Gift Ideas for Health and Wellness
Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for health and wellness for the holidays–this list includes things I’m getting for my family and friends so hopefully they won’t read this!
1. A gift certificate: Give the gift of balance and relaxation with a Reiki, Reflexology, and/or Hypnosis gift certificate.
3. 2016 Create Your Shining Year workbook & calendar: These are filled with dozens of pages of powerful worksheets & a printable calendar (I like the e-book version) to help create an inspired and shining new year.
4. Hypnosis Recordings: Here’s an extended list of hypnosis downloads for a range of issues. While not as personalized as an in-person hypnosis session, I like their recordings a lot, and bought one for my Dad to help improve his golf game. Talk about a unique gift idea! 🙂
5. The 5-Minute Journal: Feeling grateful once a day has been proven to raise your happiness set point, lower stress and boost immune function. It’s an easy way to let go of negative thinking in under 5 minutes, and has become one of my favorite ways to start the day. I’m buying this for my Mom and sis.
Fall is a nice time to snuggle up with a good book (ideally with a fire in the fireplace and a cup of tea!) and I’ve been reading a lot lately. Read on for my top 3 picks for books to help you find true health and balance.
1. May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness
by Gabrielle Bernstein
Gabby Bernstein believes that simple, consistent shifts in your thinking and actions can lead to the miraculous in your relationships, finances, body, and self-image. She offers a straight-forward plan to release fear and allow gratitude, forgiveness, and love to flow through you. Gabby makes change manageable, giving bite-sized exercises to do each morning and evening. I loved how the daily exercises built on each other over the course of 40 days, making transformation sustainable (and enjoyable!).
3. The Inner Heart of Reiki: Rediscovering Your True Self
by Frans Stiene
This book is a wonderful companion for the Reiki student and/or teacher who wants to dive deeper into their daily practice and expand their energetic understanding of Reiki. It’s a clear and concise guide to help you integrate the various components of the system of Reiki–the precepts, meditations, symbols/mantras, and hands-on-healing–into your sessions, classes, and most importantly, your life.
Frans Stiene, often referred to as “the Reiki Teacher’s Teacher,” takes his extensive research and grounded personal understanding and practice, and outlines a path of practice you can follow in his gentle, compassionate, and often humorous way. I found this book quite breathtaking. Breathtaking is the perfect word–this book reminds you to connect to your breath and your True Self while reading it. The book was truly wonderful, and something I’ll reread and refer to often as I expand my personal understanding of Reiki.
Bonus: The 5-Minute Journal
I wrote a past post about this but think it bears repeating. I loved hearing feedback from many people who are finding the 5-Minute Journal helpful: you can read more here about an easy way to let go of negative thinking and feel more positive in under 5 minutes a day. I’m so enjoying how it anchors the start and end of my day.
P.S. Want more recommendations? Here’s a previous post with 3 more books!
Can Anyone Learn Reiki?
This was a big question for me when I was thinking about taking a Reiki class years ago. I thought maybe only people with a special gift could learn Reiki, and I was more than a little nervous on my first day of class.
The short answer is yes–anyone can learn Reiki. (Reiki is a hands-on healing technique from Japan and means “transcendent life force.” The practice of Reiki guides this “Ki,” or energy, that is a part of every living thing.)
Hands on healing is our natural ability (just think about how you feel better when someone gives you a hug or holds your hand).
Find out more below about the types of Reiki training available and the different levels, if you can you teach yourself Reiki, and what the difference is between getting a Reiki session and learning to use Reiki on yourself.
Type of Reiki Training & Levels
Traditionally, there are 3 levels of Reiki training: beginner, intermediate, and advanced–Reiki I, Reiki II, and Reiki III (Reiki Master) classes–as well as additional teacher training if you want to teach Reiki classes.
Training for each level varies from 1-2 days to spreading out training over a longer period of time. I structure my Reiki trainings over several weeks for each level, so you have time to practice between class and start to make Reiki a daily habit, as well as have the opportunity to ask questions with the support of the teacher, fellow students, and classroom setting.
Can You Teach Yourself Reiki?
Sometimes students tell me they notice they have a healing ability but they feel overwhelmed by it, or they feel worried or unsure about how to use it.
Reiki classes give this natural ability a structure and foundation, allowing you to expand your innate capacity. Additionally, having a teacher’s guidance can be helpful whenever you’re learning something new.
Once you’ve learned some basic techniques, you’ll have the ability to give yourself a mini-Reiki session and practice simple Reiki meditations every day, contributing to your own healing.
What is the Difference Between Receiving a Reiki Session
& Learning Reiki?
A prospective student recently asked me this question, and it’s a good one.
Learning Reiki allows you to take your healing into your own hands (literally) and go deeper with a daily mindfulness practice.
Receiving Reiki sessions is wonderful and a great source of additional support and guidance (I get sessions regularly as well), but having a daily self care practice is empowering and something that will last a life time if you use it regularly.
And here’s a recent article about 5 benefits you’ll notice in your life by learning Reiki.
It seems I’m not the only one who thinks the new year is a great time to learn Reiki. I’m excited by the interest I’ve been hearing from many of you, asking about upcoming Reiki I, II, & III classes.
The next beginner Reiki I class starts on Tuesday, February 3rd. (There are a few spots left.)
Reiki II starts on Tuesday, March 17th. Here’s what you’ll discover as you take your practice to the next level.
Reiki III starts on Tuesday, March 10th. This advanced training takes place over 4 months and is limited to 6 students. (It’s offered once a year, and there are payment plans available.)
You can book here if you’re ready to learn a powerful, yet easy way to take care of yourself, your loved ones, and/or for professional practice.
And let me know if you have any questions about any of the classes.