With Fernando Aria, Founder of Reiki Connection Miami and Wellness Room Miami, Reiki Master with over 23 years of experience, Certified Akashic Readings Consultant, Certified Hypnotherapist, meditation practitioner and facilitator, and active member of The International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association.
Can you provide a little background about yourself and how you entered the wellness space?
I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, and moved to Miami in 1989. I worked most of my life in management positions within the international transportation and logistics business which led me to have the opportunity to live in many different countries throughout Latin America and to travel extensively around the world. While in corporate, I always knew there was something more in store for me than the corporate world, and Wellness Room Miami was the answer.
In January 2018, I founded and opened Wellness Room Miami with the support of my family, as a space where clients could find proficient and certified holistic practitioners in a safe and professional environment and for it to become a place to build community. Almost four years ago and a pandemic in between, Wellness Room Miami has adapted and changed to accommodate the challenges the pandemic presented but keeping the same principles at our core.
What does wellness mean to you?
For me, wellness is an all-encompassing concept that includes looking after your physical, emotional, and spiritual self as a whole, not just your physical body which has been the overall emphasis of health in the past few hundred years. To no one is a secret that unchecked emotions can turn into disease, physical issues can turn into emotional issues. I often work and cooperate with other specialists to ensure my client receives an all-encompassing wellness portfolio to address all their needs.
For me, wellness should be more a preventive practice rather than an after-the-fact solution which is what seems many people tend to perceive it is: I am feeling overwhelmed, let me do some “wellness stuff” to get over it. That is certainly better than doing nothing, but what if you looked at the practices as something that will keep you well and balanced throughout, before the surface of the issues?
How did Wellness Room Miami come to be?
Wellness Room Miami came to be after I experienced a situation that made me re-look at my priorities and what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. For a while I had said: When I retire it would be great to open a space for holistic practices, (which I had been involved and practicing for many years, but not for the public), and that day, what hit me was: Who says you will retire? Do it now, and that’s how it started.
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