Why I’m A Reiki Practitioner

My life and career were humming along nicely in 2016. I’d married for the second time in 2014. My older son and his long-time girlfriend were soon to be married. My younger son was doing well in his career and life. I felt so much love and deep purpose each day. Then in August of that year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. That plunged me directly into the emotional and physical ups and downs of serious illness and its treatment.

I learned after surgery that I’m at greater risk of recurrence than was originally thought. That scared me. A lot. And it gave me a powerful motivation to do what I can to reduce that risk.

One those is to strengthen the practices I use to keep stress at manageable levels. It was with that in mind that I accepted my friend and colleague Michal Spiegelman’s invitation to join her upcoming Reiki 1 class.  I planned to learn to give myself Reiki as an always-available stress management practice. From the very first class, my healing experience with Reiki was far more powerful than I’d expected. I knew immediately that I wanted to share it with others through my work.

Giving myself Reiki:

  • Relieved the lingering fatigue that had built up from chemo, surgery and radiation.
  • Restored my energy, joy, and enthusiasm.
  • Has helped me out as a first aid measure when I turn my ankle or burn a finger.
  • Reduced the insomnia that I’m prone to.
  • Is profoundly relaxing and restorative.

I continued my studies and am now a  Reiki Master.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a holistic, ancient Japanese energy healing approach that aligns body, mind and spirit. It is akin to other approaches that balance the body’s energy centers.** At least four styles of Reiki existed in Japan when, in 1922, Mikao Usui had a mystical experience that lead him to develop what is known as Usui Reiki. Through Usui’s work and those he taught, thousands of practitioners worldwide now share Reiki (universal life energy) with themselves and others. Western research has established the benefits of Reiki. It complements medical treatment and is gaining acceptance in hospitals, workplace wellness programs and university wellness programs throughout the U.S.

Benefits of Reiki:

  • Less stress
  • Fewer stress-related physical symptoms
  • Increased positive emotion
  • Enhanced mindful awareness
  • Energy balancing
  • Complements medical treatment
  • Compatible with and other spiritual and healing practices

Current research supports the ability of Reiki to reduce anxiety and pain, reduce chemotherapy’s negative side effects, improve surgical outcomes, and suggests that it’s useful in promoting relaxation, improving symptoms of fatigue and depression, and strengthening overall wellbeing. While research has not yet been able to identify just how these things happen, the existing evidence is strong enough that a growing number of hospitals now offer Reiki training and services. 

My Clients Agree with the Research!

After receiving just one session, they’ve told me they feel:

  • Deeply relaxed
  • Happier
  • Relieved of headache, muscle and/or joint pain
  • Calmer

Overview of a Reiki Session

Here’s what happens:

  • We talk for a short time, so you can let me know of any questions or concerns.
  • You remain fully clothed as you lay on a massage table. You can be comfortably seated if that’s better for you.
  • You listen to relaxing music throughout your session.
  • I use light touch, or if you prefer, no touch, moving my hand from one energy center to the next, going from head to toe.
  • You may fall into a light sleep.
  • I close the session by using sweeping hand motions over your energy field to brush away old energy, and then sealing your energy field.

As we end our session, I offer to text or call in a day or two to see if you have any questions.

Schedule Your In-Person or Distant Session

In-person sessions are not currently available. 

I see Reiki clients at one of two Catonsville, MD locations:
  • The offices of Terri Doan Esthetician, 1011 Frederick Avenue, Catonsville, MD, 21228 – Tuesday afternoon/evenings
  • The Catonsville Counseling and Wellness Center, 516, N. Rolling Road, Catonsville, MD, 21228, Thursday afternoon/evenings

I can often accommodate requests for appointments outside of these hours.

Distant Reiki sessions are available wherever you are and are scheduled at your convenience. Distant Reiki clients report the same benefits that in-person clients experience.

    • Distant sessions are usually 45-60 minutes long.
    • We schedule a time, and you arrange to be sitting or lying down in a comfortable, private space.
    • We speak briefly beforehand, or can communicate via text.
    • While you relax, I send Reiki to you.
    • We touch base briefly afterward.

Schedule Your Reiki Session Now!

Set up your Reiki appointment here. Contact me with any questions, or to set up a free, 20-minute demo session. If you don’t see an appointment time that suits your schedule, let me know. I often can arrange a date or time that you request.


One Hour Session Distant Reik:i $75. 30-Minute Session, Distant Reiki: $40

**Reiki practitioners do not diagnose conditions or prescribe or perform medical treatment, prescribe substances, or interfere the the treatment of a licensed medical professional. Reiki does not take the place of medical care. It is recommended that you see a licensed physician or licensed health care professional for any physical or psychological ailment you may have. Reiki can complement medical or psychological care you may be receiving.


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