Melissa McHugh is a Certified Reiki Master/Crystal Reiki Master and Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor. Dennis Martel is a Reiki Practitioner. Together they have many years of experience helping others by guiding them on their life's journey.
Having the experience of needing a teacher while I was going through an emotional awakening event and seeing how powerful Reiki can be is why I started my Reiki and Meditation business. I know that if I had had a teacher sooner I would have had a much easier time and would have stayed with it knowing that what I was experiencing was normal and I wouldn't have been so afraid. My goal now is to help people through this transition and guide them every step of the way. Helping them find the tools they need to live a life of peace and empowerment.
My journey goes back to being a child in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I grew up in a very small town at the tippy top of PA. To get to our place you went through this small town and got on a dirt road. You went uphill for 1 mile. There you found our small crooked house that was passed down to my family from my dad's grandparents. It was a crazy looking house at that time, but it was also a magical place. It was overlooking a large pond and surrounded on all sides by forests and fields. I grew up with my sister and brother and many many cousins. We ran free all over the place and I became very in tune to nature.
As I grew up I rebelled against this place and could not wait to get out. I didn't want a small town life and I had big dreams of travel. So I went out into the big bad world and began learning a lot about myself. Eventually I met a guy who followed the Grateful Dead around and that is when my spiritual journey began! The Dead scene opened my mind and my heart up to so many different possibilities and ways of living. I remember being mad that nobody had ever told me that these things were going on out there!
During this time I was also struggling with addiction. Addiction to drugs, alcohol, love. Feelings of inadequacy and extreme shyness that I could only mask with substances. Of course nothing filled the huge void I felt inside. The loneliness and despair that I felt every time I was sober.
I started to dabble in meditation and reading spiritual texts during this time. There was always someone at a show with the Bhagavad Gita . I also had a very good friend who usually had some sort of book of poetry or some kind of spiritual book laying around.
Many many years later after so many incredible adventures travelling the world I found myself in the British Virgin Islands with my friend and mentor, Mike. He allowed me to come and just sit still for many months. I began to meditate for hours and read everything I could get my hands on about spirituality, religion, personal development and quantum physics and mechanics. My mind was completely blown in so many ways!
Diving in so deeply in this way without a teacher took a toll. I was having extreme rushes of energy move through me and bouts of extreme fear and sadness. Things were moving too fast and I was unsure what to do. Even mike, who had been doing this type of work on himself for many years was not sure what was happening and why it was happening so fast! So Mike decided to take me to see his Reiki Master.
Monali worked at a resort in the marina where Mike was a sailing instructor. I began seeing her every week and sometimes a couple of times a week until she was able to help stabilize my energy. She advised me to slow way down on the meditation and to start taking things easy. It felt to me like she saved my life. My moods evened out and I stopped feeling crazy. She told me that what I was experiencing was normal. Without her I'm still unsure of what would have happened to me!
I left the islands and came back home. I had been away long enough and I knew it was time to come back and begin a deep healing process with my family. That is when I met Dennis. I had known his family since grade school and he lived down in town and across the street from one of my fathers apartments. I was living there at the time and we eventually met at a yard sale. All I can say is that day put my life on a path to such deep healing and remarkable beauty. Dennis is the man of my dreams. It took coming back home to find everything I was looking for.
Dennis had a very unconventional upbringing. He was born into a family not knowing his father. His mother was part Native American and he always felt a sort of disconnect from his family and regular society. His mom finally met and married a police officer in a small town in PA and he became part of a larger family with many sisters and brothers. Still he felt little connection and would turn to the outdoors for comfort. Her found his niche here and was at peace with the animals and the trees.
He eventually found connection within his family when his sister Ilene was born. The deep love they had for each other got him through many hardships. And that bond is still strong today.
While growing up and well into manhood, Dennis found that he had a unique relationship with animals. They seemed to feel very at ease with him and he with them. He honored his heritage and found his spirituality in the forest and with all living creatures. His love for all things that live thrives today. His goal for this lifetime is to help all that need help. To hold space for and give unconditional love and compassion to all those in need of it.
People have often come to Dennis for advise or just a hug. His beautiful and loving nature brings peace to all who sit near him. He brings a wonderful and loving touch to his Reiki practice and he is studying now to become a shaman.
Dennis and Melissa met at just the right time for them to both continue their own journeys both physically and spiritually. Together they believe in helping humanity and every other sentient being live a beautiful and fulfilled life.