Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Sherri-Lyn Shaw, Founder of Transcend Wellness, located in Ardrossan, AB, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Transcend Wellness has been serving clients since 2017. I help people who are going through transitions in life and/or who are experiencing challenges with physical, emotional, and mental health to open and balance their body’s energetic system in a custom-to-them treatment approach. This allows the body to reach a state of balance which promotes healing and flow.

I meet the client and their body exactly where they are at that moment, with their unique circumstances, providing the treatment needed most by their body, mind, and spirit. This is no one-size fits all approach because each individual is so very unique!

Energy therapies are a painless, natural approach to supporting your health, life, and healing. I offer a number of different modalities to help my clients move forward regardless of where they are at in their life:

  1. Reiki
  2. Body Code™
  3. Emotion Code™
  4. Sound and Colour Therapy
  5. Access Bars®
  6. Universal Spheres®
  7. Crystal Therapy
  8. Mediumship
  9. Intuitive readings

The services I offer are many of the services that helped me personally in my own life, health, and healing journey.

My business was born when my own personal health issues started to escalate, and I recognized that our medical system didn’t understand or know how to treat the issues I was challenged with - they were doing the best they could with the information and system that they had, but I wasn’t getting any relief. The symptoms were labeled, prescriptions were prescribed, and I was told it was something I’d just need to “deal with” for the rest of my life. …just deal with migraines that last up to a week and leave me in a dark, quiet room nauseous for days; just deal with the food sensitivities requiring me to remove dairy, gluten, eggs, and other items from my diet entirely for nearly 10 years; just deal with hypothyroidism and more. Somewhere within me, I felt that there had to be a way to help myself. In the core of my being, I knew that our bodies were designed to and capable of healing naturally (not with a chemically produced pill to cover the symptoms).

I opened my mind and started my search to find alternative health solutions that could help me forward. I wish I could say that it was a quick discovery for me, but it was not. I tried various angles - meditation, naturopaths, acupuncturists, massage, chiropractic, osteopathy, reiki, sound and color therapy, medical medium approach, and much more. Some had a direct and positive impact on my health; others did not. Long story short, I learned many tools and techniques that helped me; I followed the breadcrumbs to overcoming my health issues, and after a ten-year journey and now I no longer have food sensitivities, migraines, a bio-mechanical issue with my left S.I joint, hypothyroidism…those symptoms (amongst others) are gone, and my quality of life is restored! It is my passion to assist others in regaining their quality of life too, by assisting them on their own personal healing journey!

I know how frustrating, deflating, and isolating this can be when we’re not getting the help we need through the accepted medical systems. I also know that there are other ways to address our body’s health. It’s time to open up to other healthcare alternatives!

Tell us about yourself

I believe that every life matters; you matter, your health matters, and your happiness matters.

I believe that we are each meant to do more than simply survive but rather are intended to thrive in our health, lives, and happiness.

I believe that each symptom your body exhibits is flagging to you that something is out of balance and is urging you to listen up.

I believe that our bodies are capable of healing given the right environment and circumstances.

I believe all of this because I’ve seen this shift first-hand in my own life and am honored to be able to help others to tap into the wisdom of their bodies too! Sharing these gifts with others is what motivates me to do what I do. Helping others in deep and meaningful ways makes my life complete. This is more than a business; it is my destiny and passion.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment as a business owner is stepping into my creation – Transcend Wellness - after over 20 years in the I.T. industry (most recently as a Business Analyst). I’ve loved my I.T. work, and now working with clients to help them improve their life and health…now THAT is my passion. I’ve been building up to this for a long time, and as of this last year, I finally made the decision to focus more of my time and energy on serving my clients and building my business. Now I’m jumping in to do my part to help heal the world/humanity one unique individual at a time!

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

For me, the uncertainty and the unknowns. I’m learning to lean into the uncertainty and simply open to and take inspired action as it comes through. I’m learning to trust that, as Marie Forleo would say, “Everything is figure-out-able.” and that when I act from my heart, the possibilities are endless!

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Authenticity is important: Do your research, understand what is out there, and identify the gaps that present a unique opportunity, for sure. But also, don’t be afraid to do something that others already do, but put your own unique twist on it, providing huge value for your clients and adding your authenticity to it. There are many Business Analysts, but I could still do well at it because I gave it my all and brought my unique skills, strengths, and gifts to the table. I believe that the same applies to business. I believe that there is no such thing as failure, but rather, there are learning opportunities that we must go through to be successful. I believe that our own authentic flair adds an energy of its own to endeavors.
  2. You can take baby steps to test the waters.
  3. How can your business give back and make your community a better place? I’d encourage you to find ways to help others, give back, and pay forward through your business. If we all adopt a more heart-centered approach to business, the world will simply become that much more beautiful around us!

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I also love to give back to the community through regular donations to our community’s less fortunate. By working with me, you are helping others who could use a helping hand.

A few other tidbits about me:

  1. I love dogs. I have a young Australian Shepherd named Gracie, and I adore her with her crazy-fun energy.
  2. Colour makes me so ridiculously happy! I love to create and re-purpose and decorate and paint. It brings me such joy and fills my cup.
  3. I’m a life-long collector and lover of rocks and crystals (I love them so very much!).
  4. Nature is my happy place.

Where can people find you and your business?


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