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Reiki is an energy healing technique that promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety through gentle touch. Reiki practitioners use their hands to deliver energy to your body, improving the flow and balance of your energy to support healing.

Mikao Usui developed reiki in the early 1900s, deriving the term from the Japanese words rei, meaning “universal,” and ki, which refers to the vital life force energy that flows through all living things. Now, reiki is used all over the world, including in hospitals and hospices, to complement other forms of health treatments.

“Reiki aids in healing by helping people become energetically balanced — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually,” Bodner says.

Reiki is Not covered by insurance.

About Rebecca:

Rebecca Jackson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. She is also certified as a Master and Teacher Level Reiki Practitioner. Rebecca has almost 10 years of experience utilizing Reiki as a complimentary practice that has assisted her clients with various struggles. It can be helpful for mental and physical health and spiritual awareness and connections. Rebecca first pursued understanding and training on Reiki in 2013. Since this time, Rebecca has honed her skills and knowledge within energy work that can be a compliment to Western and medical models of health and healing.

What is Reiki:

Reiki is just one form of energy work/healing. Energy healing has been around for centuries and may be called by various names. It is important to understand that Reiki is not associated with any religious practice, and there are practitioners from many faiths around the world. Reiki hand positions and symbols are credited to Dr. Mikao Usui, who was from Japan, and thus, Reiki is considered a Japanese energy healing modality. While it may sound “woo,” I like to compare it to prayer. If we pray for someone, no matter where in the world we are, we ask that our higher power send our intentions for love/healing/peace/etc. to that person. Reiki is similar and can be conducted in-person or from a distance. The practitioner will focus on the individual or animal they are sending Reiki to, and focus on specific intentions for me, I keep focus on “healing, love, and peace,” as my intentions as I utilize various hand placements to direct healing energy where it is needed. All of us have intuition, it is part of our natural survival skills, though some of us are more in tune with our intuition. I use my intuition to engage in a body scan to sense areas of the body that may need more attention.

What to Expect:

When completing in person Reiki, I prefer to use a massage table so that my client can be completely relaxed. I do utilize meditation music and low lighting to promote a peaceful environment. Hand placement can be on the body or 2 inches from the body depending on the comfort of the client.  A client may feel tingling, pulsing, heat, or nothing from the hands of the practitioner (some people may be more sensitive to energy). Some clients may feel like they want to fall asleep or may even fall asleep during the session. I start with hand positions around the head and end with the legs and feet to promote grounding prior to the end of the session. Because you may find yourself feeling incredibly relaxed after a session, it is recommended that you sit up slowly and allow yourself to take time to move. I encourage clients to drink plenty of water before and especially after a session.  If before or during the session you have questions, or feel the energy is too intense, always feel free to let me know.

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