We chatted with the Elodie from Sunshine Holistic Wellness to explain what Reiki is, how it can heal or help someone, and a little about her spiritual awakening.
Elodie how long have you been a Reiki practitioner and how did you begin?
I’ve been a Reiki practitioner now for about 10 months. I studied my Level 2 Reiki with Maggie and Debbie at Sunshine Coast School of Reiki in Noosa, Qld. I’ve come from a background of science being a Registered Nurse in the Operating Theatre for 6 years. I don’t quite remember how I discovered Reiki, but it just started appearing to me in various ways throughout my life. I’d never really heard of Reiki much and certainly didn’t know what was involved with it. In May 2020, I attended a mindset workshop and started doing Wim Hof breathwork/ice baths with my friend Bec Edwards from O2u.com.au. I delved into Re-birthing breathwork events and Cacao ceremonies here on the Sunshine Coast and through these healing modalities, I suddenly found myself on quite a spiritual/soul discovery journey. This was the beginning of a beautiful new awakening for me. The Universe started bringing me Reiki in various forms- through friends, overhearing strangers’ conversations, and seeing it pop up on my Facebook news feed. My curiosity for energy work gradually increased and I found it very intriguing so decided to join a Level 1&2 Reiki course. I knew that it was meant to be as I just happened to have the two days off work already with nothing planned. Divine intervention at its finest! Once I attended the four-day course, I knew that I had found my calling as it was so magical and exciting for me. I started to get good at reading and feeling energies from my patients, friends, family members, and clients and it’s been amazing ever since! I started up my own business with no knowledge of the business world and asked people for advice and taught myself and here I am!
Could you explain what Reiki is and how it differs from other energy healing methods?
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning ‘Universal Life force energy’. Reiki aims to stimulate our body’s own natural healing ability by using this energy that is all around us and within us. Reiki energy is guided through the body through the energy centres or Chakras and assists by opening and clearing the chakras thus allowing more healing life force energy to flow easily and abundantly within us. A lot of the time our energetic blockages in our Chakras can be attributed to emotional blockages that we have sometimes unconsciously suppressed. Suppression of emotions over some period can lead to physical ailments being experienced which Reiki aims to remove these emotional and energetic blockages from our energy body. Reiki life force energy is cultivated using sacred symbols that are passed down from teacher to student through a process called ‘attunement’ giving the student the authority and ability to perform Reiki. Reiki is like other energetic healing modalities such as Pranic Healing but the key difference being that Pranic healing draws energy directly from the sun, air, ground, and other spiritual sources then projects this Prana (energy) into the client’s aura.
Why would someone book in for a Reiki treatment as in what would it help with? Is it more for emotional well-being or can it help the physical too?
Clients book in for Reiki sessions for a variety of reasons- chronic conditions, anxiety, stress, depression, grief, sadness. I believe that Reiki can help you with whatever you have going on in your life. It’s such a loving, peaceful, and gentle healing modality to receive and I love giving it. I’ve had clients come to me in high-stress mode and after a session, they have reported feeling much more relaxed and less tense. On an emotional level, Reiki can certainly help to relax the sympathetic nervous system, slow the heart rate, decrease blood pressure, and regulate breathing. I incorporate guided breathing techniques into my sessions to assist with relaxing the nervous system.
Reiki aims to remove energetic blockages in the physical body which is often attributed to suppressed emotions we are unconsciously hanging onto. Emotions are by way, simply energy-in-motion. Humans are not an emotion. We are a physical vessel that emotions should by design, flow freely through us and not get trapped in. They are supposed to flow through us and be released, not recycled and recircled or trapped in loops. This is where Reiki comes in to help with removing blocked energy and emotions which helps us to feel more relaxed and at ease ?
Do you have to “believe” in it to receive it?
There’s an aspect of believing in it which aids clients with fully receiving healing Reiki energy successfully. A lot of the time our subconscious limiting mind can block us from being open and receiving from a healing modality that might seem a little out there. Trust me, I know! Being a Registered Nurse working in the Operating Theatre, I was sceptical at first, and in fact, before studying to be a Reiki therapist, I had never received Reiki before! But I followed my intuition and guidance and it led me on this beautiful path. I’ve had clients come to me with a sceptical mind as to the efficacy of Reiki and after some time, they too have felt and experienced the wonderful loving healing energy. It’s all about quietening the logical/analytical mind and leading from the truth of the heart, which is the space of which my clients can feel the energy and its healing effects.
“If you believe you can, or if you believe you can’t, you are right.”
Can it be incorporated with other treatments or modalities?
Yes 100%. I’m also a qualified Reflexologist and Access Bars practitioner so I have incorporated these two modalities into the treatment options that I offer with Reiki. Some clients find it nice to have a mix of energy work and physical massage. I’m also a Yoga & Meditation Teacher and I love to incorporate self-Reiki into my Yoga classes when we’re in meditation.
What exactly could someone expect if they came for a Reiki treatment with you? How long might it take, what would they wear, that sort of thing?
Initial treatments are 90 minutes in length. During this time, I’ll briefly explain the Reiki process and common emotions or feelings in the body that may arise. I always start my sessions off by acknowledging the divine light and calling upon the client’s higher self, spirit guides, past loved ones, ancestors, angels to be present, and of course, calling upon the Reiki lineage for guidance. I assess the energy body for any possible blockages using a pendulum, then I’ll hover or place my hands intuitively on various parts of the body. My hands will normally be in those places for about 3-5 minutes and clients will be fully clothed, on their backs, covered in a blanket with an eye-pillow on so they are completely comfortable and at ease. During the session, I’ll assess the body for energetic and emotional blockages, and I’ll get ‘downloads’ of information and visions that your subconscious is wanting you to be consciously aware of, which I tell you at the time of these arising. I’ll sweep this old stagnant, blocked energy away out via the hands, feet, and head. I normally incorporate a loving inner child-guided visualisation whilst connected to the heart space which assists with bringing people back to a state of self-love and self-worth. At the end of the session, I do an Oracle card reading as a take-home message from the client’s higher self and give them an optional two-week awareness journal for them to take home to assist them with getting to know their subconscious limitations and becoming more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Often, I see that energetic blockages are attributed to varying degrees of emotional suppression that gets stored in our energetic field on an often-unconscious level. If only we can normalise the process of acknowledging, holding space for our emotions and feelings, and releasing them as they arise, we would have a society of happier and care-free people.
I also hold a Certificate in Holistic counselling & Life Coaching so I like to have a de-brief session with my clients after their treatment to discuss options and ways in which they can best implement changes to their life in order to increase their awareness and overall happiness and wellbeing.
As a Reiki practitioner are you able to give Reiki to yourself?
I get this question a lot- the answer is 100% Yes! As Reiki practitioners, it’s important that we’re also in tune with our own energy as we can quite often pick-up other people’s energies without being consciously aware of it. I have a morning ritual where I tune into my own energy body, cultivate Reiki energy in my hands and do a sweep over from head to toe. I intuitively know what areas of my body need a bit of TLC and direct Reiki energy there. I then ground myself to the earth, expel any old energy and put up a white light energy bubble to protect me from others throughout my day.
What’s the most memorable experience you have of either giving or receiving Reiki?
I’ve had a few crazy awesome experiences with giving Reiki to clients as during my sessions I quite often get ‘downloads’ or intuitive visions, knowing and feelings. Sometimes I have channelled past loved ones or spirit guides who have wanted to be known to my clients. Coming from a science background, this was a bit eye-opening when it first started happening but soon became normal. The one reason why I absolutely love giving Reiki is because I thoroughly enjoy helping clients become more consciously aware of their suppressed subconscious limiting beliefs which may affect them on an unknown deeper level. Assisting my clients on a truly deep level and giving them the tools and resources to help themselves gives me purpose and joy ?
Events, appointments, sessions, workshops & retreats
Thanks for reading my Reiki journey! I’m currently providing Reiki, Reflexology & Access Bars treatments from two locations on the Sunshine Coast. Every Monday & Friday I’m in a massage room in Coolum and every Tuesday I’m at the beautiful clinic space at Sunshine Coast Natural Health in Seaside Boulevard, Marcoola.
I hold a Certificate in Holistic Human Development, Life Coaching & Holistic counselling as well as Meditation & Chair Yoga instructing. I am available for one-on-one counselling and life coaching sessions where we will identify and assess multiple areas of your life where you would like to improve on and work together on ways and means on which to achieve this together. This is achieved by completing a work booklet which includes looking at your subconscious limitations, self-sabotage patterns, goal setting, brainstorming and completing a 2-week awareness journal activity to identify the root cause of the feelings and emotions. Different meditation and gratitude practices will also be incorporated for you to work through and gain new insight.
Every Sunday I run donation-based community Yoga classes with The Kindness Collective, a community group on the Sunshine Coast. Yoga is every Sunday afternoon from 4:30pm-5:30pm at Nelson Park in Alexandra Headland and everyone is welcome to join!
I also co-host a wonderful Full Moon ceremony every month to honour the magnificence and powerful energy of the Full Moon. The evening runs for 2 hours and includes gentle Yoga flow, meditation ceremony on letting go of anything you want to release, drinking cacao and setting new intentions for the month to come. Please join our private Facebook group- Full Moon Lovers Yoga & meditation gatherings- for more information on locations, dates, and times.
I am co-hosting a wonderful day health retreat called the ‘Re-Align Retreat‘ with my beautiful colleagues from the clinic at Sunshine Coast Natural Health on June 13th 2021 on the Sunshine Coast. The Re-Align Retreat is for anyone who is wanting to achieve holistic support through physical, mental and emotional support, as well as learning how and why your body may exhibit certain symptoms (and most importantly, how to support them in your lifestyle). We’ll have a full day of delicious organic food, meditation, yoga, Kinesiology self testing, Naturopathy workshop, education on essential oils to maintain hormones and balance as well as your choice of a 45 minute Reiki, reflexology, access bars, kinesiology or massage treatment. You can find the event details on my Facebook or Instagram page or here!