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An Explanation of How and Why Reiki Works

What Reiki has become best known for, and most spoken about is its ability to provide deep relaxation naturally without any known side effects, impairments or contraindications. While most know Reiki effectively does this, few understand how Reiki achieves it, and fewer still have language to explain it.  This is because Reiki is commonly spoken about and taught within the context of spirituality and/or mediation. The problem with this however is that when you speak or teach Reiki within the context of spirituality, the practice of Reiki becomes a mystery, and when we accept and promote that, we continue to keep what was once known and understood about Reiki lost. The way then to regain the lost knowledge of Reiki, so that it can be used to better the lives of humans everywhere is to speak about, and teach Reiki for what it is, a form of Energy Medicine.

Everything starts and ends as energy. As such, the human form is made up of more than the physical body it also has a corresponding energy system. As people interact with the world they are a part of, they cannot help but be influenced by the many energies they come into contact with each day. As a result of our daily interactions, each of us will accumulate a sort of energy debris within our energy system. This debris, which often becomes stuck in our own energy field, creates imbalance. Simple imbalances within the energy field create the experience we commonly call tension. Our minds then, which have no choice but to respond to this tension, will create explanations for why we feel tense or out of balance. Reiki helps by naturally restoring balance where imbalance has occurred. In doing this, Reiki, in a sense resets our energy system. Relaxation then comes as a result of this rebalancing, and this rebalancing occurs both within the aura and in physical body

When our bodies are in a state of relative balance, we relax naturally and on demand. When our bodies are in a state of imbalance, we require outside influences to help us relax. This form of artificial relaxation comes in many forms including food, drink, recreational and prescription drugs, sex, excessive exercise, and many other known forms, which may simulate a sense of relaxation, but comes at a price to the individual as it only compounds the state of imbalance by introducing more imbalance that the individual has to find ways to compensate for.

For this reason, natural relaxation will always be preferable to the human form than artificial relaxation, for one is working within the natural ebb and flow of our biology and energy while the other is working against it. One of the easiest and most effective ways to relax naturally, and with little effort or time, is through a self-care regime that includes giving yourself Reiki, even if it is for only 10-15 minutes each day. Additionally the benefits of using Reiki is cumulative meaning the more you use it the more responsive your energy system becomes to it and so greater ease is found and the toll daily tension takes on you in your life becomes naturally less and easier to manage.

If you are attuned to Reiki, you can start right now by placing a cupped Reiki hand anywhere on your body. I suggest starting where you hand naturally wants to be placed. If you are not attuned to channel Reiki energy yourself, you have options: You can become attuned by receiving a Reiki attunement from a Reiki Master Teacher, or you can receive regular Reiki treatments from a local Reiki professional in your area.

Reiki 1 $100.00 private class $150.00 
Reiki 2 $150.00 private class $200.00 
Reiki 3 Advance Reiki Training and receive the Master attunment. $300.00 
Reiki 3 Reiki Master Teacher $500.00

$50.00 deposit with registration required


Classes held at the Institute for Therapeutic Massage cost $310.00 payable to ITM.  16 continuing education credits are obtained at these classes.  These are two 8 hour classes on Saturday and Sunday

In the silence between your heartbeats

Classes with Inner Balance from the Heart

July 29, 2016

Reiki 1 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Reiki  2  no classes scheduled

Friday  7:00pm to 10:00pm

Saturday  6:00 am to 6:00 pm

 ART Advance Reiki Training  Reiki 2 required.

 Reiki Master Class:  Reiki 1, 2 and ART  are required.

Class at The Institute for Therapeutic Massage:  16 CEU credits are issued for your continuing educational needs.  Course covers two 8 hour days.

Reiki 1

Bloomfield campus Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

July 8 –  9  2017

October 28 -29 2017

Hackensack campus  Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

March  18-19 2017

July 22 – 23 2017

Haskell/Wanaque campus Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

June 24 – 25 2017

October 21 – 22 2017

Reiki 2

Haskell / Wanaque campus  Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm


First Degree Class 

Day one
• Class Preparation – Get to class on time. It is recommended to avoid nicotine and caffeine the day prior to and the day of class. Wear comfortable clothing made of natural fibers (cotton, wool, silk, etc.) Do not wear nylon stockings or any other restrictive type of garments. Bring two cushy pillows. This is a full day class, don’t forget to eat breakfast. 
• Introduction – Meet your instructor (Reiki Master) and fellow classmates while sipping on some relaxing herbal tea. This is the time for getting comfortable in your classroom , briefly chatting with your classmates. 
• Brief Discussion – Why are you taking this class? What are your expectations? 
• Class Overview – Class agenda is shared with students. 
• Definition of Reiki – Universal Life Energy – defining what is it.
• History of Reiki – Who are Dr. Usui, Dr. Hayashi, and Mrs. Hawayo Takata 
• Pre-Reiki hands-on experience – Notice your hands, is there any energy flow? 
• Receive attunement 
• Share attunement experience with class. 
• Post-attunement hands-on experience. 
• Learn self-treatment hand positions. 
• Give yourself a full self treatment. 


• Field Trip: Guided Meditation
• Give your self the second full self treatment
• Share time. Energy vs Spiritual  
• Learn hand positions to give a Reiki treatment to others. 
• Group Reiki – Everyone takes turns receiving a Reiki treatment. 
• Shu Chu Reiki: concentrated Reiki healing.
• Class Ends – At the end of the day you are Reiki Level 1. Your attunement to Reiki energy is permanent. Reiki is a balancing energy……drink lots of extra water for the next few days. You are to be congratulated for having given yourself such a wonderful gift.

Second Degree Class

Class Preparation – Traditionally, Reiki II class is not an open class, it is applied for. The student requests to advance from from level one to level two. If the instructor (Reiki Master/Teacher) feels the student is ready for advancement then he will be accepted into the class. To teach 2nd degree to a Reiki initiate who is not ready, simply for the money or prestige, does not serve Reiki, the student, or the teacher. It is highly recommended that there be 3 months pass between the Reiki I initiation and Reiki II initiation, minimally, 21 days.
Are You Ready to Advance to Level II?
Here are a few questions for the Reiki I student to ask herself/himself before moving on to Reiki II. 
• Are you ready for 2nd degree? 
• Can you feel when Reiki is drawing? 
• Do you have a general understanding of Reiki? 
• Do you use Reiki on a regular basis? 
• How often do you conduct self treatments? 
• How important is it for you to learn how to do absentia Reiki?
• Are you clear about your reasons for wanting to become Reiki II? 

Reiki II Class is taught in two separate session,. Reiki II may be taught in one day with a lunch break between the two sessions, but is preferable to teach in two consecutive days. 

Friday Night

• Brief Open Discussion
Review of Reiki I. Why are you taking this class? What are your expectations? Do you have any questions about 1st degree Reiki? 
• Introduction to the Reiki II symbols.
Taught names and pronunciations of the Reiki Symbols. 
Taught meanings (intentions) of each symbol. 
• Receive attunement. 
• Drawing the Symbols
There are 3 separate Reiki symbols to learn. It is important to learn how to draw them precisely, learn the power of the symbols, and learn the proper pronunciation and spelling of them. Sketch pads and colored markers are provided. Students practice, practice, and practice more. This is fun! As we draw the symbols students begin to get impressions about them, intuitively perceiving the individual symbols and their unique energies. Although the symbols are often visualized in healing sessions it is utmost important that the Reiki II practitioner knows how to draw the symbol beforehand. 
• Homework Assignment
The Reiki symbols are to be memorized by the next class (the next day, or after a 2 hour lunch break).
Second Reiki II Class Session
• Draw the symbols and write the names of the symbols for the instructor. Give the meaning (power ) of each symbol. 
• Review the use and power of each symbol. 
• Experience the increased flow of the Reiki by placing the symbols into your body. 
• Discuss how Reiki has to be brought into the physical before it can be used. 
• Learn the step by step formula of using the symbols in sending Reiki long distance. 
• Practice sending absentia Reiki. 
• Learn how to use surrogates as a focusing tool for distance healing. 
• Taught how Reiki can be sent into the past or the future. 
• Question/Answer Period 
• End of Class – Congratulations, You are Reiki Level II.