The Healing Energies Collective

The Healing Energies Collective

The Healing Energies Collective is a group of individuals committed to healing ourselves and supporting others through a variety of methods, techniques and disciplines including Reiki, Meditation, Movement Therapies, Method of the Wheel, Wellness and Nutrition Coaching, Massage, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Social Activism and more.

We are available as both fee-based, certified professionals and as volunteer practitioners for those who are in need. The members of The Healing Energies Collective have studied with Melanie Chong through the years; they share in an overarching practice of loving kindness and mindful living.

Members of The Healing Energies Collective include:

In 2002, after many years of working as a Registered Nurse in hospice and psychiatric settings, Lauren opened, a holistic spiritual care practice where she offers Acutonics sound healing and Reiki.

Lauren has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a Master of Art degree in nursing from New York University.

She is a Board Certified Advanced Holistic Nurse and an Advanced Professional Board-Certified Chaplain.

A Little Healing Room
Salt Lake City, Utah


Melanie Chong, a spiritual consultant, master healer and practitioner in a variety of healing modalities, is the founder and director of The Center for the Inner Journey (CFIJ). Formed in 2002, the origins of CFIJ are rooted on the meditation groups, Reiki trainings and healing groups Melanie has organized since 1991 in addition to her extensive private practice working with individuals seeking personal growth and spiritual development.
By 2000, Melanie had expanded the scope of her mission to do volunteer outreach to women in shelters, as well as work in the HIV community. Many of the volunteers who joined her were heath care professionals who found the personal growth work and trainings in the Reiki method of healing of benefit to their practices.
In 2002, Melanie began to develop a proprietary system of inner work called Method of the Wheel (MoW). Within two years, this methodology was at the forefront of her work with individuals and groups. Motivated by the successful response, Melanie started a facilitator-training program for practitioners interested in understanding the workings of the methodology and for those who would like to add it as a tool in their professional work.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Sociology and Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 1974.
  • Certified Hypnotherapist, National Guild of Hypnotists, Merrimack, NH, 1991.
  • Esprit Hypnosis & Healing Counseling Center, Certified Instructor, New York, NY, 1991. Instructor: Robert Johnson
  • Esprit Hypnosis & Healing Counseling Center, Certified Past Life Regression, New York, NY, 1991. Instructor: Robert Johnson
  • Usui Reiki Master Teacher (Level III), April 1991. Instructor: Susan Brown
  • Licensed Massage Therapist, State of Connecticut Department of Public Health, 1993 – present
  • Minister, the Church of Anna, Interfaith Temple, N.J. Ordained, 2000
  • Amen Clinic, Amen Affiliate of the Educational Center (AAEC), Newport, CA, 2012
  • International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT), member, 1994 – current
  • Practices: Reiki, Fitness Coaching
  • Location: Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.
  • Email:
  • Phone: 914-844-6706
I first encountered universal life force energy while I was interviewing Melanie Chong and Daiken Nelson for a story I was writing about Reiki. Melanie told me to hold my hands in front of me and slowly move the palms toward each other. “Do you feel anything,” she asked. I did. And I was hooked. It helped when Melanie then expressed her belief that practitioners need to “take the woo-woo out” of Reiki. Not that the woo-woo isn’t there if you want it to be. It’s just that you can benefit from Reiki’s restorative powers without having any inkling about—or interest in—said woo. I began to attend Melanie’s monthly get-togethers with Daiken, Rita and Joanne just to learn more about Reiki, but not to practice it myself. After nine months, Melanie suggested that I had learned enough to be attuned to First Degree Reiki, Shoden, if I wanted to be. I hadn’t consciously realized until that moment that I would be interested in practicing Reiki, but I was. Perhaps the only real requirement for experiencing Reiki—being open—was seeping into me. I completed Second Degree, Okuden, training a few months later and, in February, 2013, earned a Master designation, enabling me to pass along the Usui System to others. I am drawn to Reiki’s simplicity. I’ve read a lot about how and why it works. I find the words interesting and reinforcing. But mostly, I am pleased when someone who has come to a treatment with a skeptical mind opens his or her eyes when the session is over and says, “that was good” or “I feel very relaxed.” All I’ve done is enable that person to heal herself or himself. I recently have transitioned from primarily making my living as a writer and editor to learning and practicing healing modalities to help anyone who is looking to feel better in mind, body, spirit. In addition to my Reiki practice, I am certified as a personal trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and have taken several additional trainings in senior fitness. I conduct a FitAfter49 online class six days a week. Mostly, I remain an avid student of various methods and modalities that help us to appreciate just how wonderful this existence we enjoy—but sometimes don’t—can be.

With Chatterbox, a pigeon with a lot of “woo,” 1962

Etta Kantor is an environmentalist, peace activist, Reiki master, Interfaith minister,?founder of the Planetarian movement and author of ?Earth Mama? public service announcements.

In the capacity of president and CEO of the Kantor Family Foundation, Etta supported at least fifty programs that benefited women, children and the environment. The foundation created an organization called the Center for Being which was dedicated to women and children from shelters and provided a variety of free services.

In 2003 her concern for the environment and sustainability prompted her to drive her car on waste vegetable oil, which she got, free, from Chinese restaurants. She filtered it at home. The media attention distributed the story around the world via newspapers, magazines, radio and television. This led her to visiting schools talking about the car and sustainability and coining the word “planetarian” as a humanitarian caring for the planet. Currently she owns a Leaf, which is a 100% electric car.

In 2007 she built a sustainable house, which has earned a LEED Platinum rating from the Connecticut Green Building Council and an Emerald rating from the National Association of Home Builders. The house runs on solar energy, is made of reclaimed and recycled materials, has permaculture landscaping, a compost toilet and grey water system and been the recipient of a number of awards. It is considered a model of sustainability and is visited by schools and groups via house tours.

Etta?s latest project is the ?Earth Mama? public service announcements distributed on YouTube. They cover environmental as well as planetary and humanitarian issues.

Etta received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College in 1968.

Elizabeth Rodriguez is a practicing Registered Nurse who has trained as a Reiki Master, Certified Hypnotherapist and Licensed Massage Therapist as well as in Emotional Freedom Technique.

She believes strongly that the body, emotions and spirit of each individual are interconnected and by helping a person heal in one area of his or her life, ?that person also heals in other levels at the same time.

Ms. Rodriguez uses an intuitive, integrative approach to her treatments and encourages each person to assist in deciding the directions it should take.

One Comment

  1. Dear Melanie,

    I’m so happy to have found your website. I received all three degrees of Reiki training with you, between 1993 and 1995. It truly was an experience that I will always cherish.

    I’ve not practiced Reiki for many years, now, and I believe that there are no mistakes in the Universe, so therefore it was part of my process to put it down for the time. Lately, Reiki is calling me back to It, and I am happy to be opening myself up, again.

    Of course, recently, I thought about our training, and how much it meant to me. I went through all of our class material, and the notes I had made when I was doing sessions with other class members during the Mastership training, and my heart opened up with joy, remembering the Love that Reiki is.

    Thank you so much for being such a wonderful teacher. I have been talking with others, lately, on social media, about how much I appreciated your attention to detail, and your dedication to teaching Reiki as It was meant to be taught, being certain that all of your students were ready for the Gift you were sharing with us. Thank you!

    I haven’t spoken to Gina R. for many years, now. I miss working with Reiki with her. She and I had a great deal of spiritual growth working together and also learning from you.

    I love this website. I will be sure to stop in, once in awhile!

    Bright Blessings!

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