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What is Reiki and Psychotherapeutic Reiki? 



Usui Reiki is a Japanese healing art founded by Mikaso Usui for to promote self-healing and healing of others. It is administered by gently placing hands on or above the body and is based on the idea that we are all energy and "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.


Holy Fire® Reiki is a new, refined, high vibration form of Reiki that was introduced by William Rand and the International Center of Reiki Training in 2014. It is both powerful and gentle and provides deep purification, physical/mental/spiritual healing, empowerment and guidance. People often report feeling love and compassion when receiving Holy Fire® Reiki.


Both forms of Reiki treat the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect and is used at many hospitals across the country for pain management and relaxation. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.


  • Stress relief

  • Pain reduction

  • Relieves headaches

  • Help with a healing process after surgery or illness

  • Improves concentration, focus on your task, clarity of thought

  • Improves mood

  • Improves sleep

  • Brings peace and serenity

  • Reduces anxiety

  • Helpful in palliative/hospice care

  • Useful for chakra balancing and chakra healing

  • Combined with psychotherapy helps the client to relieve stress and access unconscious material with more ease

  • Tool for self-development and transformation

  • Is a self-care tool

  • Spiritual tool, helps to connect your inner power

  • Helps to access deeper parts of ourselves

Reiki always helps and is only performed on someone after they give permission. There are no contraindications for receiving Reiki.​​ For the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must be ready for healing.


All Reiki treatments are performed with a person fully clothed, usually relaxing on a massage table. The practitioner will place her hands lightly on your or above you. If you are uncomfortable with touch, Reiki is just as effective having the practitioner work slightly off your body. What one experiences during a Reiki treatment varies somewhat from person to person. However, often people feel warmth from the practitioners hands and deep relaxation and sense of well-being. Sometimes people feel nothing until later that day or the next day, or they notice they sleep much better that night and wake up feeling more rested with a greater sense of well-being. Some drift off to sleep  during the session or report floating outside their bodies or seeing images or colors in their mind. At the end of the treatment, one feels refreshed with a more positive, balanced outlook. Reiki energy encourages one to let go of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings, which promotes this state of peace and well-being.


Psychotherapeutic Reiki is a technique that blends Eastern energy concepts and Western psychological perspectives.This technique combines Reiki with traditional and mind/body therapeutic techniques such as, mindfulness practice, cognitive behavioral techniques, stress management, and coping skills.


Just as water flows when it is unimpeded and is "blocked" when obstructed, so too can energy become blocked. E-motion is energy in motion. Emotions are meant to be processed and moved through us. When they are pushed away, ignored, or stored in our subconscious, and not fully processed, they get stuck in the body and energy system, creating an obstruction to our flow of energy and vitality. When an individual is unable to release the effects of negative emotions or a traumatic experience, the flow of energy in and around the body becomes depleted, congested, blocked or disturbed, which may eventually lead to imbalance, fatigue, negative thoughts, decreased physical health, aches and pains. 


While receiving Reiki, the impressions the practitioner receives, as well as what the client may have communicated prior, serves to initiate a dialogue with the client in a collaborative effort to assess areas needing attention and focus, such as specific beliefs and emotions that are creating imbalance. A client may be guided through a body scan, noting areas of pain, tension, imbalance or be guided through a dialogue with the body part that s/he is feeling emotional and/or physical discomfort. As the practitioner applies Reiki to this area, the client is invited to participate in exploring the emotional meaning(s) that relate to this imbalance and to release them so that healing may take place. 

Once particular psychological and emotional patterns have surfaced and are being worked on energetically, imagery, focusing, breath work, movement and mindfulness practice may be incorporated to teach stress reduction and build better coping skills and self awareness. Through the use of Reiki and these techniques, the goal is for clients to feel empowered with greater self-awareness, greater sense of control and well-being, with learned tools that s/he can continue to use outside of the session.

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