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Meet Sophia Hansen of Integrative Wellness Institute in Old Town Pasadena

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sophia Hansen.

Sophia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have the best job in the world: I get to play with energy all day, talk to Spirit and do what I love helping people.

Energy healing found me in 2003 when I was going through my own health challenge. I decided to seek an energy healer to help me feel better and that’s when I discovered Reiki. After receiving only one Reiki treatment, I felt so much better. This experience inspired me to learn more about energy healing and what it was all about. In 2004 I took my first energy healing class which was color therapy.

A few months, later I became Reiki certified. My life was changed.

Prior to this, I was happily working as a paralegal at Girardi & Keese in downtown Los Angeles. Clearly, the Universe had other plans for me.

After learning Reiki and Chromotherapy, I began practicing on family and friends and anyone else who would let me. I soon became part of an internet group called Earth Angels where a bunch of us (who were new on our energy healing path) would work on each other giving each other healings and intuitive guidance. Everything was done online. Facebook and Skype weren’t available like they are today, so the only way we could connect with each was via email, chat or on the post board. Working with this group allowed me to practice my distance healing and intuition abilities. I loved it.

After practicing with the folks in the Earth Angels group for a while, I decided to create a healing room in my home and started to see people professionally. I was a paralegal during the week and moonlighted as an energy healer on the weekends. It was quite an interesting time in my life. I used to tell people, “I straddled the planes” living with one foot in one world and the other foot in another.

As I reflect back on my early years as an energy healer, it seems like a lifetime ago. The energy has changed so much in the world, as well as the actual healing energies. It’s so amazing how things change from week to week. It’s also been awe-inspiring to witness to this spiritual renaissance we’re having: holistic healing and energy healing have come a long way since I first started. What used to take hours, now takes minutes.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, it certainly has not been a smooth road. I often called myself the reluctant healer. I really struggled with it because I initially wanted to be a children’s book author and energy healing wasn’t in my plan. Energy healing always circled around me though. Periodically, I would decide that I didn’t want to do healings anymore and then without fail somebody would always call (usually within a week or so after making his decision) to book a session. I knew that energy healing was a soul promise that I made to God, so I’d always agree to see the person. And afterwards, I was always happy that I did.

In my early years, I was afraid of and in fact, did experience some judgment about being an intuitive energy healer. I think many people inferred that what I was doing was antithetical to God. Which couldn’t be further from the Truth. Ever since I was a little girl I always had such a strong relationship with God and I KNEW that the only way I could do what I doing was BECAUSE of God. There was no way I could explain how I was doing what I was doing and seeing what I was seeing.

I was a psychology major in school, so I didn’t know anything about having my own business. PLUS had no idea how to create a sustainable living on something as nebulous as intuitive energy healing. It wasn’t until my stepson began school full time that I finally took the risk to make energy healing my profession. His dad had his own business so he taught me a lot about how to run a business from the start which was a Godsend.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Integrative Wellness Institute – what should we know?
The Integrative Wellness Institute is a place of learning and healing. Its specialties are meditation classes, energy healings, spiritual well-being classes, and certification programs for meditation teachers, Reiki healers, holistic healing and spiritual intuition.

The Intuitive Reiki Therapy sessions are the most popular since Reiki has enjoyed such wonderful recognition the last 5 years or so.

Working with people who are new to energy healing is such a joy because I know how much trust is required to open yourself up to something you’ve never done before. I also love teaching folks Reiki. It’s so amazing to watch someone’s excitement when they connect with their own intuition and healing abilities.

I’m so proud to have a space to bring together wonderful healers and teachers to share their talents with others.

What makes the Integrative Wellness Institute stand out is that it’s a sacred, safe space for people to experience healing and alignment with their own sacred nature. It’s so important to humbly share our talents with compassion and loving kindness to empower and inspire others. It’s also so important to be a beacon of light and hope in these transformative times.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Learning Reiki from my Reiki Master Teacher Merle Sunde Marschall was life-changing for me. Meeting her changed my life in such a beautiful way. I’m so grateful to her.

I have to say that my biggest cheerleaders have been my family. Their support has allowed me to take risks, fall on my face and try it all over again. Even though they don’t really understand energy healing and what it is that I do; they know that I’m passionate about it and have to do it. They’re always there for me giving me their love, words of encouragement as well as their fiscal savvy which has helped me grow professionally. Their love, support and faith in me strengthen my faith in myself and what I’m doing so I can continue creating a sustainable profession doing something that I love, sharing with others. I’m truly so grateful to them – and God of course!

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