Reiki, a peaceful path to wholeness

Lois Valleau

Often pain is the motivating force leading us to try something new to us such as Reiki. Not many of us consider pain in a positive way, but what if pain is our body’s way of getting our attention.

Reiki is known as a powerful yet gentle way to shift away from pain. It is also known to be relaxing, reduce stress, balance the body, create a sense of connection and provide emotional healing and a sense of well-being. Imagine that you decide to try Reiki. You could seek out a practitioner for a private session, or attend a weekly session of the Reiki Circle.

This session begins with you lying on your back on a massage table, fully clothed as gentle hands cover your eyes allowing you to relax. Initially you may hear your voice reviewing your to do list, or remembering a conversation that you had earlier. As the Reiki energy begins to flow, you allow that voice to be set aside as you become aware of a sense of well-being. You may even notice a feeling of peace deep within you. The practitioner allows this energy to flow through her or him to you at various places on your body. Reiki stills the mind, soothes the emotions, and alleviates the pain. A private Reiki session is generally one to one and a half hours long, while a session at the Reiki Circle is usually 20 minutes with two to three persons sharing Reiki energy.

Consider visiting the Reiki Circle any Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. in Room A-2 of the Cottonwood Courtyard. In addition to sharing Reiki, we enjoy a guided meditation and general sharing.

You might also consider learning how to use Reiki. In a 12 hour class you will learn to give Reiki to yourself and others. The next Reiki class being offered by Lois Valleau and Catharina Cupples is Sunday and Monday, November 8 and 9 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily. The fee is $150. If you have any questions call Lois Valleau at 480-883-6699 or Catharina Cupples at 480-883-7747.