Owner: April A. Hannah Ms.Ed., LMHC
Reiki Master, Intuitive, Filmmaker and Mental Health Counselor
After I graduated with my Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from The College of Saint Rose in 2004, I knew in my heart that one day I would accomplish my passionate goal of opening a wellness center. I was thrilled to see my dream unfold October of 2016 after a series of synchronistic events occurred in a matter of weeks. I was actually contemplating entering a contest to win a Wellness Center in Colonie, NY. That year I had created a vision board and on it I had win $10,000 and open a wellness center.
When I saw the contest to win a wellness center and $10,000 in wellness equipment, I thought for sure I was being guided to up and move my business from Saratoga to Colonie. However, there was an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach that said, don’t go, stay. It just so happened, that in my building where I already had my private practice, a pilates studio had moved out of the building and into a different location. Here sat a 900 sqft space that was vacant for over a year right down the hall from me!!! My wellness studio was staring me right in my face for months and I never paid any mind to renting this space until I contemplated entering this wellness center contest.
The challenge in taking a leap of face happened as soon as I started to face my fears and the self doubt. I wondered if I could actually afford to do this, would people show up to classes, how will I buy the supplies that are needed? etc. Silly fears! So I did what some people are afraid to do, and faced my insecurities and fear head on. I said to myself you will never know if you don’t try and I signed a lease within a week of what I call the “lightbulb turning on”. I did not have the start up money to buy supplies for the studio and I wasn’t in a position where I could apply for a loan or go into debt. In my prayers and meditation I was reminded by my guides that the world is an abundant place and was told that I needed to ask for help. I listened to this guidance, sucked up my ego and put this “world is abundant” theory into play. I asked my community for help and created a gofundme campaign to purchase all the yoga supplies, paint, curtains and the basics of what I needed to open the doors.
With the help of my friends and family who love me and the community that believes in me, I was able to raise $1,800 to start the wellness center. It has been up and running since October of 2016 and I couldn’t be happier every time a class of mine sells a ticket and people walk through the door to enjoy the space and the classes we have to offer. Dreams do come true, ask and you shall receive.
If you’re interested in my life as a mental health therapist and the trainings and positions I held before becoming the owner of the wellness studio, feel free to visit my bio page at www.HannahsHealing.com. My endeavor in becoming a filmmaker and podcast host has been an interesting journey as well, and that story can be found at www.path11productions.com.