue my deep rooted passion for health and wellness! My experience and education has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention. Drawing on my expertise, I work with my clients to help make lifestyle changes and choose health-promoting ways that produce real and lasting results. You will develop a deeper understanding of food and lifestyle choices that work best for you, improving your energy, balance, health, and happiness. I will personally and carefully guide you to make simple, small changes that transform your life.
I live with my husband and puppy in Edison Park, IL, and love to spend my free time outdoors (yes, even in the cold Chicago winters I still make it non-negotiable that I get outside for a walk each day!). I also love spending time with family and friends and "nerd-ing" out over all things health, wellness and fitness.
Helping others through their health journey brings me so much joy, and I can't wait to work with you and see you become the healthiest and happiest version of yourself!
In Good Health, Samantha
Reflexologist, Reiki Practitioner, Holistic Reproductive Health Specialist
Happy Feet & Happy Hearts! My name is Shelli and I am a Reflexologist here at The Healing Heart. I have always been called to be a healer and I’m so glad my journey has brought me here to this studio! I graduated from Augustana College with a bachelor's degree in Biology in 2010, and I knew I wanted to combine my passions for science and holistic healing into something amazing. Since then, I have been trained as a Reflexologist, Reiki Healer, and Doula. I love the connections I make when supporting people on their life paths, there’s just something so special about it!
I have also decided to continue on with my education and passion and specialize in fertility, reproductive health, and prenatal/postpartum reflexology to bring healing and compassion to people on their journey to wellness and/or parenthood.
I personally found so much healing through reiki during my own struggles with anxiety and fertility. I truly enjoy bringing these modalities to others through all stages of their lives. I fell in love with reflexology because it is such a gentle yet effective way to promote healing and balance within your body and it complements any other medical or holistic treatment!
I feel so honored to be a part of your journey and I look forward to connecting with you in healing.-Shelli
Hi there! My name is Crstalyn and I am an Acupuncturist with The Healing heart. The pursuit to find natural healing and pain alternatives for family, friends and myself led me to the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). I graduated Summa Cum Laude from National University of Health Sciences in 2018, with a master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I am also certified in Neurostructural Integration Technique (NST). I am currently in the process of obtaining a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine. When I am not working or studying, I am training in Shotokan Karate and Okinawan Kobudo.
Traditional Chinese Medicine incorporates five branches of medicine: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tuina, Qi Gong and Tai Chi, as well as oriental nutrition and dietary therapy. Acupuncture is a non-invasive method that treats the root of the problem to relieve the symptom, or the branch. I have experience in treating issues such as chronic pain, stress, migraines, infertility, PTSD, depression, gastrointestinal problems, and offer general well-being, and maintenance, to name a few. My goal is for you to achieve physical and mental balance with a gentle and empathic approach by balancing your Qi, or energy flow through acupuncture.
A series of life events led me to the Healing Heart. For the first time in my life, I let go and everything began to fall into place. I believe that however long and winding our journey has been, we will eventually get to where we are meant to be. I am grateful to be a part of this team of Healers. I believe that we all have a way of healing each other both directly and indirectly. I look forward to bringing a great sense of well-being, peace and balance to all of you, as you do to me.
Greetings! I began my training at the Liaoning University Of Traditional Chinese Medicine. After completing four years of study I continued with an apprenticeship at Liaoning University Hospital for two years and volunteered my time doing private and community acupuncture at a nursing home in Shenyang, China.
I have been doing my best to treat diseases and improve the quality of life of people through more than 10 years of acupuncture treatment research and clinical experience. I believe it is an honor and privilege to help people with their physical and emotional health goals, and continue to help clients regain their health and live a happy life with their loved ones for a long time.
Thank you, Juyoung
Credentials: •The Qualification Of Acupuncture Doctor •NCCAOM •Licensed Acupuncturist For State Of California •Licensed Acupuncturist For State Of Illinois •Herbalist/Acupuncturist •President of JK CARIS (NGO)
Certified Hypnotherapist, Life Coach, Reiki Master Teacher
Greetings! My name is Nathan Zemar, and I have spent 17 years gathering tools and building my personal and professional practice as a Healer, Spiritual Advisor, and professional Hypnotherapist. I was called to my path as a healer at a young age. I was introduced to Reiki as a teenager by the Wife of my martial arts Instructor. This happened after a serious burn affected the left side of my face and my right hand. This opportunity opened my eyes to the existence of energy and our personal ability to heal ourselves, those around us and the world we are privileged to take part in. This was the first of what would become a lifetime of experiences on an ever unfolding journey of growth.
Over the next decade or so, I spent my time in a cycle of study and application, learning and adding to my tool bag. I sought out techniques to bring physical, mental and energetic healing to myself at first, applying them to my own path, and eventually passing them forward to those I have the privilege of working with.
In 2017 I was led to attend Hypnosis Motivation Institute, graduating in 2018 with my Diploma in Hypnotherapy. I have since continued to study multiple adjunct techniques to help facilitate unconscious healing and conscious life transformation. I strive to apply and pass these tools on to the individuals with whom I have the pleasure and privilege of working with. My hopes are to bring a new realization of balance and wholeness.
In serving at The Healing Heart, I look forward to exploring new horizons of wellness with you.
I love to be anywhere near an ocean and to travel. I hike, bike, garden, participate in a weekly walking group, pretty much anything outside in nature. My husband and our Aussie usually enjoy a lot of these things with me. I spent 30 years in the corporate world but my passion for natural healing and wellness didn’t align with my daily role so I left the business world to pursue something that helped to improve people’s lives. I’ve invested a few decades into wellness and self-care beginning with a yoga instructor certification and that sent me down a winding road ending up at EFT/tapping. EFT or tapping is technique that involves using your fingertips to tap on meridian endpoints on your head and torso while honoring your feelings of stress.
This is a self-help tool that you can use anytime anywhere once you learn it. When I tried it and had success myself, I started asking all my family and friends to try it with me, and they too felt the effects of quickly lowering their cortisol levels and raising serotonin. I saw so many people enjoy the benefits from tapping, I went and acquired my clinical practitioner certification from EFT Universe. This is a simple practice and the only side effect is feeling better! The other great benefit tapping offers is that anyone can use it for just about anything! Join me in a tapping session where you'll learn this quick and peaceful process to calm your nervous system. Health, Happiness and Peace to you, Denise
Hello! I am Anna, a Master Reiki Practitioner at the Healing Heart. I look forward to bringing as much light into your lives as Reiki has brought into mine. I recently graduated from the University of Iowa in 2020. I stumbled upon Reiki about five years ago, during my time in college there. With the grapples of college life, it was easy to feel like I was losing control. I let outside circumstances constantly affect my mood. I felt powerless in my path because I lived in both the past and future but never the present. The level of consciousness that Reiki brought me opened my eyes to a new world that was waiting for me. One of peace, abundance, love, and serenity.
I found The Healing Heart after moving back home from Iowa. I was incredibly thankful I could go to a studio that offered pure peace as soon as I walked through the doors. I always left feeling better than when I arrived. The behind-the-scenes of Reiki had always caught my eye. I wanted to know what was able to be seen and felt as a practitioner. I wanted to be able to offer the peace that my practitioners had offered me. My life has been forever changed since my first training and I have gained new insights that I never could have imagined. My relationship with myself and others started to shift and grow tremendously. As my intuition strengthened with each training, life started to flow with a sense of ease. I discovered a newfound presence and safety in the love of Reiki and all it has to offer.
I cannot remember the exact moment that I found Reiki. But I knew from the beginning it would always be a part of me and ultimately, found me first. I look forward to sharing this love and consciousness that Reiki brings into fruition. My goal is and always will be to bring Reiki to as many people as I can reach! With love & light, Anna
Hello! My name is Katy and I am incredibly excited to be a part of The Healing Heart as a Reiki Master Practitioner. I had never heard of energy healing until a friend of mine asked if she could practice energy healing on me. I was more than open to the idea and as a result of those healings I experienced a connection to the Universe/ God that I never felt before. I also realized my spiritual self was craving for a modality of healing that could help me find myself and my life’s purpose. Wanting to share this discovery with others, I then felt guided to taking Reiki 1 at The Healing Heart, and then subsequently becoming a Reiki Master healer. I would practice my new abilities on friends and family, and they all took away something different from the healings. And that is what makes Reiki so profound and powerful. This universal energy gives each person exactly what they need to move forward, so that they can live their life’s purpose authentically and freely.
At the Healing Heart, I look forward to helping others work through their life’s goals and challenges. All too often, we either avoid our difficulties or try unsuccessfully to work through them ourselves. But ideally, it’s when we reach out and ask for help that transformation brings us to a newer and better version of ourselves.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. I hope to have the opportunity to get to know you as well.
Hello! My name is Lucy Austin and I’m a practicing Reiki-Master Teacher as well as a highly experienced Meditation Coach. I am originally from Eastern Europe, but continued my studies and received my credentials from the Equilibrium Energy + Education Institute in Chicago. During the course of my development I also attended numerous related international seminars and conferences that served to further enhance my Reiki and Meditation skills.
I have always been very intuitive, but in my over 20-years of study and practice of meditation I have discovered that it has helped me reach a deeper state of consciousness and a profound connection with the frequency of energy. From the start of my practice, I comprehended the energy of Reiki and used it to help my clients release their physical pain and other discomforts. I also noticed that my clients were experiencing deeper states of relaxation, better night’s sleep, higher energy levels, and a light hearted feeling after the service. Energy was assisting me to develop a state of being on my own, that was not only beneficial for myself but for those around me. My coworkers would say, “If you do not feel your best, just go and hang out with Lucy, you will feel better!”
After an initial session, clients were returning for another, as they experienced improvement in their overall wellbeing. Their responses to everyday life events and people had changed. Instead of reacting to their environment, my clients were developing a response based on awareness and choice. Their changed behavior confirmed that Reiki energy provides assistance not only for our physical body but also to our mental state. Both are accomplished by realigning the relationship we hold with ourselves. It also assists us to understand how events come to fruition. Specifically, how we create our reality and how immensely powerful we really can be. Not only to free ourselves from unwanted physical conditions but to bring us closer to understanding and experiencing our personal dreams and potential!
I am delighted to be part of The Healing Heart's team and to meet and co create with all of my new clients, coworkers, and friends.
Hello! As a Reiki Master Practitioner, I am dedicated to the healing of others, and I am here to hold space for and support you on your healing journey.
I discovered Reiki in the face of challenges in my life, including struggling with anxiety and some chronic stomach issues. Following my intuition, I signed up for the training I found right away. As I got my attunements, I noticed significant changes as my healing journey and energy work unfolded.It shifted things internally and externally for me as I began to understand the root cause of some of the challenges I was experiencing. I can personally attest to its ability to open up and help bring a person back into alignment. Through the beautiful energy of Reiki, I began to tap into my intuition, listen to my heart, trust myself and open my eyes to an entirely new way of life.
Having worked intensely on my own healing, I realized that I wanted to bring energy healing to others who may be struggling. After working with Reiki and New Paradigm MDT on myself and many others, I felt called to be of service and to reach as many people as I can during this profound time. Crystals and sound healing are some of the tools that I enjoy working with in my sessions. The moment I found The Healing Heart, I deeply resonated with its integrated approach to holistic healing as I believe in honoring the powerful connection of the mind, body, soul, and spirit. I am honored to be a part of the team and look forward to working with you. With love and gratitude, Diana
Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Bengston Method Healer and Akashic Record Reader
To all the wonderful Healing Heart clients that I have had the pleasure of serving,
These past 2+ years at The Healing Heart have been so much FUN! Every day there I got to know, learn from, guide and heal people from many different walks of life — and I actually get to say this is my line of work! I have always believed that we each have unique paths in which we can choose our own adventures. However, it is through healing all of you you that I am able to really grasp how much faith, strength and vulnerability it takes to allow healing energy and guidance to help you transform your struggles into triumphs. Thank you SO much for allowing me to take part in your healing. You have no idea how much you have healed me as well!
I have had, to say the least, an amazing couple of years with you and Anastasia at The Healing Heart. However, I have exciting yet bittersweet news! Life has taken me south of the Contiguous United States and into Puerto Rico! If you ever end up in Puerto Rico, do not hesitate to reach out for recommendations and tips! I will still be with The Healing Heart virtually. I am available for virtual Reiki healing, Bengston Healing Method and Akashic records readings. As for my Reiki students, I will be reaching out to set dates for future classes.
Thank you for making me a part of your journey! I look forward to seeing you soon!
Blessings, Mary Jo
Licensed Massage Therapist with Cupping and Pre/Post Natal Certifications
In early 2021, I set an intention to find a spiritual community of like minded women in which I would feel at home. After surrendering my longing to God/Source/the Universe, a series of synchronistic events in August led me to Anastasia, and then to being part of the Healing Heart team.
I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to continue my healing journey here, at this particular time.
My passion, personally and professionally, is spiritual healing, and my main modality is Massage Therapy. Decades of chronic burnout and neurodevelopmental difficulties led me to Massage in my adult years and started me on a new path in my healing journey. The unique combination of a sensory experience, along with an energy exchange, offered my nervous system a new, warming experience: feeling safe. My parasympathetic system began to kick in, inflammation in my body decreased, and my brain fog started to lift. I was hooked.
At the Healing Heart, I hope to provide a service that facilitates the same process for my clients. I am Cupping and Prenatal certified; I regularly study new techniques, and I aim to use my education in Public Health, in addition to my experience as an Athletic Coach, to offer a balanced, therapeutic approach. Love & Balance, Terra
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