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 a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences. She is a member of IARP.org (International Association of Reiki Professionals) and an Ordained Minister. She is #13 in the unbroken Reiki lineage beginning with Dr. Mikao Usui.
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.
In November of 2008, her husband Matt was tragically killed in an industrial accident when their two children were only 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 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 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.