When interests, passion and work life combine it’s called Dharma, and it’s a beautiful thing. I’ve been lucky to discover my own dharma as a Reiki practitioner.
I completed my Master Level certification (RMT, for Reiki Master Teacher) in 2013 following a 1-year training program, and since then I have loved bringing the transformative healing power of Reiki to my clients. I enjoy working on all types of ailments, but specialize in emotional and spiritual healing.
Even though I am technically a Reiki Master, I don’t use that term to describe myself because I am always growing in my skills and abilities. I’m not a master of anything, because there is always more to master! I have learned and become certified in a few other modalities over the years, which I use to inform my Reiki practice. Below is a list of my further certifications:
- SEVA Acupressure Release, 2017. Instructor: Lynn Johnson
- Shamanic Soul Retrieval, 2019. Instructor: Monika Healing Coyote
- Alchemical Alignment – Bodywork for Trauma Resolution and Embodiment of Spirit, Level I, 2020. Instructor: Brigit Viksnins
Please note that these trainings inform my Reiki healing, but I do not offer specific sessions of these modalities at this time. I use them instead to make me a better Reiki practitioner, and work the modalities into each session as needed.
I own a private practice, and have also practiced Reiki in hospice settings and at George Washington University Hospital. In 2017 I created a program called “Reiki for Recovery” in which I offer weekly free Reiki to residents at Hope House Treatment Center, an inpatient drug and alcohol recovery facility in Laurel, MD.
Teaching Reiki — or what I call, “just reminding people of their own power” — is incredibly important to me. I teach a Reiki mentorship program for practitioners as well as self-care classes for adults and kids. The kids’ classes I teach grew out of an incident my daughter experienced at school; she was called a “witch” and told she was “going to hell” for learning Reiki from me at home.
I pursued my Reiki training through a long-form class (the same style I teach currently) because I knew I wanted a career overhaul, and that I would need the extra help and support. A weekend workshop may make me feel energized and excited in the moment, but on Monday I would go back to paying bills and wiping noses. I would quickly forget what I learned, then not feel confident enough to begin my career. Luckily there was a year-long “zero to Master Level” course beginning close to my house! We learned Traditional Japanese technique, called Usui Reiki Ryoho. Fast forward 7 years and I am very happy with that choice.
Quite frankly, my personal biases against weekend workshop Reiki trainings do creep out sometimes, because I believe healers have a responsibility to be as well-informed as possible if we are working with the public. However, I understand that not everyone has the opportunity to study in that style.
I’ve been blessed to learn from incredible mentors and gifted practitioners. The blessings continue in the form of my clients and students. Each person who I’m able to share Reiki with holds a special place in my heart and I am so grateful for their openness and willingness to heal themselves.
I named my practice “Gentle Hands” because I find myself saying that a lot to my children, especially my little son. As he explores the world around him he is simply bursting with excitement, and sometimes a little too forceful. As I deepen my Reiki practice, I notice that we can all be a little too hard on our bodies and our souls sometimes. It is my hope that my ‘gentle hands’ can both soothe my clients and inspire them to be gentle with themselves.
I’m also a wife, musician, avid weightlifter and mother to 2 children and 2 cats.
My Reiki style is Usui Reiki Ryoho, and my lineage is as follows: