It started with an infection, but it ended with a life-changing experience.
In early May 2013, Brian Lucchesi got a tattoo to celebrate a birthday. But within a few days, he started to notice an infection spreading from his lower leg, where he got the tattoo, to the rest of his body. He initially went to a dermatologist, but after 10 days the infection as not improving and he was in terrible pain.
Finally, he drove himself to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a methicillin resistant staph infection. He wound up in the hospital for four days.
“It was terrifying,” Lucchesi says.
He also remembers not being the most reasonable patient and getting angry with hospital staff the first couple of days. It was for a mixture of reasons, he recalls, stemming from bad experiences in health care settings as well as the uncertainty of how long he would be hospitalized.
“It was at the end of the third night, and I was having a really bad time,” Lucchesi says. “The best way I can sum it up is that I had some kind of a spiritual experience.
“I remember this energy just saying, ‘Brian, if you let go of your anger, we can get you out of the hospital.’ This anger was holding me in the hospital. If I let go, my body would start healing and I would be able to go home.”
That night shifted his behavior and attitude, and by the end of the fourth day, he was able to go home.
The experience led Lucchesi to dive into the world of spiritual healing and wellness — and he hasn’t looked back.
Working toward wellness
Lucchesi has been a number of things throughout the years. After high school, he joined the Navy and served for nearly five years. After that, was an underwater construction worker. He was even a rugby player for a time.
But when he was 26, he went back to school to get a degree in physical and health education and become a teacher. Including one year as a graduate assistant, he spent seven years in the education field. During that time, he learned he really enjoyed creating wellness curriculum.
“I developed wellness programming for one of the school districts, which didn’t exist before,” he says.
It was during this time that he made the decision to get into adult wellness programs. He left the education field and became a wellness coach for Wellness Coaches USA, and in 2011 he created a website called Wellness Hero. But in 2013, he was no longer under contract with Wellness Coaches USA, and he was trying to figure out his next step.
An infection and near-death experience later, Lucchesi began to completely change his lifestyle. He started using essential oils, adopted a plant-based diet and began connecting to his ability to heal naturally.
“It became very clear to me from my own spiritual connection to this healing, and what I was able to utilize through meditation or through global synchronizations, I realized I wanted to get into the ultimate level of our being,” Lucchesi says.
He started researching DNA programming, Reiki healing and Qigong — all with the goal of getting more in tune with his own life force and how his body responds to disease or other ailments, be it emotional, spiritual or physical.
Expanding digital offerings
After learning different teachings, he began sharing his knowledge in 2015. On his Wellness Hero blog, he went over the different guided studies and meditations. But he also took his sessions on the road, whether it was at school districts or corporate events.
“I wanted to tailor it to be more in tune with nontraditional delivery methods,” he says of the Wellness Hero mission. “It started leading toward guided meditations, and I really focused on that aspect.”
He’s been on that path ever since, balancing Wellness Hero work with his role as a stay-at-home father for his son. Recently, he went to a school district and showed students how to do guided meditations and energy balancing movements.
But no matter what setting he is in, his goal is the same.
“It’s making everyone evolve into wellness heroes,” he says. “That’s my mission.”
Moving forward, Lucchesi believes 2017 is the year to expand his website.
“I’m preparing for September to be that (push) to have this both as a physical class or a digital class that is recurring on a weekly basis, with different themes,” he says.
That includes teachings focusing on the joints, muscular systems and aspects of wellness.
“This is something I’ve been working on and will be delivering in a more unique way as we go,” he says. “It’s something I’m very excited about doing.”