Monday, August 3, 2015

16 things you didn’t know about Reiki

After watching Magic Mike XXL, we became a bit obsessed with Ken (Matt Bomer) and the fact he was a level 3 Reiki healer. Like, he can dance and he's spiritual. #BoyfGoals. It seemed like some sort of sensual and sexy healing practice that could potentially help with our sex life among other things. So we chatted to Jayne Boyle, Founder Crusoeden Body Wellness and Accredited Reiki Master/Teacher, to find out what the hell Ken was on about, and it turns out it CAN help with the big ‘O’.

1. Reiki is a healing technique
“Reiki is a simple, safe energy healing technique used for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing, which was developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. The word Reiki combines two Japanese words - Rei which means ‘Spiritual Wisdom’ and Ki or ‘Universal Life Energy’. In a way, Reiki is a special kind of Ki that is guided by spiritual consciousness (spiritually guided life energy).”

2. Celebs are ALL about it
“A well-known advocate of Reiki is TV doctor, Mehmet Oz (“Dr Oz”).Other celebrities who reportedly practice Reiki include Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.”

3. If your life force energy is low, you might catch a cold
“When something is alive, its ‘life force energy’ is flowing and surrounding. However, when it dies the life force energy leaves. If a person’s life force energy is low there’s more susceptibility to illness. When life force energy is high and flowing, it supports health and wellbeing.”

4. You stay fully-clothed during a session
“In some ways, there is no ‘typical’ Reiki session, setting or procedure. However, a complete Reiki treatment session is usually given to a fully clothed person who’s lying on a treatment table or sitting comfortably in a chair. Reiki is generally offered through gentle, non-intrusive touch. The healer’s hands are placed and held on (or above) various locations on the body, often corresponding to our main energy centres (chakras). Some Reiki practitioners hold their hands just above the body, rather than directly on the body. Reiki does not involve pressure or physical manipulation and is usually a deeply enjoyable and relaxing experience for the client.”

5. Anyone can learn how to do it
“Reiki is a simple healing method that anyone can learn and practice as a form of self-care. However, Reiki isn’t taught the way other healing techniques are taught. The ability to channel Reiki energy is transferred to the student by a Reiki Master during an ‘attunement.’ It’s believed that during an attunement, adjustments are made to the student’s meridians, chakras, nadis and other energy pathways to accommodate the ability to channel Reiki energy.”

6. You can learn the techniques quickly
“Basic, in-person Reiki (level one) training can be completed in about ten – fifteen hours and is generally offered by a Reiki master/teacher in small group formats. The emphasis of this level of training is mostly about self-healing than working with others. It’s generally accepted that those with a Level One Certificate in Reiki will mainly work on themselves or with family, close friends or volunteers. Generally, after completion of the next level of training – Level two Reiki – people can work as practitioners. It’s important that practitioners have professional indemnity insurance and are members of a Reiki Association or similar professional organisation, such as the Reiki Association of Australia. Becoming a member of an association allows the practitioner to obtain professional indemnity insurance.  It should also be noted that most Reiki healers are quite involved with practising Reiki in their own lives before moving from basic Level 1 to Level 2 training.”

7. You don't have to be a psychic to do it
“Many Reiki students are surprised that they can channel Reiki so effectively after Level One training. Reiki is different because what we are learning is an innate skill. Also, being a channelled healing, a Reiki practitioner’s energies are not part of the healing session and are never exhausted. In addition, although Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion nor does it prescribe to a specific dogma. However, Reiki does promote living and acting in a way that encourages harmony and balance within ourselves and with others.”

8. It can shake up your sex life 
“One way Reiki can improve and intensify our sex lives is through increasing intimacy by emphasising the importance of reconnection and balance. This transforms sex from being a disconnected, empty experience. Reiki can also be an empowering experience that can increase feelings of self-esteem and help heal us from traumatic experiences, fears and beliefs (including those surrounding sex). This can in turn improve our sex lives.”

9. You and your partner can do it together
“After receiving Level 1 Reiki training, it’s possible to use Reiki as a method of self-care or a method of healing family members, friends and loved ones. For those who are able to do Reiki on themselves, a daily practice is recommended of 10-20 minutes or longer.”

10. It can help our PMS sitch
“One way Reiki can be useful for PMS is through helping to balance hormones. According to Reiki, each endocrine gland corresponds to one of the seven Chakras - these chakras influences hormone-secreting activities. Reiki can assist in balancing the body’s energy systems. A healer’s objective is to help support a healthy flow of energy within the chakras for optimum health and harmony.”

11. It can boost your immune system
“There is a strong connection between our brain and our body and sickness can sometimes become a case of mind over matter. This area of medicine is called Psychoneuroimmunology. Not controlling your psychological stress may increase your chances of becoming unwell. Yoga and Reiki are great methods to help you stay healthy and present.  Reiki assists with stress reduction and relaxation through helping calm and balance all the energy centres.  Reiki helps curb distressing thoughts and feelings that weaken the flow of our life force energy, creating more freedom for positive, enlightening thoughts that connects our mind, body and spirit. Through supporting the healthy flow of energy within the energy systems you can achieve optimum health and wellbeing throughout the body.”

12. It can give you a good night's sleep
“Reiki is a soothing, relaxing energy healing method that can assist with stress reduction through helping to calm the energy centres. This can help people suffering from sleeping difficulties, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle. In other words, Reiki is unlikely to reverse the effects of drinking three espresso coffees and eating a large piece of cheesecake just before bedtime.”

13. It can help you deal at work
“Reiki can be a great way to ‘find centre’ and be present, even in the middle of a chaotic workplace or dealing with a challenging boss or colleague. If possible, step outside into the fresh air or if not sit at your office desk or cubicle, place one hand on your heart chakra chest area and one on your solar plexus or stomach. Breathe in and out deeply, close your eyes if you feel comfortable, focus on calmness and allow the healing energy of Reiki to flow.   This can be done discreetly and completed in less than five minutes.”

14. You can practice it ANYWHERE
“Ideally Reiki should be performed in a quiet space. However, this is not always realistic for busy people and it can also be practiced as a convenient, discreet form of self-care in front of a television, in a busy office, in a supermarket checkout queue or even while waiting to see a dentist!”

15. You'll want to look for an accredited healer
“It’s generally accepted that those with a Level One Certificate in Reiki will mainly work on themselves or with family, close friends or volunteers. People new to the Reiki experience may prefer to receive it from a friend or loved one. When looking for a professional practitioner, seek someone with Level 2 training who is experienced beyond healing friends, family and those within their immediate social circle. Connection to and accreditation with  a professional body, such as the Reiki Association of Australia ensures that the practitioner has committed to adhering to specific professional guidelines and Codes of Conduct. The Reiki Association of Australia includes a directory of Reiki Practitioners on its website (”

16. It can't fix everything
“It’s important to view Reiki healing as a form of complementary therapy used in conjunction with conventional/mainstream medical treatment and advice.”
Sounds rather zen and wonderful, TBF. Now, to find a healer that looks like Matt Bomer... Missing the point?

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Essential Oils

Nervous System: Lavender essential oil has a calming scent, making it an excellent tonic for the nerves. Therefore, it helps in treating migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress.
Sleep: Lavender essential oil induces sleep and hence it is often recommended for insomnia.
Pain Relief: Lavender essential oil is also an excellent remedy for various types of pains including those caused by sore muscles, tense muscles, muscular aches, rheumatism, sprains, backache and lumbago. A regular massage with lavender oil provides relief from pain in the joints.
Urine Flow: Lavender essential oil is good for urinary disorders as it stimulates urine production. It helps in restoring hormonal balance and reduces cystitis or inflammation of the urinary bladder. It also reduces any associated cramps.
Respiratory Disorders: Lavender oil is extensively used for various respiratory problems including throat infections, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and tonsillitis. The oil is either used in the form of vapour or applied on the skin of neck, chest and back. It is also added in many vaporizers and inhalers used for cold and coughs.
Skin Care: The health benefits of lavender oil for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammations. It heals wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns rapidly as it aids in the formation of scar tissues. Lavender oil is added to chamomile to treat eczema.
Hair Care: Lavender essential oil is useful for the hair as it can be very effective on lice and lice eggs or nits.
Blood Circulation: Lavender essential oil is also good for improving blood circulation. It lowers blood pressure and is used for hypertension.
Digestion: Lavender oil is useful for digestion as it increases the mobility of the intestine. The oil also stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile and thus aids in treating indigestion, stomach pain, colic, flatulence, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Immunity: Regular use of lavender essential oil provides resistance to diseases.
Other health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to treat leucorrhoea. It is also effective against insect bites. The oil is also used to repel mosquitoes and moths. You will find many mosquito repellents containing lavender oil as one of the ingredients.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Group Reiki Friday, July 31, 2015

Group Reiki Session

  • to
  • Cassie's House

    828 Shore Concourse, Keyport, NJ 
  • white house, black trim (GPS may say you are here 2 blocks too soon)

  • I know a lot of you out there have wanted to try a Reiki treatment but private sessions are cost prohibitive to most so I have been trying to figure out how to bring you a group session. I finally found someone to work with me to bring in enough energy to benefit everyone. I am teaming up with Kris from Integrated Healing Therapies so that we can work together and do several people at once.
    For those who don't know what Reiki is here is a good article on it:
    It is a technique for channeling energy to individuals and to things to bring healing and to set intentions too. Maybe you suffer from headaches, or joint pain, perhaps depression or anxiety or stress from the job? Maybe you need more courage to find a better job, or you've been feeling sad lately. Reiki can virtually work on ANYTHING to improve your mind, body and soul!

    So here's the plan, come to my house by 7pm (we will meet in the basement just go around back) and bring $15 cash exact change please, wear something comfortable and if you want bring a light blanket to cover yourself with. We will get you comfortable and do some sharing and then do a guided meditation to relax you and then she and I will go around to each of you for a few minutes of focused energy to each of you to get you truly connected to the light.
    I so look forward to sharing this with you!      Love, Cassie

    This night is also a blue full moon, so an amazing night to do energy work! 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Check Your Water Filters

Check your Britta filters! Recently I had a friend who was very very sick and went to the doctor who kept treating her for various things but nothing was working-- each time i saw her posts i sent jer reiki and while connected i kept hearing "water" in my head, I told her this and today she tells me she is all better i was right she found out the bottom of the filter in her Britta pitcher had lots of black mold! so check those filters when re-filling your pitchers!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

About stones/crystals

Crystals help to power watches, computers, and medical devices because of their piezoelectric properties. Crystals amplify energy, and they can also help you personally. Crystals are also effective shields for stressful energy.

Click here for some wonderful videos on the properties of cyrstals
The Complete Healing Crystal Guide 


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Stone Stories

One of the ways in which I share my Reiki is by charging gem stones with the energy so that someone can take it and keep it with them. There are some who will say to me that the energy does not work that way but I was led to do it and my results speak for themselves. I never make any promises to anyone because there are so many variables but I do believe it can and does work this way. Below I will share stories of how my stones have helped others. To be updated as time goes by...

Several weeks ago I moved to a new office at my company and someone came to give me and my space an ergonomic assessment. The lady who came was quite pleasant and somehow we got on the topic of Reiki and then she told me her daughter was ill. I offered to give her a stone for her daughter and she gratefully accepted. Today she ran into me getting coffee at the office and came over to me with a big smile and said the stone worked! Her daughter was much much better.

Tonight I was at a Christmas party and ran into a few people whom I have given Reiki rocks to in the past (I often am led to give people I meet the first one from me free if spirit leads me to, especially if they are unemployed. Well the first gal is one who had gotten a job right after I gave her a stone a couple years ago she told me she had since lost the job though and her ex was also taking her back to court to reduce her alimony as he is not working. I asked her where he stone is to bring it to me to get re-charged....she confessed she had lost it but would come see me soon to buy a new one. LOL
A second gal is someone who I did not give a stone to but when she heard that my stones and energy had helped someone else she asked me to charge the necklace she was wearing with intentions to help her find a boyfriend, as I recall she ran over to me excitedly about a week later and she told me it worked she found someone! So tonight when I saw her she came over and gave me a hug and reminded me of this story and told me they were still together and it had been over 3 years now. Wow! It truly warms my heart to see people so happy.
But anyway the third person is someone I gave a stone to about 2 weeks ago, she is a nurse and was out of work and very worried. Tonight she told me that she got a temp assignment. For some reason though another friend of mind popped in my head who owns an agency that places nurses in homes for home care I mentioned this and the gal said yes please as this assignment is not permanent. When I got home I messages the lady who owns the placement agency and she was online at the time and said sure she needed nurses and told me to have my friend send her resume and or call. So again the power of the Reiki is at work!

A couple of weeks ago Lorraine my very dear friend and Tarot card reader was doing a card reading party for members of my meet - up group. After the event as she was packing up she asked to buy some of my spirit stones to use in her workshop the following day. It was Imbolc and she was doing a ceremony with Brigid and thought the stones would be great to work with and she needed 15 of them. I gave her the container and let her choose which ones she wanted and them I asked to hold them and "charge" them with my Reiki energy just for her. When I handed them back to her she was beaming with joy at how warm they were and what energy she felt from them. I was glad and tonight I was e-mailing her about a person requesting a private reading and she said to me:  your stones were a big hit and we used them to harness soul intentions. After ceremony we buried them in the earth in a flood zone area and I know that area will be protected now :)
I was so happy to hear that! I guess it's time for me to listen to my little voice and buy some more, Lorriane said:  Maybe you could also put them on etsy and ebay.  the right people will find them!!! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

What is Reiki? US News and World Report

What Is Reiki?

It's not meditation, massage or prayer. But practitioners and clients say reiki heals in ways that are hard to explain.  

New age practitioner directs energy towards a young man's head.
Some believe that the energy reiki facilitates has the power to help keep clients healthy and heal.
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Terri Reynolds, 56, knows the exchange well. She says, “Reiki.” They say, “Huh?” She says, “Energy healing.” They say, “Hocus-pocus.”
But for Reynolds, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2011, reiki is anything but. The practice – which usually involves a practitioner placing his or her hands on or above a client to facilitate that person's healing energy – taught her how to quiet her mind after surgery and six months of chemotherapy.
"When you have a very stressful job and four children, and you get a diagnosis like that, it kind of really slaps you around,” says Reynolds, a certified medical assistant and managed care educator in Springfield, Illinois. “And when you’re grabbing everywhere for anything that makes the littlest bit of hope glisten, you’re apt to try anything.”
Reynolds is now cancer-free but continues to see a reiki practitioner weekly. “I’ll never stop,” she says.
According to the National Institutes of Health's National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, reiki is a healing method based on an Eastern belief in an energy that supports the body’s natural ability to heal. There’s no evidence, the center says, that such an energy exists. Plenty of people disagree.
The word "reiki" is a Japanese term meaning "guided life force energy," which reiki practitioner and teacher Alice Langholt likens to water: Both are in and among us, she says, and take on different forms – some heavier and some lighter. Reiki can shift this energy into balance "so that our immune systems aren't fighting the sludge, but can keep us healthy and help us heal faster," says Langholt, author of “Practical Reiki: for balance, well-being and vibrant health.”
Health care settings including the Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University's School of Medicine, where Reynolds was treated, are increasingly offering complementary treatments like reiki to help patients relax and “prime them for healing,” says Pamela Miles​, a reiki master in New York who has​ served as the lead reviewer for the National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s page on Reiki. It also may reduce anxiety, improve sleep and simply help people feel better so they make healthier decisions, Miles says. That was the case for Reynolds. "I've lost weight because of being able to calm my mind and my spirit and promote this harmony in my body," she says.​  
Independent reiki practices exist, too, appealing to people seeking balance, clarity or relaxation. At Introspection: DC​, a reiki and crystal healing ​practice in the District of Columbia, owner and reiki practitioner Tara Olowoye​ says a lot of her clients are young working ​mothers “trying to make it all work.”
And you don’t even have to go to a practitioner to try reiki. Anyone can learn to practice it on themselves, experts say.
“This is something that potentially could benefit anyone – it’s really a matter of whether or not they’re interested,” says Miles, who wrote the book “Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide.” “In my experience, when people experience the benefit, they become interested. If you try to explain to them what it is [and] how it works, then you lose them.”
Science or Hype?
Reiki is one of several therapies based on the biofield, or a type of energy field that “regulates everything from our cellular function to our nervous system,” says Shamini Jain, ​assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California–San Diego. 
While the biofield itself is generally accepted – it “consists of things that we can measure like electromagnetic energy that actually emanates from us,” Jain says – biofield therapies such as reiki and therapeutic touch are more controversial​ because they’re based on the idea of a “subtle” aspect of the biofield,​ which is harder to measure.
“It’s difficult for our Western science to wrap its mind around” because it’s not about popping pills, injecting needles or otherwise altering the body’s chemical composition, says Jain, a clinical psychologist who studies integrative medicine.​
Indeed, reiki has its fair share of critics, who point to research that discounts the effects of reiki and other similar alternative therapies as a placebo effect. One study ​this year in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine, for example, evaluated the effect of energy healing on colorectal cancer patients and found the therapy did not improve depressive symptoms, mood or sleep quality. Only study participants who already had a positive attitude toward complementary and alternative medicine practices showed a boost in mood.
Another 2008 study in the International Journal of Clinical Practice analyzed ​​ 205 previous studies on reiki and found mixed results for its efficacy. It also noted ​that many studies on the topic aren’t well-designed.
Others worry that the practice is unethical, fraudulent and deceptive. ​​​​​“One can easily see that deception – even if not intentional – is involved in representing that a particular therapy sold to the public is effective, when there is no evidence that this is true,” says Jann Bellamy​, a retired attorney in Tallahassee, Florida, who does pro bono work for organizations that educate consumers about science-based medicine​.

Still, a small body of research shows promise for reiki and other similar therapies. In a 2010 study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, for example, Yale University researchers including Miles found that patients who received a 20-minute reiki treatment within three days after a heart attack had better moods and heart rate variability – a measure linked to post-heart attack outcome.​
Another 2012 study in the journal Cancer found that fatigued breast cancer survivors who received four weeks of biofield healing therapies showed “highly clinically significant” reductions in fatigue, says Jain, who led the study. Survivors who received a fake​ therapy improved too, but not as much; both groups were less exhausted than participants who received no treatment. Notably, Jain says, the study showed that biofield healing improved​ cortisol variability – important for regulating immune function – while fake and no treatments did not.
The results suggest that “common sense things” such as rest, touch and being cared for matter, but “there’s something about the healing that seems beyond that,” Jain says.
The most compelling support for reiki, however, may be anecdotal – and a reason for more research funding in the area, experts say. “What we’re just beginning to understand is that, if we want to move forward with science, we can’t assume one philosophy is correct,” Jain says.
A ‘Buyer Beware’ Market
Langholt​, who lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland, knows the exchange well. It happens at stoplights, when other drivers notice her window magnet advertising her practice. They say, “What’s reiki?” She says, “It’s an energy healing method for pain relief, stress release and better health.” They both drive away.
Langholt has a longer answer too. In fact, she teaches a whole course on what reiki is and how to explain it to others in terms they understand. That’s how complicated it is.
To make things more confusing, there are no standards for reiki practice or training, “which means that reiki certificates are essentially meaningless,” says Miles, who teaches the practice to medical and nursing students across the country. “People may have become reiki masters in a weekend or half an hour, they may have clicked on a website or they may have decided for themselves that they’re reiki masters.”
That’s why it’s a “buyer-beware” market, Miles says. She suggests prospective reiki clients judge practitioners by their demeanor – they should be “walking products of their practice” and not bad-mouth conventional medicine. It's also important to ask about​ practitioners about their experience and whether or not they practice reiki everyday on themselves, to which the answer should be yes, Miles says.
Finally, it’s key to recognize that, although reiki has no known medical risks, it's not a substitute for conventional medicine.​
“What we see is that reiki practice brings to people what we find so elusive in our culture: peace of mind,” Miles says. “And once we have peace of mind, everything else is a lot easier. Reiki practice may not be the only thing that’s needed, but it’s a great place to start.”