What is Reiki? Perhaps that’s the first question that popped into your mind when you clicked on this post. Reiki comes from the Japanese word “rei”, which translates to “universal life”, and “ki”, which translates to “energy”. Reiki is said to have been discovered as early as the 1920s by Mikao Usui and brought to North America by Mrs. Hawayo Takata, who taught a handful of Reiki masters before she died in 1980 to ensure this healing method would not end with her. Today, there are over 1,000 Reiki masters worldwide. Reiki is a popular natural healing method where a practitioner transfers healing energy from the universe to another person through the palms of their hands. Reiki is very effective when complemented with other healing methods and modalities to maintain general wellness, reduce stress levels, and bring the recipient to a place of deep relaxation.
I sat down with Marta Melinda Pap, a well-known holistic healing practitioner based in Toronto and owner of Healing Bay Wellness, to talk about the holistic healing benefits of Reiki, energy healing, and why we could all benefit from taking Reiki courses to learn how to maintain our own wellness and healing.
Question (Sam): How did you discover Reiki and why did you feel compelled to become a Reiki Master yourself?
Answer (Marta): In the past, I worked as a financial advisor for one of the big banks in Canada. The stress was getting the best of me as a young immigrant, and I was looking for an alternative healing solution to feel more balanced during the day. Instead of turning to antidepressants or anxiety medication, I sought out various yoga and meditation practices and tried out Reiki healing sessions. I became fascinated by the miraculous healing I experienced, so I decided to learn Reiki myself. Over the years, I have deepened my knowledge and became a Reiki Master, along with practicing other healing modalities such as crystal healing, angel therapy, dowsing rods, and psychic surgery to amplify my healing energies, which has become my signature integrated energy healing or otherwise called chakra balancing therapy.
Question (Sam): Could you describe energy healing? What is it and how does it work?
Answer (Marta): Many of us are now coming to understand that physical symptoms and illnesses often begin first in the emotional and mental bodies. We are not just a physical body. We each have an aura of subtle bodies, including the etheric, mental, emotional, astral, and causal. Energy healers, clairvoyants, and shamans are able to feel or see these bodies. Because our emotions and thoughts are energy, if they are not expressed ‘in motion’, they can become stuck in the body, causing a block in energy flow. Reiki and other modalities that work with the energy field can have lasting healing results when the energies that cause illnesses are gently unblocked. These modalities, coupled with counseling and positive lifestyle changes, show that holistic healing treatments offer a more sustainable and lasting form of healing. There are many current studies to prove that energy healing works.
Question (Sam): How would you describe a Reiki session to someone who has never experienced it before?
Answer (Marta): Reiki healing is usually 60 minutes long and during the treatment, the Reiki master transfers energy from the universe into the client’s energy field. Even though Reiki masters only work via the energy body, most clients experience physical sensations. You may feel heat, warmth, cold, subtleness, steadfastness, or forcefulness. Our everyday lives can be so stressful, and Reiki allows your body, mind, and spirit to move into that natural state where healing happens. Most recipients describe feeling sleepy and yawning repeatedly as incoming Reiki energies soothe and calm pent-up emotional tension and stress. Many clients also experience emotional release after Reiki by crying or otherwise detoxing the body.
Question (Sam): How is chakra balancing different from Reiki?
Answer (Marta): My chakra balancing sessions are integrated energy healing sessions that combine all my modalities, making the treatment very effective and powerful. First of all, I measure the energy field and provide an aura map of all the chakras. The initial assessment of the energy field usually takes about 30 minutes, and similar to a medical intuitive, I’m able to pinpoint the stagnancies or blocks in the energy field, whether emotional, mental, or physical. After we discuss my findings, I start the session with a shamanic clearing, where I clear the energy field of impurities. This is a common procedure used by many tribes and even in Mayan culture. At this point, we proceed to the relaxing part of the session, where I use a combination of Reiki, psychic surgery, crystal healing, and sound therapy, including a chakra meditation at the end. The session is closed with an angel guidance to provide the client with a channeled message. The initial session requires 1.5 or 2 hours, and the energy shift can be felt right after the session. For best results, I recommend at least four sessions so we can go deeper each time. The Find Your Balance package also offers many added bonuses.
Question (Sam): Who are most of your clients?
Answer (Marta): Most of my clients are successful urban professionals looking for an alternative solution to relieve stress or achieve a deeper level of relaxation. Medical research estimates that as much as 90 percent of illness and disease is stress-related. Stress can interfere with your physical functioning and bodily processes. High blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and heart disease have all been linked to stress factors. Many of my clients are going through emotional, mental, or physical challenges and have tried various medications that haven’t helped. They are hoping to gain a better understanding of what is standing in their way energetically by clearing those blocks. We have a very high rate of success, and after 4-5 sessions, most of my clients experience life-changing transformations such as finding a new job or life path, attracting the right soulmate, or recovering from incurable diseases such as cancer or brain tumors. Finding spiritual awakening and relieving anxiety or depression are also very common. They all report lifestyle changes after our sessions as well, such as quitting smoking or losing weight.
Question (Sam): With Covid19 still affecting many lives around the world, how can people benefit from energy healing treatments during this difficult time?
Answer (Marta): Unfortunately, Covid-19 has brought a lot of lower vibration to our lives such as fear, greed, anger, anxiety, hopelessness, and despair. According to Dr. Hawkins, the “Map of Consciousness” creates the law of attraction. However, the media brings a lot of low vibrations into our collective consciousness, with most people experiencing higher than usual levels of stress, insomnia, nightmares, anxiety about the future, and fear of life itself. People who are fearful and fall into these types of low energies are therefore more likely to contract Covid-19 than those who are more accepting and choose higher vibrations such as hope, love, optimism, and caring. Your body, mind, and spirit cannot strive under such circumstances, which can be compared to the Great Depression or war times. We will look back in a few years and most people will realize it was trauma that we all experienced.
In order to change your vibrations and outlook on life, energy healing can really help to clear out and maintain more balanced and peaceful thoughts and feelings, which in turn will boost your immunity. When you feel happy, you tend to exercise more and eat better as well. I’ve worked with over twenty Covid-19 patients virtually and have been able to lift the heaviness from their chest and head, ultimately curing them all. Unfortunately, no studies are available because this kind of therapy is not supported by the government, but energy healing should definitely be considered as an alternative and supportive treatment to Covid-19.
Question (Sam): Do you teach your special healing skills such as Reiki?
Answer (Marta): Yes, certainly! Reiki is a great tool to start from and build knowledge on. It’s excellent for people who suffer from anxiety or depression because it allows them to feel empowered by the fact that they can heal themselves, since the healing power really lies within us. I also know a lot of compassionate workers who learn Reiki, such as psychotherapists, teachers, massage therapists, and nurses, all of whom do so to help their clients and patients through their healing journey. Most of the time, student practitioners feel a calling to learn Reiki and resonate with the term “lightworkers”, as they spread light and healing to the world.
In order to support my Reiki students, I offer a one-of-a-kind Chakra Reiki Master Practitioner certification, which includes 150 hours of in-class learning and practice. Through bi-weekly classes, I teach all my modalities (similarly to yoga teacher training). At the end of 6 months, students can also take the Reiki Master class and start their practice in our healing centre as practitioners. It takes many years to do what I do with such excellence, but Reiki can definitely be a wonderful starting point for tapping into your powers and healing yourself and your family and friends.
Question (Sam): How can someone sign up for Reiki training?
Answer (Marta): All my upcoming classes are posted on my website. Whether you’re looking to learn Reiki Level 1 or 2 or become a Chakra Reiki Master Practitioner, you can read more and sign up for the classes there. Due to Covid-19, our classes are still currently hybrid in nature, with a combination of virtual and in-person learning.
For more information about Marta Melinda Pap, her services, and Healing Bay Wellness, you can visit her website: https://alternativehealer.ca/.