We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexis Showers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexis, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
The value that I stand behind is this:
Healthy individuals create healthy families.
Healthy families create healthy communities
Healthy communities create a healthy world.
If we as individuals are not healthy emotionally, physically, mentally, financially ect. We teach our drama to our family members which becomes trauma. Healthy families can be come in all shapes, sizes, and members, but if we each aren’t healthy we drag our drama and trauma out of the house and into our community, our work space, it permeates all aspects.
When communities break down it compounds each individuals issues and becomes a cycle.
So in a long about way the value of personal holistic health is where it is at for me.
What should our readers know about your business?
I once had a teacher explain that traditional medicine was medicine for the people. “That the concepts of eating, movement, bodywork and meditation for wellness should be available and accessible to all people. The very practice of these concepts frees the people from oppression of a system.” This has always stuck with me. It motivates me everyday to share as much as I can.
Crow & Owl was founded to provide community education and therapeutic support for the reduction of pain, stress and stress related conditions through the use of traditional medicine. At Crow & Owl we engage all aspects of the human existence, focusing on the heart, mind, spirit and body.
One of the things that sets Crow & Owl apart is that it’s a teaching and educational space first. Everything in the space is labeled and geared toward deepening clients wisdom about being a healthy human. I hold free community classes once a month and well as more in-depth paid programs on different topics around creating a healthy lifestyle in the modern world we live in. I encourage clients to engage in classes and community events while we work through treatment plans to restore their physical condition.
This next year I’d like to be able open up the space for other educators to teach and share their skills. My vision for the space Crow & Owl is set up in is to create a community for individuals to grow in.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love finding unique locations to show visitors so I’m super excited about this questions.
I think we would start the day off with a walk and tour around the botanical gardens. Our desert is super rich with plants that are edible and the botanical garden does a great job of high lighting them.
Next would be a visit to Zombi World Market on 12th st and Northern to explore their curated art from around the world, May be get a shell reading with the owner Jinn.
Across the street to Santo Coyote for lunch, some of the best Mexican cuisine in the North Phoenix area.
I’m a huge bibliophile, I love books and most of my friends like interesting finds, so a good used books store would probably be high on our list of visits. I really love ending the day at Changing Hands in Phoenix. A good glass of wine a book and a friend to share ideas with is a perfect day.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wow, where to start here, I consider myself lucky to have had parents with interesting careers that took me places where I had the opportunity to learn the value of community and to see traditional medicine at it roots. Where I was gifted the opportunity to learn about plants from those who used them daily for dying wool, for making medicine, and wildcrafting for food. My parents instilled in me at a young age a love for learning which I still endeavor in daily.
My husband is one of my biggest supporters although being a small business owner sometimes means inconvenient hours, lots of work at the kitchen table and a few tears here and there when I get frustrated he constantly cheers me on and believes in me.
I have a few close friends that are small business owners and with out them, our close relationship of support, brainstorming, and collaborating it would just be me out in the world so I have to say thank you to them. If you are an entrepreneur you have to have some people who have your back that understand the daily emotional and logistical struggles, that can hold you up when you are down and can celebrate when you win big.
The best for last would be my clients and community that support what I do, and have come together as a community around the studio. Without their interest, time, and support, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do every day.
I don’t think that there isn’t anyone that I’ve come across, teachers, students, coworkers, friends, ect. that I’ve not learned some sort of a lesson from that is ingrained in me and comes out one way or another in my work.
Other: I’m located in Midtown Phoenix at 29 W Thomas Rd Ste 101 Phoenix AZ 85013