The first time I experienced Reiki was in college. It was the fall of 2007 and I was living on campus at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA; I was taking extra classes so I could graduate early. My goal was to earn my Bachelor's in Psych in less than 4 years - which I did end up doing.
I saw a flyer on one of the doors promoting Reiki. One of the counselors in the Wellness Center was offering it by appointment only.
I had no idea what it was but I knew I needed it. I went to my first appointment, sat on a regular chair and was totally calmed and de-stressed in only 30 minutes. I felt tingling sensations and sensations of warmth. It was a nice, peaceful, loving energy that made me feel better in general. It was then that I decided to sign up to receive it weekly.
In 2008 I decided I needed to learn how to do Reiki. I originally went to someone I didn't know and during her class I was terrified, so I paid her for her time and left about 1/3 the way through the class. Something didn't feel right and she also terrified me with horror stories surrounding "cleansing" that people experienced.
In 2009 I found someone else who taught Reiki and I felt like I knew this woman my whole life - but I had just met her. I signed up and even though I was terrified because of the stories that the first teacher told me, I went through the training, attunements and certification anyway.
My Reiki I certification was beautiful. After I relaxed, we let my guides and angels in to watch my attunement where she told me that I had been attuned before and that this was just a refresher for me. (I love past lives.) I got my Reiki I certification in January 2009. I was calmed again, felt tingling and great sensations of peace and love.
Then in March 2009, I signed up for Reiki II because it felt necessary. I knew I needed to offer this to people so I needed to become a practitioner. I went to the class, received my attunement and certification and similar to Reiki I, it was a peaceful, loving and healing experience.
I knew intuitively I had to be able to teach Reiki and the only way to do that is to get the next level certification (Reiki Master Teacher). Not all Reiki Masters are Reiki Master Teachers - I learned that after contacting some Reiki Masters and was told they weren't RMT's. My Reiki teacher from Level's I and II felt like I needed to get my RMT certification from someone else and it wasn't until October 2012 that I earned my RMT certification.
I started my Reiki Master Teacher certification in mid-September 2012. The course, attunement and certification were completely online and though I was skeptical, it felt right. We scheduled my distant attunement (which felt exactly like my other two attunements) and it followed with a lot of case work, studying, and self-healing. The RMT certification took 45 days. In that 45 days I had to do self-healing everyday (45 days mandatory, so it could have taken longer if I had forgotten a day but I didn't.), I had casework and coursework to do and it was actually Halloween night 2012 that I received my RMT Certification.
In November I wrote my own Reiki manual and started offering certifications online.
The next year, in July 2013 I furthered my Reiki certification to include Karuna Ki Reiki which I can also use in treatments and also teach.
What is Reiki?
The easiest way for me to describe what Reiki is, is this: Reiki is energy from the universe that is clear, healing, and full of peace and unconditional love. It has positive intentions to help you heal emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. And because it comes from the universe there is an abundance of this energy and it can never be depleted.
Like our aura, chakras, meridians, and body - Reiki is energy. We are made up of energy as people (as well as animals, plants, etc.) and so this energy can be enhanced, healed and made better with Reiki.
Reiki knows where you need it most. The intention we set for the session is always to heal you where you need it most and of your highest good.
Reiki can help us move energy out that no longer serves us. This unwanted energy is usually the energy we get from others (being around people), sick energy (like when we are coming down with a cold), stuck energy (like when we are experiencing stiffness, soreness, emotional or mental blocks, etc.) and more. Not only does Reiki help us move this energy out, it also replaces it with loving healing energy so whatever was there, is now replaced with awesome healing energy.
During your session, you will notice a large piece of selenite on the floor underneath you. Selenite is placed under you because it is a natural crystal that absorbs energy. So when Reiki moves the unwanted energy out of your aura and energy systems; the selenite takes it in. After your session, selenite is placed in the sun where the sun then clears its energy.
What is a session like?
Your first session: will involve your filling out my "New Client Form". I created this form so I can get to know you better and also to see if you have received Reiki before, what your experience was and if you want to work on anything specific.
For all sessions:
You will remain fully clothed for all sessions.
I will ask if there is anything you want to focus on.
You will be asked if "light touch" is okay. Touch is not required and you can opt for no touching if you want.
You will have a choice of sitting on a regular chair or sitting draped over a massage chair.
Meditation music will be playing
Aromatherapy will be present in the room
A Himalayan salt lamp will be on for further clearing of energy and the air
Crystals will be placed around you. I may ask you to hold one/some - which is optional - but it's likely they will enhance the session.
I will ask if you want to have your aura sprayed with smokeless sage spray - which is optional. It helps clear your aura before your session.
If you are ever uncomfortable, please just say it. We can stop the session and/or change your seating at any time.
After your session:
Drink plenty of water
You may crave some dark chocolate or grounding foods (because Reiki may make us feel floaty)
Try to be kind to yourself during this time - self compassion
Try to be gentle with yourself too - extra self compassion
Try to be around kind, gentle, positive people (no one who will "drag you down" so to speak)
You may find that you crave healthier foods - just go with it (it aids in your overall healing)
Try to refrain from drinking alcohol for a day or two afterwards (a substance that can also "bring us down" energetically)(Smoking cigarettes also can bring down our energy and healing abilities.)
Try to eat better - less fried heavy foods; less sugary sodas; less artificial stuffs; just for a day or two.
You may experience a cleansing - which isn't as scary or awful as I was told it was (more about that in my story above). A "cleansing" or "healing crisis" as some call it - is simply the release of unwanted energy. Because we cleared out some of that unwanted energy (that the selenite soaked up) and replaced it with healing Reiki energy - sometimes the physical/emotional body is on a delay and you may experience a release physically and/or emotionally. It is rare - I have only heard of it happening to a few people. Some people cry and release emotions; some people get a runny nose, cough, or flu-like symptoms. Most don't experience anything, you just have to know it is possible.
And it is because of the cleansing period (up to 21 days post-session) that we ask that you be kind and gentle with yourself, surround yourself with good people, consume good foods, etc. because it all aids in the overall healing process.
Reiki will work even if you don't do the "aftercare" above. But the aftercare will enhance your overall healing.
Before your session, during your session and/or after your session - feel free to ask me questions if you have any. I want to make sure you are knowledgeable and comfortable.
Reiki is something that is gentle and promotes overall wellness. It is considered a complimentary holistic therapy or treatment - meant to aid in our overall wellness plan.