Herbalist and Puakai Healing studio owner Maggie Harrsen brings the art of spiritual energy healing to the East End. The holistic studio opened at the end of last summer and has become a celebrity favorite in Amagansett. Harrsen, who had previously worked with clients in their homes, considers the studio a “natural evolution” for her practice. “Truly, my vision was to create a space where I could support and be of service to my community,” she says.
Puakai, meaning “ocean flower” in Hawaiian, blends traditional Peruvian practices with Andean mysticism, shamanism, and sound and flower healing to create the unique Puakai Model of Healing. Harrsen teaches patients to utilize these techniques to heal their own bodies with energy work. “I believe all imbalances that we feel come from an energetic root,” she says. “Therefore, in order to bring about a true ‘cure,’ we must work with the vital life force, which we can do in the field of energy healing.” Inspired by nature, Harrsen offers an array of individualized healing treatments, including phytotherapy with botanical medicine and spiritual cleansings using medicinal plants, herbal smoke, raw eggs and holy water to remove susto (fright) or trauma and recenter the body.
Botanicals are a key part of Puakai, which means “ocean flower.”
Puakai emphasizes the retrieval of the light essence or soul of a person after a traumatic experience, and centering oneself within nature. For those not in the Amagansett area, Harrsen has created a Pua digital series of workshops to reconnect with nature through limpia cleansing, meditation, flower baths and more.
“My work is very personal; it is an extension of me. So as I grow and expand as a human being, it grows with me,” Harrsen says. She hopes to open a larger space to offer additional spiritual treatments including herbal baths, steaming and biohacking treatments, such as red-light therapy and infrared sauna. “My work truly merges the worlds of spirituality and science,” Harrsen says, illustrating that the beauty to heal lies within. 249 Main St., Amagansett, puakaihealing.com
Puakai Healing Studio utilizes natural elements such as shells and eggs to heal trauma
Photography by: portrait by Anne-Claire Rohé; still life photos by maggie harrsen