We had the good fortune of connecting with Teresa Ramirez Petroni and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Teresa, what matters most to you?
Ethical, inclusive and accessible Holistic Healing Services for ALL humans/walks of life. Healing is for everyone and I am deeply passionate about having an inclusive pricing/service offering allowing my business to serve more community members than I would with an exclusive pricing structure. Ethics within wellness and spiritual spaces are not talked about enough and as a leader in my business I seek to flip the script on this. I operate under a personal and professional ethical code where the client’s wellbeing (mental, physical and emotional) are in the forefront of my treatment process at all times whether it’s in a causal DM convo about wellness to a client on my table to a family/friend seeking wellness advice. People over profit always.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Jack of all trades, master of some! Entering into college bright-eyed, bushy tailed ready to change the world of education in 2005, I was met with the heart breaking reality 3 years into my K-12 teaching program at CSULB that teaching was not what it was when I was a kiddo having their life saved by the teachers in class that took a liking to me. Switching out of the teaching track and into a “holy crap the economy is tanking and my tuition just doubled let me get my BA and get out of here” mode, I fell in love with psychology and was able to get a minor in it before I graduated. Graduating in 2009 peak recession and no clue who I was not being a student anymore I put myself in another year of psychology classes at OCC and began looking to do a masters in counseling psychology as I still thought working with kiddos was my calling. Having my soul crushed at the price tag of $100-200k for the programs I was looking at; with 6 years of customer service, sales and management experience I attained at Best Buy, I made the decision to enter the work force which lead to a 7 year working to pay my bills existence in sales, operations account management and managing a natural product based retail store. I was broken down by the age of 29 and realized I didn’t want to live a life of working to pay bills anymore. I needed to connect with my passions and wanted to feel like my life and work created change and impact within my community. In 2016 at the age of 29, I moved back home with my parents and embarked on a 1 year 1000 hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program and have been loving the “forever student of life” mindset that is continually nourished by my work and continued education/studies in the Holistic Healing Arts industry. Over the last 1.5 years since launching my business, I have come to appreciate the many jobs/hats I wore in my 20s as they prepared me to be the leader I am today in my business as well as my ability to present myself as a professional practitioner that delivers exemplary customer service with every human interaction I have. Staying alive as a small business owner during a year when so many had to close their doors has only made me fall more in love with my brand, my vision, my mission as a Body/Energyworker. My brand is currently “in the shop” with the genius Alex McGinness of The Catalyst Studio and I cannot WAIT to share my brand/website design launch with the world in the upcoming weeks/months as Alex and I work to build brand cohesion between my service based part of my business–Rooted Holistic Bodywork and my soon to be launching online learning platform “The Mind/Body School.” I truly believe and hold close to my heart the saying, “when you heal your life, you heal the world.” Every single human on this planet deserves the opportunity to afford access to learn about self-healing/knowing tools and techniques in an effort to be the change in their life and their community. Creating ripple effects of healing and hope in as many humans I can connect with as possible is my life purpose and dream.

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.
Haven’t explored San Diego too much as I was only here for about 7ish months prior to lock-down BUT I would have to say: 1. Ocean Beach: OB Brewery, Hodads, Pizza Port, Tiki Port, OB Noodle House and of course walking along sunset cliffs. 2. Balboa Park: walking around, museums 3. Pacific Beach: Birdrock coffee roasters + a walk to Kono’s on the boardwalk for breakfast burritos of course! 4. Normal Heights: El Zarape: best seafood tacos + burritos in town! 5. Downtown: Cocina 35–best chilaquiles I’ve ever had to date. 6. Old Town: Tahona Bar for a special mezcal tasting in their tasting room with dinner there afterwards. 7. Encinitas: Soul Scape crystal shop, any of the many delicious places to eat there + a hang at Moonlight State beach.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Natalie Brite of Business with a Conscience. My business + spiritual activism mentor for 5+ years. Natalie is a true embodiment of what an ethical, inclusive and accessible business can look and feel like in her online business school/community membership. She has been a source of inspiration of business being a source of personal healing in how we approach in service creation/offerings and a people over profit community building mindset. Together we are working to launch a HUGE on-taking of a project this year and her mentorship + membership has kept my head on straight during a year when my hands on/in-person business had to close its doors. Forever grateful for her passion for accessible and affordable resources for small business owners wanting to do business in an ethical and conscious way.

Website: rhbodywork.com

Instagram: @rootedholisticbodywork

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/teresaaramirez

Yelp: https://yelp.to/tP4pSgP33db

Other: Google my business: https://www.google.com/search?q=RHBodywork&ludocid=15268028163198802651&ibp=gwp;0,7&source=g.page.m

Image Credits
Frist 3: Hap Leonard Last 1: Lizabeth Greer of Lzgphotography

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