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Meet Ari Surya of Helio Honey/ Helio Healing

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ari Surya.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Ari. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
For as long as I can remember, I have had a deep love for the arts whether it was singing for my family on holidays and birthdays, dance classes, or painting. I was raised by my mother and grandmother and they were very supportive of my interests growing up, they put me in many classes that I was interested in to awaken the artist in me. In middle school my medium was singing and writing, high school- dancing, choir, poetry. Early adult years- writing, photography, modeling and creative direction though I still dabble in all of the others here and there. I got into wellness a year after high school, after being extremely self-conscious of my weight throughout my life I really started researching better ways to feel and be healthy. Through research I found workouts, healthy recipes, and a more holistic approach to healing the mind and body. I think then is when I realized that I actually really enjoyed a healthy lifestyle and learning how to heal naturally. That’s what started my love for overall wellness.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Definitely has not been a smooth road. I struggled most with my mental health and financial situation. I couldn’t really get any accomplishments completed for myself because of dealing with chronic depression and anxiety. I was diagnosed the summer after I graduated from high school and struggled for about 3-4 years after until I found an amazing therapist for me. With her, I learned how to cope and was given the tools to do so. Another big issue was my financial situation because my mom is a single mother and I’m the oldest of her kids, I had to be on my own financially at 17 when I graduated high school from then to now (24) I have lived off of my own income so spending money on extra things like even buying paint and canvases was not a thing for me until finding a great full-time job nannying that helped me really be able to afford working on myself and getting the help I needed.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a writer, multimedia artist, and reiki healer. My previous artwork includes handcrafted art installations, photo series’, collaborative zine ‘Rising to the Sun’, and a vast collection of writing and poetry. My art is meant to take you on a journey of my own experiences through self-discovery and self-love. I want to make you feel something. I want to share my story in hopes that others never feel alone on this life journey. I am also a reiki healer and that business is very new for me, I am starting to offer in home sessions under Helio’s Healing.

Most proud of: I didn’t have the tools or resources so I went and found them through going to events alone, reaching out to entrepreneurs, creating a network.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My mom – gave me the freedom to be myself and discover what I wanted for myself. Is very supportive of my vision. My grandma – for coming to the U.S. from Mexico to make a better life for herself. At 18, she learned English, is now fluent and retired as a Registered nurse. She is my hero. She made many things happen for my family growing up.

My siblings & chosen sisters – for support & love my mentor Charlotte Nguyen and my therapist for guiding me and providing the tools for me to succeed. My partner for being one of my greatest teachers, supporting my dreams, and helping me make them happen, and emotional support.

Pricing:

  • 60 minute reiki session $65.00
  • 35 minutes reiki session $40.00

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Image Credit:

Cydnei Jordan; Aaron Requena; Jade Morning; Brandon Hicks; xoxohadas; JayWill

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