Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means “universal life energy” in Japanese, and it originated in Japan with a man by the name of Mikao Usui in the late 1800s. Reiki is a gentle modality that promotes the body’s natural ability to heal. The client remains fully clothed, and may recline or sit comfortably while the Reiki practitioner works either off the body in the aura or with a light, non-intrusive touch. Clearing and balancing are the main goals – to achieve harmony in all levels of our being: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. On the physical level, Reiki enhances immunity and goes along with all regular medical care. Reiki can speed post-surgical, post-trauma healing, and is an excellent preparation before surgery as well. Learning Reiki for self-treatment is encouraged, empowering the individual for his or her own self-care and self-comfort. Reiki sessions and training are available at Heartwood with four competent, compassionate and caring practitioners:
Karen Daughtry, M.A., Reiki Master/Teacher, HTCP, Certified Reconnection Level III
At Heartwood, I have had the chance to expand my network beyond the mental health field. I have collaborated with acupuncturists, yoga instructors, massage therapists and meditation teachers. I have been able to refer my clients to their services and thus provide truly holistic care. In addition, I have received a number of referrals from other practitioners.
Heartwood Center is well-known and respected within the Evanston and Northshore communities and this has helped to increase the visibility of my practice. In addition to the hundreds of people who attend various appointments and classes at the center each week, Heartwood has its own website and marketing events that promote my services. At the same time, I am completely in control of my practice and have been able to rapidly grow my caseload in a relatively short period of time. In Heartwood, I have found a place that fulfills my need for community and collaboration, helps me grow my practice and at the same time, allows me the flexibility, financial benefits and independence that I was missing working at a clinic. — Lori Aitken, Heartwood psychotherapist