I am Maria Barresi, owner and practitioner at Soulful Bodyworks; I am a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Master Aesthetician, Certified Usui Reiki Master, and Certified Herbal Practitioner, and I have been working as a holistic wellness practitioner since 2003. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Salem State University, where I was able to develop an independent undergraduate program within the Interdisciplinary Studies Department that focused on Integrative Health and Wellness.
I completed my Massage Therapy program and my Master Aesthetics program at The Arthur Angelo Professional School of Cosmetology, Aesthetics and Therapeutic Massage, and I received my Usui Reiki Energy trainings and Attunements from Reiki Master Teacher Joanna Scaparotti.
I completed the Herbal 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 health and 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 (with my beloved dog along side!), fishing in the lakes and rivers, and regularly visiting the nearby eclectic retreat centers that offered a variety of wellness and spiritual enrichment classes and therapeutic services.
It was during that time in my youth when I was exploring the natural world around me and going to those retreat centers 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 professional wellness practitioner, and what has lead me to develop a deeper understanding of what human beings are capable of achieving and experiencing in body, mind and spirit.
I strongly believe that holistic therapies can offer multiple benefits to your overall health and well-being, and can create a positive and lasting impact on your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. My goal is to help my clients achieve a vibrant state of well-being with supportive and compassionate therapeutic services that aim to relax and rejuvenate their body, mind and spirit. My passion is to empower others to be an active participant in their own health care, and is what motivates me to offer heart-centered wellness services to my community. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you, and to help support you on your path to an optimal state of well-being in body, mind and spirit!