Jikiden Reiki® Practitioner/Teacher
Sometimes, Reiki feels like a lullaby. I watch as someone falls gently into a deep, natural, sleep. In that moment, Reiki has given them a safe, comforting, peaceful place to land - to just "be." And I am suffused with joy.
It is when our mind is quiet and still that we are most able to access intuition and insight. I live in a state of never-ending gratitude, for all I've hoped for has come to pass. To be able to introduce people to, and enlighten them about, this modality that I so respect and love brings me great joy. Each and every person I treat is a gift, and I continue to learn so much from every single one. I can't imagine, or wish for, a richer life.
Many people have been surprised when I 'discover' areas of past trauma and/or injury. I explain that one can recover on a physical level–say from surgery, or an accident–but on an energetic level the associated trauma can and very often does stay 'locked' until it is cleared. So, someone may have recurring pain in a certain area of the body and never realize it is related to the energetic memory of the injury. Many times this does not always correspond to the location of the original damage. This is just one of many fascinating attributes of Reiki, and the more I practice, the more I learn. Another is the fact that though we may not be able to change circumstances (and/or people) causing challenges and perhaps strife, quite often clients find their attitudes about them change. They begin to view them with a new perspective. This is not only liberating, but deeply healing. How does this happen? One of the reasons has to do with the extraordinary level of relaxation clients experience. They've variously described it as "the most relaxed I've felt in years," and "like being far away, yet I know I'm in a session," and "like a deep meditation, but I don't have time to meditate!"
After a successful career as a director of marketing for a nationwide corporation as well as a graphic artist, I found myself wanting three things; to be of service, to use whatever gifts I've been given to do so, and a venue in which to reach as many people as possible if that was my path. It's true that when one only 'asks,' one is guided. My path led to Reiki.
I received my Master Reiki Level (Usui Shiki Ryoho) in Western Reiki in 2006, after which I began a private practice. In 2010, I introduced reiki to a chiropractic practice and worked there until March, 2019. During that time I completed Shoden and Okuden levels in Jikiden Reiki® (May 2013) here in the U.S. In March/April 2014, I travelled to Japan, the birth place of Reiki, to further my studies and training, and became Shihankaku (assistant teacher) with Frank Arjava Petter and Tadao Yamaguchi at the Jikiden Reiki® Institute in Kyoto. In September/October of 2016 I returned to Japan and became Shihan, which allows me to teach both student levels of Jikiden Reiki®. I was lucky enough both times to visit the memorial for Mikao Usui in Tokyo, in addition to climbing Mt. Kurama, where Usui Sensei was enlightened—learning that his destiny was to be a healer, with Reiki. Being in Japan is an experience I will never forget, enhancing and further illuminating Reiki for me. In July 2020 I joined Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Lindsey Berjansky, at Mind Body Connect 360 in Ashburn, Virginia.
I am so grateful and excited to be part of Lindsey’s vision of a holistic-oriented team working together in one place. We share a mission of health and wellbeing for body, mind and spirit for every individual, which will then fulfill our goal to enhance the health and well-being of our community.
My youngest client has been a toddler, my eldest 92 (so far). Because Reiki addresses us as physical, spiritual, mental/emotional beings, issues for which I've provided treatment range from injuries, pre- and post-op sessions, effects of chemotherapy, and migraines, to depression, mourning, PTSD, anxiety, insomnia and much more. Recently I have worked with a number of kids from pre-to adolescent age, to young adults troubled with serious anxiety and depression. Reiki has helped to relax and calm them, allowing them to feel hopeful and to mitigate many of their symptoms.