Another small town dreamer who grew up in the same small sea side town as we did, has inspired us endlessly. Her courageous story of tragedy and triumph is one of love and hope that when those life defining moments occur in the blink of an eye, it can change the course of who you are and who you decide to be. By choosing healing, light and love you are actually able to transform your life and the world around you. The loss of Rachel and her husband Jeff's daughter Sierra two days before she was due to be born was that profound experience that provided the momentum for that shift in their life's direction and lead to the creation of Hanako Therapies.
You have been a professional dancer, model and actor travelling all over the world for 20 years until you followed your calling to energetic and spiritual healing. Can you please tell us more about your journey and what you have discovered along the way
From the age of 5 all I ever wanted to do was dance and after many, many, many years of dedication, discipline and love for my craft I entered the world of professional dance and it was fabulous. I landed my dream jobs performing in 'Steel it', then onto the likes of 'Tap Dogs Rebooted' and 'Happy Feet 2', I travelled the world and was surrounded by so many wonderful and inspiring people, whom are still some of best friends however after losing Sierra there was a part of me that knew I had something more within me and something more I had to do, and so began the transition into the world of Energetic and Spiritual Healing. Another field that I had long been passionate about but hadn't stepped onto that oath until of course our world had completely been tipped upside down. She was an absolute gift and continues to be a guiding light, for us she really put life into perspective and made us look at what's really important in life. If we can't have her here with us we want to live a life in honour of her and for her. We want to be the best possible people we can be.
Some days it storms, some days it shines. This is how flowers grow. The loss of your first daughter Sierra and birth of your second daughter Willow were two significant moments of pain and joy that lead you to create your beautiful brand Hanako Therapies. Can you tell us about how Hanako Therapies began
Hanako began when we moved to the USA for a year of adventure. I had finished my 2 year diploma of Energetic and Spiritual Healing and Willow was now 1.5 years old and we thought why not? We had wanted to do this for years so we figured let's do it now while Willow is young and not yet at school so we packed up our lives in Australia and headed for the US, my husband's native land. It was exciting, fun and scary all at the same time. Talk about being out of your comfort zone. We had left everything behind, our family, friends, work, our whole support network basically. So it was interesting times, and each day was a gut check. This is how Hanako began. Some days I would feel completely ungrounded or off kilter, somedays I felt like I needed extra support, or clarity so using my knowledge from my studies I began to make natural perfume blends for Energetic purposes that would help support all different states of being. It really was a very organic and free flowing process, and while I was using my knowledge from my studies it was also a very intuitive process. At the time all of these blends were made for my own self nurturing and support. But I began using them in my healing's over there and that's when clients started asking 'What is that? And where can I get it' And so began the journey of bringing Hanako to life.
Not only have you created products that make a difference on this Earth but you also give back to the cause that lead you to create. Hanako Therapies lovingly donates a portion of each bottle to Bears of Hope Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support. Please tell us more about this beautiful charity and your need to give
Bears of Hope Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support provides leading support and exceptional care for families who experience the loss of their baby. They seek to provide crucial information and embrace families during their difficult time of loss and beyond, helping to guide families through their choices when saying Hello and Goodbye to their much loved baby.
As a registered non-profit organisation they are dedicated to the care of others and reinvesting their finances and resources to ensure Bears of Hope is the leading support for pregnancy and infant loss in Australia. We were given such amazing care from the Hospital during our time of bringing Sierra into the world and saying goodbye, we knew we wanted to be able to help other families that walk this path. The intensity of grief and shock at a time like this is unbelievable, so having a great support network, help and information from those that have also experienced the path is a gift. This is why we chose to help such a wonderful charity.
Can you tell us more about your ranges and products that we cannot get enough of
Our 'I AM...' vibrational scents are carefully created to provide a natural alternative to perfume. Using pure essential oils, gem and flower essences, crystal infused water and each one bathed in a different ancient mantra from start to seal. This range helps to raise your being, not only through scent but through the energetic properties each ingredient holds. Each one also has an affirmation on the bottle to help set a mindful intention for the day.
Our Meridian blends were carefully created to complement the 12 main lines of angry that within our energy anatomy are called the Meridian System. These aromatherapy blends can be applied to specific acupressure points to encourage correct flow of energy around the body. These too have an affirmation on the bottle to help achieve harmony and balance within.
Our Essences are an under the tongue remedy that assist to support emotional well being and encourage transformation for soul development and growth. They encourage healing to take place on a subtle yet deep level.
We have a range for Mummy and babies to help soothe, calm and uplift the mood from pregnancy to motherhood and for little ones in our lives. There is a balancing blend for the day and a calming blend for the night that gets rubbed into their little feet.
Then we have Happy Tracks a blend created as a natural support for anxious tummies. This was a great support for Willow as she suffers motion sickness. This gets rolled onto the wrists, feet and stomach to help soothe and calm any tummy upsets.
We can also have Alchemy Kits that provide an all over subtle energetic treatment to help transcend current personal challenges. Each combination works to support body, mind and spirit and realign for optimum well being.
Each and every product was created for self nourishing and nurturing. If you're going to spray something or use something on the skin, why not have it support you and your own energetic being. This is why we choose to embrace the healing properties of nature.
I want these products to enrich the lives of many users, knowing that they are made of pure, natural ingredients. You know exactly what you are putting onto your body. Allow yourself a moment to create a sacred space for yourself before you set out for the day. Take a deep breath, affirm and envelope your being with positive energy, support, love and kindness.
When your not busy creating products to enlighten the world and lighten the load for it's people, what makes Rachel light, happy and whole
He he. What makes Rachel happy? Well actually I am lucky enough to say that my work, family and friends make me happy but apart from that I love to meditate each day. I love to swim in the ocean throughout the year, yoga, time amongst nature, exercise and of course still putting on a tap shoe always makes me happy.
While you are the owner and creator of Hanako Therapies with your husband and now mummy to two beautiful girls, you are also still a practicing energetic and spiritual healer. How do you balance it all while making everyone around you feel so empowered, uplifted and inspired
I do it by looking after myself and listening to my own body. I know that Meditation for me is a tool that not only helps me fill up but also expand out. If the balance starts to go off kilter, then I recognise it and take steps to get back on track. Sometimes that may be taking a day to just step away. Get a massage, acupuncture or get an Energy healing session myself. The more I listen to and give to myself the more I have to give to others.
Your greatest teacher and what they taught you
My greatest teacher would be Sierra. We can spend so much time trying to control situations, the only thing we can control is our actions, reactions and choices the rest is not up to us. Do your work from an open heart, then step back. It will go where it needs to go and all will be ok.
The universe is
The universe is big, abundant and expansive with infinite possibilities. Tap into and align yourself with the awesomeness of that energy.
The journey has been
The journey has been extremely colourful and I wouldn't change a thing.
I am living and I am loving.
Any words that you live by and would like to leave us with
Some of my favourite words...
'Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someones else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with there results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others opinions drown our your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition' Steve Jobs