“Joyful Healing” is the expression of my work with individuals and groups who are interested in creating change that supports their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being.
I bring a multi-dimensional approach to my work by combining my experience as an RN in conventional western medicine with the holistic modalities of; Ayurveda, Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching, Yoga/Meditation/Pranayama and Reiki. Within all of these modalities there is a science that helps individuals connect to their “wholeness”. This integration of mind-body-spirit exists and interacts always, no matter what is the individuals condition, needs or desires.
My work is about giving people the opportunity to experience and explore that mind-body-spirit connection. By assisting and supporting individuals own personal goals, wisdom and healing ability, doors of possibility open. Then one has choices and the potential for happiness in this life, despite the individuals condition.
“The healing journey is a process of returning to our wholeness of remembering all of who we are.”
Born in a small town outside of Albany NY, I remember always wanting to be a nurse. I attended Boston University and obtained my BSN. I have over 30+ years experience in Public and Community Health, Home Health, Hospice and In-patient Care. For the past 16 years, I have been working with clients in private practice using integrative therapies that include massage, reiki, yoga, meditation, guided imagery, visualization and cranial sacral. More recently I am incorporating Ayurveda and Health and Wellness coaching into my work. With this work, I have found that these therapies are successful in supporting clients with chronic or acute illnesses, death and dying, life changes, health prevention and maintaining health and well-being. Each of these modalities or practices, gently and subtlety supports the individuals ability to heal themselves. These integrative practices work together with traditional medical treatments, medications and therapies that the client is receiving.
I am a MA State Licensed Muscular Therapist trained at MTI in Cambridge, MA and have studied with Tracy Walton in Oncology Massage. My Reiki training has been with Libby Barnett and John Harvey Gray. As a student of Iyengar Yoga, for 30+ years, I am a experienced RYT-200 Classical Hatha Yoga Teacher, Iyengar-Style…weaving in my Kripalu Yoga and Viniyoga trainings. I have contracted with MIIA Health Benefits Trust teaching a stress reduction program of fitness, yoga and meditation (Stress Rx) in local municipalities.
Currently sole proprietor of Joyful Healing LLC where I provide Ayurvedic Consultations, individual and workshops; Health and Wellness Coaching, individual and groups; teaching yoga/pranayama/meditation workshops, Reiki Level I and II Training, Self-Care workshops and Caring for the Caregiver Retreats.
As a Board Certified Nurse Coach, through the American Holistic Nurse Association, trained by the International Nurse Coach Association (INCA), I bring 35 years of work experience to my Integrative Nurse Health, Wellness and Life Purpose Coaching work as an RN. I have an integrated relationship with conventional western medicine and complementary healing modalities. Within the coaching relationship, I envision supporting an individual’s innate wisdom to create healthy change, maintain wellness, access deeper life-purpose, value, life-satisfaction, wellness and joy in life!
I am a graduate of Kripalu’s School of Ayurveda as a Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, June 2014 and a member of NAMA (National Ayurveda Medical Association). I volunteer at www.pennybear.org as a reiki practitioner and group meditation facilitator. Poetry, hiking, yoga, my spiritual practice, travel, reading, spending time with my family and friends… continues to nourish and inspire me.
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What is Ayurveda…..
AYURVEDA….The Science of Life
Ayu = Life
Veda = Knowledge or Wisdom
Ayurveda, the Science of Life, healing through diet and lifestyle is instruction for living in the world, in harmony with the natural order of life. Ayurveda is a Natural System of Medicine that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is the oldest continuously practiced health-care system in the world. It is holistic…body, mind, senses, emotions, spirit.
It’s focus is on prevention and understanding our own unique constitution and how the outer world and environment affects our daily life. Ayurveda focus on living in harmony with the rhythms of nature by practicing correct diet and lifestyle in the different seasons and times of day. When we are not in the daily and seasonal rhythms of nature, imbalances will begin to occur.
An Ayurvedic approach addresses each individual’s needs. An Ayurveda consultant will take into account your current psychological, emotional and physical state of being. They educates clients about the benefits of the Ayurvedic lifestyle and healing therapies and provide appropriate Ayurvedic remedies to common health problems.
This system of natural healing strengthens body, mind, senses and spirit.
You will learn….
~Ayurvedic lifestyle and conscious eating tips
~How to determine you current Ayurvedic state of being
~Daily Ayurvedic Regimens
~Tips for digestion and nutrition
~Increased awareness of when you are out-of-balance, and how to bring the balance back.
~How to prevent, maintain and sustain health and well-being.
~Practical, every day tools that strengthen our abilities to pick up on signals form the environment that are informing us to what is supportive and non-supportive for our life-health.
~Tools of discernment and choice that support our individual good health, well-being and life purpose.
**Daily routines are the core of this science of health and longevity.
**Self-awareness and self-realization are at the core of happiness, well-being and our life span.
Ayurveda, the Science of Life…Healing through Diet and Lifestyle.
Individual clients – payment for services:
10 min. free – Initial, Introductory call
90 min. $100 – Evaluation/Assessment 1st visit
50 min. $60 – Follow-up visit
20 min. $30 – Follow-up visit
Packages: $200 – 4 follow-up visits (savings of $40)
Group workshops and retreats…email and call for more information and payment.
Deep within we all have a sense of what it means to be healthy and whole. Ayurveda, an ancient holistic system of medicine, helps us realign with this innate wisdom creating a path towards self-care “the natural way.” It’s all about nature and our relationship to it. Ayurveda brings insight into your unique nature or constitution and your relationship to the natural environment. With this knowledge you’ll gain an appreciation of your natural intelligence and common sense. You may choose to make some preliminary, seemingly simple adjustments to your diet and lifestyle that may have profound effects. Ultimately you may discover a true sense of health, vitality and well-being – increased strength and vigor, healthy digestion, peace, calm, contentment, deep restful sleep, the ability to manage stress and natural weight management. Ayurveda can change your life!
Prana…”life-force”, the energy behind all life expressions, moving, thinking, feeling.
A-yama…lengthening, enhancing, expanding within a restraining.
Pranayama is the art and science of yogic breathing techniques. It has the ability to restrain or master the life-force…and to remove obstacles to free the flow of life-force. When this flow is blocked, one can experience feelings of fear, restriction, lack of connection and numbness. When the life-force flows, we can be more sensitive, self-aware, aware of the external world and in the present moment and our own bodies.
Prana is the active and intelligent force connecting everything. Pranayama is the exploration of how we tap into this universal potential. With balanced prana, one can feel energized, alert, enthusiastic. Yoga and pranayama bring us into alignment with nature and our own natural self.
Pranayama is a doorway to the human nervous system and touches our whole being…physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system(relaxation response) and can change emotion patterns. It increases our inner awareness and resilience. With the practice of asana(poses), it prepares us for meditation…which brings us rest, integration and quietness.
There are many teachings of these techniques, from simple, basic, gentle to more involved, intense, advanced. One should always start with the basics, slowly and gently, allowing your body and energetic body to ease into the practice. Some of the techniques can have contraindications and possible side effects. It is recommended to work with a qualified, trained teacher.
Some benefits are: physical wellbeing, lightness of heart, clarity of mind, inner/outer health fulfillment, purpose, intention and direction.
The practice of meditation is a mind-body technique that helps you achieve a “relaxation response”. This term, relaxation response, was named by Herbert Benson to describe the physical changes during a state of relaxation – decreased blood pressure, heart rate and respiration rate.
Meditation can be used to bring balance and harmony into the body, mind and spirit. It can relieve stress, improve the immune system, promote better sleep, reduce chronic pain, improve concentration and awareness and create a state of well-being and inner peace.
The meditation that I teach includes relaxation techniques and breathing exercises. You will be taught meditation techniques that will be practiced, discussed and integrated. “How to bring your practice home” will also be discussed.
Meditation is not about stopping or controlling your thoughts, but to learn to be the “observer” … without judging or fighting them. Therefore, becoming free of their impact or control of you.
Some types of meditation that I teach are: mindfulness, mantra (japa), walking, guided, vipassana, loving-kindness (metta), body scan and slow-motion prana. Yoga based meditation is about focused concentration, more expansive awareness of what is and capacity to let-it-be. It can clear, release, decrease the density of the body and clutter of the mind. It is a practice of being in the present moment. Practice can bring vitality, increased awareness, calming, relaxing and mental clarity(enhanced focus and concentration).
Meditation is not religious, It is spiritual/universal and complements all faiths…
“Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees, so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.”
- Indra Devi
I have been a student of yoga for over 35 years and have studied with with Patricia Walden, Elizabeth O’Shea Sullivan, Julie Gudmestad, Kripalu School of Yoga and Ayurveda and others. My primary Teacher Training was in Classical Hatha Yoga RYT-200 (registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance). I teach mostly Iyengar-style combined with other yoga styles, such as, Kripalu and Viniyoga.
I have been teaching for over 14 years in athletic clubs, schools, municipalities under their Wellness Benefits Program (MIIA), small group classes in various locations and individual Yoga Coaching.
As an RN, I have experience teaching yoga for individuals with life conditions and challenges, such as cancer, chronic illness, physical disabilities, limitations, rehabilitation, etc.
My main focus is “yoga as healing” and “a way of life”. I meet my students and clients “where they are at” in their process of healing and wellness…designing classes, workshops and private sessions, to meet the needs of the students. My style of yoga is gentle and I often use props, such as blankets, blocks, bolsters, chairs, straps, etc. to modify poses individually. Sessions can include asana (poses), pranayama (breathing techiniques), meditation and the philosophy of yoga.
Presently, I work privately with individuals…and create workshops and retreats.
Individual 1 hour yoga session $60/hour
**contact me personally regarding work-shops and retreats and check my calendar.
• Please bring your own yoga mat
• Eat lightly
• Clothes should be comfortable, but not baggy or too loose
• Yoga is done in bare feet
• Please arrived 10 minutes to class to set up
• No cell phones or gum
• No perfumes and colognes.
Awareness is fundamental to the process of yoga. Although you are guided through classes, you remain responsible for your safety and well-being. It is your responsibility as a student to monitor each activity and determine if it is appropriate for your body. If you are ever unsure whether a particular activity is suitable for you, ask.
I have been a certified Reiki Master Teacher since 2001. For at least 14 years I have been using reiki to treat myself and others. My experience with clients is for treatment of injuries, relief of pain, depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, fertility, stress reduction, grief, support through major life change, pre and post-operative, cancer, palliative care and general health and well being.
Reiki (Ray-Key) is an ancient, gentle, hands-on healing modality. It can help you feel better and heal better. Reiki can be used to promote relaxation, ease pain, facilitate healing and personal growth. It acts by stimulating your own body’s innate healing capacity – creating balance and harmony.
Reiki means Universal Life Force – which can be described as “ki”, “chi” or prana… the healing energy of the universe or the foundation of all life.
Individual 1 hour treatment session $60/hour
Reiki Level I
In a Reiki Level I Training Class, you will learn to use reiki for yourself and how to share it with others. During the training, each person receives four empowerments (or attunements). These empower you to transmit reiki healing energy through your hands. You will have this ability for life and it will always be available for you to use whenever you wish to promote balance, harmony and well-being.
Reiki Level II
Reiki Level II deepens your effectiveness as an Advanced Reiki Practioner with a new attunement. You will be taught three ancient, powerful, healing symbols which you will learn to apply on yourself and others. These symbols are for use with Empowerment, Mental/Emotional and Absent/Distance Healing. As a Reiki practioner, you will have a new understanding of the healing and transformational powers of Reiki.
Reiki Level I and II Training’s for groups and individuals. Call or email me to arrange and discuss cost. 617.549.0619
**My training and experience…
Reiki Master Teacher training with Libby Barnet and Maggie Chambers 2001
Also studied with John Harvey Gray, Reiki Level II
Have worked with many individuals and groups, including those who work in healthcare.
“I had heard about reiki before but never tried it. So when I was diagnosed with cancer in 2004, even though I was skeptical about reiki, I thought I would try it out. My biggest fear at that time was the pain after the surgery and ongoing treatment thereafter. My boss at the time gave me Nancy’s contact information and recommended that I see her. My first session was a few weeks before my surgery. My first impression was how calm Nancy was and that immediately put me at ease. I wasn’t sure how I felt immediately after the session, but over the next few days I realized that I was not afraid of my surgery or my treatment and was ready to brave it all. It was a great feeling. There were a few more instances where I found it hard to overcome certain hurdles during my treatment and again Nancy did wonders for me. Being on a feeding tube for months, the transition to solid foods was very tough, until I had another session of reiki and within a week I was able to eat.
My mom accompanied me on a couple of sessions and also took a class from her on how to do reiki. She was able to do reiki on me when I was unable to see Nancy.
Nancy has a very calming effect on me and has a wonderful ability to understand your emotional state. It would have been much harder for me to cope with everything if it wasn’t for Nancy’s love, support and healing power. Not only is she a great reiki master but a wonderful human being.”
“I have been a Reiki and yoga client of Nancy’s for several years. Nancy is a very gifted practitioner who imparts a spiritual wisdom in each session whether it’s Reiki or yoga. She is passionate about her profession and each session has left me energized and inspired. Nancy is continually educating herself. The more she learns the more she imparts to her clients. For those of us who like to separate ourselves from our crazy everyday lives, Reiki and yoga taken from Nancy are great spiritual learning experiences. I highly recommend her!”
“Being coached has been an interesting process for me and in me. I felt comfortable from the beginning. We had to root around in the talking and the questions for some time before I noticed that I was remembering my dreams more…writing about them…bringing into the conversation for no clear reason – and sharing my stories, images, feelings and interpretations. Often I felt like I was just opening my lid and random pieces of my experience and musings would erupt and pile themselves all over the table in a heap.
Nancy would listen. Ask. Clarify. Restate. Offer a meditation or visualization, some centering – and maybe assignment for our next session. I would leave with gratitude for this time of being listened to, and for a companion in looking through whatever spilled out onto the table.I found myself listening to my own creative voice with more respect, following that voice rather than avoiding its urging. With surprise and wonder I began to show and share ideas and creations, voicing my own questions and answers within Nancyʼs presence and acceptance.
At some point, after a couple of months of mostly meetings, I realized what my experience of this process was: an awareness that Nancy wasnʼt there to fix me or to impose her Healing Agenda on me. With curiosity, I was finding my way to shift through ideas, memories, dreams, feelings and hopes myself – and what I needed and got from Nancy was a gentle and supportive witness who could hold space for me to do this shifting, reflecting and questioning. Her guidance and companioning came from asking me where my own inner guidance was pointing, rather than directing me herself. This is the greatest gift of all because it helps me bring confidence in my own capacity for self direction, growth and change.”