When did you first realize you were drawn to Reiki?

I had a passing experience with Reiki as a child when my mom had had a treatment from a Reiki practitioner. I remember not understanding how it worked, but that it made sense somehow that the “laying on of hands” could heal. I didn’t give it much thought until many years later. While taking classes at a local community college, I came across a Reiki 1 class and in the years since my first exposure to Reiki, I had taken yoga teacher training classes and experimented with alternative medicine, I thought Reiki would be a great next step.

Who did you study Reiki with?

I took Reiki 1 with Prof. Kristin Webb at North Shore Community College. I completed the rest of my Reiki training with the lovely Joanna Scaparotti in Beverly, MA.

What was your experience like with learning Reiki with Joanna Scaparotti or another/other teacher(s)?

While I loved Reiki and using it on myself, friends, and family, my first class didn't resonate with me. I also was in a transitional place and didn’t put as much effort into the class that I could and should have. Joanna was an amazing teacher, and I felt so comfortable with and supported by her that I pursued Reiki up through the Master Practitioner level. Her teaching style encompasses not only what you need to learn about Reiki, but about your personal journey while you’re learning.

What have been some significant milestones in your Reiki journey so far?

Completing my Reiki Master class was huge for me. I finished it during a difficult time for me with my “day job” and having the Reiki to practice and look forward to was very helpful for me. I also spent a lot of time working on the idea of having Reiki become my day job, and while I ultimately chose not to pursue it further, was a major personal milestone, in that it allowed me to picture a life outside of the job I had at the time, and reinforced the need to take care of myself everyday, regardless of what I was doing.

What level of Reiki training have you completed?

Reiki Master Practitioner

What does your self Reiki practice look like now?

I practice Reiki on myself a couple of times a week. I’m terrible about keeping up with a regular practice, but I use it to help calm my mind when it races at night, and to help with the occasional pain.

What challenges have you encountered with your personal Reiki practice?

I need to re-focus on a regular self-practice. I tend to back-burner self-care, as many people do. Having relocated to Los Angeles, practicing Reiki with others may even be easier than it was before, as LA tends to have more alternative options.

Do you have a public, professional Reiki practice?

Not at this time

What do you envision for your Reiki practice in the future?

I hope that I continue to use Reiki for myself and maybe on friends and family as needed. I'm happy with a simple, personal practice.

What do you hope and envision for the Reiki profession as a whole in the future?

I hope to see Reiki continue to become more mainstream and seen as a way for everyone to cope with illness, anxiety, etc. I would love it for insurance companies and health care professionals to offer Reiki as part of a whole-health approach.