I am an Usui Reiki Master, from the direct lineage of Dr. Mikao Usui. I provide Reiki treatment and give Reiki instruction, both classes and individual, in my home. I retired from teaching after 32 years, and practicing and teaching Reiki allows me to continue to guide and teach others in a way that I find fulfilling and beneficial to my own personal growth. I can’t imagine my life without Reiki!
Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive modality that promotes relaxation, reduces stress, and opens blocked channels of energy to allow deeper self-understanding. Under these conditions the body and spirit can often draw upon their own reserves to self-heal.
Working from home allows me to keep my fees relatively low. A 30 minute session is $30, a 60 minute session is $50, and a 90 minute session is $75. Instruction and attunement rates are $60 for Levels I and II, and $75 for Level III/Master. I will come to your location for an additional $5 within the Indianapolis city limits. Outside the city limits is $2 per mile. I accept cash, checks, and credit/debit cards (please be advised I add 3% to card purchases to cover my fees). Click here to book on-line. If you have a discount through Facebook, Pride, Junkyard Goddess, or a referral, please enter that in the “Notes” box on the scheduling form. (Discounts will not be combined.)
I am an affiliate member of the International Center for Reiki Training and listed in their directory of providers. I have also worked with the Reiki Center of Indiana in a clinical setting and in distance healing.
Every new client signs an intake form. This form assures me that you know you are not receiving medical treatment, and it assures you that everything that happens in your session remains confidential. I do not discuss your individual sessions with other people, and I never put clients’ names or photos on any form of social media. Never. Never ever.
To learn more about Reiki, refer to the FAQs below. To contact me for more information or to schedule a session, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also schedule an appointment online here. I would be happy to put you in contact with one of my current clients or students if you would like to know more about the way I work.
Sending you peace and light,
Kate Duffy Sim (Tattooed Nana)
What is Reiki?
In the Japanese language, “Rei” means spirit or soul, and “Ki” means energy (similar to the Chinese Qi – pronounced “Chee” – the life energy central to acupuncture and acupressure). Reiki is a non-invasive modality that reduces stress, brings about relaxation, and can even free the body’s energy to self-heal. The Reiki energy adjusts itself to the needs and energy level of the recipient, and can impact mind, body, and emotions.
There are several varieties of Reiki. The oldest known to the Western world, Usui Reiki is a hands-on technique. The practitioner can follow a sequence of hand positions (called the 12 Western hand positions) or work on the client as led by intuition and the Reiki energy. Reiki practitioners/students can advance from first degree, to second degree, to third degree/master/teacher with practice, study, and progressive attunements. There is no status attached to the higher degrees: all practice Reiki and are held in equal respect as healers. The primary distinctions are that Second Degrees can participate in distance healing, Third Degrees work in closer relationship with spirituality, and Masters can teach and pass attunements.
The source of Reiki energy is the life energy which moves through our bodies, our environment, and our spiritual experiences. Reiki is not a religion and it is not a medical practice, but it can complement both religion and medicine. The word “healing” is used here to describe the holistic direction of life energy, rather than the cure of a specific physical affliction.
- Balance the hemispheres of the brain
- Balance the body’s energy
- Restore the body’s energy flow
- Promote the body’s ability to heal itself
- Promote a sense of peace and well-being, and reduce stress, thereby complementing traditional medical treatments
- Encourage an ethical and spiritual lifestyle
- Do harm
- Replace traditional medical procedures
- Undermine an individual’s religions beliefs
- When practiced correctly, develop into a cult-like activity. Reiki teachers are NOT gurus. They are teachers.
What are the Origins of Reiki?
There are other stories and traditions that suggest that the practice of Reiki originated in India in ancient times. According to the tradition of Usui Reiki, the practice we know now began in the mid-1800s in Japan when Mikao Usui took on a 10-year quest to learn the art of healing energy. While residing in a Zen Buddhist monastery, he found texts in Sanskrit which described the ancient healing formula, but not how to activate it. He spent 27 days meditating, fasting, and praying on Mt. Koriyama in Japan. On the final morning of his retreat on the mountain, he saw, in meditation, the Reiki symbols and how to use them to activate the healing energy. He took his method first to the Kyoto slums, and later throughout all of Japan. He died in 1930 having made almost 20 masters. While lecturing, he met Chujiro Hiyashi, a retired naval officer. Hayashi became one of Usui’s masters, and later, his successor. In 1935, Howayo Takata came from Hawaii to Hiyashi’s Tokyo clinic. In 1936 he visited her in Hawaii, and she became a third degree (master) under his instruction. After the destruction of Japan during World War II, Reiki no longer flourished in its native country. Mrs. Takata kept the art alive in the United States. She died in 1980 after training hundreds of people and creating 22 Reiki masters.
Does Reiki Incorporate a Belief System?
Reiki is not a religion and does not require practitioners or clients to adhere to any belief system. The only “belief” required for the practitioner is that there is a Universal source of goodness and light that can be transmitted from one person to another.
Reiki practice is based on what are called The Five Precepts. They are:
Just for today, I will be grateful;
Just for today I will not worry;
Just for today I will not be angry;
Just for today I will do my work honestly;
Just for today I will show love and compassion to all living beings.
What is a Reiki Session Like?
An Usui Reiki treatment will take place on a massage table or in a chair. The Reiki practiionermay darken the room and have gentle music playing.The client will lie down or sit, and prepare to relax. The Reiki practitioner will prepare to channel the Reiki energy, then ask to client for permission to touch.The Reiki practitioner will place his/her hands on specific locations of the client’s body (the 12 Western hand positions mentioned above). None of these locations are personally invasive, but the client can express discomfort or request to stop at any time. During the session the client may feel warmth, tingling, deep relaxation, and may fall asleep. When the session is over the client may feel energized or drowsy. The Reiki practitioner will give the client plenty of time to transition and to discuss any sensations that occurred during the session or to ask questions.
What is an Attunement?
All humans possess the life source energy that is Reiki. An attunement connects the receiver to this energy so that it can be channeled and directed with intention. The recipient first receives the energy, and then is able to practice on others without depleting her own energy. Practitioners of any level may conduct sessions, but only a Reiki Master may pass attunements.
Why Do Reiki Practitioners Charge for Their Services?
Some people may wonder why Reiki practitioners charge for their energy sessions. If Reiki is for the overall good of the individual and the Universe, why put a price on it? In the early days of Reiki in Japan, practitioners became aware that when they provided treatments at no charge, people did not take the practice seriously. They did not maximize the experience by respecting and learning from their energy healing. In 1970 when Mrs.Takata began initiating Reiki Masters, she charged $10,000 for a weekend of training. The fee was not part of the original Usui tradition, but she believed the high fee was a means to create a respect for Reiki. She told her students that Reiki treatments and training should never been given for free, but for a fee, or a service in return. While the fees are now modest and accessible to anyone, modern Usui practitioners still believe that this practice of charging for sessions not only creates respect for and puts value on Reiki, but also creates a balance of energy. The Reiki practitioner shares Reiki energy, and receives another form of energy in exchange. Money is one form of energy exchange. Some Reiki practitioners will exchange services with each other: a treatment for a treatment, or conduct a Reiki session in exchange for another form of goods or activity. This is not meant to cheapen Reiki by turning it into a commodity, but to recognize that the energy should be valued and reciprocated in order to create balance. Fees will vary from city to city and practitioner to practitioner. Masters who work from their homes or own offices will generally charge less than those who work in stores or salons and must share fees to cover the costs of rent, referrals, or advertising. An attunement will cost more than a treatment because a greater transference of energy is taking place, and because the Master must do extra preparation. Whatever the means of exchange, it is crucial that the practitioner and the client are honest and in agreement about fees before any Reiki practice takes place.
Can Christians Participate in Reiki?
Although its name is Japanese and its founder was Buddhist, Reiki is no more a religion than yoga, acupuncture, acupressure, or reflexology. Although you may find Reiki practitioners at New Age stores or events, Reiki does not replace or become a religion. It simply enhances an individual’s physical, emotional (and possibly spiritual) health. It is not a magical or black art, and uses no ceremonies, oaths, or rituals. Reiki practitioners may belong to a traditional religion (I am a practicing Catholic), or none. They may envision the Reiki energy as coming from God, the Universe, or the Earth, but they do not impose their beliefs on their clients, nor attempt to convert them to anything other than a healthy lifestyle.
If you have any questions or discomfort, please discuss them with your Reiki practitioner before a session so that you can enjoy your treatment in comfort and relaxation.
To see more discussion on this topic, visit the Reiki for Christians site.