Reiki is the energy that connects your higher self with everything else around you. It is often used instinctively: when you were a child, your mother will kiss the wound and eased your pain with her loving touch. Or you may naturally hold an area with a cut or that is swollen on in pain.

The word Reiki literally means “life force energy” or “spiritually guided life force energy”.

The concept of Reiki is similar to the physics premise of Entrainment. Ever heard of it?

Entrainment is when 2 oscillating bodies placed together eventually start to vibrate and oscillate together. 2 scientists in the Netherlands found that when two clocks where placed close to each other, their pendulums eventually ended swinging in sync at the exact same rate. They also realized that this concept could be applied to not just pendulum clocks, but as a basic law of physics.

How Does Reiki Work?

The practitioner puts his/her hands on or a few inches above the client’s body. There are a few traditional Reiki hand positions, spread across the entire body, but the practitioner can also choose to move his/her hands to wherever the energy is needed.

The Reiki energy is then channeled through the practitioner (it doesn’t come from the practitioner) and into the client’s body. Similar to the concept of entrainment, the weaker energy (client’s) will tend to adjust to the stronger energy (practitioner), creating harmony and balance.

The client is fully clothed, in comfortable attire and often laying down (can also be seated). Most people relax deeply and feel like they took a restoring nap during the approximate 45 mins. of the Reiki session.

What Happens During A Session?

Your Reiki session begins with a consultation where we’ll discuss any issues you want to work on. We will set an intention and get started. I will then read your chakras with a special crystal to check for imbalances or energetic blockages. I will clear and balance them with crystals and guide you through a simple meditation. I will then gently place my hands on or above your body as I perform Reiki on you. At the end of the session, we’ll have time to discuss your experience and answer any questions you may have. Drinking extra water to help with detoxification and avoiding alcohol and caffeine afterwards, is recommended. *Consistent sessions are recommended to deepen the work, ideally 1-2 weeks apart.

The Benefits of Reiki include:

  • Assists in the recovery form medical treatment and injury
  • Improve immunity
  • Increases feelings of calmness and peace
  • Relieves chronic pain
  • Helps manage insomnia
  • Can regulate blood pressure
  • Reduces stress
  • Can ease hormonal disorders
  • Can help manage emotional issues
  • Alleviates allergies and headaches
  • And many more…..

Can Reiki Be Administered Over The Phone?

Yes! A Reiki master can perform a session at a distance. However, I personally prefer to work with clients when I’m in the same physical space as them. Other practitioners are comfortable with either. That’s just a personal preference.

The Reiki Principles

The Reiki principles are powerful yet simple affirmative sentences that can be used alone or together. I use them as part of my morning prayer, in my meditation practice and share them with my clients.

They are meant as ideals that you strive toward to add light, a little balance and peace to your life.

As my teacher Lisa Powers says, it is not possible to live every moment within these principles, however you can continue to improve how you manage your thoughts and actions day to day.

  • For all of today, I will trust
  • For all of today, I will love
  • For all of today I will be true to myself and others
  • For all of today I will give thanks for my many blessings
  • For all of today I will be kind to my neighbor and all living things

How Can I Book a session with Jovanka?

My current work and travel commitments make it very hard for me to offer Reiki sessions to as many people as I’d love to. Right now, I only offer sessions in LA and NY as well as administer it during retreats when my schedule permits.

About Jovanka

Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned Wellness expert, detox specialist, nutrition educator and author. She is the creator of the Wellness Smackdown™, a proprietary detox and weight loss program for natural weight loss which was featured on the first season of ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours”...


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