Why should I come to you for a Reiki session?
I have been working in the healing arts since 2006 and come with an array of experience working privately, in spas, wellness centers and within the medical community (I worked alongside New York Magazine's Top Breast Cancer Oncologist at NYU Langone Medical Center).
As far as my sessions, I can't promise how healing will occur because our contact with Reiki is what produces the benefits described. Reiki will always be beneficial, never harmful. A session is generally extremely relaxing, it relieves everyday stress and toxins, and brings about healing on all levels gradually, in a way our bodies can tolerate it. I also incorporate, forms of Shamanism (rhythm healing using a live drum and working with totem animals), acupressure and therapeutic grade essential oils within sessions. Reiki is a laying of hands modality. It is not a massage in anyway.
You specialize in Reiki and metaphysical healing. What inspired you to pursue this path of medicine?
When I was faced with an illness and frustrated by conventional medicine, I had the happy accident of discovering Reiki. Receiving regular treatments from a Reiki Master Healer dramatically improved my health and mental outlook. It transformed my life in ways I never could have imagined. I felt called to study Reiki myself, and to share this gentle yet powerful, healing modality with others. Hence, I also incorporate Therapy of The Soul™ type of healing. The method is based on Eastern and Western Mystical practices of healing. This was also introduced to me via my Reiki Master Healer and I have seen within myself, clients and students change happen exponentially beyond all of our expectations.
Why do you think so many people are turning to alternative therapies as a form of treatment?
In these current times, people want to feel empowered and learn new ways in how to transform negative thought patterns into positive ones that will help them obtain a healthier life. I speak for myself. Traditional medicine has its place and I am all for it. However, medicine does have side-effects, does not get to the “root” cause of the condition, and does not allow for growth and change.
Reiki, shamanism, metaphysical healing and holistic nutrition were key tools in which changed me completely. I was not familiar with any of the above until I was forced by illness to look further into ways to help me out of my challenge, even if it was not considered the norm. Needless to say, years later, I am pleased to see that alternative treatment (Reiki in particular) is more mainstream and even recognized by the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine as energy medicine and is used widely in hospitals (such as Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York- Presbyterian and NYU Langone Center) clinics, spas, and Urban Zen by Donna Karen.
Have there been any studies in the use of Reiki?
Reiki is actively being used throughout the world in an ever-growing number of hospitals and mental health centers. Reiki is recognized in today’s health field as a complementary approach along with Western medical treatments, psychological counseling, and other traditional treatments. Reiki is known to enhance medical treatment, acting to reduce negative side effects, improve healing time, and promote a positive outlook. Reiki is also used to offer support and to reduce the discomforts of pregnancy and childbirth.
A study done in 2007 by the National Health Interview Survey indicates that 1.2 million adults and 161,000 children received one or more sessions of energy healing therapy such as Reiki in the previous year. According to the American Hospital Association, in 2007, 15% (or over 800 American hospitals) offered Reiki as part of hospital services.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, one of the leading cardiovascular surgeons in the United States, was an early pioneer of the use of Reiki in hospitals. Dr. Oz has allowed the use of Reiki during open heart surgeries and heart transplant operations at the New York-Presbyterian in New York City and he has promoted Reiki on his own television show as well as on the Oprah Winfrey show. Says Dr. Oz: "Reiki has become a sought-after healing art among patients and mainstream medical professionals."