Helping People To Alchemise Their Challenges And Create The Authentic Life They Desire
Introducing the international presence that is Jana Alonso. Jana Alonso is an integrative healing expert, a best-selling author, and the founder of The School of Integrative Healing. Integrative healing is a multi-modality, multi-dimensional approach to healing, life, and business, and the School is a long-term approach to true, holistic transformation. These healing practices are a large part of Jana’s life’s work and the essence of all of her teachings.
Jana is a firm believer in having fun whilst doing the personal and business work. She believes that you can have it all – wealth, health, success, and greatness, as well as rest, joy, love, connection, and lightness – even during challenging times. Jana guides her clients to open themselves up to higher and higher levels of abundance in all of her offerings through multiple self-healing modalities.
Jana teaches people to become self-healers and alchemists of their existence so they can transform their pain into pleasure, trauma into triumph, and blockages into blessings. She believes that only by shedding and facing our wounds, can we rise and create the authentic lives that we truly desire.
Her greatest passion is teaching women to truly understand trauma and emotions, how this impacts the physical body and how we can help from it. Jana truly believes that when we are willing to face what is blocking us, and shed what is untrue, anything is possible. In this place we can create miracles. Jana now lives and works in Ibiza.
Tell our readers about the parts of you that are not to known from your social media presence?
I’m bilingual and multicultural. I was brought up in England with a Spanish mother, meaning that I was a bilingual two-year-old and have been bilingual since. I grew up in England and I now live in Ibiza. I left the UK when I was 21. I finished my psychology degree and I traveled for about six years, but during that time, my mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer. I was a full-time caretaker with her and fitting trips in. And then I moved to Spain around when my mum passed away. So, 2019 to the present moment.
I am English, I don’t feel English. I think when you’re brought up between cultures it impacts you on a very deep level. So for me to feel healthy, it feels good to be around cultures or societies where there’s a whole mixing pot of humans. I feel I connect more with people that have traveled a lot and who are mixed. I’m like, “Oh, you don’t come from a certain place? You’re my person.” I’ve talked about my stories sometimes on podcasts, but I think people see where I am now and they don’t realize where I began. I was definitely a diamond made out of pressure. It wasn’t like, “I’m gonna do healing,” and I jumped out of my house sparkling.
My initiation to this world was that I was brought up with a mother that was Spanish but she was also someone that struggled with mental health problems. My mum actually tried to commit suicide when she was pregnant with me and she was put on antidepressants for the final three months of her pregnancy. She was told by the doctors that it wouldn’t impact the baby, and it did. So when I think back to my childhood, I always had a really deep pain that didn’t make sense with the family that I had. I was always very fearful as a child. I was a very intense child. I had a gypsy dance.
My parents used to joke that I thought I was born into a gypsy family in Spain, and by the second that I could walk, I would be earning the money for the family by dancing on the tables — that’s what gypsy families do in Spain. And then the other joke is that they called me Mafalda. She’s an Argentinian cartoon. It’s this tiny girl with big curly hair, like me. She’s a philosopher. And I was very intense, I was very much like her. I would always be like, “Mum, why did you bring me to life if you don’t know what we’re going to do when we die?” And my mom would be like, “Sorry, what? You’re five, do not ask these types of questions.” I feel that I came to do the work that I do and I feel that everything was very aligned from a very young age. I’ve never worked a normal job. This has always been my calling for as long as I can remember.
My journey started when I was 19 and I was diagnosed with depression, an eating disorder, and anxiety. And in the same month, my mum was diagnosed with cancer. And so my and my mother’s story is very much intertwined. It was seven years from that date until she passed away, and it was probably three years until I came off my medication. I really came to the realization at that moment that there is no support for people with mental health apart from, “Take your medication.” I was a psychology undergrad. I did a psychology degree, and I feel like I finished my psychology degree worse than I began. And on top of that, there wasn’t support for people that were dealing with serious trauma like the loss of a loved one.
There are not many groups out there. People don’t want to speak about it. In my early 20s, when many people were out partying and having a good time — it doesn’t mean that I didn’t do that — I spent a lot of time dealing with really big, hard issues. And I realized that in the world, we don’t have commonplace support systems for humans that are navigating things. Through my own experience and seeing my mum eventually pass away, I made a commitment to creating a school and a place where women could come and get educated, where all of the modalities were taught in one place and you wouldn’t have to go through the long, very expensive process that I went through trying to make sense of my mind, my health, and myself.
Walk us through your journey of healing.
I stumbled for years. There were several rock-bottom moments with the anti-depressants. The overall feeling that I had in my younger years was that I didn’t want to be alive. I didn’t want to die, but living was really painful for me. And I remember when I was 23, I started waking up and wanting to be alive. And it was the first long period of my life that I could remember that I had that experience as a human. When you take antidepressants in the womb, it affects your neurology. I’ve done a lot of research on that. It was also a trauma, my mum being that suicidal, and it affected my nervous system and my brain.
There was one low moment when I had just been diagnosed with everything. I was in a mess, and my partner at the time took me to this hotel as a treat. He told them it was our anniversary, so we got an upgrade and we got this warm cookie. And I decided that I was going to eat the warm cookie and treat myself and actually eat food. And then my dad calls and he’s like, “Mum’s got cancer.” And I remember thinking to myself, “This only happens to people in movies. I’ve really been sheltered from this kind of stuff.” People think that being sheltered is a good thing, but it also means that as a young person, you’re not equipped to deal with life when it happens. And that’s how I felt. I was just afraid that something else bad was going to happen.
The next challenging moment was when I was in New Zealand, Mum had recovered from her cancer. I had started to recover from my mental health. We got parasites. I’d been bed-bound for six months and I’d started to have my energy back. I had about two months feeling better, I was able to work. And I get this email from my mum and dad and they say, “Mum’s cancer is back, it’s terminal. She’s got three years to live.” They didn’t call me, not because they’re horrible people, I just don’t think they knew how. And I made a vision at that moment to go back and take full responsibility for her.
There were many more moments going to the doctor’s office, and I wish this on no one, I’m sitting there thinking, “She’s not going to make it two or three years.” My mum was 53 or 54 at the time. But I do think that from 21, there were good moments. Around 25 (I’m 30 now) were really challenging years. So when I talk to people about persistence and, “You’ve got to believe that it’s going to get better,” I really mean it.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
What got me through everything was this voice in my head that kept saying, “Everything that is happening right now is part of your becoming.” I’ve always had trust since I was a little girl, since I was this weird philosopher-Mafalda-cartoon child, that everything that was happening to me was part of my becoming, and it wasn’t forever. It was forming me into who I needed to be. I consider myself such a blessed human. Right now I live such a beautiful existence. I’ve not been on medication for the best part of ten years, and I’ve transformed and gone through a lot because it happened when I was really young.
The advice is, “Can you see this not as a bad thing? Because the second you see it as a bad thing, you make yourself a victim of life. Instead, can you see this as the medicine that you needed to become the person that you needed to be?” Before I was 21, I was committed to finding modalities that helped heal me. And it wasn’t the first modality that I found that helped, it was probably the fifth. And so you have to have a level of like, “No, this is taking me somewhere better. Keep going, keep trying.”
What routines or rituals do you implement regularly to stay in ease and flow?
Everyone is like, “How did you build your business so fast to make so much money?” I’m like, “I just know things because my intuition tells me.” Like, literally. You have to learn what the inner nudge feels like. We all have an inner nudge. We all have a feeling that tells us to go one way, and that way is often not logical. It’s a sideways move, it’s not a normal logical move. I’ve made so many sideways moves in my life, but I’ve always had this feeling. It’s like an inner ping, an inner nudge. It’s like, “Speak to that person.” “Go to that event.” “Do that thing.” And so, it’s learning to hone that muscle. In my container, we do practices four times a week. I go live, and I do it for a reason. We do practices to hold space, feel our intuition, practice knowing our intuition, and connect to our vision. This is something that I do every morning, I connect to my vision and I channel what I need to do from where I’m going and not my present moment.
What courses do you currently have for women who want to join your space?
I have three options if you want to work with me closely for a year. I don’t do many short-term containers because I believe in long-term sustainable results and not quick fixes. That’s what I’m here for.
I’ve got the School of Integrative Healing, which is a membership. This is a self-healing container for women that want to do deep healing work, the trauma works at all levels. But on top of that, people who want to expand in prosperity and wealth. It’s all about like, “What is the fullness of who my soul came here to be in wealth, relationship, health, and all of those layers?” that’s why I have the four weekly lives, and you get access to all the training in all the modalities that I teach.
I also certify people in Integrative Healing. I believe that Integrative Healing, in the way that we’re doing it, is a healing revolution. I believe that it’s something the world needs. I believe that it’s what I was born to do. And then I have my CEOs and elite humans that want to mastermind and create ridiculously huge and powerful businesses from this grounded, integral way where you’re using the business as your healing journey. And then there are other options. I do masterclass bundles. Healthy Wealth is a beginner’s guide to creating wealth and a beginner’s guide to Integrative Healing. And then I have one short immersion, which is called Awakening the Wild Woman. And that’s based on connecting with your body, sexual healing practices, breath work, and emotional work. It’s a really good initiation starting place for people that want to just dip their toes in.
I also do loads and loads of free events. I’ve got a multidimensional business, which is basically like Integrative Healing and a business course had a baby — a love child. That’s a free course, and that’s going to be happening from the 19th of this month. I have a free community where there are lots of free bits and bobs that people can tap into and feel too. We also have a business course, The Four Pillars of Multi-Dimensional Business, which is happening in November. And that’s a four-day business intensive.
When it comes to manifesting, what is your vision for the future?
I want Integrative Healing to be the biggest school of healing in the world, I’m not even joking. I want it to be well known. I want to have a thousand women in the membership. I want this to be accessible. I want people to know that Integrative Healing is a concept and that mental health and poor relationships and all of these things aren’t things that you have to live with, that you can change your life, that you can manifest, and there aren’t special people, we all are limitless potential. That’s the big thing that I want to come across. I also want to be published by Hay House. I’m writing the book proposal right now, I’m just getting started.
What would you like your clients to retain the most from the work that you do?
I want them to feel equipped for life, and I want them to realize how powerful and beautiful their expression is. They don’t have to go out and be anyone else. There is limitless potential in them, and that’s going to look different for everyone and that’s beautiful. Sometimes manifestation can make people feel competitive and they get in this weird place where they feel like, “I need to be this person.” That’s not what it’s about. It’s about being who your soul came here to be. And the truth of our soul, when we get rid of all of the conditioning and the gunk and the trauma that’s been passed down the generational lines, is that we are all huge, powerful beings. And so, I want this to be a remembrance of who you were before all the things happened and who you are when you shed all the layers of your conditioning from this life and your conditioning from your generational line and all the trauma. We can change.
What is your gift to the world?
My gift to the world is showing them the full picture or bringing them to the full picture, whether it’s in healing, in business, or reconnecting them with how powerful, brilliant, and extraordinary they are. I feel like until now, people have prioritized specialization. You go to a hospital and you’ve got the skin doctor and the heart doctor, and we’ve been separated. I think the future of healing and business are more comprehensive models. So all of my courses are these systems where it’s multiple aspects that aren’t usually brought together, all in one place. Because I truly believe that the universe works altogether. You can’t separate. Take someone with mental health, you can’t just think it’s a mental problem. It’s not. The nervous system is involved, trauma is in the body, and there are spiritual things to look at, the level of the soul. So for me, I really feel like my gift is bringing together all of these pieces of the puzzle so people can have a clearer vision. And I do that in business with people as well, it’s never just one layer. It’s always much deeper and bigger than that.
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