My Approach

I am interested in spirituality and holistic health and how the body and mind interact with each other. It is my goal to present energy healing and tarot through a pragmatic approach. These are practical tools for grounding, healing, self-reflection, and observing your own body and emotions.

When I describe what I do, I use the word healing or healer, but that doesn’t mean that I am fixing your body as you would expect a car to be fixed when you take it into a shop; rather, I’m simply bringing your attention to certain areas, nourishing, and encouraging your mind and body towards health. You know yourself and your body better than anyone, and it is my honor to walk with you for a little ways down your path and offer support as you learn about yourself and how to create the ideal conditions for your own individual wholeness.


A lot of people have asked me through the years why I chose the name Peaceful Squirrel. Well, first and foremost, I like squirrels. They’re cute and playful and fun to watch as they pounce and jump around on tree branches. But I also like to think that my name is a subtle reminder that we are just little animals. Yet, we wear clothes, we drive small machines around, and we live in climate controlled boxes. We walk around on concrete and can go days or weeks without setting our feet onto actual soil. Under these conditions, it can be easy to forget that we are interconnected magical beings of the earth. In my work, I hope to encourage you to reconnect with yourself in this way.


If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work. -- Thich Nhat Hanh


I love this quote by Thich Nhat Hanh. Humans today are experiencing an unprecedented amount of stress and the bar of expectations seems to rise higher each day. In addition to the vagaries of our personal lives, we are struggling against the ever encroaching reach of technology, the 24 hour news cycle, and the looming threat of climate change. These are issues that have a real effect on our physical and mental health and cannot be dismissed. It can be difficult to come to terms with the mess that the world seems to be in, and our individual smallness and inability to “do anything” about it. Simply witnessing the situation the human race finds itself in can induce anxiety.


I truly believe that we have a lot to be hopeful about, and the way towards a more peaceful community and world starts with us as individuals. Tending to our own wounds and paying gentle and loving attention to those places in ourselves (and our society) that are difficult to look at will make us kinder and more compassionate humans, and in turn will make us better able to listen and be in right relationship with our partners, friends, children, and fellow citizens of Earth.


It is my wish and hope to be able to serve you in this capacity and promote and encourage your healing process, no matter what you might be working through.

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804 North Neil Street, Suite 202

Champaign, IL 61801


Gillian Marie Gabriel, LMT