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Welcome to MADE in Lake County! MADE introduces you to the people and stories behind local Lake County businesses. Today it is our pleasure to introduce you to Colleen Ofsanik. Colleen is the practitioner and owner of Lovelight Healing Center in Grayslake.
Colleen Ofsanik is mother to three daughters Alicia, Becky (both adults) and Johanna (in middle school). She is wife to Mike, Lieutenant with the Graysalake Fire Department and owner of 911 Home Inspection Services, LLC. Colleen opened up Lovelight Healing Center in March 2014 and also runs Healing Reflexions, her holistic practice.
In 1996 Colleen started her healing journey as a divorced single mother of two girls. Her friend, Rose, suggested that she learn about Reiki,a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing, for herself and her girls. After having two successful careers in banking and in government, in 2010 she decided to devote her time to completing her education and to pursue her holistic healthcare career full time.
From 2010 to 2014 she completed education in Craniosacral Therapy, attended Healthy Soles School of Reflexology, the Midwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, became a life coach and in 2014 she completed my Certified Natural Health Professional status with Trinity School of Natural Health. Her four years of education helped to get her where she needed to be in order to open up her one center.
In my little while of working closely with healing workers (almost a year at a chiropractors office while my first son was still a baby), I learned that tuning in closely to your client’s emotions can carry with their healer long after the session is over.
In order to remain grounded and not to take home negative energy, Colleen meditates, uses essential oils and has created a room purification mist to recharge the energy in her room. The one day per month that is at times somewhat challenging emotionally for her is when she volunteers for the Cancer Wellness Center. Their clients come to Lovelight where Colleen provides Craniosacral Therapy. However, she states, “it is an important reminder to me how truly blessed I am”.
Her journey through holistic healthcare is always evolving. One day as she was driving by the house that would now be Lovelight Healing Center, she knew that she was meant to open up a healing center.
“The house spoke to me, is that crazy to say?” asked Colleen. “I drove by the house and knew it was for sale and I told my husband ‘I’m supposed to open an healing center there’. Mike and I were trying to figure out what we were creating. He actually came up with the name. It was perfect because I wanted it to reflect that we embrace everybody and I wanted it to also reflect white, bright light. It embraces where we are and where we want to continue to be without forgetting or losing focus. He did good.”
On why she wanted to start a healing center:
I feel like I was charged with a duty from the universe to create a community because there was no community for holistic health and wellness or education, learning about energy work or how people can develop their own intuition.
I love that [Lovelight Healing Center] is building a community of other practitioners to come in and build their business. The part time practitioners who can’t afford a full time rent pay an hourly or full day rate in order to build their business.
I was curious to see if her daughters were interested in following in her footsteps.
My older girls were Reiki level 2 before High School ended. My youngest is more interested in receiving therapy, especially reflexology, than she is giving therapy. Alicia is Craniosacral therapist and Reiki practitioner and provides these services to her own clients at Lovelight. Becky is a hair stylist and does not want to go into healing work. Although her friends go to her when they aren’t feeling well or they’ve got stuff going on. Once a person takes Reiki, you’ve got that energy about you.
Disclosure: Lovelight Healing Center, is our featured Business of the Month. This series is part of a paid promotion partnership with Little Lake County. All thoughts and opinions belong to the writer of the story. If you are interested in featuring your own locally-owned business in our series please contact us.