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Marj is a Denver-based Reiki Master in the Usui Reiki System

as well as an energy worker. 

What is Reiki?

"Reiki is a healing prayer using touch." --Marj Selle


Japanese Buddhists believed that an unseen energy flowed through the body and was necessary to live. Brought to the West, Reiki is the practice of nurturing this life force into its full potential through a Reiki Master’s intuition and touch.

How Reiki Works

Reiki uses the body’s natural energy in a guided series of hand placements to harness our own ability to heal and repair.

It is believed that the energy in our bodies can be guided by a Reiki Master to help balance chakras, aid in relaxation, and provide healing benefits. Reiki works in conjunction with other medical treatments, including psychological treatment.

The use of energy healing can help to lessen the side effects of various treatments, including chemotherapy and post-operative pain. It is the use of energy from the Reiki Master and the patient that helps to align the body’s natural healing powers and bring all systems and functions into alignment.

"A feeling of calm, glowing radiance that flows through and around you"

Reiki is, simply put, the channeling of energy from one person to another in order to receive health and wellness benefits. By channeling this energy in a guided session, patients become more relaxed, less anxious and stressed, and feel relief from physical and emotional pain. Reiki can also help to remove energetic blocks that exacerbate symptoms of disease or physical ailments. Advocates of Reiki have often described the treatment as a feeling of calm, glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Energy healing of this type has been used for thousands of years in Asian culture and is gaining popularity in modern Western culture. Reiki is not a religion and can be used and experienced by anyone, regardless of cultural or religious beliefs.

NOTE: Reiki is not a remover of any disease or ailment. If any client suffers from chronic health issues, disease, or ailments, it is their responsibility to continue to see their medical doctor for such ailments. Reiki can be used as a healing tool but does not replace any medical modalities.

What to Expect During a Reiki Treatment

In order to perform a Reiki treatment, the practitioner may ask the patient to lie on a massage table, fully clothed. Reiki can be performed in a seated or standing position, but the flow of energy is thought to be more effective when the recipient is lying down.

The Reiki Master will use a series of hand positions either touching or hovering just above the patient in order to channel energy to that particular part of the body. The hand placements are held for various periods of time, usually not to exceed ten minutes per location. A typical session lasts between 45 and 90 minutes with areas of focus normally including stomach, feet, and the head/neck region. 

Clients are encouraged to add a Reiki session to any skin care or massage service. Session times start at 15 minutes for $20. The sense of well being experienced will be well worth the extra time.


When was the last time you felt good, really good? Feeling out of alignment is like floating outside of your own head. Life is happening, but you aren’t experiencing it. Living in this state manifests physical conditions in the body that develop into pain, emotional stress, and energy blockages.

If you’re tired of feeling this way, you may experience extreme benefit from Reiki Therapy. The following is a list of common symptoms that can be treated through Reiki therapy:

  • Fatigue
  • Emotional numbness
  • Chronic pain
  • Repeated negative thoughts
  • Sluggish mobility
  • Anxiousness
  • Fear and doubt
  • Constant worry
  • Depression


Energy blockages can occur at any location within the body. When a blockage of energy occurs, patients may experience sluggishness and a dramatic lack of energy. 

If a blockage exists, the body is less capable of removing toxins and cleansing itself. An example of a blockage that may occur is the swelling of joints due the lack of energy flow. Joints may become inflamed and sensitive to the touch. Using energy healing like Reiki therapy helps to clear blockages and allows blood and energy to resume normal flow through the joint, thus reducing or eliminating the pain and swelling.

For information on adding energy healing to your massage or facial treatment, please see our Facial Services or our Massage Services.


Reiki therapy has numerous benefits for overall health and well-being. The benefits of Reiki Therapy include both physical and mental. Some of the most common benefits of Reiki Therapy include:

  • Dissolved energy blocks
  • Increased energy
  • Improved focus
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Relieved pain
  • Improved sleep
  • Better sense of well being
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