Healing Therapies of New England opens

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MANCHESTER — Kathleen Kelly and her colleagues at Healing Therapies of New England, a holistic healing center, want to help you relax and feel better.

They're open for business at 7252 Main St. in Manchester, in Suite B (across from Metzger & Mole Physical Therapy), and they're holding an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13 to educate visitors on how they can help them become grounded, centered and feeling better through energy healing, massage therapy and aromatherapy, among other modes.

Kelly owns and operates the business, and Petra O'Neill and MaryJane Ihasz are part of her "community work space" — not employees of the business, but partners whose own healing skills mesh with the other two.

"Mary Jane and Petra are practitioners. From a business standpoint they rent space. But it's a group, it's a community," Kelly said. "Our goal is to have as many modalities [of healing] represented here as possible," Kelly said.

Kelly and Ihasz are Barbara Brennan Healing Science practitioners, having studied energy healing in the school's four-year professional training program, while O'Neill is a massage therapist, aesthetician and yoga teacher.

As a healing practitioner, Kelly uses "multiple modalities" including medicinal therapies, life coaching, aromatherapy and touch therapy to help her clients. She offers a free hour-long initial consulting session to help clients understand how she can help them.

What sets Brennan work apart, she said, is that "Your system knows what it needs. My job is to remain a clear conduit. I'm not deciding for your system, you are, and then we work on that."

Kelly said she was inspired to get into healing when she befriended an elderly woman who was dying from cancer. She met the woman while driving her to doctor's visits, which in the last five months of her life included an energy healer.

"I saw dramatic changes in life-long issue that she had never been abler to come to closure on," Kelly said. "Working with the energy healer the last give months of her life she was able to come to a huge place of acceptance and understanding.

After this wonderful woman passed a way i said to myself 'There's something in that work' ... I pursued it myself."

After graduating from the Brennan school, Kelly, a former speech therapist. worked as a healer part-time before becoming a full-time practitioner in 2015. She started the process of establishing the new practice in February, as her husband, contractor Brian Kelly, helped out with renovations.

"I work with people who really have a thing in their life that needs help — relationship issues, work issues, health difficulties, any number of life issues," Kelly said. "They're at a point where they're doing the same thing over and over again and not able to change, and they want to move, they want to do something different ... live life in a different way."

O'Neill is a massage therapist, aesthetician and yoga teacher. She studied yoga at Kripalu in Stockbridge, Mass.

"I've been fortunate to be at different schools and different modalities of healing work within those three branches," O'Neill said. "I was interested in those things in my life and experienced healing in each of them."

Ihasz said she began her career in nursing and "burned out pretty quickly, because I just wanted to fix people." She later completed a three-year program in holistic nursing, "and that's where I was introduced to the idea of energy," she said. Her studies at the Brennan school followed.

"I saw very clearly that the energy consciousness system is just another system of our humanness, of our body. I go more towards the spiritual counseling first and the the table work at the end of the session," Ihasz said.

"I'm soul nursing now. So I found my way back. Just not into the hospital."

Reach Journal editor Greg Sukiennik at 802-490-6000.

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