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Community Highlights: Meet Diane Bovalino of Lotus Soul Healing Arts

Today we’d like to introduce you to Diane Bovalino.

Hi Diane, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer back in 2007 and after my initial double mastectomy surgery, months of chemotherapy, I began my walk of life “after the big crisis of Breast Cancer”. For me it started with hormonal treatments, along with side effects from that care, wearing a wig until your hair grows back (and wonder what your new hair will look like), living with this new body (and learning to like it), and dealing with the FEAR of the cancer coming back. The two most difficult things were how to deal with the FEAR of the cancer coming back and learning to embrace this NEW body of a 40-year woman. I never thought I would get Breast Cancer so young. They suggested I see a therapist and of course they said you really need to be on an anti-depressant pill. I remember fighting the anti-depressant pill. The talk therapy with a therapist just didn’t help or the anti-depressant they told me I should take. I still had this deep sadness/depression and the FEAR of cancer coming back wouldn’t go away. I met an Energy Healer named Mary Hornish, who performed Reiki on me and it was the one healing modality that took away the worry about the cancer coming back. Whenever she performed Reiki on me, I was rested, relaxed, no longer felt depressed and the constant worry about each pain in my body being a cancer recurrence was no longer present in my mind, body, or soul. I also, found Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Meditation at Hopewell Cancer Center, which supported my anxiety, depression, and stress in remarkable ways that I wanted to share all of it with other Breast Cancer survivors and individuals suffering from the ailments related to depression. In January 2018, a friend of mine, Erica Martin, who I am now in participating practices with, invited me to join a Reiki 1 and 2 class with her, and I was immediately opened even more to the Reiki/Energy world after the weekend class. 3 months later, I became a Reiki Master of Usui/Tibetan Reiki. I practiced Reiki on myself, friends, and family frequently for 1 Year and 10 months. In November 2019, I opened Lotus Soul Healing Arts performing Reiki hands-on sessions only. Once COVID-19 began, I had to temporarily close the doors for a while and that is when I began Distant Reiki sessions over Zoom, FaceTime, or the Phone. I upgraded my Reiki with William Lee Rand of the International Center of Reiki Training (ICRT) in May 2020, which allowed me to teach Usui/Tibetan over Zoom. In October 2020, I began teaching Usui/Tibetan Reiki Live Online over Zoom. Once I was allowed in Maryland to open back up with COVID protocols in place, I began to perform Hands-on Reiki Sessions again in June 2020. In March 2021, I became a Holy Fire III Online and a Karuna Reiki Master. Since that date, I am now certified as a Reiki Master in three types of Reiki to teach and perform in healing sessions. I received my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate on August 6, 2021, with Empower Transform Grow (ETG) Yoga, Katie Bock.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
If it was a smooth road then the joy and excitement I feel when I get a new client, or a referral wouldn’t be as rewarding as it is. The first struggle is getting your business and services marketed in the target area you plan to grow in, on a shoestring budget. Do you advertise on social media, in a local health magazine, or on Yelp are a few areas I pondered? You have to decide should I put my business on Groupon to obtain clients, will that be a good idea? The second struggle is the time spent learning all about social media and the ways to create marketing documents for posting on social media. I have lost count on the hours on the subject matter of what us entrepreneurs refer to “posting on social media”. Now I realize, a big discussion amongst us entrepreneurs is should we spend hours “posting on social media” or be actually out working in our business which is our passion for most of us.

There were many late nights, and hours of frustration with the computer and I, which added up to more time than my time with the clients. Currently, I have learned so much more in the area of social media, marketing for social media on my own, the best time to post, and scheduling the posts. In the world today, your business, my face which is the business, my story, needs to be on social media and present, so I embraced it and kept moving ahead. You also need to know when you need help which means you need to hire out and ensure you are aligning yourself with the individual who meets your personality, as it is your business. I hired a Holistic Success Coach in June 2021, Annie Peguero, and I am moving into new areas for the business in a short time with her inspiration and the FIRE she lights in my mind, body, and soul. Now that I am growing the business, I am taking the advice I give others; just taking a breath, relax, and go for it!

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Lotus Soul Healing Arts is an energy healing art center focused on assisting an individual on their healing journey. I focus on working with the individual as their Holistic Spiritual Health Coach. I help women transform their challenges in life into confidence and clarity so they can feel empowered and heal to live their best life through Reiki healing, Reflexology, Yoga, Meditation, and Spirituality classes. First, I listen to the main reason they are seeking out services at Lotus Soul Healing Arts at their initial contact. Then, I can focus on the best services to give them at our initial meeting. The current services that I offer are Reiki Energy Healing sessions, hands-on in person at 5126 Dorsey Hall Drive, 2nd Floor, Ellicott City, Maryland. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing modality used for stress reduction, relaxation, and the healing of physical, emotional, and spiritual growth. Distant Energy Healing sessions over Zoom, FaceTime, Phone, or e-mail. Distant Energy Healing sessions are as effective as in person. Since energy is not confined by time or space, a Reiki practitioner can send healing Reiki energy to a client in a different location. I also offer, as a service, Reiki classes from Level 1 to Master that are taught in-person and Live on Zoom. I am a certified teacher of Holy Fire III Online, which is the latest level of Holy Fire from The International Reiki Center of Training (ICRT), and a certified Karuna Reiki Master also through ICRT. I teach Usui/Tibetan, the upgraded version, which certifies the practitioner to teach online, as I received my Reiki attunement upgrade back in May 2020 from William Lee Rand of ICRT. A monthly Reiki Share, Live on Zoom, is offered to any Reiki Practitioner to join any lineage along with any individual who would like to learn more about Reiki and receive a Reiki session. It is the last Tuesday, of every month, for only $10.00. I also have a second energy healing modality, which is a sacred healing wisdom based on Love known as Ama-Deus healing. I am a Certified Level 2 Ama-Deus Practitioner and a member of the International Association of Ama-Deus. I completed a certificate program in Reflexology from the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine. Reflexology is applying the appropriate pressure on a person’s hands and/or feet that corresponds to different body organs and systems for the person’s health. Reflexology is an additional healing tool the individual can use alone or add onto an Energy Healing session to increase the elimination of toxins while the body is brought into balance to improve the overall well being of the individual. At Lotus Soul Healing Arts, Spiritual classes are offered in group settings and one-on-one. I am a Registered Teacher with the Lightarian Institute for Global Human Transformation and I offer monthly group classes on Spiritual Development Series to assist the individual on advancing their spirituality while healing past traumas and allowing the opportunity to release what no longer serves them. These Spiritual Development Series are given one-on-one for individuals who prefer to process this work in an individual setting. I provide the opportunity for all of the Spiritual Series, an option for the individual to become a Certified Registered Lightarian Institute Teacher to allow them the opportunity to become a Facilitator and share these series with others. Lotus Soul Healing Arts with myself as the face of the company is known for the Reiki Healing Sessions and Live Reiki Classes.
What sets me apart from others is my healing sessions, I mix all three styles of Reiki healing modalities that I am trained as a Reiki Master and I intuitively read into each individual on what they need at each session in order to help heal them at that given time. I will share what healing tools they can use going forward after they leave the office or the Distant session to benefit them on their healing journey. I will follow up with them, and after the first session to see how they are feeling, and I will share any information with them that I may have on a subject we spoke about so they can read up on it for further understanding. As a Reiki Master Instructor, I will make sure that everyone in the class has adequate time for hands-on training and time to ask questions in the class. I utilize the breakout rooms on Zoom to allow the students to have training in pairs in privacy. I also allow an adequate amount of time for the students to see me perform Reiki on my stuffed adult person with him on a Reiki table and I will perform Reiki positions they need to learn when I teach Live on Zoom. Starting in January 2022, I will be offering a Lotus Soul Society site, where on-demand classes will be available along with monthly Energy Healing sessions, Yoga Nidra and Meditations. Also, Yoga classes will be coming to the Zen Room at the location of Lotus Soul Healing Arts. There will be an option for remote viewing also. As I mentioned before, the business is growing and I am excited, while I remember to breathe every day.

What matters most to you?
That the client can acknowledge the progress they are receiving on their healing journey and they realize the benefit from the services I offer them. The reason is the individual needs to understand their own body in the capacity of mind, body, and soul for it to heal at the cellular level. Once they can connect through the services I offer to their body, then the healing at all levels will begin. The body has the capacity to heal itself, it just needs all “parts” on board to get the job done. I am here as a Light Worker, which is to assist the authentic client with his/her healing journey back to themselves.

Pricing:

  • 60 Minute Hands-On Energy Healing – $100
  • 60 Minute Distant Energy Healing-$100
  • 30 Minute Distant Energy Healing-$60
  • 60 Minute Reflexology – $100
  • 30 Minute Reflexology Add On Service – $45
  • Lightarian Spiritual Classes with Reiki (1 Hour) In Person or Distant (One on One)– $85 up
  • Lightarian Spiritual Classes in a Group – $40 up
  • Reiki Level 1, 2, and Master Level – Holy Fire III Online (In Person, On Zoom, Group, and One & One )– $200 up
  • Lotus Soul Society Group (focus on Chakras) Beginning January 2022-$37.00 a month
  • Yoga and Meditation Classes Coming in January 2022

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