Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing and balance. I first experienced Reiki several years ago and knew right away that I wanted to learn it so that I could give it to myself and those who would let me share it with them. I had simply laid back and relaxed, expecting nothing more than a quiet few minutes of relaxation, but although I certainly did relax, I found it was a deep relaxation that helped me sleep better that night and feel more cantered and relaxed even the next day.

I went on to learn Reiki and become an Usui/Tibetan Master Teacher so I could not only help anyone who wanted to receive it, but teach anyone who wanted to learn it to help himself or others relax. Reiki energy isn’t complicated and doesn’t require anything more than someone trained to allow it to flow and someone who wants to receive, so it is ideal as a complement to traditional medicine, alternative medicine techniques, or by itself. Since the client is fully dressed and doesn’t have to talk or know exactly where any issues might lie within the body for the energy to flow to where it is needed, it is ideal for those who are sensitive to touch as with a massage. Reiki only involves light or no touch as the client prefers, and it can be adapted for any position or situation for those with special needs. Reiki is also very effective at a distance since it is energy, just as your cell phone or TV signal can be used far from the source of the transmission. It is gentle, healing energy whether it is given hands on in person or from someone on the other side of the Earth. ANNUAL REVIEW | 3 As time went on, I felt the call to become a Karuna Reiki® Master, and I also began taking shamanic classes as well. Today my practice includes several energy methods that help each of my clients find balance and stress relief in their lives. I teach these methods to those who want to learn because my goal is to empower my clients and students to use our own natural abilities to feel joy and enjoy life to the fullest. My clients and students are some of the most amazing people I have ever met, and I learn from them each day. Along the way I realized that I had been called to deeper work that complemented the Reiki and La Ho Chi energy work that I do, so I sought to learn more about shamanic work. I realized as I studied with a wonderful, gifted shamanic practitioner, Valerie Nunnelly, and also with another gifted shamanic practitioner, Jeffrey Rich, who gave me a different perspective on shamanic work than I had before. I have practiced these techniques all my life, but now understood how all my life experiences fit together to bring me to where I am now in my life. Reiki changed how I feel, think, and how I live, and it can change your life as well. It helped me focus on living peacefully and joyfully. I see it, now that I look back, as a “gateway” energy that helped me find the path upon which I was intended to walk in this life. It was gentle and helped me find balance and healing in my life. I can’t imagine not sharing the joy and wonders that are right at our fingertips. I wish you healing and peace, and if you feel moved to ask for any service or class that I offer I would be honoured to be part of your journey

singing bowl therapy

A Tibetan singing bowl is a type of bell that vibrates and produces a rich, deep tone when played. Also known as singing bowls or Himalayan bowls, Tibetan singing bowls are said to promote relaxation and offer powerful healing properties. Buddhist monks have long used Tibetan singing bowls in meditation practice. In addition, some wellness practitioners (including music therapists, massage therapists, and yoga therapists) use Tibetan singing bowls during treatment. This article discusses how Tibetan singing bowls are used and their purported benefits. It also covers what you should consider before you try using this type of treatment.

Uses for Tibetan Singing Bowls

Very few scientific studies have examined the potential benefits of Tibetan singing bowls, despite their long history of use. But some people do report that using the bowls help them feel more relaxed.

Stress Relief: Some research supports the use of Tibetan singing bowls as a way to promote relaxation and reduce feelings of anxiety.

Improving sleep: Because singing bowl therapy has been linked to decreased anxiety and tension, it may be helpful for improving sleep. Further research is needed to support this. 

Lowering blood pressure: A preliminary study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion in 2014 examined the benefits of starting a directed relaxation session with 12 minutes of singing bowl sounds. It found a greater reduction in systolic blood pressure and heart rate compared to silence before the session.

Reducing depression: One study linked singing bowl therapy to improvements in mood and suggested that this approach may be a low-cost way to help reduce symptoms of depression.

Stimulating the immune system: Some also claim that Tibetan singing bowls can stimulate the immune system and produce beneficial changes in brain waves.

Pain relief: One study looking at chronic spinal pain found that people treated with singing bowl therapy experienced significantly decreased pain intensity as well as decreased stress. However, placebo treatment had the same effects, so the study’s authors concluded that singing bowl therapy’s effectiveness for pain relief could not be confirmed. 

Balancing and harmonizing the body: Many proponents claim that the vibrations of a singing bowl can produce beneficial changes in the body by “harmonizing” the cells and “balancing the body’s energy system.” 

Enhancing other healing practices: Some people use the bowls in combination with other healing practices, such as meditation and deep breathing

It is important to note that while Tibetan singing bowls are often used for these purposes, research is still needed to determine what impact they actually have. Proponents may suggest that they have these benefits, but that does not mean that they actually work. Some of the claims don’t have a clear scientific basis.