Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

S Shopper Stories


HEALING HANZ

A gift for revitalizing the body and mind

by Terri Young


Liz Montelli and Chris Zito

Liz Montelli and Chris Zito

Just walking into Healing Hanz brightens the mood. Aside from the walls, which are a peaceful shade of yellow, there is a small library of inspirational books, beautiful artisan jewelry and other handmade goodies available for sale if something strikes one’s fancy. But the thing that makes that first impression such a positive one is the genuine way in which everyone who comes in is greeted by the staff. Their excitement about a new visitor is welcoming, and the calm and acceptance they radiate is a soothing experience in itself.


The staff’s excitement
about a new visitor is welcoming,
and the calm and acceptance they radiate
is a soothing experience in itself.



The name of the business, Healing Hanz, came from owner Chris Zito’s reputation in his family of having just that, hands that heal. Everyone in the family knows if they ask Chris to rub their shoulders to fight the tension of a long day or to work a knot out of their neck, it will bring them more than just physical relaxation when he is done. According to his cousin Janice Spencer, whom the family describes as the catalyst for the idea of starting the business, there has always been an extra layer of healing from one of Chris’ famous massages. We are all made up of energy; that is an indisputable fact.  Sometimes when our lives or our bodies are out of balance it takes someone with training and a gift to help balance that energy.


Handmade jewelry, inspirational books and more are available in the delightful waiting area.

Handmade jewelry, inspirational books and more are available in the delightful waiting area.


Healing Hanz is a family business in the true sense of the word, and their guiding principle is to impact the greater good and add value to the world. After spending 22 years as a police officer in New York, Chris, his wife Theresa, and their niece Liz Montelli were convinced it was time for a move. Janice, who grew up in Portsmouth, believed this was the perfect time for them to bring their calm resolve to help others in body, mind and spirit to her hometown.

Everyone in the family knows
if they ask Chris to rub their shoulders
it will bring them more than
just physical relaxation.
There has always been
an extra layer of healing.



After learning about energy, spiritual work and healing therapies from his mentor, Pat Longo, then furthering his studies with Michele Edstrom, Chris graduated from the Cayce Reilly School of Massage right here in Virginia Beach. The Cayce Reilly massage technique is tailored to the individual, not a one size fits all standard massage. I took advantage of a massage, and felt as though it were part massage, part physical therapy.  I didn’t direct Chris in any particular direction, but as others have said, he seems to know just how to hone in on what you need the most. 

True to their vision, however, physical relaxation and healing aren’t the only things Healing Hanz has to offer. Liz, Chris’ niece, an integral part of the business, is a certified life coach. “Life coaching is different from therapy, where you often are digging into your past. Life coaching focuses on the future and how to get to one’s best self.” The idea is to help one identify what is holding them back from getting what they want out of life. For some people it’s financial success; for others it could be about the search for love.

Many times, people feel stagnant in their work life and don’t know how to fix it, or even where to begin to make it better. It can sometimes take an outside perspective to bring about a true breakthrough. A good certified life coach like Liz knows how to listen and help people follow where their heart wants to lead them. A life coaching session with Healing Hanz isn’t over the minute a client walks out the door. “We are here for whatever it takes to help find the ‘you’ someone is looking for. I’m available by phone, email, text or even a video chat if that’s what one needs in the way of support,” Liz offers.


Healing Hanz is a family business
in the true sense of the word,
and their guiding principle is
to impact the greater good and
add value to the world.



In 2015, Chris is proud to say, he became a Reiki Master, adding to his many skills and knowledge; Chris is also well versed in nutrition, meditation, reflexology, cranial-sacral therapy, raindrop therapy, and sound therapy.

The generosity of spirit and the genuine desire of each member of the family involved in Healing Hanz to truly add value to the world by helping with whatever type of healing is needed is undeniable. They are so confident in their ability to help people, whatever their needs or journey, that Healing Hanz is offering three complimentary life coaching sessions and a free massage to new customers for a limited time. Take a break to revitalize!




Healing Hanz

3701 C King Street
Portsmouth, VA 23707

757-966-9315