These Hands are Creators


Adanna Kenlow

In this episode, Cynthia interviews Adana Kenlow, a multi-talented creative who shares her journey as an actor, director, and now a Reiki practitioner. Adana discusses her love for performing and the joy she finds in making people laugh. She also reflects on the importance of creating safety and ease in creative projects. Adana shares her experience with puppet shows and how it has taught her valuable lessons about herself and her craft. She then delves into her transition to healing arts and the transformative power of Reiki. Throughout the conversation, Adana emphasizes the importance of being true to oneself and embracing one’s gifts. In this conversation, Adana and the host discuss Adana’s experience with Reiki and how it has impacted her life. They explore the flow of energy, discovering the real self, a bougie Reiki experience, harnessing Reiki energy, Reiki offerings and creativity, legacy, and where to find Adana’s work.


  • Embrace your true self and follow your passion, even if it takes you on unexpected paths.
  • Creating safety and ease in creative projects can enhance the experience for everyone involved.
  • Laughter and joy have the power to heal and bring positivity into people’s lives.
  • Reiki and energy healing can be transformative and provide a sense of balance and harmony. Reiki is a flow of energy that practitioners channel as conduits.
  • Discovering the real self often involves stepping out of societal roles and expectations.
  • Not all Reiki experiences are the same, and it’s important to find a practitioner who resonates with you.
  • Practicing Reiki on oneself can strengthen the connection to the energy and enhance its effects.
  • Reiki can be a creative expression and a way to bring healing and comfort to others.
  • Adana hopes to be remembered for bringing joy, comfort, and healing to those around her.
  • You can find Adana on Instagram at @back21healingarts and on YouTube as Adanna Kenlow. 

00:00Introduction and Background
02:01Adana’s Experience as an Actor and Director
04:21Discovering the Joy of Performing
06:14The Impact of Comedy and Entertainment
08:10The Puppet Show Experience
09:05Lessons Learned from the Puppet Show
11:03Creating Safety and Ease in Projects
12:26The Importance of Being Yourself
16:26Overcoming Fear and Insecurities
20:43Navigating the Lows of the Pandemic
24:43Embracing Reiki and Healing Work
32:42Transitioning to Healing Arts
43:53Understanding Reiki and Energy Healing
47:16The Flow of Energy
49:12Discovering the Real Self
51:04Bougie Reiki Experience
55:00Harnessing Reiki Energy
58:20Reiki Offerings and Creativity
01:03:02Legacy and Boba
01:05:02Where to Find Adana

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Cynthia Alonzo Perez

Hi, I'm Cynthia Perez, your official Inner Child Hype Woman the founder of Rooted in Reflection. With over 15 years in social work, I’ve dedicated my career to helping people heal from intergenerational trauma and find joy through culturally sensitive healing spaces. I'm passionate about empowering the Latinx community and fostering creative healing for those often overlooked in traditional wellness programs. Whether you're joining a workshop, a wellness talk, or a retreat, my goal is to create a community-centered space where you can feel seen, heard, and healed.
Cynthia Alonzo Perez

Inner Child Hype Woman

Cynthia Perez, MSW, LCSW, is the founder of Rooted in Reflection. She’s an expert in intergenerational trauma and bilingual, culturally sensitive therapy, offering transformative workshops and retreats.

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