May 25, 2022

Energy Healing: Alternative Stress Relief for First Responders | S2 E21

What is Reiki and Shamanic Healing, and how can it benefit first responders? This episode features an interview with energy practitioners Akilah Barr and Deana Pacqua speaking about Reiki, Shamanic Healing and other Alternative Healing Modalities for First Responders. We discuss how energy work is becoming a more common practice for first responders and how their work can be enhanced by energy healing.


What is Reiki and Shamanic Healing, and how can it benefit first responders? This episode features an interview with energy practitioners Akilah Barr and Deana Pacqua speaking about Reiki, Shamanic Healing and other Alternative Healing Modalities for First Responders. We discuss how energy work is becoming a more common practice for first responders and how their work can be enhanced by energy healing. 

We go into detail about the specific energy healing modality of Reiki and how it is being used for first responders. We also talk about other healing modalities like Shamanism and other philosophies that are related to energy healing. We discuss, how are responders healers or wounded healers?  How can these practices help with post-traumatic stress?

Akilah Barr is a Yoga of 12-Step Recovery Leader, and Imani Breakthrough Project Facilitator. She's a passionate Yoga instructor, Shamanic Practitioner, and Reiki Master. She motivates individuals to discover their authentic and healthiest selves, incorporating her knowledge of the conventional and unconventional healing modalities.

Deana Paqua is a teacher and practitioner of contemporary shamanism, cross-cultural energy medicine and holistic mind/body wellness, who has served the community for over 20 years. She is a licensed massage therapist, Reiki master teacher, and an adjunct professor in the department of health promotion studies at Western Connecticut State University, in Danbury, CT.

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Akilah Barr

Reiki Level 3 Practitioner, Certified Yoga Instructor, Y12SR Facilitator, IMANI Breakthrough Co-Facilitator

Akilah is a Yoga of 12-Step Recovery Leader (Y12SR), and Imani Breakthrough Project Facilitator. She's a passionate Yoga instructor, Shamanic Practitioner, and Reiki Master. She motivates individuals to discover their authentic and healthiest selves, incorporating her knowledge of the conventional and unconventional healing modalities.

Akilah began exploring alternative modalities of health and healing in 2016. She gravitated to both yoga and meditation, as a form of healing and relaxation. She began instructing trauma informed yoga in 2016. Finding yoga has been a blessing that has allowed her to share the tools to release physical and emotional patterns of suffering. By using her knowledge and wisdom, she encourages individuals to reach their highest developmental and spiritual growth.

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Deana Paqua, MA, LMT

Teacher / practitioner of contemporary shamanism, licensed massage therapist, Reiki master teacher

Deana Paqua, MA, LMT is a teacher and practitioner of contemporary shamanism, cross-cultural energy medicine and holistic mind/body wellness, who has served the community for over 20 years. She is a licensed massage therapist, Reiki master teacher, and an adjunct professor in the department of health promotion studies at Western Connecticut State University, in Danbury, CT. She offers private sessions, classes and training programs for those looking to transform overwhelm, trauma and stress through spiritual and natural healing methods that complement conventional Western medicine.