why 'new moon'?
i originally named my practice lila arts, having been introduced to the word 'lila' while working towards my masters in art therapy at pratt institute. a professor required that we read "free play", which enhanced my professional understanding of the word and i highly recommend the read. a sanskrit and hindu word that embodies divine and cosmic play, 'lila' has become a critical component of my philosophy toward life and art, as well as an ever-present and evolving goal. however, the metaphor of the new moon has called to me repeatedly and i believe it is time to honor that. symbolically, the new moon is representative rebirth, new growth, and the shift from darkness to light; i would encourage you to apply that metaphor as you see fit!
what is an art-therapist?
an art therapist is a therapist plus; my training in art therapy and creativity development covered not only issues of standard counseling, but also techniques that utilize the expressive arts as part of the therapeutic process. the creative arts are accessible to all demographics, making them an invaluable tool in relating across cultural, social, and physical spans. an art therapist is a gentle guide along your creative, therapeutic journey. please note: though i am trained in art therapy, i have not registered with the credentialing board.
what other healing modalities are you trained in?
my training in art therapy was a journey in and of itself, offering endless paths to a more integrated way of being, but along the way i discovered myriad avenues for healing. most recently, i have completed a three year herbalist training program, rounding out my knowledge of plant allies and food as medicine (and leading to my current studies in permaculture design). in 2016, i completed my training as a kundalini yoga teacher, and in 2015 i took a year long course in transformational studies.
during thesis research, vibrational healing piqued my interest and i set out to learn more about the arts of tonal healing and sound bath. i work with crystal bowls, nepalese singing bowls, tank drums, gong, tuning forks, chimes and a handful of other small instruments to "bathe" participants in sound/vibration. this is a fairly passive process for the participant and takes place at a deep, cellular level.
i am a master/teacher of reiki and use reiki in combination with shamanic techniques. in fact, i approach my entire practice from a transcendental or shamanic perspective, relying on strong intuition and the power of metaphor to guide the process. shamanism is now, and, as it turns out, always has been interwoven with every modality i engage.
what is reiki/shamanic reiki?
shamanic reiki combines the intuitive, nature and spirit-based work of shamanism with more traditional reiki, a focus on channeling qi/ki/chi (life force energy) to the body through the attuned practioner's hands. energy is directed where is is needed as the receiving individual rests, sitting or laying on a cushioned table. reiki can restore energy imbalances at the chakras, help release current pain and traumatic experience (as well as that from past lives), and guide the receiver toward self-healing practices.
shamanic reiki can provide feelings of warmth, relaxation, empowerment, calm, and clarity. it is best to come to the session with goals, intentions, or questions in mind so that spirit and energy can align to bring you what is most needed and in your best interest.
can you provide your mission statement / say more about your philosophy?