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Oct042011

New business offers reflexology, healing arts in Durham

Published: Monday, October 03, 2011; Last Updated: Mon. Oct 3, 2011, 7:03pm

By JONETTA BADILLO
Press Staff

DURHAM — Specializing in energy balancing, Personal Harmony and Health is now open within the Durham Naturopathic Health and Wellness Center at 16 Main St., Suite 204. Not only does the center have a naturopathic physician, but now it also has Diane Esposito, a Reiki Master Teacher, who is also a clinically certified reflexologist, intuitive healing arts practitioner/holistic coach, Angelspeake and guided meditation facilitator.

“It’s just something I always had in the back of my mind,” Esposito said, “to be associated with a wellness center. And it happened.”

Though she’s been running an office for five years out of her home in Wallingford, Esposito said, she did some volunteer work for quite some time.  From teaching classes at various centers around the state about the basics of meditation to providing presentations on the healing arts at her local library, Esposito said, it’s “an enriching feeling” to have her own business — and be back in Durham.

“When I first started this business, if I had one client I would hold a class,” she said. “You wouldn’t believe the success I had because most people would say the class is canceled, but I didn’t do that. I did it with one, with two, with three and then eventually it just built from there.”

After having lived in Durham for 17 years, Esposito said, when the opportunity to open a second office in town arose, she had to take advantage. She initially was recommended to the owner of the center to teach Reiki and was later hired to provide her services. Esposito offers her clientele reflexology, angelic readings and aromatherapy. A portion of those services are offered at her Wallingford office.

As a part of her upbringing, Esposito was taught to talk to angels through prayer, so her profession that continues to flourish pretty much came “naturally,” she said.

Most of Esposito’s services are done in, what she calls, a healing room. The healing room, painted sky blue with art work framed on its walls, has lots of natural lighting. Esposito said she loves the privacy of the room and how it’s in the back on the center, sort of “tucked-in.” The room gives clients a space where they can feel like they’re “out of the hustle and bustle of everything,” she said.

“My interest in the healing arts began with my introduction to meditation,” Esposito said. “It taught me to be more of an observer than to get caught in the drama of life.”

The healing arts, she said, teaches an individual to “respond more effectively,” rather than react. Her practices teach people to in turn teach themselves how to make better life decisions.

“It’s like an eagle above the storm,” Esposito said. “It’s the perspective of having much more clarity.”

Esposito wrote a book called “Play, Heal, Love!,” which discusses the art of creating healthy relationships, but not just with friends, partners and family members, but with oneself. She said the core of the healing arts is “to address how people can take inspired actions to address their strengths.”

“All people want is to be seen, heard and understood,” Esposito said. “By checking in with self, you learn to treat others the way you treat yourself.”

Esposito does one-on-one sessions as well as group sessions with her clients. Reiki, an ancient hand placement healing art, is a “spiritually guided life force of energy rooted in love,” she said.

While Reiki can be performed hands-on, it depends on the laws of the state and the certification the teacher holds. Esposito said even hospitals are using Reiki before and after operations and doctors are finding that patients are healing faster and recovering much better. The practice, Esposito said, is viewed as equivalent to medical management.

Reflexology, another form of the healing arts, is an alternate medicine that involves the physical act of applying pressure to the hands, feet, ears and other areas of the body. It can help to alleviate stress, improve sleeping habits and increase energy. Esposito said it “deeply relaxes the whole body,” which explains why her clients come back so quickly for another session.

Daria Smith, of Southington, has been one of Esposito’s clients since 2007. Smith, also a friend to Esposito, said she typically receives holistic coaching and angelic readings, but she’s taken a bunch of meditation classes. What’s great about what Esposito does, she said, is how she uniquely integrates the healing arts during all of her sessions, which is “much more empowering.”

“I’m thrilled that she’s doing reflexology,” she said. “It’s a nice extension of the Reiki sessions.”

Both Esposito’s clients and family support her work, she said. Esposito’s husband is a Reiki III practitioner, while her daughter is a Reiki II practitioner, so they understand her passion for what she’s doing. She said her dream is to be able to do her job worldwide through telecast that way “there is no corner that doesn’t reach people.”

“My intention is for every person who leaves walks out that door feeling empowered,” Esposito said, “They don’t need me to fix them. I’m not there to fix them. They came and tapped into their strengths.”

To learn more about the healing arts visit personalharmonyandhealth.com or contact Diane at (203) 284-1204 to register for a Get Aquainted Tea and Talk informational on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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