What is Reiki?


Reiki is a healing technique that was developed by the Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui, in 1922. “Rei” is defined as the all-knowing divine universal, and “Ki” is the energy that animates all living things, flowing through everything that is alive (including plants, animals, and humans). It is used all over the world by people of many different faiths, cultures, and spiritual paths.


Reiki is an energy healing modality, where the practitioner acts as a conduit for universal energy, in order to rebalance and clear blockages in the chakras, or energy centers.


Reiki uses “hands-on” and also “hands-off” healing, that can assist in relieving or reducing pain and discomfort by balancing the body’s energy centers, or chakras. It is a natural process that supports relaxation and healing by removing blocks to the flow of energy in your body, facilitating balance and support on all levels. When the energy flow in your body is restored and/or balanced, you are more likely to feel relaxed and your body’s natural healing abilities are utilized.


The reason why Reiki can be so powerful and effective is because it infuses your chakras and your body with the energy of the universe. Your body takes exactly what it needs at that point in time, and the Reiki practitioner’s role is to act as a channel of universal energy to help facilitate that healing, so that the body can heal itself. When you infuse Reiki into areas of the body that are energetically or physically weak, the healing process can begin as your body allows itself to fully release.


What should I expect during a Reiki session?


Although different Reiki practitioners may have their own way of conducting a Reiki session, most practitioners will consult with their patient before performing a Reiki treatment. Not only does this build a connection between practitioner and patient, but it also helps the practitioner learn what the patient would like to address during the session.


My initial consultations allow time to explore the issues that will come up during treatment, and themes and patterns that may need to be healed. I often find that my patient’s chakras become very “vocal” as to what areas need the most attention. Patients often find that the communication and consultation prior to receiving Reiki treatment are healing within themselves!


After the consultation/assessment, Reiki usually begins with the patient lying on the table, and the practitioner grounding his or herself in silence at one side of the table. During this time, we practitioners invoke with the universe that we are a clear channel of Reiki energy, and that our spirit guides and higher selves are fully present.


During the Reiki session, which is a full body experience, you may feel warmth, coolness, traveling of energy throughout the body, or simply feel total relaxation. I find that some people who are more visual, may experience colors or visuals. Others may take a nap. Conscious or not, the universal energy is working optimally.


I usually begin my Reiki sessions at the top of the head and end at the feet, making my way through each chakra throughout the session. There are major chakras and minor chakras, and I go through each one, and may take some extra time in an area that needs special attention.


Energetic Bodywork

Each treatment is customized to the individual. May include: Therapeutic massage, Reiki, use of hot stones, tuning forks, and the use of high quality therapeutic grade oils.


Sound baths for healing are also available to access maximum benefit. This can be done with crystal singing bowls and/or the use of tuning forks.


As one who works in the healing arts, I find it challenging to find a practitioner of the high level of skill that I want to work on me. Mary is that. Her healing session with me was very heart centered. I felt cared for and supported as she held sacred space for my process. She was fully present and accurate in her assessment of the areas in my body where I have issues. I enjoyed the oracle cards that were used after the healing was completed. I felt clear and balanced afterwards and very appreciative of what she assisted me in releasing.~Anjali Devi (anjalidevi.net)


I had my first (ever) Reiki session with Mary and I really has no idea was to expect. She did such a great job of making me feel comfortable and at ease. For me, Reiki was like an assisted meditation. It was very relaxing, similar to a massage but with intention. I came out of it feeling invigorated and supported by the universe around me. I felt in complete alignment and clear to focus on my goals. It was healing and rejuvenating all in one breath. I would definitely do it again. I love how Mary is always willing to work on whatever you really want to focus on. I highly recommend her and her services! ~ Sirena Kay


I loved my bodywork session with Mary. She has a healing touch and a gentle loving soul. The session was both relaxing and rejuvenating, and I moved better afterwards, felt better than I'd felt in months. My acupuncturist even commented on how well my body had responded to the session with Mary! Highly recommended! ~ Janet M. Ryan.


In-person Reiki sessions are done in Nevada City at Inner Path: 200 Commercial Street, Nevada City, CA 95959


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