Mental Health is Spiritual and Sexual Health
Elite Radio Interview
Please give a description of your company and the products/services you offer.
Magdala Heals is a Tantra Healing and empowerment coaching practice. The motto of Magdala Heals is “mental health is spiritual and sexual health”. When we get to the roots of our unique spiritual expression and we accept the sexual nature within us that has the power to create life, our minds can feel safe, balanced, and empowered. What I do is empower entrepreneurs and people of all walks of life to connect with their own unique spirituality and nurture their mental and sexual health in the process. I provide individual bodywork sessions as well as 7-session journeys that teach people about Tantra so they can embody their authentic self in their everyday lives.
How long have you been in business?
I’ve been immersed in the Tantra lifestyle since 2016. I practiced under Andrei Knight with Tantric Awakening since 2017. In 2018 and 2019, I got licensed as a Tantra Massage Therapist with Somananda Tantra School in Estonia. Around that time, I also went to Manchester School for Massage in the UK where I studied Sports Massage so I could expose myself to other perspectives on bodywork.
Tell us about your business.
Fundamentally, Tantra means “web” or “connections” so my practice is all about using bodywork to integrate the physical with the mental and the mental with emotional so my clients can function as a cohesive unified being. Simply put, what I do is use gentle acupressure techniques to dissipate tension that traps dysfunction and stagnation in the body. There is an old saying among body workers: “the issue is in the tissue”. It is very true. Peter Levine, a great doctor in the field of PTSD, reports that the trauma trapped in the body is like an echo so it’s not in the event itself that causes PTSD recall but the echo that is held by the body, which hasn’t yet been released. While he’s talking about PTSD, everyone experiences stress, grief, and dysfunction in some way. What I do is find those areas of tension and gently dissipate it so that energy can circulate through it again. What is wonderful about this is that it doesn’t require the person receiving to relive the experience or even talk about. All they must do is relax and consensually surrender to the process. It’s what makes this work is complimentary with therapy. It unlocks the body enough that they may feel much more comfortable to tangibly process whatever is going on with a therapist.
What inspired you to pursue your profession?
Quite frankly, my journey to find my unique expression of faith and to heal from my sexual trauma led me to pursue this profession. Growing up, I was fascinated to know how Jesus could heal people. In church, I was that little girl that would run up to the front and join the prayer team as they prayed over someone. So on one hand, from a young age I was sensitized to energy flow and the power of healing touch, without really knowing what it was. On the other hand, as a young girl I became acutely aware of how blatantly unwilling churches were to take responsibility about understanding sex, sexuality and sexual abuse. At 17, I had an existential crisis. In that crisis, I sought out partying, 12 steps, new age spirituality, reiki…you name it. When I came across Tantra, I didn’t expect it. I wasn’t seeking it out. I met my mentor, Andrei Knight of Tantric Awakening, and he re-centered me, grounded me. He reminded me who I was and inspired me to seek out formal training with Somananda Tantra School.
What would you like the listeners to know about you?
So I am 27 now and am currently a student at Indiana University finishing the degree I started when I was 17. I have two little brothers that are turning 8 and 11 this year. They are my little monkeys. I have two cats named Lylia and Elliot and I have a supportive partner who helps me through the tough times and brings joy to everyone.