AcuReiki Healing Arts
Relax, Rebalance, Reset to Wellness
Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my session take place?
What should I wear to a session, and do I need to undress?
What will Acupressure and/or Reiki feel like?
What is an AcuReiki Essence© session, and how are essential oils used?
What are essential oils, and are they safe?
What is an AcuReiki Essence Connective Tissue Support session?

Are there any medical conditions that would make Acupressure or Reiki inadvisable?
Do you still offer massage?

Do you offer sessions for male clients?
What is Muscle Balancing?
What is the difference between Acupressure and Acupuncture?
Do you do sessions for children?

Reiki FAQs
1. Is Reiki a religion?
2. Is a Reiki practitioner healing me when offering Reiki?
3. What does Reiki feel like?
4. Is Reiki potentially harmful?
5. If Reiki is everywhere, can anyone access it?
6. What are attunement/initiation and Reiju?
7. How are Reiki sessions for animals different from Reiki sessions for people?

Ayurveda Lifestyle Counseling:  Do you still offer this and do you recommendations and/or sell herbal products?

Where will my session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet treatment room within a dedicated office in my home. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

What should I wear to a session, and must I undress? 
Loose, comfortable clothing is best.  Please avoid dangling earrings or lots of jewelry. 

No disrobing is necessary when receiving Reiki or AcuReiki.  It is done through clothing.  You will be asked to remove your shoes before getting onto the table, and any dangling jewelry or constrictive items such as belts.

Disrobing is necessary for Warm Stone Massage, due to the use of oil and warm stones on your skin, and you will be draped with a sheet and possibly a blanket throughout the session to ensure modesty.

What will Acupressure and/or Reiki feel like? 
Acupressure uses light but firm finger pressure to specific points on the meridians (pathways), which usually are near joints, nested between muscle groups and muscle attachments.  There are over 359 standard acupressure points, found all over the body.  The ones that are utilized will depend on what most needs to be rebalanced during your session.  

Reiki may be experienced as a relaxing warmth, tingling or heat, or occasionally, nothing is felt physically, but the results of the session manifest in other ways (such as a noticeable clarity of thought, for example, or maintaining calm in situations where you might have previously become stressed.)

What is an AcuReiki Essence© session, and how are essential oils used?
AcuReiki Essence© involves applying a drop of an essential oil which strongly supports or resonates with the action or quality of specific acupressure points.  Doing this enhances the effect of working the points, and aids in relaxation and stress reduction.  I use only high-quality essential oils, and prior to the start of the session, you will be able to sample each scent to see if you like them.  Only those you like will be used during your session.  Some popular and effective Acupressure point sequences used in AcuReiki Essence© sessions are Relieve Tension, Restore Vitality, and Emotional Balancing.

Essential oils have energetic qualities and actions, just like acupressure points.  The additional benefit of incorporating essential oils with acupressure is partly due to their aromatherapeutic aspect , and also because the oil will enhance and support a specific type of therapeutic action.  The intent is to use an oil that has the same type of action as the point.  (Some acupressure points have multiple functions or actions, depending on context and use with other points, so more than one essential oil could be appropriate for a given point.

It should be noted that using essential oils with acupressure points is a new bodywork modality, and the mechanism of how it works is not yet proven by scientific studies.  According to Peter Holmes, of, “…there are several theories that would help explain the bodymind’s often immediate response to oil-point treatment as well as this therapy’s long-term effectiveness.  One is that the oils are able to activate peptides connected with the points that through the meridian energy pathways transmit the suggested action to specific target tissues, organs and so on.  The simplest explanation, however, is the universal principle of reciprocal resonance.  Oils and points possessing a similar quality and function will energetically resonate with each other and create a particular sonic vibration.  This would be the same as the sound created when a peptide docks into a receptor site.  This is essentially how a therapeutic effect is achieved.”

My own experience, both in trainings and in sessions, confirm the effect of essential oil/point resonance.  Acupressure is relaxing, calming, and by rebalancing the energetic pathways in the body, assists you in returning to balance:  physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  Essential oils enhance and deepen this experience, taking it to the next level.

What are essential oils, and are they safe?
Essential oils are highly concentrated distillations of herbs, resins, flowers or fruits.  Their qualities include uplifting, clarifying, regulating, calming, settling and encouraging meditative, compassionate and spiritual states of mind.  Essential oils are safe and effective when basic precautions and common sense are used.  In my practice, I use essential oils to support acupressure, although they are often used in aromatherapy.  Because only one drop is used per acupressure point, the aroma is not overwhelming, but is a secondary benefit. Essential oils can have antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory effects.  It is recommended that pregnant or nursing women avoid essential oils.  

What is an AcuReiki Essence Connective Tissue Support session?
This session focuses primarily on reducing inflammation, pain and stiffness of the connective tissue and joints, utilizing an essential oil formula which I studied in class with Joseph Carter, L.Ac. which includes lemongrass, balsamic fir, frankincense, palo santo, and helichrysum, a highly effective (and expensive) flower.  The formula is used during the session, and you receive a free 5 ml glass amber bottle of the formula for use at home.

Are there any medical conditions that would make Acupressure or Reiki inadvisable?
There are very few circumstances where acupressure is contraindicated, because it is gentle.  However, if someone's health was very poor, they were in a fragile condition, and I feel that they would be disturbed by the movement of chi during the session, or if there was a surgical site or wound involved, I would recommend a Reiki-only session, which can be offered with my hands held above the body, no physical contact necessary.  Or I would offer a distance sessions. There are contraindications for Warm Stone Massage.  For a list of those, please click here.   

Do you still offer regular massage?
No, I no longer do Swedish/Esalen massage or Warm Stone Massage. I continue to offer Reiki, AcuReiki and Muscle Balancing, which I had been doing for many years as part of massage sessions. Please see Acupressure and Reiki pages for more details on these modalities.

Do you offer sessions for male clients?
Yes, but only for those men that I already know or who have been referred by a trusted source.  This is for two reasons:  (1) my practice is centered on women's health issues, and (2) I work out of a dedicated space in my home.  I am happy to provide distant Reiki, or offer on-site sessions to men in settings such as hospitals, hospices, and the like.

What is Muscle Balancing?
Muscle Balancing is a technique which isolates a muscle or muscle group by placing the part of the body associated with the muscle(s) in a specific position and then putting it through a range of motion with resistance applied throughout. This is especially effective when combined with Acupressure. 

What is the difference between Acupressure and Acupuncture?
Both are wonderful and effective, but there are some differences. Although Acupressure utilizes the same points and meridian systems as Acupuncture, in Acupuncture, the needles stay in a number of points at the same time, often up to 30 minutes.  This is more intense than with Acupressure, and is highly effective when reducing swelling in an injury, for example, and allows for more points to be stimulated for a longer period of time than with acupressure.  

With Acupressure, two or three points may be held at one time, usually for 1-5 minutes, sometimes for specific effect in a “local” area, and sometimes in a series of points (or “flow”) for overall purpose of rebalancing an organ system, or the body as a whole.  Acupressure may be more relaxing, because at some level, the body knows when needles are being inserted (Acupuncture), and finger pressure is inherently more nurturing.  There is also the huge benefits of the practitioner being able to connect with the chi directly to sense what's happening, plus the benefit to the recipient of receiving the comfort of human touch. 

Do you do sessions for children?
These sessions are done on a case-by-case basis.  Children tend not to need or want a long session.  Usually 30 minutes is plenty, with 10 or 15 minutes the norm.  Teens handle Acupressure well.  If, after the session begins, and the child wants to end it after 5 minutes, I respect that and end the session. Generally, the younger the child, the less able they are to tolerate being still for long periods of time, so I recommend setting the first appointment for 15 minutes of table time, after maybe 5 minutes of discussion, and see how that goes.  For infants, toddlers and young children, receiving Reiki in the arms or laps of their parent or other adult is most effective.

FAQs About Reiki 

1.  Is Reiki a religion?
As it is practiced in the West, Reiki is not affiliated with any religion (although its founder was a Tendai Buddhist).  Reiki is a system of spiritual development that can be expressed as a means to support healing and well-being. It is complimentary to all spiritual practices. 

2.  Is a Reiki practitioner healing me when offering Reiki?
The Reiki practitioner doesn't manipulate the energy to produce a specific result (unlike, for example, acupuncture or acupressure).  Reiki flows to where it's most needed by the client, with the practitioner serving as a conduit for the energy. Therefore, those who offer Reiki do not refer to themselves as "healers" because they do not manipulate the energy.  

Although it's easy to interpret a Reiki session as the practitioner sending energy to the recipient, what is actually occurring is that the client's permission and request for Reiki draws it through the practitioner, whose training and initiations have made it easier to create and open a space to encourage and support the client’s own healing process.  Reiki nourishes the channels, promotes a feeling of peace, quiets the mind, and is relaxing.   

3.  What does Reiki feel like?
The practitioner and client may experience the movement of Reiki as energy/ heat/ warmth/ tingling moving through their bodies.  Some might experience it as a sense of relaxing more deeply, or it might not feel like anything at all during the session, but later on, might be experienced as a shift in perspective, increased mental clarity, or a stronger connection to an outcome or interesting coincidences.  The practitioner doesn't offer his/her own energy, but serves as a focused conduit for the energy.  Reiki practitioners simply supports the self-healing process of the recipient.

4.  Is Reiki potentially harmful? Are there any possible side effects?
Reiki goes to where it's most needed, and the flow of energy stops when finished.  Reiki cannot cause harm, there are no side effects and no contraindications for it.  Reiki is a wonderful way to compliment and support both allopathic and holistic forms of healing.  Sometimes after a Reiki session, people might notice some changes in how they feel or levels of energy over the next day or so.  This is due to the energy moving through the channels and systems, unblocking congested areas; similar to how someone might feel after receiving acupuncture or acupressure.  Usually people feel relaxed, calm and light after a session.  Reiki is especially beneficial to those recovering from surgery, injury or trauma, or who are physically too fragile to receive massage.

5.  If Reiki energy is everywhere, can everyone access it?
Yes, everyone can.  It is contained within everything and is everywhere.  The system of Reiki teaches people how to do that, offering meditations, visualizations, chants and, at the Okuden and Shipiden levels, mantras and symbols.  I had been working with chi and energy well before my first Reiki attunement, and found that after I'd received the attunement, it was much easier to access and work with the energy, and it gets easier and the flow is stronger after each attunement I received.

6.  What are attunements/initiations and Reiju?
Initiations into Reiki (also referred to as attunements) are offered through a Reiki Level III Practitioner (usually referred to as a Reiki Teacher or Master) to the student to assist the student in accessing and working with Reiki.  Reiju literally translates as spiritual blessing.  To find out more about Reiki I and II classes, and attunements, please click here.  

  7.  How are Reiki sessions for animals different from Reiki sessions for people?
The only real difference is that the animal controls the session, and moves in and out of the Reiki “space,” in contrast to a person resting on a table, with the practitioner moving around them.   People are able to agree to receiving Reiki by setting appointments, having questions answered, etc.  Animals are not usually given this freedom of choice – they are taken to the vet, to the groomers, etc. without any choice.  With this approach to Reiki, the practitioner opens up the Reiki space, and invites the animal to enter.  The animal might come in, might walk away, or might do a combination of both.  To find out more about Reiki for animals, please click here.

Ayurveda Lifestyle Counseling

I will be offering this session again beginning March 1st, focusing on educating clients about the benefits of integrating Ayurvedic principles in their lifestyle choices to support wellness.  Although I have had a lot of training in herbology, I do not sell any products or make specific herbal recommendations because my primary focus isn't on herbs.  I believe it's important for an herbalist to be fully engaged with current findings about the effectiveness of herbs and possible newly discovered side effects, so if I feel that herbs might help, I will refer clients to full-time herbalists.  












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