Elias Patras – is a Holistic Bodyworker, Reiki Practitioner, Retreat Facilitator, Intuition Coach, Motivational Coach, Ordained Minister and has been studying Intuitive Energy Work since 1997. Elias graduated from Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 2002. He has taught massage at New School for Massage Bodywork and Healing and at Cortiva Chicago School of Massage. He completed a 2 year apprenticeship program in Shamanic Studies with Rainbow Journey, LLC.
As the founder of ReAwakenings, a practice that supports the healing process of the Body, Mind and Spirit. He has facilitated workshops, weekend retreats and monthly group meetings. He is committed and passionate in providing workshops and retreats promoting self growth and self exploration.
Elias has facilitated “Tapping into our Inner Voice” extensive workshop, a six month workshop for learning about energy work and an opening of understanding how to connect to our inner self.
Elias has also taught several continuing education classes for massage therapists. He has written articles for the Windy City Times, Identity Magazine and was interviewed by Windy City Radio. Elias co-facilitated The Mesa as Healing Ground, An Apprenticeship in Cross-Cultural Healing Traditions with Jean Tindle, founder of Spirit Dancer Crystals. Currently he is co-facilitating Earth Altar Apprenticeship Program, a 4 weekend Earth Honoring Apprenticeship program with Moira Scullion.
Rev. Connie Love, BS, LMT, CLC – obtained one of her bachelor degrees in Metaphysical Science through the University of Sedona and is an ordained minister with International Metaphysical Ministry and holds a Bachelor of Science degree. Connie is a licensed massage therapist for over 20 years and is experienced as a bodyworker specializing in specific conditions and pain management. Connie is certified in life, career and relationship coaching and is a Reiki master and Energy worker. She is able to combine her knowledge of the body with her training in Energy Medicine and Medical Intuition.
She has specialized in movement therapy, personal training, has written in several health publications, has taught internationally and nationally. She has been an educator for over 30 years. Connie is a popular workshop leader and public speaker. In her unique sessions, Connie uses her knowledge of metaphysics (meditation, affirmation, visualizations), energy and bodywork to rebalance your energies.
Gary Gruenewald – has been in the medical field since 1983 and has been an instructor in medical imaging since 1989. In 2002, Gary was attuned to the level of Reiki Master/Teacher, having received his instruction in the teachings of the Usui School of the Seeker’s Path.
Gary currently instructs and attunes students in all levels of Reiki. He is a craniosacral practitioner who received his training from the world-renowned Upledger Institute. He has also completed an intensive apprenticeship program in shamanic and indigenous Earth honoring traditions. He earned his certification in life coaching in 2008 through the Coach Training Alliance. Gary is an ordained minister, wedding officiate and a metaphysical practitioner. He possesses a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis.
Gary is currently working on his doctorate in metaphysics through the University of Sedona.
Sue Mullins – Sue’s journey with Reiki began in 2008, while working with animals on her farm in Ireland. An awakening of sensations, perceptions and intuitions propelled Sue to search for the truth. She met Eileen Hannon and Beth Dennehy, both Tera Mai Reiki Masters, who initiated and trained Sue to become a Reiki Master herself. Initially working with animals, Sue branched out to humans and realized that this is where she was meant to be. And now, Sue brings her gifts and talents to ReAwakenings Center to share her healing practice with you. Join Sue in a relaxing, rejuvenating, and healing hour as she guides your mind, body and spirit into its natural state of being. Session times are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30am – 12:30pm by appointment only. First sessions are always free! For more information or to book a session please call Sue at 312-213-7411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moira Scullion – A massage therapist since 1999, Moira focuses her work on women's reproductive, digestive, and emotional health specializing in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® and shamanic energy work. She works with the core of the body to release old patterns of emotional and physical holding.
Since massage school, Moira has continued to develop her skills and techniques through various clinics and symposiums (see Professional Development). She is a Maitri BreathworkTM facilitator and ordained Minister of Walking Prayer through the Center for Sacred Studies. In addition to being a continuos student, Moira is also a teacher. For eight years she was a faculty member at her alma mater, Chicago School of Massage Therapy (CSMT), teaching all practical classes, lecturing, and mentoring in the school's student clinic.
Over the years, Moira has seen the profound connection between the spirit and body, and the emotional states carried within. She has always searched for a way to use the science of anatomy and bodywork to facilitate emotional and spiritual healing, and now uses the tools of energy work and spiritual healing to deepen the healing process.
Her own healing has taken her through a two-year Shamanic studies apprenticeship with Rainbow Journey, LLC. While this journey taught her tools for healing herself, it also gave her insight into helping others on their own healing paths. In addition, Moira has journeyed to Belize to study maya spiritual healing, which deepened her understanding of healing and the body. It was through these studies, as well as those through the Center for Sacred Studies, that Moira began learning how the body and the emotions it carries can work together to achieve health. Her work now incorporates this spiritual and emotional healing while working with the core of the body. In this way, Moira is able to treat the body as a whole, facilitating the connection between the body, mind, and spirit, empowering the individual's journey to find the balance within.
Illinois Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), Member American Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), Member Maya Arvigo International Association (MAIA), Maitri Breathworktm Facilitator, Ordained Minister of Prayer, Graduate - Chicago School of Massage Therapy 1999, B.A. Loyola University of Chicago 01/96.
Joplin James – Joplin James has always had a deep spiritual connection with Mother Earth and nature. He has his Master's degree in Special Education, his Bachelor's degree in Public Communication Human Relation with an emphasis in Interpersonal Relationships, and minors in Religious Studies and Therapeutic Recreation.
As a little boy, he was very sensitive to cruelty against animals and pollution to the environment. Raised Roman Catholic, Joplin considered at one time entering seminary school and becoming a priest. While in college, he took a World Religion class and he had what he calls a “spiritual transformation”. This sent him on a journey where he ended up studying different Earth based religions, including Buddhism, Wicca, Native American Spirituality, and Druid Paganism.
Currently, he is participating in an Earth Honoring Altar apprenticeship program, where he is learning to deepen his connection to Mother Earth, energy work, and Spirit. Joplin has been reading Tarot cards for over twenty years and developed his intuitive skills through different natural techniques. He is also a Reiki practitioner and an ordained minister with Universal Life Church.