Mara Benner

Spiritual Director

Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner
Reiki Master
Integrative Reflexologist
Health Coach

 Mara Benner’s  Four Directions Wellness blog.

Mara Benner has over 30 years in the healthcare and aging field. She is now focused on mind-body-spirit connections through Reiki, Integrative Reflexology, meditation/guided imagery, Yogic Chakra Healing, transitional coaching and integrative healthcare consulting. Mara has always been intrigued by the body-mind-emotions-spirit connections.. Her passion is in how we can adopt “whole person” care in partnership with the current healthcare system and with each person.

Mara began her career majoring in gerontology and working at various times in hospitals, nursing homes, home health, hospice and elder protective services. She has worked at the Federal and state level on healthcare and aging policy. One of the most important perspectives Mara has gained is as a family caregiver and seeing firsthand our healthcare system from the eyes of a patient. These combined experiences have provided a more complete picture of our need for integrative and “whole person” healthcare.

Mara has also undergone extensive training throughout her lifetime in mindfulness, healing modalities and spiritual exploration. Among Mara’s expertise, she is recognized with the following:

  • Reiki Master
  • Certified Integrative Reflexology Practitioner
  • Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner
  • Certified Qigong Training
  • Interfaith/Interspiritual Ordination

Mara is also currently in training for medical intuition.
Through all of her experiences, she recognizes that whether for preventative care, acute disease, chronic disease or to simply take acloser look at our inner selves, the body-mind-emotion-spirit connection is a critical journey for each person’s health and vitality.

Mara is so pleased to be affiliated with the Center for Integrative Medicine and with the leadership of Dr. Kogan and his wonderful team. The Center’s staff refers clients to Mara at Four Directions Wellness in Alexandria, Virginia. Please feel free to contact Mara at