THE STORY BEHIND CHI-WORKS
Hi, my name is Rowenna and I am the founder of Chi-Works, a space to develop balanced and harmonious ways of living for the many people who struggle to find peace and calm in a hectic and often overwhelming world. I am a qualified Reiki Master-Practitioner, Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher, NLP practitioner and Cognitive Hypnotherapist. I became interested in meditation and energy work at a young age – having been born into an alternative family who encouraged me to explore different theories and ideologies. I was always curious about the nature of consciousness and our experiences of life and the world, and never really feeling like I fit in I found daily life challenging as a girl and young woman, and for years I suffered from social and generalised anxiety as I struggled to find my place in the world. I was always compelled to try to help others who were suffering, as I felt a strong duty of care towards my fellow strugglers and found myself working in the education sector as a result.
Having spent 10 years as a teacher in secondary schools and colleges, I became acutely aware of the anxiety and mental health issues among teachers and students (including myself), which were rising each year. In a bid to overcome my own anxiety and depression following a series of life challenges and bereavements, I was drawn to study meditation with various Buddhist teachers and centres over the past 7 years, as well as studying Tai Chi with the Mei Quan Academy. I discovered the powerful benefits of meditation and reiki for transforming thoughts and emotions, and decided to learn how to use these tools as a way to help others. I became a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner in 2009, and was initiated with a direct lineage to Usui Reiki. I completed a Master/Teacher qualification, with a lineage in Usui and Tibetan Reiki in 2011. I went on to study meditation with the London Buddhist Centre and Kadampa, and developed a mindfulness programme for young people in the school where I taught. I finally qualified with Peter Radcliffe of Skillful Mind, and the world renowned MiSP (Mindfulness in Schools Project), and I now use these transformational tools, along with my skills as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist and Coach, to help people of all ages and walks of life to find more positive ways of living and experiencing the world.
If you’d like to know more about how reiki or meditation can help you, please get in touch via the contact page or feel free to browse my website where you can find more information on these powerful tools and how I use them. Namaste!