Supporting the healing endeavors of all individuals practicing Reiki in the Midwest
February 23, 2013
By Tracey Ostrand
Magic and Reiki are often partners and they weaved their way together once again at the Breathe Deep Yogathon, an inaugural yoga event held in Highland Park by the LUNGevity Foundation to raise money for lung cancer research. As an in-kind donor, members of the Midwest Reiki Community (MRC) volunteered their time to provide event attendees Reiki sessions throughout the day.We were excited from the start when the MRC was given the facilities healing space of the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute to use for our sessions, which included a luxurious waiting room, three private treatment rooms with adjustable massage tables, and a water station consisting of a choice of cucumber or lemon water. With six MRC Reiki givers present we took turns giving Reiki, sometimes giving in pairs, sometimes solo, and sometimes taking a much deserved break. Many thanks to MRC members Chris, Emily, CheVonne, Judi, Rachael, and Tracey for their Reiki hands and dedication!
One first time Reiki receiver was so amazed that she called her husband and made him come down to the event for the sole purpose of experiencing Reiki. She signed him up and kept checking back to make sure he would be able to receive and asked over and over again about becoming attuned. Being an admitted massage-aholic myself, my favorite enthusiastic after-Reiki comment was “Wow, that was better than a massage!”
Jill, the woman who inspired the event, received Reiki for the first time and shared that she had never experienced anything even remotely like it. She could feel the energy moving and coursing through her body and said she was the most relaxed she had ever been. She shared that she was planning on getting more treatments and possibly attuned to Reiki to help her battle her lung cancer.
While the MRC was giving free Reiki treatments others were joining in the yoga classes offered, getting massages, or shopping at the vendor stations. But Vicky, the co-producer of the event, told the MRC that they made the day. She shared that everyone was talking about Reiki and that the energy we created could be felt throughout the entirety of the event. The MRC helped to raise $5,100 for lung cancer research that day and Vicky begged the MRC to participate again next year. We said yes!