I became a Reiki Master yesterday.


This has been over 10 years in the making, but I am so glad that I did it.  It was an important part of my physical, mental and spiritual healing – not only from my autoimmune issues, but also from the abuse that I have suffered over the years.

The peace that this has given me is amazing.  And I have to say that it was truly a life-changing experience.


For those who do not know what Reiki is, this is a brief description.

Reiki is a method of energy healing that originated in Japan and is based on Buddhist teachings and philosophy.  While originating from Buddhism, Reiki is NOT aligned with any religion and is not a religious practice in itself.   It is a spiritual practice (at least for me), but is primarily a healing practice.

Reiki uses the universal life-force or energy that surrounds everything on Earth to support and encourage the body to heal itself.  It can heal on all levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.  The body wants to heal, it is smart and it knows what it needs.  Reiki allows that to happen.  It is also protective, something that gives me great comfort.

Reiki can be a hands-on treatment (laying on hands), but it can also be a totally hands-off treatment – either by just “hovering” the hands over the body of the person being treated, or by distance treatment – yes you can provide a Reiki treatment for someone who is not physically present – even for someone on the other side of the world!  The energies know where to go and what is needed.  It is very gentle and very safe.  This makes it ideal for those who cannot or do not like to be touched.

Reiki does not diagnose, and should not replace regular medical care.  But it does work very well alongside other treatment modalities, both alternative and allopathic.  It is a holistic treatment, treating the whole body on all levels.

I intend to use the Reiki along side my regular massage practice, incorporating it into my massages to make them more effective, but I can also offer a stand-alone Reiki treatment if requested.  For the stand-alone Reiki, you would not need to undress, and you would not need to even be touched.  This makes it an ideal healing treatment for those who do not like to be touched (for anyone who has suffered from physical or sexual abuse for example).

Anyone in Calgary, Alberta, Canada who wishes to book a treatment with me, I can be contacted via Hands On Massage Therapy or by email

I can also give distance Reiki treatments on request.  Please contact me at for pricing and details.

Do you like to colour?

There has been a big increase in colouring books that are designed for adults.

designs by Johanna Basford

designs by Johanna Basford

Johanna Basford, a talented illustrator and artist from the UK, has created a series of coloring books that have become incredibly popular, selling more than a million copies.

Her beautifully illustrated books, which can be found on Amazon are full of intricate line drawings depicting fairy-tale scenes, animals and plants.

This is just one example of the many colouring books designed for adults that can be found in a quick Amazon or Google search.  There are colouring books available on almost any subject designed for any age from the youngest toddler up to adults.

Not only can you just buy a colouring book, there are also a wide variety of websites with printable designs such as mandalas or other designs and pictures made to appeal to adults.

So why would an adult want to spend time colouring in the first place?

For starters, it is relaxing.  It has been shown to reduce stress, generate wellness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity.  In a sense, colouring is a form of meditation. In fact, colouring or drawing a mandala IS a recognized form of meditation.

It is also a way of focusing your brain on something enjoyable, which helps you forget about your worries for a time.

I have been a big fan of colouring for a while now, ever since my psychologist suggested that I give it a try.  I personally own quite a few colouring books:

As you can see, there are quite a few.  The last two are ones that I used as part of my Massage Therapy studies a few years ago, and it was then that I realized just how much I enjoyed colouring.

My preference is to use coloured pencils to colour with.  But others like to use crayons or even felt-pens…

Whatever you use though, colouring is clearly beneficial.

So why not give it a try?

Do you colour?  If so, I would love to know about your favourite books and sites for pictures.

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