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Meet Samantha Mecklenburg Clemente of Journey to Joy Healing in Bankers Hill

Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Mecklenburg Clemente.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I founded Journey to Joy Healing because of a deep calling in my life to be a facilitator of healing and to help myself and others to find joy, which is why I am so passionate about my work as a Holistic Health Practitioner.

My professional career had its start in Early Childhood Education. I was working as a teacher at a non-profit Early Learning Center with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Comforting our little ones and settling them down for nap time quickly became one of my favorite parts of the day. I’d simply just be with them. I’d gently lay my hands on them, observe and allow our energies to connect, focus on setting positive intentions for their rest and send them my compassion through my hands. Before long, the director recognized this and I became proactively paired up with each of the kiddos throughout the entire center who generally had a hard time quieting down and getting their much needed rest. I went room to room at nap time and mysteriously became a “nap time closer” if you will. My fellow teachers and aids were asking how I did it. Not completely sure what to say, I made a promise to myself to embark on a journey that would help me understand this newfound gift and desire to be a nurturing conduit of healing.

In 2008, I went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Psychology, Sociology, and Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota, and became a Certified Child Life Specialist to help children psycho-socially in the hospital environment. This is when I was first exposed to the art and science of Healing Touch, a gentle and nurturing form of energy therapy, quickly I enrolled in the first Level I Healing Touch course I could find. I learned that in simple terms, what I had been doing years prior as the “nap time closer” was “holding space” for these children. The intentional touch was promoting their “highest good” and balancing their energy fields so they could allow their bodies and minds what they needed- rest. Years later, I remain in awe of this powerful phenomenon and it has become a way of life for me.

Four years ago, I decided that I was ready to hone in on this gift and set a goal to open my own practice so that I could help others embark on their own journeys to joy. I made the tough decision to leave my job in Child Life and go back to school. I completed training at the International Professional School of Bodywork and through the HTI Healing Touch Certificate Program, to specialize in massage and energy therapy. In 2016, I eagerly found available space within Herbin Acupuncture & Wellness in Bankers Hill. Herbin is a warm and welcoming center of holistic health and growth, featuring a wide range of modalities by individual practitioners, with services ranging from psychotherapy, to bodywork, to nutrition and much more in between. As a professional practitioner with a vision, I knew this was the perfect home for my new business, and so Journey to Joy Healing was born. Now, not only can I therapeutically hold space for each of my clients, but I get to apply the science behind the touch, respond to the detailed anatomy and physiology, and tap into a never ending treasure chest of techniques to support each client via massage therapy, energy therapy and self-care. Supporting people to be present in their own bodies and empower them to take ownership of their personal journeys toward healing and joy is the most rewarding work I can imagine.

Has it been a smooth road?
Though the journey hasn’t always been smooth, I have zero regrets about pursuing this dream. One of the biggest struggles is having to let go in order to grow. It was tough to think about making a “career move,” and there were people in my life who didn’t understand it. What helped was when I re-framed this thought pattern and thought of the transition as “career evolution” instead. This way, I’m not turning my back on or denying any of my previous training or passions. In my heart, I am still a Teacher; I am still a Child Life Specialist. And now I am also a Massage Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner and small business owner. Moving forward doesn’t erase your past, it celebrates it.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Journey to Joy Healing story. Tell us more about the business.
Journey to Joy Healing is a sole proprietor business that provides professional Massage and Energy Therapy. Specialties include Deep Tissue Sculpting, Neuromuscular Therapy, Swedish/Circulatory Massage, Pre- & Perinatal Massage, Somato-Emotional Integration, and Healing Touch. Most sessions are an individualized therapeutic blend of these modalities.

What makes my work unique is the element of energy healing that I bring to all of the modalities I practice. I strive on my ability to connect with individuals and tap into my developed intuition to allow clients to experience optimal healing benefits. Some of these benefits include decreases in stress, pain, and tension, and increases in vitality, holistic health and well-being. I am extensively trained in grounding individuals so that you may leave my office feeling a more intimate connection with the world around you while being more centered within yourself.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see the field of Holistic Health becoming more and more integrated into our country’s health care environment and our society as a whole. The demand for Integrative Health options is on the rise and hospitals are slowly responding to this by building Integrative Medicine Departments. As more research is thoughtfully conducted, the value of a holistic approach to health will step closer and closer to common knowledge. Through evidence-based practice, more and more people will see the benefits of caring for the whole individual and recognize the power of intention and mindfulness. Often, exploring this approach can in the long run actually cut costs, save time and reduce medications thereby reducing their side effects and interactions. This philosophy is not meant to replace current health care, but rather to enrich it. Again, moving forward doesn’t erase the past, it celebrates it.

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Dale Eblacas

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