My journey into the healing arts began as a personal quest for relief from chronic depression and other issues. Early on, in addition to conventional treatments, my doctor encouraged me to explore alternative healing modalities. Curiosity and continuous exploration eventually lead me to meditation, crystals, essential oils, and of course, Reiki.
I first encountered Reiki in 2001, while living and teaching in Chiapas, Mexico. It seemed remarkable to me that this mysterious “energy healing” technique, using simple hand placements, could make me feel so good. Nevertheless, more than a decade passed before I was ready to seek out my first Reiki class. Although my motivation was initially for self-healing, the universe apparently had other plans for me.
Sharing Reiki and assisting others on their healing journey has become one of the great joys of my life. Embracing an active role in one’s own wellness is not only rewarding, it is incredibly empowering. I invite you to take the first steps towards a happier and healthier you.
A word about Ixchel
UPDATE: In 2022 I changed the name of my business from M.Ixchel’s Healing Arts to Mix Healing Arts. Read here.
But here’s a bit of history on the original name…
Some of you may already be familiar with the legend of the Mayan goddess, Ixchel (pronounced EE-shell). Her story is complex, but one of her key roles was as a healer and bringer of water to her people. She is the embodiment of nurturing feminine energy. This is the story of how we met.
Often after yoga or meditation, I like to pull an oracle card for guidance and contemplation, and in early January I pulled my first card of 2017. I own numerous decks, but this day the Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue stood out. I shuffled while reflecting on the direction my life had taken in the past year, and the card that came up was Ixchel – Medicine Woman. Medicine Woman? I laughed and thought – well yes, of course. Even our names are similar. Incredible! Ixchel was telling me that I was on the right path, and that I should honour my healing knowledge and abilities by sharing and helping others. The cards are always right!
During my travels in Mexico, including a one year contract teaching French and English (2001-2002) in Chiapas, I visited sacred sites associated with the goddess Ixchel, (e.g. Palenque, Isla Mujeres), but without realizing at the time why I was drawn to these places. In choosing a name for my website and business, I kept coming back to the oracle card and the name Ixchel. It just resonated on so many levels.
The name was already in use by hotels and retreats, so I had to get creative in figuring out something unique that would reflect the spirit of my own healing practice. And as a play on my own name, that’s how M.Ixchel came into existence.
Thank you for visiting!
• Reiki (Master Level)
• Independent Wellness Advocate (dōTERRA Essential Oils)
• AromaTouch® Technique Practitioner
• Life Coach Tarot Readings for Spiritual Guidance and Clarity
Mix Healing Arts (formerly M.Ixchel’s Healing Arts) is owned and operated by Michelle LaRiviere
 Alternative healing modalities are not a replacement for conventional medical attention and care, but can complement any treatments you are currently undergoing. Never stop any prescribed medication or treatment without first consulting your doctor.