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What is Reiki?

Reiki is a holistic (whole body) energy healing system.  The word Reiki is usually translated as 'universal life energy.'  Ki is the Japanese word for life energy, many people are more familiar with the Chinese word, Chi. 
Energy healing has been practiced for thousands of years, but the methods have often been found, lost, suppressed, hidden away and revived again.   In the 1800s a Japanese man named Mikao Usui wanted to learn the secrets of energy healing and went on a 10 year quest to do so.  He created the system of teaching, learning and passing along this knowledge that we call Reiki. 

Reiki is passed along from Master to student and must include 'attunements'  hands-on sessions in which the Master helps the student to clear any energy blocks and use the knowledge that they have learned through study.

There is no belief system that is necessary for either the practitioner or the receiver of Reiki.  The energy works the way it wants to work, regardless of belief or non belief.  The practitioner is adept in drawing and channeling the energy, not creating it. 

Reiki is beginning to be accepted by the modern medical world and some hospitals now accept Reiki practitioners and even offer classes to doctors and nurses. For more information on the research being done on the effects of Reiki and a list of over 70 hospitals that offer Reiki to their patients visit the Center for Reiki Research.

How I got interested in Reiki

I have always had a somewhat superficial interest in energy healing and an acceptance of the idea that energy and how it flows can affect us.  

My interest became much more focused when I acquired a horse that was so tense and stiff that she moved like a puppet.  A friend of mine who does myofascial release therapy for horses worked on her and later asked me if she could do some energy work also.  The results were astounding and the horse's reactions were fascinating to watch.  She began to bend and stretch her own body and relaxed for the first time since I had owned her.

I sought out some Reiki treatments for myself and was amazed at the results.  I also experienced the reality that the energy does its own job and is not 'controlled.'  I was looking for relief from lower back pain.  Instead of instant relief from the pain, I got good overnight sleep for the first time in years.  The back pain, apparently caused by fatigue, went away after a few nights of sleep.

I began to study Reiki at that time and I have been fascinated by the practice and the results ever since them.  I especially like working with animals because their reactions are so unfiltered.

Would you like to experience Reiki?

Reiki can have profound effects on animals and people.  
It can aid the body in healing injury and illness.  
It can promote a feeling of well being and relaxation.
It can calm anxiety and nervousness.
It can break the cycle of chronic problems. 

Reiki for animals can be performed either from a distance or hands-on.  
Many small animals are either over stimulated or somewhat fearful of human touch, but I find that most horses benefit from the hands-on approach.   Horses are especially sensitive to energies of all sorts and not dependent on the approval of humans to display their reactions.  They will often react with surprise when they first feel the energy, then relax deeply for a while, then simply shake themselves and walk away when they have had enough.  Healing is often obvious and dramatic. 


I charge $40/session of approximately half an hour.  No travel fee.