I moved to Asheville in December of 2013 after spending seven years running an anti-human trafficking organization in Chicago.  My time in the nonprofit world was amazingly rewarding, and I worked with an incredible staff who did all they could to end sexual exploitation in our city.  And though the meaningfulness of our work helped to sustain us, I was constantly aware of the emotional and spiritual toll the work took on each of our lives.

In 2012 I began a new journey- one of restoration and rejuvenation.  I became a Reiki practitioner to help brighten my spirit and to bring healing into the lives of those I worked with.  Two years later I created EMERGE to help make energy healing accessible to those in the Asheville community.  EMERGE sees clients from all backgrounds, but the emphasis is on providing subsidized healing treatments to those working in nonprofits and those benefiting from  supportive community social services.  Every time a client pays full price for a session, that money helps cover the cost of a treatment for someone else who cannot afford to pay for a healing service.  No one is turned away because I believe that everyone deserves resources to live joyously. 


Rachel Durchslag- Practitioner