Healing Touch and Reiki Session

The purpose of this page is to tell you how Reiki and Healing Touch work, explain the similarities and differences of Reiki vs Healing Touch, describe what happens during a Healing Touch and Reiki session, explain the energy healing sessions I provide, and answer Frequently asked Questions (FAQs). 

With over 20 years experience as a Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, Advanced Bioenergy Practitioner, Biospiritual Focusing Practitioner, and Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner and 12 years providing reiki to wounded soldiers and their caregivers, I have helped hundreds of people with trauma, surgery and illness recovery, myasthenia gravis, Parkinson’s disease, depression, cancer, and for stress and pain management.  Read their comments to help you understand what to expect from a Reiki and Healing Touch session and how it can help you. 

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What is Reiki? How Do Reiki and Healing Touch Work?

Reiki (pronounced “ray key”) and Healing Touch are both biofield therapies, or energy healing therapies, or energy medicine modalities that clear, balance, and increase the energy in your energy system to promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and healing. The biofield is the electromagnetic field that surrounds and interpenetrates the body, sometimes called the aura.  

Just as you have a cardiovascular and respiratory systems to circulate blood and oxygen through your body to your organs, bones, and tissues, you also have an energy system (aura, chakras, meridians) that bring in life giving energy from around us to nourish our spirit and the cells of our body at an atomic level.  When we die, our spirit or soul leaves our body and without the life giving energy flow, our body begins to shut down.  

Reiki and Healing Touch influence the human energy system, specifically the aura or biofield surrounding your body and the energy centers, the chakras, that control the flow of energy into the body which are like the entrance and exit ramps to a energy highway.  Reiki and Healing Touch also affect the meridians, or the highways, which bring the energy to the organs but without any needles like for acupuncture.

Our energy system is a critical link between the health of our body, mind, and spirit. Our thoughts and emotions constantly affect our energy system which in turn affects our bodies and mental and emotional health. You create energy with every thought and feeling – a brain electroencephalography (EEG) can show the brain’s electrical activity. Emotions such as grief, anger, stress, anxiety, and worry creates areas of dense energy which can impede or decrease the flow of energy in our body. When not corrected, this can lead to dis-ease and injury in the body. 

Have you ever felt weighed down by problems and stress?  After a vacation or time to relax, have you felt lighter and happier?

Reiki and Healing Touch are forms of complementary medicine, integrative medicine or energy medicine used around the world to restore balance and harmony to the energy system which helps you to self-heal more quickly with the increased energy flow. They help to clear the areas of dense or congested energy to promote greater energy flow to aid your body’s cells to repair more quickly, reduce accumulated stress and sadness, and help you to feel lighter, relaxed, and happier as you do after a good vacation.

What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced “ray key”) is a natural energy healing technique from Japan.  It comes from the Japanese words “rei” meaning “universal” or “spirit” and “kei” meaning “chi” or “energy,” so it can be interpreted as “universal life force energy” or  “spiritual energy.” Almost 100 years ago, Mikao Usui is credited for having discovered it. Through an initiation or attunements, the Reiki Master clears and enables the life force energy to flow more strongly through the student, so the student can then perform reiki on him/herself and others. 

A traditional session involves a series of 10 – 12 hand placement positions starting with the head down to the body to the feet, then optionally the back. The client is fully clothed and lays on a Reiki massage table or is seated in a chair. It can be done with light touch or with the hands held over the body.  The Reiki energy passes through casts, clothes, and bedding. In Reiki II training, the ability to do long distance reiki or reiki for someone located in another state or country is learned. A Reiki Master is someone who had received the knowledge of how to perform the initiations or attunements to pass the reiki ability to others.  

Reiki does not require any certain religious or special beliefs but just an openness to receive and allow.  A reiki session is around 60 minutes but can be shorter.  Often, there will be a feeling of warmth from where the practitioner’s hands are placed.  The most common feeling is a sense of relaxation and inner peace.

What is Healing Touch?

Healing Touch is natural energy therapy in which practitioner consciously use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.

There are no initiations or attunements. Healing Touch is a series of techniques developed and brought together by a nurse, Janet Mentgen. It’s basis is from Therapeutic Touch and brings together Native American healing and energy techniques from other energy healers such as Barbara Brennan. The Healing Touch program is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association and is a nationally accredited program.

Based on the client’s symptoms and an energetic assessment, the Healing Touch practitioner will use one to several techniques using a light touch on the body, motions around the body to clear the aura, or it also can be done long distance.  Healing Touch energy also passes through casts, clothes, and bedding. The client is fully clothed and lays on a Healing Touch massage table or is seated in a chair.

Healing Touch does not require any certain religious or special beliefs but just an openness to receive and allow.  A Healing Touch session can be from 15 minutes to 90 minutes.  The most common feeling is a sense of relaxation and inner peace and often the client will fall asleep for a few minutes or for most of the session.

Your Reiki and Healing Touch Energy Healing Session With Claire

Claire's Reiki Office with a reiki table, drums, and Tibetan singing bowls

In a healing session with me, you receive a custom-designed, unique healing session using Reiki, Healing Touch, and Bioenergy plus intuitive information we learn to help you move towards your wellness goals. We may also use Biospiritual Focusing to access your body’s wisdom and subconscious and Advanced Theta Healing to shift belief or emotional patterns that are affecting you. Sound therapy with handmade drums and Tibetan singing bowls can be used.

For Reiki and Healing Touch in Montgomery County, Maryland (MD), I am not currently seeing in-person clients due to COVID-19.  I offer virtual or long distance Reiki and Healing Touch treatments over the phone.  We schedule a quiet time where you could lie down or sit comfortably in your house.  We discuss how you are feeling and areas of concern, set goals, and I would do an energetic assessment of your aura and chakras to determine which therapies and techniques would be more appropriate for you.  I would lead you in a guided meditation as I work energetically on you long distance. I perform a post-energetic assessment and we discuss how you feel and your future self care and healing needs.

Pricing and Payment

Initial Session - $200
Subsequent Session - $150
Tune-Ups - $75

Paypal is accepted for payment

Package pricing is also available, if you pre-pay for series of sessions, you can receive a discount or free session.

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Experience the Transformation

Claire is an expert in Healing Touch, Reiki and Bioenergy therapies with over 20 years of experience.  

If you are seeking a natural form of stress reduction and would like to improve your body’s ability to heal more quickly after surgery or illness, schedule a complimentary 30 minute introductory virtual session to discuss your goals and to experience the calming effects.

Reiki and Healing Touch Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

During this session, I get to know you better and begin to understand the conditions that may affect your energy system and health. We will discuss any questions you have from signing the consent form.  We will fill out an intake form which has questions about your home life, stresses, self care, health conditions, reasons for coming, and goals for the session.  After that, we will begin the healing session.

Many people feel a calming, relaxing, and comforting feeling.  You may find yourself in a deeper level of consciousness or fall into a deep, sleep-like meditative state  and even fall asleep for a few minutes or longer.  You may feel coolness as areas of dense energy release or gentle movement inside the body as the body’s energy flows are increased.  You may feel heat or a gentle pressure as the energy moves from my hands to your body. 

For headaches or pain, you may notice a decrease immediately after a session with it continuing to decrease in the hours that follow and by the next day.  

Effects are not always immediately apparent, and people notice they feel calmer in the upcoming week or with subsequent healing sessions, experience greater and deeper results.  As we balance and enhance your energy system, it in turn affects your body facilitating faster healing and greater mental resilience.

The beautiful thing about Reiki energy is that it is divinely guided life force energy. It knows where it needs to go best to help you.  Our energy system is an incredible work of art and with various techniques such as Healing Touch, I can influence in your energy system to help more quickly.  Positive healing for our energy system always help our body to self-heal for its greatest good whether it is physical, mental,  emotional or spiritual.

Before a session, let me know if you prefer to lie down or be seated and if you have any sensitive area or areas to avoid. I do not touch, nor should any other reputable practitioners, touch private areas.  During the session, let me know if you feel cold, too warm, or areas of discomfort.  It is best to have a blanket on or nearby during a session, because people often get cool as they relax and warm, dense energy gets cleared away.

Mentally, it is best to be open and allow.  You do not have to believe it will work, but if you are resistant, then it can block the flow of energy.  It is helpful to focus on my voice or where my hands are placed on or over your body or focus on feeling your breath move in your body.

If your stomach rumbles, you feel like sighing, or you fall asleep and snore, it is all good and normal.

It depends on your needs and schedule. It is helpful to have three or four sessions to see the cumulative effects and greater progress towards your goals. The frequency depends on your health needs ranging from once or twice a month, for general stress reduction and wellness, to daily for serious health challenges like cancer and COVID-19 which can be done while you are at home virtually or long distance.

Initially, you will likely feel very relaxed as if you woke up from a deep nap. You can also feel either tired or recharged. Stress and pain is reduced or gone. Sometimes effects are not felt for hours or until the next day(s).  Many people feel calmer and sleep better. See the Heal page to read how people feel after a session.

A Healing Touch Certified Practitioner (HTCP) is the highest level of Healing Touch showing the person has taken the five classes, completed the rigorous certification and mentorship work and passed the nationally accredited certification exam.  For over 20 years, Claire has been a HTCP and was a Subject Matter Expert helping to design the certification exam and mentoring other Healing Touch practitioners.

For Reiki, a Reiki Master is the highest level.  There is not one certifying organization for reiki. The Reiki class material and requirements to become a Reiki Master vary depending on the teacher.  For over 20 years, Claire has been an Usui Reiki Master Teacher.

I think it is best to find a practitioner who is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner plus who is a Reiki Master or had at least Reiki II training. Regardless of credentials, it is important that you are comfortable with the practitioner. To find other HTCPs closer to you, see the Resources section below.

If you have a family member or friend who has had Reiki or Healing Touch training, then ask them for a session to experience the relaxation of energy healing.

You can also be your own best healer, see the Course page to learn more about the Reiki classes I offer.