Today we’d like to introduce you to LaStacia Ross.
Hi LaStacia, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My passions lie in many areas! I began studying metaphysics and energy a little over 30 years ago, around the time I first began to ‘feel’ energy. After earning an Associate of Arts in Dance from Washburn University, and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Pittsburg State University, I worked in the social work field for five years before opening a metaphysical shop in the late 90’s. I began dipping incense in 1998. I ran my brick and mortar business for 13 years and had a child. After I divorced and my business closed, I began to sell incense online. I also took on a job working with our local Humane Society as their resale shop manager.
In 2010, I became certified in Reiki and Tuning Fork Therapy and began to do sessions for others in my free time. In 2017, I opened Eclectic Soul Studio with a friend in order to offer these services in our community. With a thirst for knowledge, I have earned many other certificates and continue to study many energy healing modalities.
In addition to conducting energy healing facilitation and classes at my studio, I also work as an incense maker from home. I sell on Etsy under the store name Dryad Incense. With a preference for creating a more natural product, I specialize in creating incense that is hand-dipped in essential oils. You can find me on Facebook @dryadincense and Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/DryadIncense.
As a lover of arts, I am the co-founder of the Pittsburg Artwalk. I am currently serving as the Artistic Director of the band Amanita. I play hand drums, dance, direct music videos, and write songs. We have just released a new song, titled Primordial Lullaby, after having taken a year off due to Covid. You can find us on Facebook @amanitasoundtribe.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The biggest challenge for me is educating people on the importance of energy work, which is essential soul work. Our culture doesn’t emphasize that enough when it comes to overall health and well-being. Our energy field, which is essentially our consciousness, stores stress, memories, thoughts and emotions. It is information that communicates with the energy of the body, telling the body what to do. Stress can cause blockages, stagnance, or other issues in the energy field. Having good energy flow is important for our health and happiness.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
As a clairsentient intuitive, I conduct energy readings, Reiki and sound healing sessions, as well as spiritual coaching sessions. I also lead a weekly chakra activation with singing bowls class, as well as a belly dance class. My specially scheduled workshops and classes generally include the subjects of enhancing your intuition, working with energy, Reiki training and attunements, etc… One of my goals for the future is to offer past-life regression sessions. I am still in the stage of doing practice sessions right now.
Our mission at Eclectic Soul Studio is to create a space for nourishing the body, mind and soul connection. We offer several yoga classes per week. A popular event we offer is Soul Spa Saturday, where participants can pay one set fee for a chakra tuning, Reiki, sound bath, chair massage, and aromatherapy. Other occasional events include local artist showcases, art workshops, musical events, and occasional poetry readings.
We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
When Covid-19 hit, it put a damper on my Reiki business, I did not see as many clients during the entire year of 2020 for safety reasons. When I did see clients, I conducted sessions in the large open studio instead of the smaller space that I normally use. Masks were required. I didn’t do as much physical healing touch and primarily worked in the client’s energy field.
However, my online incense business flourished due to so many people making online purchases. My sales increased over 400% during most of the year. At one point, I had 182 Etsy orders and was no longer able to fulfill them alone. My partner left his job to assist me, which was a welcome change for him after 20 years of employment at the same location. We have felt much safer being able to work from home together. The whole experience has been surreal.
The band was unable to meet for an entire year due to some members being at higher risk of serious illness. We are overjoyed to be making music again!
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @eclectic.soul.studio
- Facebook: @EclecticSoulStudio
- Bandcamp: https://amanitasoundtribe.bandcamp.com/