Reiki - A Treatment that is a Treat

I decided the best way to treat myself for a major birthday was to try Reiki. Living in a winter climate when winter seems too long, a treatment that is renewing and offers the possibility of more energy was very appealing. Off I went through the cold blowing snow to my treatment, dragging. I emerged and the same cold and snow were there but with my chakras aligned, my aura extended and my body grounded, the weather was less bothersome. I experienced clear sinuses, a straightened posture that just happened and an 'I can' feeling. So I actually felt younger for my birthday.

Karen greeting her client

And what did I have to do? I was welcomed for my session by Karen Daughtry whose encouraging smile and calm voice continued through the treatment, explaining what was happening and why. I was led to a small, cozy room and invited to lie down on a massage table fully clothed. Karen explained that when people can't lie down, she works with them seated. I found the massage table so comfortable that during the treatment, I was only semi-conscious, drifting into and near sleep. Many people do sleep because it is so comfortable and relaxing. I thought a cocoon must feel something like this.

The waiting area

I was barely aware of Karen's hand doing a 'dance' above me, a wonderful aroma in the room and calming music playing. Occasionally, Karen moved over to the counter to write something. Before the start of the hands-on part of the session, she asked whether I preferred not to be touched because the next phase of the treatment can include a light physical touch but is not required. Energy work can also be done off the body, in the aura. I was fine with the light and non-intrusive hand placements and to me it felt wonderful. I was surprised when I felt my sinuses clear. It all felt so good, that when the session ended, I really did not want to get up. But alas, the session was over and it was time to go.

The comfortable massage table

I learned from Karen that she was facilitating the energy flow in my body by clearing away 'congested' energy. Energy, also known as prana or chi, then can flow where it is needed it in order to promote self- healing. One of the main tenets of her work, she said, is 'All healing is self healing.' I found this interesting because the areas of my body that have been problems for me are my sinuses and posture and somehow these were problems no more. Another tenet of Karen's energy work is 'the energy goes where it's needed.' Karen also explained how important drinking water is to all of the body, both physically and energetically.

A Reiki book for children

Karen has written a children's book with Darlene Nelson called 'My Reiki Tool Kit.' A number of workshops have been presented at schools in an attempt to help children understand Reiki as a means of comforting and healing oneself. This is especially helpful to children who have chronic problems. Karen also is a Reiki teacher for adults, offering classes in all levels of Reiki for those who wish to learn to do energy work for themselves and others.

Located in Highland Park, one can find the Infinity Foundation, the Chicago area's premier center for learning, and a place where Karen teaches courses. She also facilitates free mini-workshops at Infinity, which are open to the public. (

I was telling a friend of mine about my 'treat' and she told me a very interesting story about Reiki treatments. A friend of hers who has many animals that she loves very much, became skilled in Reiki techniques in order to heal her animals, which she does regularly. Her horses move with greater ease after they are treated.

Aroma therapy materials

So we find that Reiki and other energy work is helpful for children, adults, and even animals. It's a gentle, balancing tool that can relieve pain, reduce stress, and promote healing on all levels. On the Oprah Winfrey program in late February, Dr. Mehmet Oz stated that Reiki and other energy work is on the cutting edge of modern medicine. It's been known to speed up healing after surgeries, relieve chronic dizziness, and lighten the side effects of chemotherapy, among many other uses. Reiki is a safe, effective and life-enhancing tool for the 21st century.

Check Karen's website:

She has been studying energy work since 1997
. . . going to 'energetic culinary school,' so to speak. The idea is to become a clearer channel, or conduit, for the universal life energy, which surrounds and is available to all of us. Sharing the knowledge of energy work and empowering you for your own self-care and the care of others is the goal of our work together.

Call Karen Daughtry at 847-338-2030
between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Sessions are by appointment only.
One-hour energy session: $65
One-hour Raindrop Technique session with pure essential oils: $95

Karen usually recommends three sessions to start, then "as needed" --some people come back occasionally and some enjoy it on a regular basis. She offers two sessions for $120 and three visits for $150, and gift certificates are also available. 'If people are really, really interested in energy work, I encourage them to learn Reiki so they can work on themselves in between visits', Karen offered.

Energy work is a wonderful complement to regular medical care. Sessions
are usually about an hour long. Aromatherapy techniques with pure essential
oils, soothing music and serene surroundings are also all part of the work.

Karen is well trained-
-  Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, trained by Healing Touch International
-  Usui Reiki Master/Teacher
-  Karuna Reiki Master/Teacher
-  Vibrational/Energetic Transformation Support/Facilitation
-  Aromatherapy Practitioner using pure essential oils
-  Licensed EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)


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