We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexandra Chamizo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexandra, how do you think about risk?
A lot of my growth and expansion within my life and career has come from taking risks. Taking a risk that is set with the goal of growing, often times just means taking an action that feels uncomfortable. It’s uncomfortable because it means being vulnerable, it means doing things that are outside of my own comfort. It means potentially things not working out the way I want to. When I sit in a bubble of complacency and comfortability, my energy, my work, my drive, my passions become stagnant. I have to take the risk, the action, to continue evolving so I can continue showing up for myself and for my communities.
I have struggled with addiction most of my life. When I got sober from drugs and alcohol a few years ago, it was very apparent to me that I didn’t want to get sober to just live a half fulfilled life. So much of my passion was dimmed and numbed from addiction and that spark was ignited when I got sober. If I wanted the things I truly desired for my life and career I had to take risks, I had to move through uncomfortability. I had to build a strong foundation of trust and surrender, that if I show up for myself and take those vulnerable actions, things are going to fall into place. Even when things don’t work out the way I planned, there is fulfillment and excitement in the action of trying…it’s all part of the ride.
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?
My practice includes spiritual counseling, trauma release exercises and a variety of intuitive and energy healing modalities. It is a balanced blend of science and magical, spiritual practices that are cultivated in my sessions. I am also very passionate about teaching on sexual energy and how we can harness this energy to empower ourselves. Our sexual and sensual energy is often overlooked or dismissed as a healing practice.
A big part of my practice is regulating the central nervous system and utilizing accessible and collaborative tools. These tools reflect and support my clients resilience and autonomy while helping them navigate their individual paths to peace and empowerment. I guide people to rise up to their truth and ecstatic pleasure in a safe and supportive space of healing and hope.
To get to where I am today has been such a journey, one that I can reflect on now and be grateful for. When I was 20 years old, I created a photo and poetry blog called Making Whole as a creative outlet for this yearning to feel whole. After getting sober and deciding to take the leap and create my own spiritual healing and counseling practice, it only felt fitting to name it Making Whole as a way of connecting with people who are yearning for the same thing I was. I strive to offer the support and radical empathy I needed in my own journey and that we are all deeply deserving of.
For me, I am most passionate working with sex workers and people in recovery. There is a lot of stigma around sex workers and addicts and my experience with both is what drives me to make sure they are being supported and have the accessible tools of healing. There is a type of rawness within my sessions as the nonhierarchical and collaborative healing practices centering my clients originate from a place of understanding and shared lived experiences.
I moved to Denver 5 years ago from Brooklyn. As the saying goes, “no matter where you go there you.” Well I found myself doing the same shit I had for so long, it was just a journey of constantly escaping myself, but knowing deep within me there was so much to offer. I think that was one of the hardest parts of it all, was knowing this deep passionate love and curiosity I had within me and the desire to help others, but just struggled functioning in this world. I was addicted to the chaos and self destructive behaviors, it was the only way I really knew how to cope with trauma and life.
I am always taking people out to Cuba Cuba on Delaware Street as a little slice of home being Cuban and growing up in South Florida.
I had to get vulnerable, I had to reach out and let people know I wasn’t ok, I had to put in the work to get to where I am at and it wasn’t always easy – there were definitely times where it felt like it would be easier to check out, but I knew that didn’t work for me anymore. I owe a lot of my growth from community support and therapy. My creative fire sparked too, which helped me a lot. I feel really blessed that I had this vision of what I wanted to create because it’s been the driving force in overcoming other challenges in my life to get me to where I am at in my practice today. My business is essentially my life, it’s what I believe in, it’s what fuels me and what I want to create for my brand is constantly evolving.
Making the decision to start my own practice, I have had to learn to adapt and not resist along the way. I have had to learn to lean more into my body and what feels right as the next move in my business for me and the people I want to work with. Some of my teachings and content are around the magic of menstrual blood, sex work as energy healing work and how to use our sexual energy as a way to manifest. In staying true to myself and my offerings, I have had to learn to accept that it’s not going to align to everyone. Through figuring out what works for me and my practice, I’ve moved into this space of cycling through expansion and integration, which feels like a beautiful place to be at right now. It’s a reflection too of what my practice offers to those seeking healing in their lives.
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?
I love showing people the beautiful nature Colorado has to offer with a balance of the art, music and food here.
We are definitely going out of the city, driving out to the Sand Dunes is such a magical experience here in Colorado. Renting a cabin in the mountains and hiking to look out spots is always an adventure. While in the mountains, I love going to Colorado Cherry Company for some amazing pie and MacNation for the best macaroni and cheese you’ll ever have!
For music, I love taking people to The Black Box. Nicole, the owner of the Black Box has done such an amazing job of cultivating a community within the music scene here in Denver to offer amazing sound and shows here. I’m Cuban and grew up in South Florida, so I am always taking people out to Cuba Cuba on Delaware Street. Smith & Cannon is another favorite gem of mine that offers amazing coffee and wild ice cream flavors. Curt who is the owner is always such a joy to talk to when you go in there. Weathervane is my favorite cafe here, their food and drinks are always on point and the vibe is so cozy you don’t want to leave. I love Denver for all the parks here and strolling through the Botanical Gardens is a must.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am so grateful to have the support, love and encouragement that I do in my life – especially here in Denver, there is a strong foundation of community that has helped me so much on my journey.
Cat Evans is a friend of mine that I met a couple years ago who is fucking inspiring to me. Her passion and drive is a force to be reckoned with. She is constantly creating and putting out amazing art with her music, videos and photography. Some of my most stimulating conversations are with Cat – she has a way of making you question and look deeper into yourself and how you are showing up in the world. Cat’s curiosity and love of engaging and working with others really shows how having community in your life is an important basis for growth.
Other: mykneesaredirty.com My Knees are Dirty is a Denver based project bridging the gap between sexuality + spirituality. As a sex worker and spiritual counselor Lex wants to help break the stigmas of kinks, fetishes and sex work. Sex in many forms can be a very powerful healing modality.