Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy P. Ito.
Amy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I love healing body treatments!
When I was a manager in a government office, my stress level was like so many others – intense. I was constantly receiving a massage, acupuncture or a chiropractic adjustment for my tight neck and shoulders, as well as to help with indigestion. A friend gave me a gift certificate for reflexology. I’d never heard of it and was happy to try something new. When I found out that it was typically the hands and feet that were touched and not the whole body, I didn’t give it much hope for relief from my typical symptoms. The reflexology session felt amazing, so incredibly relaxing, and after the session, I had the best night’s sleep ever, my other symptoms were reduced and I became a big fan! I received regular sessions for a couple of years and slowly entertained the idea of learning how to become a reflexologist.
In 2010, I went to school for a 300-hour hands, feet and ears reflexology course that was held on weekends and allowed me to continue my “real job”. When I graduated in 2011 and successfully became certified, by completing a grueling national exam, along with 90 documented sessions, I quickly realized I couldn’t stop. I started a part-time business in order to continue and hone my skills.
Fast forward to the end of 2016 when I decided to quit my full-time and responsible job in order to pursue my dreams! I share an office in Lakewood with another talented reflexologist. I am now the Vice-President of the Associated Reflexologists of Colorado (ARC) as well as the Vice-President of Tibetan Cranial (TC), both nonprofits, and I have an unquenchable desire to further my skills. Because I’m living my passions I realize how they all interconnect. I’ve learned Reiki, traveled (often by bicycle), been trained in and taught yoga, immersed myself in meditation, pursued and become a Practitioner of Tibetan Cranial and so much more. All of these skills increase my ability to work closely with clients. We are able to discuss our lifestyle, spirituality, diet and physical alignment that affect our ability to boost our immune system, create optimal health and vibrancy.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’ve come to find the smooth and well-traveled road is not the place of growth.
It has been a path rich in life lessons! I thought the hardest part was going to be learning reflexology, along with anatomy and physiology. Although that was challenging, I was familiar with being in school and learning. I wasn’t even overwhelmed when I was working both a full-time job along with my part-time reflexology business; I told everyone I was lucky to be using both my left and right brain (and that was true!).
What was really hard was my decision to quit my full-time job. Many of us start to identify with our titles and income and this was true for me. I find many people have never heard of either Reflexology or Tibetan Cranial, so when I attend social gatherings I find myself explaining these beautiful healing techniques, too many who stop listening when I reference a business they’ve never heard of before.
Since I practice what I share and I receive all the body treatments that I also provide, I have been able to shift these prior frustrations and no longer identify with my work title and typically surround myself with people who are interested in hearing about what I do and why I love it!
I would encourage women to try many jobs, hobbies and outdoor activities so they know what they care deeply about and they take care of themselves along the way, especially while they are young! If you find something you love, then you’ll figure out a way to bring that into your life. It won’t feel like work and that doesn’t mean it won’t be challenging. We have the ability to create our destiny and the circuitous and narrow path is often the most rewarding!
Please tell us about Trifecta Reflexion – what should we know?
I work with people who are ready to unlock their healing potential and get to new levels of stress reduction, pain relief and well-being.
Did you know there are 72,000 nerve endings in the feet alone?! Since the body is fully connected, pressure on these nerve endings during a Reflexology session sends impulses throughout the body and organs. Research shows that Reflexology can be used as a non-pharmacological and safe intervention in stress management.
With pulses as my guide, I touch specific points on the neck, bones of the skull and the palate with Tibetan Cranial. With both Reflexology and Tibetan Cranial, the aim is for the person on the table to find a state of balance; the transformation is on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
I still pinch myself that Reflexology, Tibetan Cranial and Ear Candling feel good and are so effective. Many who come to see me tell me that doctors have said there is nothing more they can do to help them. I think a few testimonials will speak best to the power of natural healing, the services I offer and the relationships fostered.
“I have had the pleasure of receiving each one of Amy’s services, and am impressed every time I go back. The Reflexology work is incredibly healing as you can feel the connection throughout your body. I’ve had a lot of shoulder issues, and each time I go back, I find a deeper level of relief. This work is valuable for everyone (whether it’s as simple as tightness in the neck, or a long-standing injury or internal issue) because the healing power will meet you were you are.”
“Out of all the different types of treatments I’ve done lately (which has been a lot with my brain cancer diagnosis), the Tibetan Cranial and Face Reflexology was the most profound experience.”
“Being an empath often creates health challenges of its own. Amy is remarkable at all of her offerings but my particular favorite is the combination of Facial Reflexology and Ear Candling. I leave with a deep peace, unburdened from the plight of our world and yet, ready to serve. I put it right up there with meditation and naps! Plus the effect on allergies as well as sinus congestion is unparalleled.”
“I’ve been going to see Amy for a few years, and I have to say that she has some special skills that I have not experienced elsewhere. I’m not sure where my consciousness goes while she is treating me during Reflexology, but when I return I feel wonderful. It really is an extraordinary experience, and I can’t recommend her highly enough.”
“I first learned of Tibetan Cranial (TC) while living in California and was impressed with how it realigned my jaw; so when my jaw was feeling out of sorts following a dental visit I immediately looked for a TC Practitioner and found Amy. Not only does a session with Amy release my tense jaw, but it also provides freedom of movement for my cervical spine as well. As a fellow bodyworker, I’m really particular about who I allow to work on me. I’ve always left Amy’s office feeling relaxed and with an improved range of motion. Definitely opt for the TC and Reflexology combo as it’s simply divine.”
Which women have inspired you in your life?
I’m very fortunate to have had many women teachers. Rachel Lord was my (hands, feet and ears) reflexology teacher and Lone Sorensen taught me face reflexology. Shar Lee is my Tibetan Cranial teacher. Micah and Desi Springer taught me a style of yoga called Bowspring. I’m currently taking a Qigong healing class from Annie Roberts. These are all powerful women! They are mostly self-taught. They are wise, creative, innovative, ready to serve and following their path.
- Address: 9955 W. 20th Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80215
- Website: ReflexologyLakewood.com
- Phone: 303-886-5734
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