Reiki

Energy therapy given through hand positions, which improves the energy flow in the body fostering its natural balance and healing response. It strengthens the immune system, treats stress, relieves chronic pain, aids recovery from anesthesia, chemotherapy and insomnia.

Levels Ⅰ, Ⅱ, Ⅲ
Training led by Rita Melissano
Sessions held in the Healing Arts Building.


Reiki is an ancient healing modality that holistically addresses the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing of an individual. It enhances the natural ability of the body to heal itself, by increasing and (re)balancing the energy centers corresponding to the meridian intersections in the body, like in acupuncture. The practitioner uses specific hand positions (gently touching the body or a few inches away from the body), to transmit “universal” (Rei) “energy” (Ki) to different parts of the body and particularly to the affected areas. Whether laying down, standing, or sitting, the individual receiving a Reiki treatment may have different soothing experiences and sensations (e.g. heat, cold, tingling, colors), ), but they always feel a deep inner peace and relaxation. I also call Reiki “Divine Breath”, as it is Spirit, what brings sacredness and life into our beings (from Latin “spiritus” = breath).

A complete session (table treatment) of Reiki is generally done in one hour, a quick boost or a chair treatment is given in 15-30 minutes. Even a few minutes of Reiki is always a gift. Reiki sessions are available daily at the Satva Center. Today Reiki is being used in hospitals and clinics in the U.S. and around the world as it has been proven to be very useful for pain management, relaxation, to strengthen the immune system, flush toxins in the body, help with the organs’ proper function, to fight infections, decrease side effects of medication and/or medical procedures (e.g. transplants, chemotherapy/radiations), speed up the course of recovery (e.g. surgery), and reduce stress and anxiety. Reiki is an invaluable tool to integrate what offered by conventional medicine. It does not require any technology, does not have any side effects or contraindications, and is a cost-effective way to enhance patient care. It does create a healing environment for not only the patients and their families, but the medical staff as well.

Practitioners can use Reiki to promote both self-healing and healing in others, even animals (who love it!). As a certified Reiki Master Teacher (Level Ⅳ) of Satva Center, I provide training for those who want to enhance their gift of healing in the specific Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition, as there are many different traditions. Through either a 6-8 hour workshop or a three week seminar format students receive at each level the correspondent certificate as Reiki practitioners of the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition. It is a joy for me to teach it in its purest and authentic form, and in so doing, honor the teachings of the original teachers Masters Usui, Hayashi and Takata and my legacy to them.

Becoming a Reiki practitioner is a life changing event: people will never look at other human beings in the same way. They will feel intimately connected with “all living things”, experiencing a boundless sense of unity and reverence towards life. They may feel deeply committed to serve and raise consciousness among all beings. As a result, practitioners will be profoundly transformed and able to express their true essence. – Rita Melissano