Reiki and Other Healing Arts
I took my first Reiki class in 1989, and my life began to change almost immediately after that, as I began to gravitate more and more toward the healing arts.
Within a few years, I was able to give up my work as an art editor, and devote myself to studying energy and to developing my healing practice, which includes Reiki, energy balancing, Jin Shin Jyutsu acupressure, and shamanic techniques. I have now studied five types of Reiki, have co-written a Reiki book, and have been teaching Reiki since 1996.
In my private sessions, I am likely to incorporate elements from many modalities. I believe that everyone has the potential to be healthy and satisfied, and with care and compassion, I work toward guiding people to achieve a state of wholeness and a sense of well-being and inner peace.
But what I love most of all is teaching! It gives me intense pleasure to empower people, to watch them literally taking their process of healing into their own hands through the practice of Reiki. After all, I always remember how taking my first Reiki class started me on this wonderful healing journey.
As always, my work as a visual artist, improvisational dancer, and writer connects and intertwines with my work in the healing arts. Each one influences the other, and I attempt to bring spirituality, innovative energy, and a sense of play to all the areas in my life.
In 2004, I moved from the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania to the San Juan Islands in Washington State. And in the Summer of 2017, my partner Dennis and I moved to Camano Island, also in Washington State, but a little closer to Seattle. Yet as much as I love my life in the Northwest, my roots in the Pocono Mountains still run very deep, so I return four times a year to reconnect and to do the work I love.
Read on for information about the Reiki book which I co-wrote. And look at the section on Classes to see all the types of Reiki I teach and other special topics as well.
The Gift of Reiki
by Susan Bradford, Claudia Fischer, Catherine Roche
The Gift of Reiki is designed as an introduction to the world of Reiki and to its enormous healing potential, although the material in the book is also useful for someone who has already studied Reiki. The book is a comprehensive guide which covers all facets of Reiki as a system for healing, explains in detail how to use Reiki effectively on yourself and on others, and presents many different applications for it. A well-documented version of the Reiki history is also presented. Embracing all schools of Reiki, the book is inclusive; and therefore makes an excellent text for teaching Reiki classes.
We know how difficult it can be to create balance and harmony in your lives, yet the practice of Reiki can help so much toward promoting feelings of calm and ease. This gentle form of healing can be remarkably powerful in reducing stress, so that the body will be more likely to return to its natural state of health and well-being. The word Reiki means Universal Life Energy, and by using it on yourself or others, your connection to this energy is strengthened. This can be both profound and transformative.
With Reiki, it is possible to become increasingly balanced on all levels: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. New levels of personal understanding can be gained and you are supported in becoming more self-aware and empowered, more centered, healthier, and much more peaceful.
The Gift of Reiki is a testament to collaboration and friendship among three Reiki teachers.
A comment about our book…
“I love the straight forward approach that you used, the user friendly way it is put together. It is all oneness to proceed with self treatment or client treatment. A very successful, well thought out book. I have read it from front to back, every word, and it is so helpful when learning to do Reiki.”
You will discover:
• The potential of Reiki as a path of self-development