We recently launched a series on our Instagram page titled Closing Ceremony. There, we share healing and regenerative practices at the end of every month with the intention that they will enable you to transition into a new month, a new beginning, feeling refreshed. The first person to contribute, with grace and generosity, was Melaina Gasbarrino, Yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner.
We believe in creating and sharing content that empowers and educates. We also believe in reciprocity, so we’re honored to use our platform to highlight individuals whose work radiates light and positivity. This piece is for anyone interested in learning more about the experience of Melaina, healer and Earth Child.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
Someone who is known for swimming in the wild oceans, believes in doing good for others and creates harmony within.
What’s one thing you really love about yourself?
My innate connection with the Earth. Through my earth-based practices I move and heal with the elements, feeling most grounded spending time out in nature (of course on an island beach is my favourite)! People like to call me the ‘Earth child’, and I fully step into that role healing others, writing children’s environmental books, and spend as much time as I can protecting our land and waterways.
What’s the most rewarding part of what you do for a living?
To be able to heal others is something really powerful, and the most rewarding part of what I do. Having gone through a lot of healing through reiki myself, I wanted to be able to offer this practice to others. After a session there is always a sense of peace and calm that washes over my clients… and that is what makes me happiest.
What prompted you to live a more holistic lifestyle?
I’ve always lived a very holistic lifestyle. From days as a little girl gardening with my grandparents to walking barefoot when I need to be extra connected to the Earth to protecting our land, and minimizing my ecological footprint, I believe that our relationship with the self further deepens when we respect our beings.
Do you have a go-to wellness ritual? What is it and why?
My go-to wellness ritual is simple. Every morning I’m out for a run, walk or cycle. Then head indoors (or outside if it’s nice out!) to practice yoga and meditate. After a homemade juice, I start my day. By gently moving to awaken my body + soul I feel rejuvenated and ready to take on anything that comes at me throughout the day (being a freelancer, I could be working on 4 or 5 projects a day, so life can be quite ‘busy’).
What advice would you give someone who is just starting to pay closer attention to their well-being?
Nurture yourself. Do what feels right for you. Acknowledge the healing you’re creating to step into your full power. Putting yourself first is a BIG step! Take each day slowly as you move into a space that may be a bit scary, but so worth it in the end, as we should all be stepping into a space where our healing (on all realms) comes first and foremost in our lives.