||BarbaraRose has worked over three decades in the health care field. After many years of working as dialysis nurse she decided to make a shift towards alternative healing, which focuses on vitality and dis-ease prevention.
A Registered Nurse, Reiki Master, Brain Gym® facilitator, a wife and a mother and active member of her community.
BarbaraRose teaches and practices Radiant Heart Reiki in Knoxville, TN and the surrounding areas.
Today BarbaraRose also works in conventional medical care as a hospice nurse.
Hello, I’m Barbara Rose, a registered nurse, energy medicine practitioner, wife, and mother. I married in 1981. My daughter, a Reiki child, was born ten years later. I live with my husband, Richard, and daughter, Rose, in Knoxville, Tennessee.
I am a Reiki master teacher, Brain Gym® consultant, Isagenix Star consultant, Integrative Wellness coach, and certified hypnotherapist. These are all treasures of experience I bring to help others to be well.
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I worked as an RN in nephrology for 17 years with a total of 25 years in the field of nursing. Then I embarked on a new career. I have had life-long interest in health and nutrition, movement, prayer, meditation, and the connection that they all have to each other and to health and wellness. I believe despite what is going on in our environment, everyone can be healthy.
I have faith in people’s ability to heal themselves, if they are shown the way. My passion is to teach people who are willing to listen anything I know. People may decide to take what I offer and use it as a force for changing the state of their health, or not. The choice is theirs. Rather than push, I offer help without attachment to the outcome. I believe in adaptability—that one works with what one has.
It is important that I work with each individual where he or she is in life. I begin with each person’s level of ability and understanding—be they children or elders, young parents or adults at middle-life, learned or illiterate.
I am a messenger, a catalyst for change. I invent ways and processes for doing anything, especially for communicating. I laugh easily and get others to laugh. People say I change the energy because I am eternally positive. They say wherever I am I seem to cause things to shift and get better.
I am a magnificent spiritual being, and so are YOU.
My outlook is hopelessly positive. Yet, I haven’t always been this way.
I saw my mother succumb first to heart disease, then to depression, and finally to suicide when I was very young. At 10, with this grief in my heart, I took on the duties of being a mom to my three younger brothers. I admit that it did feel good to have the competence and desire within me to give to my family. From that moment I thought I should be a nurse. Having difficulty learning, I struggled through school. Decades later my difficulty came to be known as dyslexia.
All I knew then was I didn’t fit in. I felt like an alien. The truth was that my style of taking in information, of learning, was not compatible with the predominant methods of instruction. Years later, I discovered that I was a right-brain learner in a left-brain world.
I graduated from high school in 1967, got a job, moved from home into my own apartment, and embarked on my dream by entering nursing school. I couldn’t do it. School was too stressful, so I backed away. I quit school.
I worked as a waitress to support myself and maintain my independence.
By 1971 I felt strong enough to return to school, a one-year nursing program. In 1972 I received certification as a licensed practical nurse (LPN), and I immediately began working on a medical/surgical oncology floor.
Because of my learning difficulties, the work was extraordinarily difficult for me. I was on the hospital floor, not in the classroom, so I was no longer able to compensate for my “disability” by taking pages and pages of notes, recopying each page many times.
In 1974 I left the oncology floor and became employed in a dialysis clinic. I benefited from all the walking required by the job, but having to retrace my steps to jog my memory made my performance slow. I was clumsy, I tripped a lot, and I had difficulty thinking and talking.
A colleague suggested I take a ballet course designed for adults to improve performance—many athletes do this. Ballet helps with all areas of brain functioning as well as coordination. In spring of 1974 I began ballet lessons.
Ballet changed my life! It became apparent that kinesiology was the key to my development, my learning, and my performance. As I began demonstrating leadership abilities, I was encouraged to return school. I went part-time from 1977 to 1980. For the first time in my life, I realized that I wasn’t less smart than other people—I wasn’t stupid—I just had a different learning style. My brain was wired differently. I made As and Bs, and in 1980 I completed my studies, receiving the bachelor of science in nursing, and truly embarked upon my calling.
I became motivated to help people. I noticed that patients doing home care were doing much better than the ones who came to the dialysis center being fully supported by a team of doctors, nurses, dieticians, social workers. I attributed this to the empowerment of self-responsibility. People who take part in their own care do better than those who totally rely on professionals to “take care of them.” Even though they were not following all dialysis directions, diet or medications, the home-care group had fewer infections, fewer hospital stays, and fewer complications of any sort. The clinic staff tracked the progress of all patients, and the statistics revealed this gap. I developed manuals and visuals for illiterate dialysis patients so they would have the necessary self-care instructions. It was about that time I started teaching stress management.
I was happy helping people, but my soul was sinking working in a field where the best you could hope for was slower deterioration. So I decided to move to the other end of the spectrum in health care—PREVENTION and WELLNESS. I took Reiki classes from several teachers; learned about essential oils, aromatherapy, flower essences,
Brain Gym®, more about diet and nutrition, hypnotherapy, energy medicine, Korean Hand Energetics—all to broaden my scope and give people more options. In the clinical setting I was able to influence the dietician in her own health and help her learn to adjust diets for individual patients. At some point I realized this wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to help people get to a higher level of well being, people who hadn’t yet been so absorbed into the mainstream medical system. I needed to shift the paradigm. I realized this could not be done in a hospital setting, so I left that environment and decided to develop a private practice. In a life-changing talk in front of the fire, my husband and I decided to give our lives a 180-degree shift, first moving to Narrow Ridge, Tenn., to give our daughter the experience of a life more in tune with nature. For me it was a sabbatical. I practiced teaching Reiki with the students that were already enrolled in courses at Narrow Ridge. I then moved to Knoxville, where I started The Well.
I now offer to my clients a combination
of the best of what I have found.