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Whether it is reading from an affirmation card or receiving Reiki therapy, Brittani Zahourek hopes to help others process their emotions.
“I want people to talk about it,” she said. “I want it to be normal for people to feel their emotions instead of feeling like they are wearing a mask all day and just carrying those heavy emotions around with them.”
In early December, the Scribner woman opened a shop for Healing Not Broken and a studio for Reiki, a Japanese form of spiritual healing, in 500 N. Main St.
“It was really cool and divinely managed,” said Zahourek. “I have the feeling that people are called to Reiki at the right time in their lives or are fascinated by Reiki.”
Growing up in Craig, Zahourek has lived in Scribner with her husband Ryan for nine years. The couple have two children.
In 2014, Ryan Zahourek opened Z’s Bar and Grill, which Brittani ran after working as a nurse.
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About two years ago, Brittani Zahourek said she had a “life event” that changed her life.
“It kind of turned me on my head and went through some emotional things that I didn’t really feel before, like depression, anxiety and the like,” she said.
Processing her emotions, Zahourek said that others around her didn’t seem to be talking about their situation.
“I just kept it, but it had to be a lot and I needed an outlet to let those emotions out instead of holding them all,” she said.
For Zahourek this valve became art.
“I think I probably drew every day for a year,” she said. “I just drew what I felt and it was kind of a valve.”
To help Zahourek, she took a friend to a personal growth conference in Florida where she heard author and motivational speaker Rachel Hollis speak.
During the lecture, Hollis asked the audience a question: “If you could come true something, what would you dream for yourself?”
The question surprised Zahourek.
“I’ve been what you might call an ogre for most of my life, and I dream for everyone else, help everyone else, and do whatever I can to make other people happy,” she said. “I never really sat down and thought about what I wanted to do.”
Zahourek’s mind turned to the confirmation cards, having received a deck that she liked but had read front to back several times.
When she returned home to Scribner, Zahourek went through her artwork and thought carefully about what was on her mind as she drew them and what she would have wanted from someone at that moment.
“I found quotes that were a hit with me that matched what I needed to hear, and I made a confirmation deck that I decided to call ‘Healing Not Broken’ which later became the name of my company,” she said .
After Zahourek created the deck, she showed it to her close friends and family, who encouraged her to sell it. She said she was hesitant and initially felt vulnerable to the concept.
âI was like, ‘You know what? I will order 10. If I sell 10, if I can help 10 people, great, â” she said. “Well, you lost a little more weight than I thought.”
Zahourek’s affirmation cards were a hit on Etsy, and she soon began contacting stores like Awakenings in Omaha to carry her deck, which was followed by several more.
Around the same time, Zahourek said that she was meditating to calm her mind and started thinking about the concept of Reiki, a technique for relaxation and healing.
“It’s through touch,” she said. “It is as if a warm and calming energy flows from my hands into the client, which promotes relaxation and relieves tension.”
Zahourek went to Omaha and had an energy healing therapy session that changed her forever.
âIt got me to where I am now in the sense of clearing my mind and giving myself the confidence to go in and see what healing I need to be confident in my business instead of being shy . âIt,â she said.
At the beginning of the practice, Zahourek was approached by Andrea Vacha, who owns a karate studio in Scribner, about using the space for a studio.
“I was like, ‘Holy cow, the universe works in weird ways,'” she said. “So I just took the plunge.”
While preparing the space for a studio and store, Zahourek said she doesn’t always know which direction to go next.
“I didn’t know if it would be successful, but it just felt divinely led,” she said. “The doors just kept opening and I was like, ‘OK, let’s do this.'”
Zahourek’s HNB shop has their affirmation decks as well as crystals and calendars that contain parts of their decks.
“I combined them with grounding techniques to help people feel grounded in their bodies when they are living through their emotions that they are ready to go through and heal,” she said.
The studio’s Reiki sessions can be done in 30 or 60 minutes. Appointments can be booked at www.healingnotbrokendesigns.com.
“I also offer distance healing sessions with COVID,” said Zahourek. “And sometimes people feel more comfortable when they are in their own home, in their own space.”
Zahourek has been open for about a month now and said she went to the studio to help people.
“For my first session alone, all the work renovating the studio space was worth it,” she said. “To be a part of people’s healing journey is honestly a blessing and I hope it becomes a full-time job at some point.”
Through Reiki, Zahourek can offer her clients a âself-care dayâ to realign themselves and work on their self-healing.
âI help people lead people and create a space where you can feel your emotions,â she said. âTo be honest, sometimes people cry, which is fine. It’s a release of energy and a safe place to talk about the things that go through our heads when we go to bed and that we kind of push down. “
With her dream now come true, Zahourek said she wanted to normalize mental health and stigma associated with it and help others through difficult times.
“I just want to guide people through the emotions it creates,” she said. “And then it is to share the world of Reiki and the magic that this time can do for people.”