People always ask me how I could be a military man and a healer. How could I not? From a very young age, I've always wanted to help the world and all the beings on the plant. Although my path has been a bit unusual for a healer, my approach in every job, role and experience has been to bring deep compassion and understanding to the surface.
I was born in Manhattan, New York to very loving Italian parents. Both were children of Italian Immigrants who came to the U.S. by way of Ellis Island around 1915. I believe that makes me a third generation American Italian.
I attended 12 years of Catholic schooling and went on to St. John's University for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Marketing and later to SUNY at Morrissville, NY Associate of Applied Science degree in Horse Husbandry.
After college, I sold insurance, cars and encyclopedias door to door! You could say I was still finding my way. Then on March 26, 1982 I enlisted in the US Army's Special Forces at the age of 29! I was yearning for stability and a way to serve my country.
I went to Fort Benning in Georgia for Infantry Basic Training. After 13 weeks of the hardest physical and mental training in my life, I successfully graduated. I entered Airborne School, known to those in the service as "Jump School." That was 4 more weeks of intensive physical and mental training.
I learned how to jump out of airplanes from 1500 feet. It may not sound high until you look down as you stand in the door and literally make a leap of faith! I went on to make 45 successful parachute jumps from transport planes, helicopters and even from a British Balloon off the coast of Scotland.
I spent a total of 25 years in the Army, 23 years as a Sergeant, retiring in 2007 as a Sergeant First Class. Eight years active duty and 17 years in the NY Army National Guard. I served time in combat. And, I spent 18 years of that time in law enforcement.
The turning point from my Airborne Warrior status to Spiritual Warrior began in 2006 when my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 uterine cancer at age 79. Her sickness was my transition into the spiritual and metaphysical world. Surprising as it may seem, after 12 years of parochial school, I never really learned about spirituality and what it meant to have a personal connection with God. It had all been about religion’s processes, rather than having a personal relationship with Spirit. With my mother’s illness, I was looking for a deeper meaning and a way to, not necessarily to cure her, but to help ease her journey with this life-threatening disease.
I heard about Therapeutic Touch from a friend. Prior to this, I had never really heard about "energy work." It was also the first time I heard about chakras, meridians, energy fields, and so on. As I was learning and practicing Therapeutic Touch, my mother passed later that year on October 3, 2006.
Her transition was also MINE! In learning Therapeutic Touch, I was introduced to Reiki. I suppose every healer has their favorite healing modality, and mine turned out to be Reiki. For me the life force energy of Reiki is palatable and amazing! The following April, I met William Rand of the International Center of for Reiki and became an Usui Reiki Master Teacher, and a year later, a Karuna Reiki Master Teacher.
In 2007, I retired two years early from both the military and law enforcement and opened up a Reiki practice in the Catskill Mountains of New York.
In August of 2012, I decided to add massage therapy to my healing “toolbox.” I packed up my truck and headed to Sedona to attend the Sedona School of Massage at age 59. February 3, 2013 I graduated and went on provide licensed massage therapy and Reiki energy healing in Arizona.
I have lived and worked in Sedona ever since. Along the way I met and married my beloved wife, Lyndie. I also became Holy Fire Reiki certified and obtained certification as a Clinical Hypnotherapist.
My healing “toolbox” now contains, clinical hypnotherapy, reiki energy healing, and massage therapy, as well as deep compassion, empathy, and a natural healing touch.
As you can see, I’ve been a bit of late bloomer. Yet, I feel like I’m just getting started, and that my best years are to come! I guess you could say, my mission heal the planet and its people keeps me young at heart.
I look forward to meeting you.
Joseph Modica, CCH, LMT, RMT
Please reach out with your questions or to suggest dates and times for your session. You may either email me, using the form to the left, or call/text me at 928.821.3974.
2155 W State Route 89A, Sedona, Arizona 86336, United States
Sessions are by appointment only in Sedona, AZ or by Skype anywhere in the world.
Joseph Modica, CCH, LMT, RMT
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
Licensed Massage Therapist
Reiki Master Teacher