Are You Ready to Learn About Alternative Healing Practices? Energy, Holistic Nutrition, Hypnotherapy, Massage and Reiki

Access to natural healing techniques such as meditation, hypnotherapy, energy healing and reiki is on the rise. Here are highlights of a few local establishments available for holistic healing services.


A Beautiful Soul is a healing center, complete with healing boutique, created and owned by Brinn McManus. For the past two years in the Design District at Cooke Park neighborhood of Rochester, McManus has amassed a broad range of clientele. “We have seen such a diverse population,” McManus begins, “from clinic visitors looking for additional healing to children learning about crystals.”


The first-floor healing boutique carries an array of healing stones and crystals, aromatherapy items, oils and therapeutic-grade healing jewelry. McManus says, “We sell only all-natural, organic products. We like to complement the world-class medical care of Mayo Clinic. Energy healing, for example, is one of our most popular services.”
Energy Healing is a form of therapy that stimulates the energy flow around or in the body, believed to restore balance and enable the body to heal. “It is great for people going through chemo and radiation. Natural healing methods do not cure disease, but make the body-mind-spirit stronger to fight disease,” McManus explains. 

Above the boutique, A Beautiful Soul also houses a healing center. Services such as massage, reiki and energy healings are available, as well as scheduled classes. A Beautiful Soul holds complimentary healing sessions for local and visiting cancer patients every Wednesday at 6 p.m.

McManus says, “There are some who may be skeptical, and that’s okay. We are very pleased to be part of the movement of natural healing in our town. Our center and boutique offer beautiful places to relax and unwind. We hope folks will give us a visit.” 


Nourishing Happiness promotes positive food and thoughts for positive change. Owner and operator Aileen Abliss explains, “I guide people toward health and happiness from the inside out as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Certified GAPS™ Practitioner and IACT Certified Hypnotherapist and Past Life Regressionist.”

Abliss began dietary intervention in 2004, eventually leading her and her six children to use GAPS™ to improve physical ailments. Today, as a nutrition counselor, Abliss uses the GAPS™ protocol, which is based on the premise that a compromised digestive system is a result of eating processed foods and exposure to environmental factors and toxins. Abliss emphasizes the use of broths, fats, ferments and juicing, while adhering to a grain-free, sugar-free diet. 

Nourishing Happiness also offers hypnotherapy and past life regressions. Abliss has heard hundreds of stories of subconscious phobias and ailments and has aided in the alleviation of many through her practice. She adds, “My clients seek answers for health and happiness at a deeper level to address the root causes of physical, mental and emotional conditions or limitations.”

“Though I have numerous stories, one stands out,” Abliss recalls. “A client came to me, terrified of the dark. Through hypnotherapy, she discovered in a past life she died in a volcanic eruption, consumed by dark ash. Having a date and place from our session, she found pictures matching her description of the recalled location. Armed with this knowledge, she felt calmer and more connected to herself.” Abliss believes whether the purpose of a session is for change or for connection, elements of both change and connection happen in each session, bettering overall mental health.


A New Beginning offers tailored services to assist in bettering body, mind and spirit. Cody Cooper, co-owner and reiki master, intuitive healer, psychic and spiritual teacher, says, “We offer a helping hand to those on a spiritual journey. We believe unconditional love is the key to healing and exude and embrace this essence to guide others.” 

Cooper, along with Matt Ebeling, co-owner, licensed massage therapist and reiki master, strive to create a haven for healing at A New Beginning. The most popular services at A New Beginning are massages and reiki. The 60-minute introductory massage is priced at $40. Ebeling offers several massage techniques and modalities.

Reiki sessions are with Cooper. Reiki is a healing technique in which the therapist channels energy into the client to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. Reiki is done both hands-on and hands-off, based upon needs. Cooper explains, “I serve as a conduit and channel high vibrational energy to the recipient to help cleanse the energetic system while transforming lower energies, such as fear and worry, into a more loving energy.” Clients have reported feeling a sense of peace or warmth, some experiencing colors or sensing vibrations.

Cooper and Ebeling believe reiki comes to you when you are ready to learn about it. In fact, their business was founded on their initial discovery of reiki. A New Beginning extends this belief into its practices. “We know every person is on their own healing path,” Cooper says, “And when they come into our life, it is for a reason. We are brought together with people at exactly the right time.”

619 6th Avenue NW, Rochester
Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Services: Meditation, Massage, Energy Healing, Psychic Readings, Chios, Reiki, Crystals, Aromatherapy, Orgone Healings, Chakra Clearing & Balancing, Homeopathic Medicine, Classes/Events

610 West Broadway Street, Winona
By appointment

Services: Hypnotherapy, Alternative & Holistic Health Services, Past Life Regression, Nutritional Therapy including Holistic Nutrition & GAPS Nutrition

1027 7th Street NW, Suite 106, Rochester
Monday-Saturday by appointment


Services: Reiki, Aura Cleansing, Intuitive Readings, Chord Removal, Chakra Balancing, Soul Retrieval, Spinal Awakening, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Specific Massage, Myofascial Release, Prenatal Massage



Gina Dewink is a Rochester writer self-publishing a time travel fiction novel in 2017.