Carmen R. H. Chandler calls forth ancient wisdom to create modern holistic wellness therapies. A native of the Washington, DC area, she is dedicated to providing innovative, culturally relevant health solutions for the Black DAEUS (Descendants of Africans Enslaved in the United States) community. Infusing her work as a dance healer, Reiki Master Teacher, and educator with principles rooted in the African diaspora, she is a self-professed “student of the old-school, teacher of the new.” Living by the adage that a healer is one who heals herself, Carmen uses her knowledge and experience to create workshops, design courses, invoke rituals, and hold spaces where others can do the same.
Carmen has over 10 years of experience in the wellness industry. During this time, she has helped hundreds of people achieve higher states of health through massage, Reiki, chakra balancing, and other wellness services. She has also managed two successful wellness clinics and facilitated trainings for fellow massage therapists. She now teaches Reiki for Reparation (an intensive designed to put this simple, profound healing technique into the hands of the Black community) with the belief that self-determined wellness is key to liberation.
Over her lifetime as a dancer (30 years and counting), Carmen has performed, choreographed, and taught with a number of troupes and studios, traveling to many states and even to Japan at the call of her art. Since 2008, Carmen has focused on the African diaspora, training most extensively in dances of North Africa. Her passion is researching the ways in which her two loves work together. Carmen’s current work in this area revolves around an anthropological investigation of dance as healing ritual in the African diaspora.
Carmen is the creator of The Body Temple, through which she distills her research as high quality educational content and wellness programming. With an online community, in-person workshops, and academically-driven holistic courses, she seeks to fulfill the vision of “a healer in every household.” Carmen received a B.A in African American studies and a B.A. in Communications from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was certified in Massage Therapy by the Arizona School of Massage Therapy.