Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction that promotes self healing and self-regulation by facilitating the body’s ability to enter a deeply relaxed state. Reiki is a balancing practice; it’s about creating BALANCE in the body. When the body is balanced, we have a remarkable ability to self-heal and self-regulate. When the body becomes unbalanced, we are more likely to get sick, feel stress, feel anxiety/depression, experience hormone imbalances or immune deficiencies.
Reiki can provide quiet, steady support for all levels of healing and growth by encouraging a person’s system toward its own unique balance. It works to balance the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being and is 100% non-invasive. Reiki can benefit anyone, whether we are healthy and want to remain healthy or if we are addressing any kind of health concern. The list of benefits is long and personal because people are imbalanced in different ways and because they notice and value different things.
It is safe for all ages and works in harmony with standard medical care or with other holistic techniques to improve symptom management, relieve side effects, and promote recovery from emotional trauma, illness or surgery. It can also be very supportive for those trying to conceive, as well as supporting a healthy pregnancy.
Reiki meets you where you are at, and supports you from that space. It can help you navigate life differently, support you through challenges, and help you resolve issues so you can feel more at peace and joy as it restores, rejuvenates and balances you on all levels.
For example, rather than addressing the headache (or whatever the problem is), Reiki influences a person’s overall system towards balance. As the system becomes more balanced, symptoms tend to fall away. Over time, if you get headaches, you may find that you get them less frequently.
From a scientific perspective, Reiki encourages a down-regulation of the sympathetic nervous system (the fight, flight or freeze response). As a result, the parasympathetic (rest and digest response) nervous system is engaged. The parasympathetic nervous system allows the body to self-heal and restore; the sympathetic nervous system puts further stress on the adrenal system. The more we can activate and “train” the body to engage the parasympathetic nervous system, the stronger our immune system becomes and we become more resilient to stress.
I believe that people don’t just “stumble” upon Reiki; I truly think that Reiki “finds you”. And, I believe that this “encounter” happens at exactly the right time under circumstances that just feel right. For many people, the timing coincides with a difficult life transition, an acute illness, a chronic illness, general health issues that aren’t responding to traditional Western medicine, a personal readiness and desire to heal past traumas and/or emotional “baggage”, or just a feeling within that it’s something they should try. Many of my clients are well and choose Reiki as a way to proactively maintain their health. Others find Reiki to develop and grow spiritually, ultimately experiencing a greater sense of meaning in life. Many people seek Reiki treatment or choose to learn Reiki with the realization that creating balance in their bodies can improve their ability to better cope with a wide range of health conditions, more effectively manage their symptoms, improve immune functioning, and improve the body’s resiliece to stress. Sometimes, Reiki can lead to improved health outcomes for a variety of conditions and diseases. Whatever the case may be, people are drawn to Reiki for many different reasons. Come see how one hour of complete departure from the daily grind, with no phones or devices can actually be like medicine to the body on all levels – physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
I offer Reiki sessions throughout the day (including evening appointments) on Wednesdays at the Center For Transformation in Parker, CO (on E. Mainstreet just above FIKA coffeehouse). I also offer sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Bella Vita Holistic Health out of the Rocky Mountain Fertility Center in Parker. Please contact me to schedule an appointment. Investment information is below:
- 90 Minute Reiki Session (distance and in-person): $110. I accept cash, check, Venmo or Paypal.
Benefits of Reiki
While it’s important not to have any expectations or attachments to a specific outcome as a result of the session, it is important to give yourself permission to heal at the deepest level. As the practitioner, I don’t attach any expectations to the outcome, and simply facilitate the flow of energy where it’s needed. This synergistic modality treats the whole individual, rather than just the symptoms or emotional challenges. Reiki can assist in the following ways:
- General Stress Management
- Can help reduce anxiety, stress and depression; Quiets the mind & soothes emotions
- Can help with morning sickness & nausea
- Balances the immune system & calms the stress response
- Can assist with pain management pre and post pregnancy; can mitigate need for pain medications and medical interventions
- Can improve quality of sleep
- Dissolves energy blockages & releases toxins
- Enhances feelings of well-being and empowerment
- Can assist with symptom & pain management (acute, chronic & autoimmune conditions)
- Can accelerate surgical recovery and healing
- Can help release negative patterns & beliefs; often a catalyst for personal transformation
- Can assist with breaking unwanted habits (smoking, overeating, etc.)
- Cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy
- Pre and post surgery AND in the operating room
- Allowing the body to release and heal from emotional traumas
- Integrating mind, body, emotions and spirit
What to Expect in a Session
Typically, I perform Reiki treatments on a massage table or seated in a chair (if done in conjunction with an ion Cleanse Detoxification session) in a safe, relaxing space where you can allow yourself to completely relax. I will explain what Reiki is, we will talk about any intentions you may have for the session, and anything else that may have drawn you to experience Reiki. As you lie fully clothed on the massage table, I place my hands in a series of positions either lightly on your body or just above your body. I will respect your privacy and personal space during the process. As I use various hand positions, you may become aware of sensations (heat, cold, tingling, shivers etc) throughout your body. You may also feel nothing. This is totally normal, as reiki is automatically drawn to whatever part of your body needs it the most. Reiki usually sends people into a state of deep relaxation so you may even fall asleep.
After the treatment you may feel energized, while others feel peaceful and tranquil. Most people notice a difference after the first reiki session, and the benefits of reiki grow with repeated sessions. I also provide distance sessions for circumstances that don’t allow practical in-person treatments. Although some consider Reiki a spiritual practice, it is not necessary to have any particular religious or spiritual beliefs to experience the benefits of Reiki. Find out how to get the most from a Reiki session.
As each person is unique, each reiki session is also unique because reiki works on many levels. The body will prioritize where it’s needed most, and self-healing and balance will begin there. Balance obtained from Reiki is cumulative in that it builds up each time you have a treatment, which is why it is most beneficial to kick start your self-healing ability with 4-6 sessions.
You can expect a session to last about 90 minutes. This includes a general intake process to discuss intentions for the session, any history that may be relevant to the session, hands on energy work, and a brief follow-up discussion after the session. 75 minute sessions include 50-55 minutes of energy work and 90 minute sessions include 60-65 minutes of energy work.
What Does Reiki feel like?
I am often asked this question, and it’s hard to come up with a definitive answer because Reiki experiences are unique to everyone, and often vary from session to session. Most people say that Reiki feels healing, deeply relaxing, and calming. I’ve often had clients be so relaxed that they either fall asleep or they are so relaxed that they aren’t aware of what state they were in. Some people feel tingling sensations, some feel a “lightness” in their bodies, some feel sensations in certain parts of their bodies (i.e. muscles relaxing, injuries responding, etc.), some people have even reported seeing colors and other visions during a session. It is not uncommon to experience an emotional release (or multiple releases) during a session. This occurs when the body is ready to release a past trauma or unresolved emotional issue(s), and may result in tears or other emotional responses. I provide a safe environment for this to happen, and most people typically feel much “lighter” after an emotional release.
If you have any experience with meditation, Reiki often feels very similar in that you are able to enter a deep meditative state, the difference is that you go there with no effort on your part.
Some people don’t sense that they feel anything during a session (other than relaxation); that’s okay too. It is important that neither the practitioner nor recipient have any specific expectations or attachments to the outcome. Trust in the process, and the energy will go where it’s needed in the body.
How Many Treatments Should I have?
I get this question a lot. The answer is, “It depends.” It depends on several things.
People seek Reiki for various reasons. If you use Reiki as a self-care modality or energy boost, then a Reiki session once in a while is sufficient. If you have a chronic condition or you are trying to release emotions from a trauma with the intent of improving your health challenges, I encourage ongoing weekly treatments for a period of six to eight weeks.
For conditions like stress, tension, anxiety, sleeplessness and emotional problems, I typically recommend 4 treatments over a period of 8 or 9 weeks. Physical symptoms can take a little longer to address as the body achieves a more stable state of balance. If you are looking for longer term support and clarity as you navigate and integrate changes into your life, bi-weekly or monthly treatments can be very effective.
If you are scheduled for surgery, I recommend having 2-3 sessions within 2 weeks of your surgery, as well as 2-3 sessions as soon after surgery as possible. Depending on the nature of your surgery and recovery, this can vary. Generally, Reiki is very effective in terms of creating balance prior to surgery to encourage an easier recovery and it can also be effective in managing pain, anxiety, and medication side effects right after a surgery.
Energetic shifts from Reiki are cumulative, and build up in the system over time with consistent sessions or self-practice. While the benefits of reiki may be noticed after one treatment, ongoing Reiki treatments are desirable for long term results. Just like anything the more you do it, the better the results e.g. one yoga class is wonderful, yoga regularly is where you will truly feel and see the benefits.
You know your body best and are the best spokesperson for you.
How Reiki is Applied to Western Practices
The benefits of Reiki treatments are being embraced by medical practitioners and are being increasingly offered as a standard part of hospital care. In addition, Reiki has also become an integral part of care in Cancer Centers as well as Hospice programs. Reiki emits a range of healing frequencies from 0.3- 30 Hz. It’s been proven that 2 Hz creates nerve regeneration, 7 Hz for bone growth, 10 Hz for ligament repair, and 15 Hz for capillary formation. The science of Reiki is well documented.
Check out this video presentation on “Evidence based Reiki”, given by world renowned Reiki Master Teacher William Lee Rand.
For additional documented research and information on how Reiki is applied to Western medicine, see the following links:
- Reiki in Hospitals
- What does the research say about Reiki
- The Center for Reiki Research
- Reiki Really Works: A Groundbreaking Scientific Study
- Reiki for Cancer Patients in Denver Metro area via LifeSpark
Listen to my podcast Reiki interview with Bay Area Barbell to gain a broader understanding of what Reiki is, how it works, how you can benefit, and how easy it is to learn so you can incorporate this amazing self-care modality into your daily life!
The beauty of Reiki is that it’s both an incredible self-care and self-healing practice, as well as a vessel to offer energy work to others. Anyone can learn Reiki. It doesn’t matter what your background is or how old you are. Reiki will enrich you, your workplace, your family and all your interactions. It is restorative, relaxing, and empowering. Reiki is not just for those who want to become healers – it’s for everyone.
I personally think that people are drawn to learning Reiki when the timing is right – when you need it (for self-healing, to re-connect to yourself, to make sense of things happening around you, etc.), and when you are ready to receive the teaching. When learning Reiki resonates with you, you can trust that the timing is right. If you are reading this right now, it may just be a sign that Reiki has found you. Read more about Learning Reiki….
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