We had the good fortune of connecting with Chloé Cofresí and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chloé, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Working for yourself can sometimes feel like living in tunnel-vision—your attention is always being called back to some detail of the business. When your business is in the healing arts, finding the balance of self-care and service is crucial. For the first few years, I was focused on building loyal clientele. For me, that meant focusing on the specialty that was most in-demand of all my tools, Brazilian lymphatic drainage. I created the lymphatic drainage program at HigherDOSE in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and also at Alivio Wellness in Hoboken. I trained lymphatic drainage artists for both studios. And, the whole time, I was also seeing private clients in their homes. After several years of this pace, I had to acknowledge that I could not continue to serve and grow if I was physically drained and burnt out.

Accepting this allowed me to shift my business towards my ultimate goal of a retreat center. Instead of continuing to focus on building a one-to-one business model, I am now limiting private clients, expanding my training program, and leading one weekend retreat every month. This structure allows me space to flow, to grow, and to thrive. Rest is not a luxury, or a reward for success. Rest is an integral part of the equation. Having a clear vision of how I want to spend my life has given me not only direction and purpose, but also room for play. For me, play is the whole point.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
BEAM+Flow is a holistic lifestyle company that focuses on private sessions and small group experiences designed to detoxify both mind and body—freeing you to awaken your own Body, Energy, Awareness, Movement, and allowing it to Flow. What makes BEAM+Flow different is how I begin each experience with rediscovering and re-anchoring the body through my expertise as a Master Brazilian Lymphatic Drainage Artist, a Body Worker certified in The Reynolds Technique, and a Master Embodied Flow Artist.
I came into this work through the crossing of two paths: healing myself of 15 years of debilitating Endometriosis pain and a life-changing body awareness and movement class I took as part of my NYC theater conservatory training.
When I decided to commit to the apprenticeship program for The Reynolds’ Technique, I was in my late 20s, in a loving but struggling marriage, working over 40 hours a week, trying to hustle as an actress. The day I came home and said, “I know this is special. If I can feel so free and at home in my body, and see the impact that’s had on every area of my life, I know I can help other people do the same. And get paid well for it. And be working far less,” I was quite literally laughed out of the room.
It was not easy. It took me three and a half years to complete my apprenticeship. The process was an initiation of sorts, and all kinds of patterns burned away: my marriage, my physical suffering in my body, my playing small. For two years after I was certified, I made exactly $200 doing any sort of actual body work. Then I got my first lymphatic drainage gig at a high end studio in Manhattan. That led to me going out on my own, creating the lymphatic drainage program at HigherDOSE in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, training my first two apprentices for them, and creating a third program at Alivio Wellness in Hoboken. My private practice has also skyrocketed, and I am now at the place where I am excited to transition to my next expansion: a focus on curating weekend wellness retreats once a month, and training other BIWOC women to become lymphatic drainage artists. Healing our worlds by healing ourselves.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Food: Barbes and La Boheme in Hoboken–give me Moroccan or French food with ambiance any day! Night out: There’s an afro-latino dance party that happens in Brooklyn on and off throughout the year called “Home and Abroad BK” and it is my favorite place to let loose.
Midnight Shows- The Slipper Room has a really fun Burlesque show that has been a favorite of many friends who come to visit.
Wellness spaces: I’m all about the body, so would definitely hit up an infrared sauna, like HigherDOSE, I also love going to Moonlight Spa in Hoboken (when the body worker needs some body work).

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to Shoutout Carol Reynolds, creator of The Reynolds Technique. Carol is a former actress, dancer, and choreographer, who developed a body awareness and movement program, originally called “Body Dynamics.” She taught at T.Schreiber Studio in NYC for many years, and through her apprenticeship program, Carol trained at least a dozen healing artists and body workers over the last 35 years. Her intro class changed my life, and brought me to her as an apprentice. Because of Carol, I was thoroughly educated in various body and energy work modalities, before learning Lymphatic Drainage. It is the combination of her work, my artistic experience, hormone balancing techniques, and Brazilian Lymphatic Drainage that make my service so simple, yet powerful. I have the life I lead now, because of Carol’s dedication to freeing the human body of chronic holding patterns.

Website: www.beamandflow.com

Instagram: @beam.and.flow

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beam.and.flow

Image Credits
Headshot Image by Lionel Madiou

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