Reiki Master & Owner of Kismet Healing
It was Kismet…Reiki found me
Born in Mexico City Mexico, in the hustle and bustle of the city, I grew up catholic. Despite following the doctrines of the church, I was always more interested in our ancient traditions like; Dia De Los Muertos.
Due to the economic uncertainty and the rising crime rate my parents decided to leave my beloved Mexico City, in search of a safer place to raise me. We landed in Port Chester, New York, were I spent my adolescence. You could say that New York shaped me, I learned to have a thick skin but I also learned to bottle my emotions in. I bottled in all the pressures of growing up, of being an immigrant kid. I questioned my sanity at times, thinking to myself; “why do I feel so empty?”.
When I graduated high school my parents decided to move to Danbury Connecticut where I then attended college at Western Connecticut State University.
Fast forward, to a failed marriage, a beautiful son and depression that consumed my daily life, I looked to someone I trusted a sort of mentor, Elise Galgano. Elise recommended LCSW Peggy Bice. From the moment I met her, I felt in good hands. I sat with her and she helped me through these problems I’ve been bottling up. We talked about it all and I could finally let go. Slowly the emptiness was fading. That’s when she offered Reiki.
I’ve never heard of Reiki, Peggy told me that she was a Reiki practitioner so she asked me to research it and to let her know if I was interested in it. Once I typed Reiki and clicked search I was amazed at the vast amount of information on it. I was instantly fascinated. What drew me in was the fact that it was a Japanese tradition, having had visited Japan in 2014. I was mesmerized by the Japanese way of life, their constant search of beauty and balance; most importantly, their connection to nature and spirituality. I went for it, I started receiving Reiki and it was such a beautiful experience. I always feel so peaceful and reconnected to myself. Reiki filled up that hole, that emptiness. Words can’t express how beautiful it felt to heal this way; Reiki changed my life forever.
After battling with this depression monster; that by the way never really leaves you. You only gain the strength, tools and knowledge to fight it every time it creeps up. I decided to incorporate Reiki into my everyday life; I religiously scheduled an appointment with Peggy once a month. That was until she approached me and said, “I’ve decided to teach Reiki for the first time, would you be interested in learning?”
Without hesitation, I said “yes!”. I was honored and it felt right to learn. It’s always been inside me but I have bottled so much in I buried it. Reiki helped me so much; I felt I could help others just like me.
The entire learning process has been a life challenging one. It involved real commitment and true self-discovery.
To be a true vessel, a tool of the universe, one must face their fears, their shadows and overcome them. That was the hardest thing for me.
My physical life changed because I needed to make room for a new path, what I knew to be my true path; my path as a reiki healer.
It can help with
Reiki is a form of energy therapy.
It involves the transfer of energy by laying on hands.
Reiki has also been used in conjunction with psychotherapy to improve the healing of emotional trauma and other issues
This energy is said to permeate the body. Reiki experts point out that, while this energy is not measurable by modern scientific techniques, it can be felt by many who tune in to it.
What happens in a Reiki session?
Reiki is best held in a peaceful setting, but it can be carried out anywhere. The patient will sit in a comfortable chair or lie on a table, fully clothed. There may or may not be music, depending on the patient's preference.
The practitioner places their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the head, limbs, and torso using different hand shapes, for between 2 and 5 minutes. The hands can be placed over 20 different areas of the body.
If there is a particular injury, such as a burn, the hands may be held just above the wound.
While the practitioner holds their hands lightly on or over the body, the transfer of energy takes place. During this time, the practitioner's hands may be warm and tingling. Each hand position is held until the practitioner senses that the energy has stopped flowing.
When the practitioner feels that the heat, or energy, in their hands has abated, they will remove their hands and may place them over a different area of the body.
Energy medicine aims to help the flow of energy and remove blocks in a similar way to acupuncture or acupressure. Improving the flow of energy around the body, say practitioners, can enable relaxation, reduce pain, speed healing, and reduce other symptoms of illness.
The moment Mariana put her hands on my shoulders, I felt the sense of hot rush of calm through my body. It was a unmistakable charge of hot energy flowing from her to me. I had a warm sensation of relaxation fill me and I had a pure night of serenity for the rest of the evening.
— Carolyn T.