Greetings! I am Maria Barresi, sole owner of Soulful Bodyworks and holistic wellness practitioner since 2003. I am a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Master Aesthetician, Certified Usui Reiki Master and Certified Herbal Practitioner. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Salem State University, where I was granted the opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that focused on Integrative Health, Wellness and Psychology.
I completed my Massage Therapy program and Master Aesthetics program at The Arthur Angelo Professional School of Cosmetology, Aesthetics and Therapeutic Massage, and I received all of my Usui Reiki Energy trainings and Attunements from Reiki Master Teacher Joanna Scaparotti. I completed my Herbal Studies program and Aromatherapy Studies program at The Eclectic Institute of Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies, and I continued my education in foundational herbalism by completing Rosemary Gladstar's Science and Art of Herbalism program, and Susun Weed's Spirit and Practice of the Wise Woman Tradition program and Seven Rivers of Healing program.
My interest in holistic wellness began to spark at a young age while I was growing up in a small mountain town, where I spent much of my time gardening with my family, hiking and foraging in the forests, fishing in the lakes and rivers, and attending yoga classes at the nearby eclectic retreat center. It was during that time in my youth when I was exploring the natural world around me and attending yoga classes that I began to intuitively understand that all living beings were more than just their physical structure.
It was this profound awakening that had guided me to become a holistic wellness practitioner, and what has lead me to develop a deeper understanding of what we are capable of achieving and experiencing in body, mind and spirit. I believe that holistic therapies can offer multiple benefits to your health, and can create a positive and lasting impact on your overall wellness. My goal is to help you achieve a vibrant state of well-being by offering supportive, heart-centered services that aim to rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit. I look forward to working with you and send you blessings of peace and good health!