Deborah Hanekamp (aka mama medicine)
How your clients refer to you:
as a Shaman
Mama Medicine Readings
website: www.medicinereadings.com, Instagram: @mamamedicine, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How many years have you been in business in NYC?
How did you get your start and what was your initial inspiration?
I had a tumultuous upbringing that lead to a series of three strong tragedies when I was 17, at that moment I chose to model my life not by what has happened to me but by how I choose to create it. I began a disciplined yoga and meditation practice which lead me to studying Reiki in Thailand, which led me to opening my own yoga studio and healing center in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. At that time I met my teacher an Amazonian Shaman from Peru who I trained with for 5 years and then his teacher for another 3 years traveling back and forth from NYC to the Peruvian Amazon to study, learn and eventually receive my initiation as a Shaman in that lineage. Shortly after receiving my initiation, I channeled the formula for Medicine Readings™ and Medicine Reading Ceremonies, an integrated offering of the medicine I've experienced on a personal level.
What do you feel differentiates you from others in your field?
I've had a proper shamanic apprenticeship and am offering something completely unique to me as a way to celebrate all paths of healing that I've walked.
What do you feel gives you longevity in this big city with so many options?
New Yorkers have a very keen sense for authenticity and I believe that my approachability and confidence in my work has lead my clients to feel comfortable enough to uncover their truths with me.
How do you positively impact your clientele?
By encouraging them to find the medicine, balance and beauty in their own unique soul and helping to clear out any spiritual clutter that could be blocking them from living an empowered life.
What is your favorite part of your job?
That as I am facilitating a Medicine Reading I'm also receiving one.
What is your favorite secret NYC spot?
Caravan of Dreams
How do you benefit mamas?
As a mother myself I try to represent that you can be a busy, working mom and still make time for self care, even if that means bringing your child into a ritual bath with you!
What is the most memorable feedback a client has given you?
Recently, I bumped into a client who said "all of my dreams are coming true, just like you said they would." This made my heart so happy to hear and see.
Pay it forward and name your top colleagues in the same field or related field:
I wanted to share an upcoming person to watch Peyton Sandler and her partner Lavonne from Fairy School NYC who is teaching and guiding our future healers their Instagram is @fairyschoolnyc
An incredible Beauty Balancing Esthetician Britta Plug @britta_beauty who has been healing my skin for almost 10 years
What is the best advice anyone's ever given you? Or what is your "mantra" / words to live by?
My mantra is a channeled message I got:
You are forgiven You are are forgiveness
You are loved You are love
You are freedom You are free
As moms, the day can escape us, what is your best time-saving trick?
Wake up before my family does so I have time for my personal practice.