Welcome! My name is Jen Dombrowski. I moved to Colorado in October 2016. I am a Reiki Master, 200 hour certified yoga teacher, and foot reflexologist. I love helping people and in fact had a “grown up” job as a social worker. Currently, I am trying to pursue my other skills besides social work. I believe that we hold so much trauma in our bodies and that tools like yoga, reiki, and reflexology can help people process the trauma. When I talk about trauma I am not just talking about emotional; I am also talking about physical trauma.
I started my wellness journey with reiki. If it was not for reiki I would not have had the strength to create the life I love. Then I became involved with yoga. I have depression and anxiety and yoga helped pull myself out of it as well as therapy and medication. Yes, I take medication. In the new age/holistic world this is frowned on but without medication I would not have had the foundation to start rebuilding myself after my diagnosis. Finally, I learned foot reflexology which I find so fascinating. Do you know that the whole body is mapped out on your feet? This means that working on the feet can facilitate your organs to work the way they are supposed to. I will explain what these three modalities (Reiki, yoga, and reflexology) are shortly.
Let’s begin with reiki. Ever heard of the force from “Star Wars” well this is similar. REI means Life and KI means force in Japanese. Reiki was developed in Japan but there are many different incarnations of it now. Reiki is using energy that we can all tap into to help bring relaxation and healing to people. During a reiki session people stay fully dressed and it is up to them if they want to be touched. No touching has to occur for reiki. Reiki practitioners were given attunements that open them up further to this life-force energy. I am just a conduit nothing more the energy will do what it wants to and focus it’s healing where it wants to. Most people report feeling really relaxed or energized after a reiki session. Normally, I feel like I had a great nap after a session.
Yoga is ancient practice developed over 2,000 years ago. This practice was developed for meditation not for asana (physical practice). The goal is not to get your forehead to your knee but to open your mind. Yoga means “Union or to yoke”. The goal of yoga is to bring union to your breath and movements. The general assumption is that you have to be flexible to do yoga and that is just not the case. You need to be able to breathe to do yoga and if you can do that that is all you need.
Reflexology is also an ancient art. It utilizes finger and thumb walking techniques to bring about relaxation to the body. As stated before the whole body is mapped out on your feet. Even the slightest pressure can bring healing. Reflexology can be done on the ears, feet, and hands. It is not a foot massage! In fact most massage therapist only have a weekend of reflexology in their formal training. I have about 320 hours of training specifically on the feet. Furthermore, in Colorado like many other states you do not need to be licensed to do reflexology. However, I am an American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) approved reflexologist. This means that I had to take an exam as well as 3 sessions a piece on 30 sets of feet to obtain this. ARCB holds the line for professional standards in reflexology.
I am hoping to learn so much more! In the meantime, I am enjoying the journey I am on.