Hodson’s journey culminates in new wellness centre

Reiki practitioner has big plans for town’s newest wholistic health business


  • Community   Wednesday, November 24, 2021   Matt Harris, Regional Editor
WELCOME -- Susan Hodson is the owner/operator of Bare Roots Wellness, a new Reiki-based centre located on Water Street North in St. Marys. The centre offers a number of different treatment options for anyone interested in trying them. (Matt Harris photo)


WELCOME -- Susan Hodson is the owner/operator of Bare Roots Wellness, a new Reiki-based centre located on Water Street North in St. Marys. The centre offers a number of different treatment options for anyone interested in trying them. (Matt Harris photo)


By Matt Harris, Regional Editor
Residents and visitors alike now have a new place in St. Marys to go to invest in a number of self-care modalities, as Bare Roots Wellness has opened their doors for business.
Offering Reiki sessions, past life regression, Indian head massage, Akashic record reading and more, owner Susan Hodson said that Bare Roots is the result of her desire to help people – something she’s felt since she was a child. Her first experience with Reiki literally came at the hands of her mother’s friend.
“I can remember the night exactly: I was sitting at the dinner table eating supper with my parents and a few of their friends, and after dinner my mom’s friend came over to me and placed her hands on my shoulder,” she said. “I just about melted into the chair, and I said, ‘what the heck is happening to me? What’s wrong with your hands and why are they so hot?’. She said she was giving me Reiki, and I said, ‘Okay, please don’t stop’.”
Hodson said that treatment lasted another 20 minutes and when she woke up the next morning, she felt an inner sense of peace, happiness, and mental clarity. The more she explored those treatments, the better she began to feel. After gaining her Canadian Reiki Association Master Teacher and International Centre for Reiki Training certifications, Hodson began to share her craft at another business in town. The opportunity to open Bare Roots came when the building she occupies on Water Street North became available. She didn’t hesitate.
“I started out giving treatments in my house, then moved to Revive here in town,” she said. “This place (16 Water Street North) just dropped into my lap. We got a phone call that this building was going to be available, and the rest has taken care of itself.”
Hodson will be joined by fellow Reiki Master Teacher Jess Damen, and by Nikki Carradine, who will be Bare Root’s Theta and Astrology go-to gal. A blend of modalities helps give Bare Roots a wider appeal, something Hodson hopes catch people’s attention.
“I was a young mom and I needed something to help me believe in myself, and that was Reiki,” she said. “I’m hoping to share that with people here.”
While COVID-19 has put limits on the number of people able to gather and take part in group activities – many of which Hodson has planned in the short and long term – Bare Roots will offer a more intimate feel. Hodson believes that’s the best way to promote this kind of healing.
“In January, we’re going to be offering training, group workshops and weekly classes,” she said. “Reiki training, introduction to meditation, working on your intuition, and breath work classes are all coming up, and I like keeping the numbers small because I find its more open that way. When the weather is better, I plan on having outdoor meditations by the falls behind the shop, and every third Thursday we offer a free Reiki practice group at 7 p.m. – anyone with any level of Reiki is welcome to join us.”
Bare Roots Wellness is currently open 11-6 on Thursdays and 10-3 on Fridays. Session appointments can be booked online (www.bare-roots.com), or by stopping in to the shop and booking an appointment in person. Hodson is hoping to see a lot of new faces open to the experiences Reiki has to offer.
“I want the public to become more open and aware of the benefits energy healing has to offer,” she said.