ulie Heise had practiced anesthesiology for 27 years when she traded in her epidural and nerve block needles for acupuncture needles.
She used to come home to this lush backyard to decompress from stress-filled days at the hospital when she began to envision a different lifestyle for herself—one of a slower, more connected nature, creating health and wellness for clients rather than treating illness.
Her “office” is now a quiet home studio with a heated massage table, dimmed lights, and soothing sounds and scents that is more akin to a spa experience. And she uses her private outdoor space for a special practice called Shen Ki, a fusion of Chinese “heart” or “spirit” and Japanese “ki” or “life force,” with collaborators Christy Marsh, Adrienne Porter and Annie Epp.
Up to 12 guests can immerse themselves in this unique two-hour experience that incorporates yoga, acupuncture, crystals and Reiki with the intention of realigning the mind, body and spirit.
Using her home in this way wasn’t something Julie ever planned, but she’s fully enjoying the evolution.
“It all happened organically, and I love it,” Julie says. “I don’t feel like I’m working because it’s play time.”