Many of us have heard of Reiki or reflexology, but how many of us know what both holistic treatments are, and how they can benefit our minds and our bodies.
I talked with Reiki Master and reflexologist, Deborah Flanagan, about both treatments and what they can do for us.
MBG: What is Reiki?
DF: Reiki is a hands-on healing technique from Japan and means “transcendent life force.” The practice of Reiki guides this “Ki,” or energy, that surrounds and permeates every living thing. As the practitioner, I place my hands in various positions on or above the client, and act as a channel for the Reiki to move through, clearing and enhancing the energy throughout the client’s body according to whatever he or she needs. During sessions clients often experience a deep feeling of relaxation and warmth.
You may have heard about Reiki through Dr. Mehmet Oz; last year he introduced millions of viewers to Reiki, saying it was the number one alternative therapy to try. (And of course I agree with him!)
When did you first start practicing?
Several years ago I was faced with a health wake-up call. As a result, I incorporated many changes into my life, including taking my first Reiki class. The dramatic difference I felt in my own life made me want to help others, and led me to a major career change. I’d spent over 14 years in the nonprofit sector, where I’d worked as the Director of Development for several arts organizations. A couple years ago, I left my (more than) full-time Development job realizing it was the perfect time to take my business to the next level.
I try to practice what I preach, for me finding balance starts with my health because if I don’t have it I don’t feel like being social, friendly, or loving and that’s just a crime. This is the main reason I started my Reiki and reflexology practice -- to help people find balance in their life and health and be a mentor to those in search.