How Reiki Can Heal by Christie Pitko


My first reiki session took place in a Las Vegas yoga studio. I had been diagnosed with endometriosis and told that it was so advanced, that I would need a hysterectomy. I was 28.

Deep down, I knew that I wasn’t going to go through such an invasive procedure. I had always been fascinated with energy work, so, through tears, I booked a reiki appointment seeking alternative therapy.

What Exactly Happens During a Session?
I remained fully clothed lying down, feeling the comfort of the massage table beneath me. My practitioner led me through a brief meditation before she began lying her hands on parts of my body. At times, her hands would hover a couple inches above my frame.

Immediately, I felt a vibration in my chest that was so intense, tears of release ran down my cheeks. The soles of my feet tingled. I felt absolute unconditional love. I felt freedom, knowing that everything was going to be okay.

How Does it Work?
Reiki is a Japanese “laying of hands” technique in which the practitioner uses “universally-guided” energy to aid in healing. The reiki practitioner acts as a vehicle for this energy.  To practice reiki, one must become attuned by a reiki master teacher.

Once attuned to reiki, you can administer reiki on yourself, other people, animals, food, water, plants…the sky isn’t even the limit! You can send reiki at a distance to people who are not in the same room, or even the same country.

What Can Reiki Heal?

Reiki is very powerful, yet gentle. Reiki can:

  • Relieve chronic pain
  • Ease anxiety and depression
  • Be a substitute for people who cannot receive massage therapy, such as cancer patients
  • Provide deep relaxation and aide in insomnia
  • Strengthen the body’s immune system
  • Help with addiction and weight loss
  • Ignite creativity
  • Balance the body’s energy centers

What Happened to Me After Reiki?

I received a second and a third opinion from other medical doctors. Yes, my endometriosis was still there, but it did not require a hysterectomy. Much less invasive treatments were explored, and I am proud to say I still have all my parts!

I wanted to share this beautiful gift of reiki with others. I was trained in first and second degree reiki, and a couple years later, the master level. Today, I attune and teach reiki students so that they can heal themselves, friends, family, clients, and pets. I invite you to explore this incredible, limitless healing source for yourself.

About Christie Pitko

A competitive gymnast during youth, the physical aspects of yoga certainly appealed to me. The total life transformation was something I wasn’t expecting. I walked into my first class in 2001, and since then, yoga has fueled the inspiration for nearly everything I do.

I teach yoga in studios, corporate offices, and in homes around the San Francisco bay area. I lead classes in vinyasa flow, restorative, prenatal, and postnatal. I teach to beginners, to advanced practitioners, to the broken people; and everyone in between. I lead retreats that blend yoga with energy work. Connect with me at www.shiftingandinspired.com.

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