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What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. It is based on the belief that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. 


The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy." 

What can I expect during a Reiki session?

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki addresses the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit. Reiki promotes relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. 

During a session, you lie down on a massage table and relax. Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended. Loretta will use a non-touch technique, holding her hands a few inches away from your body. The human body is intuitive and it will draw the Reiki energy to the areas that need healing. Many clients have reported feeling warmth or tingling. A state of deep relaxation, combined with a general feeling of well-being, is usually the most noticeable immediate effect of the session. A Reiki session is said to stimulate the body's natural healing processes.

How did Loretta become a Reiki Master?

The ability to do Reiki is transferred from the teacher to the student through a process called an attunement that takes place during a Reiki class. In 2002, Loretta completed Level I & II of Usui Reiki training and attunement with Linda Drake of Austin, Texas ( At this level Loretta learned to use Reiki on herself and others. Loretta completed Linda’s Reiki Master Level training in 2011. As a Reiki Master, Loretta can teach and give attunements to others.

How does Reiki fit with Loretta’s work as a psychotherapist?

Loretta is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in private practice ( Some clients see Loretta for counseling and supplement their counseling sessions with Reiki treatments. Reiki sessions help clients gain personal insight, clear emotional blockage and open their chakras.

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