Andrea R. Row is the owner/operator of Bridge To Balance, LLC. She is a Master Reiki Therapist/Instructor who holds certifications in both Usui Reiki Ryoho and Grief Reiki®, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in Pre-Law. She is a member of IARP.org (International Association of Reiki Professionals), an Ordained Minister, and #13 in the unbroken Reiki lineage beginning with Mikao Usui Sensei.
Andrea's interest in energy work began in 1989 when she discovered Deepak Chopra's first book, "Quantum Healing." This sparked her fascination with energy and the connection of the mind, body and spirit.
Having experienced loss in many different forms throughout her life, her most life-altering loss was her husband Matt's death in November of 2008 when their two children were 4 and 18 months. Slowly, she continued on that spiritual journey she started back in high school, but with the added understanding that comes with loss, experience, wisdom, as well as the intuitive abilities she was born with.
Raising her children as an only parent, she continues to help other widowed people primarily through an organization called Soaring Spirits International (www.soaringspirits.org). Until recently, she had also been running a non-profit organization (The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation, Inc.) in honor of her late husband which distributed many generous college scholarships to high school seniors in Western New York who lost a parent or guardian, as well as providing paid registrations for Camp Widow® (www.campwidow.org) for those in WNY. She is currently the Soaring Spirits Regional Leader for the Buffalo, NY area, facilitating bi-monthly meetings (pre-Covid) and weekly Zoom meetings (during Covid) for anyone who lost the person they expected to spend the rest of their life with.
Andrea has had a long-standing interest in these types of healing modalities, but it was her own necessary healing that prompted her to pursue training. It has been a natural evolution for her to offer her gifts to others in this way as an extension of the work she has already been doing for years with grief support.