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What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese Technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes balance and healing. It is administered by "laying on the hands" and is based on the idea that unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, we are more likely to be sick or feel stressed, and if it is high, we are more capable of being healthy and happy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's wisdom or healing power" and Ki which is "life force energy." So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, mind, emotion and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well being. Many have reported miracle results. 

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and improve recovery. 

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Meet the Reiki      Practioner

My personal journey has had many twists, turns, and side-trips along the way, but everything has led me to where I am now so I am grateful for it all. I was a dancer while growing up and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from The Ohio State University. Two weeks after graduation, I married the love of my life (and we’re still together 28 years later!). I always thought that I would be a dance teacher and choreographer, but I soon found that I didn’t actually like teaching dance very much. That’s when I found myself in my first career quandary. I took some steps towards becoming a physical therapist, but that wasn’t a good fit either. During this time, I also experienced infertility, ultimately undergoing eight artificial inseminations with no luck. Eventually. I decided to go to law school. In my second year of school, my husband and I adopted our oldest daughter, Helen. We adopted our youngest daughter, Naie, just after I passed the bar exam. 


I really wanted to help people in my career - especially kids - so I went into family law. I was hoping to focus mostly on adoption law, but I ended up mostly representing people in divorces and custody matters. After six years, I got burned out and talked to my husband about possibly moving overseas. He was up for it and our kids were still young, so I took a job as a legal aid attorney in the Republic of Palau, an island nation in the Pacific, where I helped many people get justice. 


After two years, we then lived outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for nine months where I once again taught dance. This was when I had my second career quandary, and I decided to get a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration. After receiving my degree, we moved just outside Washington, DC, so that I could get a job at a national refugee resettlement agency. Again, I wanted to help people! After working in refugee resettlement for about five years, I became interested in helping asylum seekers at the U.S. Southern Border, and I’ve been doing that work for the past 4 years or so. My current job brought me to Carlsbad about a year ago and I love it here! 


I have been drawn to energy healing for three decades, receiving treatments regularly, but I finally received training and am now a Certified Usui Reiki Master. I am very excited to be able to offer energy healing to others, and continue my pursuit to help people, but in a new way. My clients tell me that I have a calming, loving presence that puts them at ease and allows them to experience deep relaxation and healing.


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