Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Mazeski.
Amy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Hi, A little about me, my journey and how this all came to be…
After my son was born (12 years ago), I experienced some health problems that manifested both physically and emotionally. I had just about every “western medicine” test that could potentially apply to the myriad of symptoms I was having, and every test came back “normal”. But I felt so far from “normal” (marginally functional at best). My doctor advised me to start taking anxiety medication. With an extremely sensitive system and additional/different side effects resulting from the medication, I realized that masking the symptoms with medication was not the answer for me. I began to explore other avenues that might provide some insight into what my body was telling me, and what I could do to regain my health and re-connect with my wholeness. And my personal journey began…
Since then, I have experimented with various holistic practices and embraced (as part of my lifestyle) those that resonated with me personally. As a result, I learned about the many healing aspects of yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, nutrition & supplementation, detoxification, chiropractic, acupuncture, reiki, energy medicine, and holistic health in general. The most profound thing I’ve learned in my journey thus far is the impact of the energetic body as it relates to the overall well-being of the physical body, mind and spirit. If the spiritual and energetic bodies are out of balance, the physical body will suffer and let you know – regardless of nutrition, supplementation or physical activity. You have to re-connect with your soul and “inherent wholeness” before you can heal the physical body. I personally found that energy work and meditation are amazing modalities to assist with removing the “stories” that can dominate our lives, mask who we really are and prevent us from living our purpose through our daily lives. When we find our wholeness and reconnect with our soul, we are reminded of why we are here and inspired to share our natural gifts with the world. Everything is about balance. Every aspect of life impacts the connection between and the balance of mind, body and spirit – your relationships, career choice and associated stress, finances, health, nutrition, priorities, etc. I am a self-proclaimed “holistic health junkie” (by no means am I, or will I ever be, a “purist”), on a mission to hold space and facilitate self-healing for those who are drawn to my teaching and practice. Learning Reiki, in particular, was life-changing for me. It’s hard to explain the depth of transformation, but it was absolutely the catalyst for my own spiritual growth and for this work.
My truest passion lies within teaching Reiki because it is so simple, yet profoundly effective. The sense of empowerment that comes with learning Reiki and being able to share that gift with yourself, your pets and those you connect with is priceless. Everyone has the right to live joyfully with purpose, allow life to flow with more ease, and cultivate balance with the mind, body and spirit. With that as a guiding principle, I began my journey in this space.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has definitely been a learning experience. The biggest struggle was trying to figure out how to share my knowledge and experience in many various areas in the form of services that I wanted to offer. As a life-long learner (especially through personal experimentation), I was so excited to share everything I learned. However, I found that it was difficult to focus so broadly. I backtracked a little bit and changed my business name and website from “Synergistic Healing” to just my name (AmyMazeski.com). This has allowed me to be flexible and grow with more ease as I have shifted my offerings and focus over the years. Ultimately, I wound up primarily in the Reiki space – I am a practitioner and a Reiki Master Teacher. I have taken various classes and workshops in the energy medicine realm (and related modalities), which I weave into my own practice and teaching. My advice for women starting out in the healing/nutrition/therapy/holistic health realm is to be open to changing what you initially think you want to offer. Nothing can replace experience. If you are set in a specific direction/specialty, it can be hard to see what’s right in front of you and it is more difficult to tune into what your intuition is telling you (because the ego and logical mind are so strong). If you stay open to new directions and opportunities, you will find that your business flows with more ease…and sometimes can intuitively lead you right where you need to be if you are flexible.
Brene Brown’s work has been inspiring in terms of having the courage to be flexible, try new things, and welcome failure when things don’t work. One of my favorite quotes by her is “I believe that what we regret most are our failures of courage, whether it’s the courage to be kinder, to show up, to say how we feel, to set boundaries, to be good to ourselves. For that reason, regret can be the birthplace of empathy” ~ Brene Brown, Rising Strong.
What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I am a 200 hour certified yoga instructor, with a focus on Hatha yoga, vinyasa flow, breathwork, and meditation. While I started on this path teaching yoga (and I still enjoy my own yoga practice), I no longer teach yoga regularly. A few years after I began teaching yoga, I found Reiki. I have been a Reiki Master Level Practitioner since April 2015 and became a Reiki Master Teacher about a year later. I have been a Reiki practitioner and teacher ever since!
Following my own teaching philosophy of being a “lifelong learner”, I have also since received my Medical Reiki Certification (from Raven Keyes) and am now a Karuna Reiki ® Master Teacher. I have also taken many of Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine Courses and various related courses from Boulder Psychic Institute. In 2017, I also obtained my certification as an Emotion Code TM Practitioner, adding another energy medicine modality to my practice. I believe that studying a variety of modalities and continuing to learn about new tools adds so much to what I can offer to individual clients, and to the classes and workshops that I teach. I also think that continuing to study and personally experience various modalities helps to strengthen my own spiritual practice and it also deepens my connection to Reiki. As I teach in my classes, “Reiki is not about theory. It’s about having a consistent practice, experience and connection with Reiki. It’s about living your Reiki”.
Reiki itself is so simple, yet profoundly effective. That’s why I love it, and that’s what inspires me to share it with as many people as I can. When I see clients, I keep the sessions simple in terms of offering Reiki and letting the Reiki work its magic. When appropriate, I can also offer various energy medicine techniques and tips (that I’ve learned through other studies) at the end of the session so they can continue some of the work on their own at home. The same goes for teaching – I try to keep my classes very simple and straightforward so people are inclined to go home and immediately start using it. As supplemental information, I offer additional techniques and tips in my manuals (as well as insight from my own personal experiences), but always stress that this additional information is not required to effectively offer Reiki (or to practice Reiki on yourself). I keep my classes small and informal, with lots of experiential exercises and discussion. This also creates a safe space for healing. Everyone who comes to a workshop to learn Reiki has a gift(s) to share, which is empowering for everyone. I always learn so much from each unique group of people in my classes. My truest passion lies in teaching Reiki and other energy medicine workshops!
I’ve also had the opportunity to volunteer for Lifespark Cancer Resources (www.lifesparknow.org) for the past 4 years, which has given me great experience and unique experience in terms of working with people with cancer. During that time, I was part of the pilot team working in the chemo infusion center at UCHealth. This also gave me a unique experience bridging a holistic modality with traditional Western medicine treatments. I am grateful to have the opportunity to connect with these recipients, and have learned a lot from them!
I teach all levels of Reiki every 3 months. Some people choose to take Reiki I and Reiki II in the same weekend, and some choose to take each level separately. It’s really a personal preference. It’s empowering to spend a day at a class and leave with a certification and the ability to start practicing right away. The next set of classes is coming up in November – Reiki I is Saturday 11/9 and Reiki II is Sunday 11/10. I would be honored and grateful to facilitate your journey in this space.
Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
I was one of five kids, and we didn’t have a lot of extra money growing up. I started babysitting at a young age, and always continued to work to make my own money to pay for extras. That played a role in helping with a strong work ethic, and it also taught me to prioritize my time and resources – and also how to be creative with making resources stretch. This has helped, because the healing business is generally not all that lucrative – which makes it hard to justify spending a lot of money on marketing, office space, etc. I also learned early on how important it is to forge good relationships and how to make them mutually beneficial – which also helps in this line of work. I’ve found that by connecting with like-minded people who run heart-centered businesses, we can share and refer clients back and forth. That synergistic relationship also works well for resource referrals.
- Website: www.amymazeski.com
- Phone: 303-981-3393
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: @amymazeskiwellness