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frequently asked questions
WHAT IS REIKI?
Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”) is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Originating in Japan, the word Reiki means spiritually guided life force energy. It helps a person’s natural ability to heal on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Reiki is a simple, natural, and safe method that everyone can use.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Reiki promotes healing of every known illness. It complements medical and all other healing methods. Reduces stress and increases relaxation. Improves mood. Increases energy and vitality. Relieves pain. It helps manifest goals. Enhances spirituality. Heals and changes unwanted habits. Improves relationships. It facilitates distant healing that transcends time and space.
HOW DOES REIKI WORK?
The spiritually guided life force energy comes through the Reiki practitioner’s hands and into the body of the client. The energy goes exactly where it’s needed. This is similar to many spiritual traditions, which employ “laying on of hands”, although Reiki is not associated with any religion.
WHAT IS A REIKI SESSION LIKE?
A Reiki session feels like a wonderful, warm radiance that flows through and around the client. The client lays on a massage table fully clothed. A standard session involves placing the hands gently on or over the head, torso, knees, and feet. Sessions last from 55 minutes to 1 ½ hour.
CAN REIKI BE DONE AT A DISTANCE?
Yes. Reiki, like prayer, works at a distance very well. Brooke will work with you similar to an in-person session. She will set up an appointment with you during which time you will relax. At the beginning of the session, Brooke will call you to check in on what you would like to have worked on. Then she will connect with you energetically from a distance and through using Byosen Scanning, determine where your body needs Reiki. After giving Reiki for an hour or longer depending on the scheduled session length, Brooke will call you to see what you felt and share what she found and where she treated. The fee for distant Reiki is the same as for in-person Reiki.
WHAT ARE SOME HEALTH CONCERNS THAT REIKI CAN ASSIST WITH?
Tension, stress, headaches, migraines, back/neck/shoulder pain, stuck emotions: guilt/grief/anger, gastrointestinal distress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, surgical preparation & recovery, insomnia, blocked creativity, chronic conditions, and side effects of chemotherapy. Reiki can also help with healing emotional wounds, like the loss of a loved one or pet. Reiki works well with all kinds of old, stuck issues.
HOW CAN I LEARN REIKI?
The ability to use Reiki is simple to learn and is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. Reiki is taught in levels – Reiki I, II, and III/Reiki Master. My classes are only taught in-person due to my teacher licensing rules with the International Center for Reiki Training. Since Reiki is a hands-on modality, learning in-person is the best way to learn how to do Reiki. Click here to learn more about my training.
WHO CAN LEARN REIKI?
Anyone with a desire can learn Reiki because it is very simple to learn and use. I have taught people from ages 4 to 67. There are no prerequisites to learn Reiki Degree Level I.
WHAT IS A REIKI ATTUNEMENT/ INVOCATION?
The ability to use Reiki is transferred from the Reiki Master teacher to the student during class through an attunement, which is a gift of Grace from God/Creator and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of life force energy. The student can access this life force energy to heal oneself, others, pets, plants, the planet, and enhance the quality of one’s life. Because Reiki is a pure form of healing, the student is able to use the energy right away and does not need to have individual talent, acquired ability, or spend years meditating or learning to cultivate energy. The Attunement is received during a guided meditation.
WILL I GET A CERTIFICATE OF DEGREE (LEVEL) COMPLETION?
Upon showing your level of understanding Reiki and the skillset required at the end of each training you will receive a beautiful certificate signed by me.
WHAT TIME IS CLASS?
Typically classes are held from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm EST. Check the calendar for info about your class.
WHERE IS THE LOCATION OF THE TRAINING?
Check out the calendar for the location of your class. In Palm Beach County I teach in my home in Atlantis and in Broward County, I teach alongside Reiki Master Eve Preste at Prestege Wellness. I will send the info out about 1 week prior to class.
HOW MUCH IS THE TRAINING?
Reiki I and II class is $410, Reiki Master and Karuna are $1025 each.
DO YOU OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS OR PAYMENT PLANS?
Yes, I offer a group rate of 5 or more students of 20% OFF. Email Brooke for the details.
IS THERE SOMETHING I CAN STUDY PRIOR TO MY REIKI DEGREE I OR II TRAINING?
I suggest the book I use in class, which is “Reiki the Healing Touch” by William Lee Rand. You can order it from www.Reiki.org. Get it in the spiral-bound version, purple color, which is what we use for class. You will receive this manual in class so you can pass the extra one along to a friend or family member. Note, that this is different from the Reiki Touch Kit by William Lee Rand.
WILL I BE ABLE TO LEARN AND GIVE REIKI?
This is a worry students have that they will not be able to learn how to do Reiki, feel the energy, or give Reiki to others. The attunement to Reiki always works and I have never had a student who was unable to give Reiki at the end of the Reiki I and II Class. Occasionally a student is not able to perceive his or her own ability to give Reiki. I always check in class for everyone’s ability to feel his or her own energy and the energy of the person giving Reiki to you.
SHOULD I WAIT 3 MONTHS AFTER TAKING DEGREES I AND II?
Our Reiki class is taught with Reiki I and II together. Students who take Reiki I and II together have greater healing skills, more confidence in their ability to use Reiki, and better knowledge of how to use Reiki for themselves and others. In Reiki II we learn how to do a complete Reiki session so if you were to take only Reiki I, you would miss that. Also in Reiki II, you learn how to send Reiki at a distance to your friends and family members who need healing. As one of my students put it, taking Reiki II brought everything together for her. There is also a rapport that is created between class members over the weekend.
CAN I LEARN REIKI IF I AM DISABLED, ILL, OR RECOVERING?
Yes, you can! Reiki will help you to heal, recover more quickly, and empower you to be the best you possible. Accommodations can be made for you in class to sit while giving treatments to others. You can take a nap while you receive your daily Reiki session. You can discuss your special needs with Brooke prior to class so that accommodations can be made.
CAN I GIVE REIKI TO OTHERS IF I AM UNWELL?
Certainly! Sometimes students wonder if their health issue will cause them to transfer “bad” energy to another. Because Reiki comes from our Spiritual Creator and is not the student’s own energy, the student will only be able to transfer positive energy as long as the student is intending to use Reiki. Additionally, because Reiki flows through the giver, the giver receives Reiki energy while also giving it. You can enjoy the gift of service and enhance your own wellbeing by giving Reiki to others. During a Reiki session, the student intends to set one’s personality and ego aside to be a clear and open channel for only the highest and holiest Reiki energy. The life force energy passes through the student regardless of the student’s physical condition so even students who have illnesses are able to learn Reiki to benefit themselves and others.
WHAT FORMAT DO YOU FOLLOW?
We provide a combination of lecture and hands-on practice, with the hands-on portion comprising over half the class. For more details, check out class descriptions here.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO CLASS?
Dress comfortably in layers as many students get warm when doing energy work while a few get cold. Shoes are not permitted in room, so be sure to bring socks if your feet tend to be on the cool in temperature.
CAN I COME LATE OR LEAVE EARLY?
There is only a little flexibility with coming late or leaving early for Reiki Practitioner training. In order to qualify for your certificate, you must complete the entire class and participate in all activities. Please discuss your situation with me prior to registering for the training.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN TRAINING?
You will learn in a safe, supportive, nonjudgmental environment where diversity is welcome. Classes are a mixture of education, demonstration, and hands-on practice. What is expected of me in the Reiki class? Participate in the hands-on portions and attend the whole day.
IS THERE SUPPORT AVAILABLE TO ME AFTER TRAINING?
Absolutely! I am available for questions by phone or email for years to come. You will also connect with class members with whom you can share Reiki and experiences. I offer a monthly Reiki Shares online and you will be invited to participate, request Reiki, share experiences, and ask questions. If you live in the Palm Beach-Broward county area, you can come to our next Reiki Circle and continue to learn and practice. There are also Reiki Circles in many large cities. Get on my email list to receive my monthly updates.
I HAVE HAD REIKI I FROM ANOTHER MASTER TEACHER, CAN I CONTINUE MY TRAINING WITH YOU?
Yes, and the ICRT policy is for everyone to take Reiki I and II together. You will likely learn some new things in Reiki I class. And everyone will be on the same page for Reiki II. If money is a concern, discuss your situation with me by email.
I AM A CHRISTIAN AND HAVE CONCERNS OVER WHETHER REIKI IS COMPATIBLE WITH MY RELIGION.
Jesus is quoted in John 14:12 as saying, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these because I go to the Father.” We know that Jesus practiced laying on hands type healing, therefore, it is scriptural for Christians to practice healing by laying on hands. Check out all the information on christianreiki.org. There are many Bible verses that relate to healing and letters from nuns, priests, and ministers who practice Reiki.
DO MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS APPROVE OF REIKI AS A FORM OF THERAPY?
Reiki is being embraced by many prestigious hospitals where it is offered as a part of the standard of care. According to the American Hospital Association, in 2007, 15% or over 800 American hospitals offered Reiki as part of hospital services.
Dr. Oz stated, “Reiki has become a sought-after healing art among patients and mainstream medical professionals.” He admonished his audience to “Try Reiki!”
IS THERE ANY AVAILABLE RESEARCH ON REIKI?
William Rand created the Center for Reiki Research – www.centerforreikiresearch.org. As of 2017, there are 68 articles published on Reiki research. Research with Reiki has shown it to have promising results with acute and chronic pain, stress, depression, anxiety, relaxation, and practitioner (usual nurses) well-being. Additionally, for patients undergoing chemotherapy, the pain and discomfort have been reduced and well-being has increased. A study with knee replacement showed significant pain reduction, reduced need for pain medication, and a reduced length of hospital stay. Another study showed that Reiki was as good as cognitive behavioral therapy to reduce depression in adolescents. There are currently 27 peer-reviewed research articles published on Reiki in the last 5 years.
“Reiki is one of the leading safe Energy Medicine approaches. The study summaries provided by the Center for Reiki Research are the best source for information on Reiki Research.” – C. Norman Shealy, M.D. Ph.D., Founder, American Holistic Medical Association
I HAVE FOUND DOULA PRICES LOWER THAN YOURS, WHY IS THAT?
I have been teaching Reiki since May 2017 and am committed to providing quality care and furthering my education in the field.
Unfortunately, the reiki profession is not regulated by a state regulatory agency, which means that the profession of reiki masters is very much the “Wild West”. You might see that some reiki masters hold a Professional Certification and some do not. Please be aware that anybody can create a Certifying Body and award Certifications. This does not guarantee professionalism, skill, or experience.
This makes it very challenging to find a good reiki master. Here are some tips to help you on your journey:
Do they present themselves in a professional manner?
Ask them how long have they have been practicing Reiki.
Ask them how long they have been offering healing to others.
Ask them which lineage did they learn under.
Do they assist your lifestyle? A Reiki teacher will be your partner throughout your journey learning how to practice and heal others. Teachers who assist your lifestyle, by leaving your decisions and lifestyle choices up to you, will give you space and time to become your own Reiki teacher.
Ask them about their own self-healing practice. Many teachers become teachers through the desire to heal themselves. Self-healing can also be a sign of experienced teachers. Remember that your teacher will be your partner throughout your time learning to be a healer. A teacher that has established a self-healing practice can often provide insight into the inter- and intra-personal exploration that takes place when learning to heal. Be wary of self-proclaimed teachers that have healed themselves entirely as healing is a journey and there is always room for improvement.
Ask, them if they take students regularly.
Ask to schedule a reiki session to experience what a session is like. Taking a healing session from your teacher will help you evaluate your own personal connection to their style, lineage, and practice. Continually check-in with yourself during and after healing to see how the experience feels.
WHAT GOES INTO MY FEES?
Soul Inspired Wellness offers this information so that you'll have a good idea of the return on your investment.
Each training consists of 3-6 students to allow ample time for self-inquiry and sharing. The first and second degrees range anywhere from 12 to 16 hours split between 2 days, typically a Saturday and Sunday. On average, I spend about 5 hours preparing each training and 4 hours in post mentee sessions.
When I make a commitment to be available to facilitate a training, I limit the number of childbirth clients I put on my calendar to avoid birth conflicts and ensure that I am fully rested when training. Right now, I schedule 1 to 2 trainings per quarter and squeeze 6-8 reiki clients per month. When I put training dates on my calendar, I commit to being available.
The rule of thumb is that a self-employed professional's income is half of what they earn, after deductions for sick time, self-employment taxes, health insurance, holidays, and business expenses. Communication expenses are high for a doula, such as cell phones so I am always reachable, the maintenance of this website, and a computer with a solid internet connection. I also have routine professional and office expenses, childcare costs, and unusual transportation expenses. In addition, there are supplies I bring to your birth and give you appointments and interviews.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
It is crucial and in your best interest for me to keep up with all of the most current information. In order to attend conferences and training opportunities, I often have to limit the number of clients I can accept around the time I will be unavailable, thereby reducing the number of clients I can work with each year. There is also the cost of this training.
I WANT A SESSION, WHEN SHOULD I SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO MEET YOU?
When you have decided to start your Reiki journey it is important that you choose a Reiki Master that is right for you. Therefore I offer you a complimentary 15-minute consultation to discuss my approach so you can decide whether Soul Inspired Wellness is a good fit for you.
DO YOU HAVE A BACKUP AND/OR REFUND POLICY IF YOU MISS MY TRAINING OR SESSION?
Yes, my refund and backup policies are clearly outlined in my contracts, which I am happy to discuss with you further during a consult.