We had the good fortune of connecting with Susan Fernandez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Susan, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
If I had to pin point the most important factor in my success, it would be integrity. For me, success means how well a person does after having a session and watching them getting better and better. This is success, this is the joy of healing, for both of us. Success then is more than how much money I make or how many clients I have or how solidly I’m booked, though, I do work in part to provide the security of having needs and wants met. Beyond that there are many many important components that makeup the synergy of success that comprises integrity. They are: – having and keeping high standards – producing results – being thorough and detailed – giving what’s foremost to each person – making each session unique, never cookie cutter, one size fits all, that doesn’t go far – using imagination – deep caring and love – making each session an experiment to see how well they do, not a guarantee to live up to – opening up to the possibilities – being able to help people who’ve been carrying injury or have had issues for 10-20-30+ years – having chosen a profession that flows naturally, instinctively, intuitively with passion and purpose as an innate desire to share joy – keeping the mystery alive – being a good listener – a lot of education equaling a very large tool box – extensive personal growth work as the backbone of success and the continuation of growing and changing spiritually thus having more and more to give – an ability to go beyond the physical in recognition of the part our emotions hold in our well being and addressing that as requested – having comfort in my own body on all levels that’s grounded in sincere confidence, as opposed to arrogance or ego, but as a necessary ingredient to live – and having a fun sense of humor ! 

What should our readers know about your business?
My practice has evolved into being all distant healing. With corona virus making it unsafe for us to be in close proximity, Distant healing remedies this issue. Some of the forms of bodyworks’ I’ve done in person are incorporated as needed into a distant healing method and crafted to fit the client’s needs; naturally often including pain anywhere on and in the body. I remember being astonished as a client was having multiple vertebrae aligned distantly, as she had pain in her neck and back. We were both amazed when we talked about it later. My distant healing has expanded on my previous work in that diseases like cancer can now be addressed. I am able to see into the body by sensing an area that needs help just as I’m able to sense areas when physically with a person. I discovered this ability when working in a physical therapy clinic in my early twenties. Interestingly, distant healing allows me to be consistently focused because I’m not concerned about my physical body moving around a massage table. It’s really freeing. Distant healing also includes animals and anyone anywhere in the world. It’s very exciting! How does a session work? A session is scheduled as any appointment is, so the client can lie down in their home quietly to experience it while I’m doing it. They can also choose to allow me to do the session without them knowing when. It’s an enjoyable experience so I’m glad when it’s a time together. And, just so you know, I don’t use zoom or any other video online chat. I simply ask for a picture of the person head to toe and their height sent to my email preferably. If it’s an animal, full picture also with height and length dimensions. We also speak on the phone for a bit before and again, 1-3 days after a session. I also teach a meditation class one on one and offer metaphysical facilitation both done over the phone. Note that I’ll be adding more information to my website thehealingexpansion.com after the holidays and I invite you to check out the testimonials. A Challenge with it’s Lesson: To know you’re worth, the value of who you are and what you give; being confident in this. To respect and trust and honor all the work on all levels you have done to find yourself where you are today, and, to celebrate this!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A week with a friend would start with a drive down south on Coast Highway. There’s this one spot of the ocean as you leave Carlsbad that is enchantingly beautiful and deserves a stop to drink in her beauty. On to Leukadia to this old yellow painted Victorian home converted into a coffee house extraordinaire, Pannikin. Next a walk on Moonlight Beach followed by a stop in manicured gardens atop a bluff above the ocean to experience an Energy Vortex in a setting sun. Ahh…..Lastly a stop at my favorite grocery store, Jimbo’s, to stock up so we can cook luscious meals together on our days at home between excursions. Another day Balboa Park. So much to discovery there we could spend at least 2-3 days there, so fun. Then to Coronado Hotel, magnificently built on the sea and a tour around Coronado’s island town, very quaint. In The Encinitas Library they have amazing musicians play in their venue that looks over the ocean. If there’s a concert in the week my friend is here, we would be there to enjoy the music. Lastly to the city of Carlsbad, a cute beach town, just 15 minutes from where I live. A walk on the beach and around town. A stop to gorge on very very good gelato followed by a quick jog before a meal at Compass Restaurant who makes a great grass-fed burger. Unfortunately, all this would have to wait until the corona virus is abated and a vaccine is found that works and distributed, an enormous undertaking. We hope it’s soon.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to Holly Reed, since passed. She was a Master Teacher of Orthobionomy, a painless clothes on bodywork. Before I ever started learning orthobionomy she allowed me into her private study group in San Francisco which was delightful. She taught me trauma work, cranial sacral, Chapman points, her own style of healing, nearly every phase of orthobionomy more than once and so much more. I thank her for all she gave and gave and gave. She was amazing, a true master. I miss her. There are two other teachers I’d like to mention: First, a Physical Therapist I worked with who had such faith in me, believed in me and my capabilities. It was wonderful to be seen and recognized by him and hear him express this in a palpable sincere way. Secondly, was a teacher I took deep tissue massage from for part of a certification trio program including shiatsu and acupressure. On grading my work, handing it to me, I remember him saying ‘you’re gifted’. Hearing that gave me confirmation that I was on the right track; I’ve found what comes from my heart through my hands.

Website: thehealingexpansion.com
Other: Ortho-bionomy.org thehealingexpansion@gmail.com

Image Credits
Lori McIntosh – Egyptian Arabian horse with relaxed tongue at the end of a healing
Valerie Smith Wallace – picture of me in front of the Circle of Love Spiral
Audrey Cayetano – All the other pictures were done by her

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