What is Reiki and Reiki Classes


Mary Saalman, LPTA, LMT, Advanced Myofascial Release Therapist, is a Registered Reiki Master Teacher with the International Center for Reiki Training. Mary is passionate about this gentle, yet powerful healing modality, and feels that every household should have a Reiki practitioner or Reiki Master. Mary is committed to bringing Reiki from the fringes and in to the mainstream through treatments, education and working within the communty.

Reiki is a method of healing that involves balancing and restoring the body's natural energies for the purposes of increasing vitality, balancing emotions, and improving health and well being.

Many of our largest hospitals have been offering Reiki as part of their overall team approach for the last decade, with many studies proving that patients who receive Reiki as part of their overall plan of treatment have improved outcomes, as compared to groups who did not receive Reiki as part of their team approach.

According to the Mayo Clinic:

Reiki is a hands-on, natural healing modality that uses the universal life force energy (Ki). The term comes from the Japanese words “rei,” meaning from God or universal, and “ki,” which means vital life force energy, which flows through all living things. Reiki is an abundant, gentle spiritual energy; it is not a religion, nor is it tied to any specific religion or nationality.

The human body is made up of energy.  All of our major systems and cells are alive with energy. When we need to check the health of our heart, our doctor might order an EKG. If we want to see what is happening in the brain, our doctor might order an EEG.  If we are having issues with our muscles, our doctor might order nerve testing.  Every single part of our body is alive because of energy.  Just as we have modalities to treat the physical body, we need to take care of the energetic parts of our bodies. This is why Reiki is a very important part of our overall health and well being.

What are the Benefits of Receiving Reiki Treatment?

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, people use reiki for relaxation, stress reduction and symptom relief, in efforts to improve overall health and well-being. A reiki treatment may do the following:

  • Bring about a peaceful, deep state of relaxation
  • Dissolve energy blockages and tension
  • Detoxify the body
  • Support the well-being of a person receiving traditional medical treatment that is debilitating (e.g., chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, kidney dialysis)
  • Supply universal life force energy to the body
  • Stimulate the body’s immune system
  • Help to relieve pain
  • Stimulate tissue and bone healing after injury or surgery
  • Increase the vibrational frequency on physical, mental emotional and spiritual levels
  • Decrease inflammation

Reiki, which is used all over the world including in many hospitals and hospices, aids in healing by helping people become more balanced physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  When the body is in a constant state of stress, it cannot heal. Also, living a life filled with constant stress can allow illnesses and disease processes to take hold in the body. When our bodies are in balance (homeostasis), this allows our body's own healing potential to take hold, helping us to remain more healthy.

What Conditions Can Be Treated by Reiki?

Reiki is not specific to any particular type of disease or condition. Because it works on the entire self, mind, body and emotions - it may be successful in all types of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing.

Reiki helps patients to prepare for surgery, which may help boost recovery afterward.

Reiki addresses the following conditions, among others:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Infertility
  • Digestive problems
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stress-related diseases
  • Psychological illnesses

Will I Benefit From Reiki if I Am in Good Health?

Yes. If you are in good health already, regularly applied Reiki treatments (about once a month) enhance your ability to respond to unhealthy elements in your environment and help you to handle stress. By promoting the harmonious distribution of energy, reiki is an excellent form of preventive medicine.

Can Reiki Replace Traditional Medical or Therapeutic Treatments?

No. Reiki complements all other types of medical and therapeutic treatments. Reiki treatment should not be used as a substitute for consultation or a physician, a practitioner or natural therapeutics or a psychotherapist. Reiki can increase the efficacy of other types of healing.

WHAT TO EXPECT: How Does Reiki Work?

The Reiki practitioner is the conduit between the client and the source of the universal life force energy; the energy flows through the practitioner’s energy field and through their hands to the client. (The energy does not come from the practitioner; rather it comes through the practitioner from the universal source. There is no energy drain on the practitioner).

Reiki treatments typically last 45 to 60 minutes. During the treatment, the patient lies comfortably on a warm massage table, fully clothed and covered by a blanket. The reiki practitioner gently places their hands palm down on the patient’s body in a specific energy location and uses a series of 12 to 15 different hand positions. The length of time that the practitioner leaves their hands in each position is determined by the flow of energy through their hands at each location. There is no pressure, massage or manipulation involved. 

The patient may experience the energy as physical sensations such as heat, tingling or pulsing where the practitioner has placed their hands. Sometimes, the sensations are felt moving through the body; some people do not perceive any sensations at all. Most people feel very relaxed and peaceful, and many fall asleep during the treatment. Clients leave treatment feeling calm, peaceful and relaxed.

Studies have shown that when our energy field becomes depleted from illness, injury or physical and emotional stress, this can begin to cause physical illness in the body. Receiving Reiki treatments is very important in maintaining the physical and energetic health of your body. 

Mary teaches all levels of Usui/Holy Fire® III World Peace Reiki.



Holy Fire® World Peace Reiki

Holy Fire energy comes from a higher level of consciousness. The Reiki consciousness, working through the Authentic Self, revealed a higher expression of its healing potential. This wonderful energy contains the energy to actively manifest a new level of peace in the world. It is both powerful and gentle and provides purification, healing, empowerment and guidance. 

Usui/Holy Fire® III Reiki I & II Training

This beginning training is one of the most thorough and comprehensive. It is a 2-day intensive training which includes both Reiki I & II and is a combination of the Western style as introduced by Mrs. Takata, the Japanese style and Holy Fire® energies.

This class is designed for those interested in learning Reiki, as well as those who would like to refresh their training.

Dates and registration to be announced 

Usui/Holy Fire® III Master Training

This class is for those wanting to be Reiki Masters, as well as those Reiki Masters who would like to deepen their understanding of Reiki and increase the effectiveness of their Reiki energy with Holy Fire® III.

Dates and registration to be announced

Holy Fire® III Karuna Reiki® Master classes coming in February!


The Animal Reiki energy received in this course is a unique Reiki energy given to us as a special life force energy for the animals.  The Placements given in the ICRT Animal Reiki I & II class will attune and unify the Animal Reiki symbol with each student’s existing Reiki energy and symbols and allow the practitioner to channel the Animal Reiki energy.

Dates and registration to be announced


Animal Reiki energy empowers both animal and human vitality and life force and restores the blessings between the animals and the people. Animal Reiki energy and this Master class are as deeply healing for humans as for the animals.

Dates and registration for 2024 to be announced

It is very important to Mary that her students feel confident after completing her classes and go on to succeed in their reiki journeys. This is why she remains available to her students after certification to answer any questions, as well as mentoring. You may call, text or email Mary with any questions regarding her Reiki classes.