Refresh body, mind, spirit with Reiki, meditation, yogic breathing

| January 1, 2020 | 1 Comment

LOCAL practictioner uses her experience with yogic breathing, meditation and Reiki to help others.

In November we began a series of profiles of people who live in the neighborhood. Because January is our “Health and Beauty” issue, we are profiling Hilary Malloy, who grew up locally and has a Reiki and meditation studio on Larchmont Boulevard.

Being healthy is more than eating right and exercising. It can also mean keeping your body, mind and spirit refreshed. A number of ways to do this include meditation, guided visualization, yogic breathing, intuitive healing and Reiki, or sometimes a combination. Lucky for us, there are several practitioners to help with these health approaches along Larchmont Boulevard.

A few months ago, I was in need of refreshment for my own spirit, body and mind. I tried out Larchmont Meditate, opened by Hilary Malloy last year.

Malloy, who grew up in the neighborhood (her great-grandparents, grandparents and parents all have lived in Windsor Park and Hancock Park) attended both St. Brendan’s and Marlborough schools before getting her bachelor’s degree in religious history at UCLA.

Malloy founded her studio because she wanted to help people the way she had been helped.

As a certified Reiki practitioner, yoga instructor, and meditation and intuitive healer, Malloy came to her practice obliquely. She had been an athlete most of her life, and she was a volleyball player at UCLA. For her, yoga had been a form of stretching exercises that she used to supplement her sports conditioning and workouts.

Life-changing moment

Then she broke her back, and it took a long time to recover from that experience, Malloy said. She doesn’t like to talk about it or dwell on that time in her life, she continued. However, that experience helped inspire her to open a studio.
Malloy had lived in New York and Colorado after college, but once back home in Los Angeles, and after the accident, she needed a way to deal with the pain and discomfort of her back as it healed. So, she went past the stretching exercises and delved into yoga nidra, yin yoga, and restorative yoga. Each of these disciplines emphasizes different aspects of yoga, such as breathing techniques, guided meditation and visualization, Each has poses meant to release muscle tension and ease the body frame.

Malloy also learned intuitive healing, or “hands-off” healing, to supplement the yoga and meditation. Reiki, a Japanese “hands-on” healing system, brought her full circle.

STUDIO SPACE for Larchmont Meditate, located at the back of 435 N. Larchmont Blvd.

She decided to complete her certifications in these disciplines and open her own studio located in a small space at the back of Larchmont Traditional Medicine, 435 N. Larchmont Blvd. There she focuses on therapeutic yoga, healing and restorative yoga for adults. She says many of her clients are trying to find ways to relieve stress, anxiety, depression, physical pain, addiction issues and post traumatic stress disorder. She offers alternative therapies to help deal with those concerns.

Currently, she also is working with dr pilates Studio, 418 N. Larchmont Blvd., to provide group sessions on breathing techniques and meditation. Her “5 at 5” meditation class (five people at 5 p.m., Monday to Friday for 50 minutes) through dr pilates includes both sleep and restorative yoga, guided visualization and Reiki. The drop-in rate is $20.

Register for the class at drpilatesla.com, or find out more about what Malloy offers at larchmontmeditate.com.

Other places along Larchmont offer alternative therapies including:

Healing Hands Wellness Center, 414 N. Larchmont Blvd., 323-461-7876, healinghandswc.com.

Larchmont Sanctuary Spa, 331 N. Larchmont Blvd., 323-466-1028, larchmontsanctuary.com.

Larchmont Traditional Medicine, 435 N. Larchmont Blvd., 323-462-4710, ltmla.com.

Chandra Scofield, 321 N. Larchmont Blvd., #909, 310-923-1314, chandrascofield.com.

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