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What is reiki?

What is reiki?

WHAT IS REIKI?

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese energy modality. It promotes relaxation, well-being, healing, stress relief and pain reduction.  It is derived from two Japanese words: Rei, meaning “universal life energy” and Ki, meaning “breath,” or “life force” – the same as Chi, Prana, Ti, or Ki.  Reiki is, essentially, the energetic life-force flowing through every living thing.

Reiki was reintroduced by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900s, and Masters of this method (Usui Reiki) have been taught in the traditional manner that has been passed down.

Practitioners direct reiki energy through the person receiving a treatment; it moves throughout the chakras and meridians, removing energetic blockages and disruptions. These energetic interruptions can cause pain, disease, inflammation, and mental unease in the body. After a reiki session, the body is balanced, allowing energy to flow through correctly and at the correct vibrational state.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A REIKI SESSION?

You will be asked to lie on a massage table. You can keep your eyes open or closed, whichever is the most comfortable for you. I start at your head and either hover my hands over your body or use light touch, depending on your comfort. I start with your crown chakra and work towards your feet, before repeating the process as you lie on your belly.

Learn more about the chakras by clicking here.

HOW LONG DOES A SESSION LAST?

Your first session is typically the longest; the actual treatment takes about 45 minutes to an hour, with additional time spent before and after discussing the treatment.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Wear whatever is most comfortable for you! You will be asked to remove your shoes, but can keep your socks on for warmth. Reiki is non-invasive, and many clients often doze during their sessions.

DOES IT HURT?

Not at all! Some clients report feeling calmness, warmth, or sometimes a tingling sensation. Reiki cannot harm.

WHEN SHOULD I GET A REIKI TREATMENT?

This is entirely up to you. You can receive reiki as often as you wish. Many people find it helpful after surgeries, when dealing with chronic pain, after injuries, or during times of emotional stress or imbalance. Please note, I am not trained to diagnose, and will not offer any diagnosis or prognosis. I may offer advice on areas I feel may need your attention, however any issues of health or wellness should be discussed with your doctor.

I’M WORRIED THAT REIKI WILL GO AGAINST MY RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

I understand your concern! I am Christian, active in my church, and have a strong testimony of Jesus Christ. I honor all spiritual beliefs. Although reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. Anyone from any religious faith can practice or receive reiki.

It is important to note that the reiki practitioner does not heal you. The  reiki master directs and guides the reiki energy through the body, focusing on areas where healing is needed. I like to compare it to a vacuum cleaner: while I may be the one operating the vacuum and directing it where to go, the machine (in this case, reiki energy), is the tool doing the actual cleaning work.

DO YOU HAVE TO RECEIVE SPECIAL TRAINING TO BECOME A REIKI PRACTITIONER?

Yes. I have been trained in many different forms of reiki, and am a Master Teacher in all of them. I am certified in several different reiki methods, but primarily use Usui Reiki in my sessions.

HOW MUCH DOES A SESSION COST?

Each session is $50.

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?

This will depend on each person, and their reason for seeking reiki.  Remember that healing is a journey; some people may need more treatments than others. Ultimately, it is up to you. Your health is in your hands, and I respect your choices.

Please note: reiki is not a substitute for medical care. It compliments any treatments you are currently receiving, without interfering, however please continue any medical, holistic, or therapeutic regimens you are currently following.




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a question year, or an answer year?

I used to feel melancholy on New Year’s Eve. It was a feeling that skirted in from the cold and shadows, dimming an otherwise happy time for me.

It’s still unclear to me where the feelings have come from, and in past years I spent far too much time trying to trace their origins. This year, though, I decided that origin stories don’t always matter. How you react to them does.

The enigmatic author Zora Neale Hurston wrote, “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent many years asking questions.

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I didn’t wake up this morning with answers. But I did wake up knowing this was an answering year. 

This is a year for answers to questions I don’t even know I have yet.

This is a year for clarity, purpose, and focus. 

Some beautiful time passed by while I was in my meditation space today. I don’t always enter meditation with a purpose (clarity over a question, mindfulness, to calm anxiety…).

Sometimes I just want to sit in the quiet, and breathe as my thoughts pass.

Today was one of those moments. 

My back hurt. My shoulder blades hurt. It was difficult to sit correctly and breathe with my diaphragm. But beyond the aches, beyond the pain, there was stillness. A calm and quiet that’s always sitting there, waiting. Like an old friend, waiting and smiling as they say, “What took you so long?” 

2019 is a year for answers. Even if you don’t know what the questions are.

Begin your quiet journey inward. Embrace the unknown, and hold that space for healing and calm in your own beautiful universe. 




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Meditation and Insomnia | Quieting the Mind So the Body Can Rest

find out how meditation can help quiet the mind when you have insomnia and trouble sleeping

I was an insomniac for over 10 years. Even when I was sleeping, I wasn’t sleeping well.

Note: some of the links you’ll find below are affiliate links. This means that, at no cost to you, I earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase. I only recommend products that I’ve tried personally and love💚

According to the National Institutes of Health,

“30 percent of the general population complains of sleep disruption, and approximately 10 percent have associated symptoms of daytime functional impairment consistent with the diagnosis of insomnia.”

With over 327 million people in America alone, these numbers are staggering. You may not have severe symptoms as I did, but interrupted sleep, difficulty falling or staying asleep, and restlessness throughout the night have a huge effect on your immune system. 

I tried everything I could think of to help me fall asleep:

– reading the dictionary
– warm baths before bed
– melatonin
– exercise

Nothing seemed to work.  In college, my roommates would rub lavender oil on my feet, take me on midnight drives, and do everything they could think of that might help.

All the chamomile tea in the world couldn’t stop my brain from feeling like it had too many browser tabs open. It was as though as soon as the sun went down, every possible worry and anxiety that had built up during the day decided to shout at me all at once.

Years later, I rediscovered meditation.

I had learned how to meditate as a teenager, but had abandoned the practice when I went to college. But now, I began listening to my body and learned to treat it like a friend instead of an enemy. 

My sister, a yoga instructor, walked me through guided meditations when I had difficulty with anxiety and panic attacks. She taught me how powerful the mind is, and how even in the most difficult moments, we can choose not to let our thoughts overpower us. 

To help relieve insomnia, you can meditate anytime during the day. However, you may find it most beneficial to practice at night before you go to bed.

Be sure that all electronics are off – TV, smart phones, tablets – for at least an hour before bed.

(If you aren’t willing to part with your smartphone, begin to ween yourself off. Use apps such as Moment or Quality Time.)

Electronics emit short-wave, blue light that stimulates the brain. Apps such as Twilight that gradually turn your screen a red tint, filtering the amount of blue light that you’re exposed to once the sun goes down. 

Being exposed to blue light after it has begun to get dark blocks your body’s melatonin production, as well as interrupting circadian rhythms. This can be especially harmful in children.

Once you’re ready for bed, make yourself comfortable. You can meditate sitting or laying down, whichever is most comfortable for you. Turn the lights down, make sure you are comfortable and warm, and if you need, play a guided meditation or listen to soft music


A short guided meditation

  • Begin by centering yourself. Sit comfortably, legs folded beneath you, or feet resting on the floor.
  • Back straight, face muscles softened.  Relax your jaw. Close your eyes
  • Take a deep breath in slowly. Feel your belly and lungs expand, and then, even more slowly, release.
  • Allow those spaces to empty, taking with them anything that may be distracting you or holding you back.
  • Continue to breathe, deeper, and deeper, with each inhalation.  Observe your body – where you feel discomfort or pain, where you feel warm or cold. Don’t dwell on any of these thoughts, just take notice of them and move on.
  • Working from your toes, up your feet to your ankles, on up your shins, calves, and thighs: in your mind, tell each of these to relax. Not a demand, but cooperation. 
  • Continue moving up your root chakra, through your sacral chakra, into your belly. Allow belly to unwind and relax, breathing in deeper and deeper.
  • Work your way up through your chest, your neck, and into your face. Anywhere your attention is drawn, tell it to relax. Your eyelids, your jaw, forehead, and so-on. 
  • After you have worked to the top of your head, take a moment to sit and observe your breath. Notice if it has deepened since you began. If you have any intruding thoughts, don’t try to force them away. Instead, acknowledge they are there, and watch as they float away, carried like a kite on a breeze, or a toy boat in a pond.
  • Sit with your body for as long as you’re comfortable before taking one last inhale. Exhale deeply, and open your eyes.

Rest, and be well. 




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practicing earthing | grounding for health and balance

practicing earthing and grounding for health and balance

If you’ve ever been in a conversation with me about health, I’ve probably brought up earthing or grounding.

What is Earthing or grounding?

The body is one big, beautiful electrical system. Unfortunately, that electrical system gets out of alignment through everyday living, low immunity, and many other factors. 

“Earthing” or “grounding” is the act of reconnecting our physical body to the Earth’s energy.

Why should you ground or practice earthing?

Grounding reconnects your body’s electrical system to the electrons on the Earth’s surface. When you form this connection, the conducted energy helps to balance the organs and systems in the body.

Studies show that it helps reduce pain and inflammation, regulate body rhythms, and improve sleep.

How do you ground or practice earthing?

At times when I know Muladhara is out of alignment, my feet have ached to stand in the grass and touch the ground. I did this for years, instinctively, without understanding the reasoning or benefits.

In the winter, my husband will shovel snow paths in the grass for me, so I can spend a few minutes a day walking barefoot.

I also sleep on a grounding pad, and use patches when I travel.

Grounding cord in Moab
I brought my grounding rod and cord on a mountain bike trip to Moab, Utah.

Earthing has helped with my fibromyalgia pain, anxiety, and stress. I also use an earthing mat on reiki clients to help them ground during sessions.

If you want to learn more about earthing, I encourage you to watch this film. I am not an affiliate, but own many of the Earthing products and sing their praises every chance I get!

While I love technology and fancy equipment, you can enjoy the benefits of grounding without it. All you have to do is…

Go outside.

Take your shoes off.

Wiggle your toes, close your eyes, and calm your breath.

Ideally, you should spend about 20 minutes a day grounding, but even a minute or two barefoot outdoors will do wonders!

Meditation is also incredibly beneficial. In my Grounding Meditation, I walk you through a guided meditation to connect yourself back to the energy of the earth.

Grounding Meditation - My Mindful Moment

What’s your favorite way to ground? Leave me a comment below!




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