First crystals then oatbran for health and now reiki! It really is a woo-woo month. Debbie has agreed to write about her positive experience with this treatment. Take it away Debbie.
YOU know that overwhelming feeling that many of us get, but don’t necessarily talk about? When someone says, ‘how are you?’ and you auto-reply with ‘yeah great’. Because no-one wants to hear how you’re really feeling, do they?
It’s maybe only when you’re chatting with a close friend, that you admit, ‘Actually, I feel like shit. Blocked. Like someone is holding my shoulders down, stacking up laundry, work, the kids. Mortality. That last one is weighing on me heavily. Lots of people close to me are dying and suddenly I’m realising that at 43, we’re not here forever. It’s all just coming at me. Constantly.’
From the minute the kids went back to school in September, which involved one starting secondary, I felt like I was on a rollercoaster of events, doing things for everyone around me, but completely neglecting myself and my own needs, including my beloved creative writing.
I have been to a shrink and it has its benefits, but it’s not really for me. Instead, I had been thinking about going for reiki and spiritual healing for a while. I had been recommended Nicola Novack, a lady practicing locally.
I looked at my diary and saw nothing in for ‘Thursday’, which was strange, because something always needing doing, sorting or organising. I messaged Nicola about availability and she had just had a cancellation… for Thursday.
It seemed as if the spirits were already in alignment. I took the session, already feeling the pressure lift a little from my shoulders. Nicola asked me about my reasons for coming. She gave little away about what the session would entail, except that I would hopefully come away feeling clearer, more relaxed. ‘It’s better than any massage,’ she promised.
Sign me up for ten sessions immediately.
Nicola is smiley and warm with a treatment room that is peaceful and calm. I would have happily just had a lie down in there for an hour and been satisfied.
We had a brief chat about what the session would involve and that I might feel warm and cold sensations from her hands. Also, my tummy might rumble, and ‘many clients fall asleep and snore’.
I was asked to take a few deep breaths whilst Nicola held my hands in hers and connected with me. Within minutes she told me that there was a very strong presence in the room and that it was my grandma.
Cynics (i.e. my husband, King of Cynics) might say that aged 43, few of us have a living grandparent, and that reiki and healing is a load of old hooey. However, with the additional information that Nicola gave me, things that she would have had absolutely no way of knowing, I fully believe in all that she told me.
I found myself letting out small, emotional sobs – not of sadness, but more like relief. My grandma was watching out for me through all of the burdens and ‘blocks’ and that’s what I needed to hear in order to feel secure in that moment.
Through my apologies for my ‘ugly crying’, Nicola was simply lovely and gave me a crystal to hold, asking me to lie down on the raised bed whilst she dimmed the lights and began the session. Starting with some breathing exercises, I felt slightly alarmed by the feral noise I made on one of the deep exhalations, but it felt so good, like I was ‘emptying’ myself of all the heaviness. You know that scene in ‘The Green Mile’? That.
Starting at my head, Nicola slowly made her way down, a process which balances energy throughout the body. Whilst I didn’t reach ‘snore-stage’, I felt utterly calm and relaxed, albeit slightly embarrassed about the constant rumbling from my stomach.
I was subconsciously aware of my breathing which I noticed varied in depth as she worked on different parts of my body. Overall, I felt warmth from her hands, but as she reached my feet, her hands felt distinctly cold, which she told me afterwards was a ‘spirit connection’, which explained the tummy rumblings too.
As the session drew to a close, Nicola worked on my head and spoke to me quietly about her findings, spiritual advice, how my chakras were now much better aligned, and things should start to flow much better. Various things were conveyed to me; things she couldn’t have possibly known about or me or my family situation.
One thing she mentioned, was a sensation as she passed over my eyes. Possibly the fact that I have lens implants. (Cataracts. Age 16. Steroid-cream-related. But that’s another story.) Either way, I had been delaying an optician visit for months, for fear of worsening sight.
As the session finished, I felt lighter than I had felt in a very long time. I’m not saying I wanted to get up and start belting out, ‘I believe I Can Fly’, but I finally felt a clarity that I had been so desperate for.
Nicola brought me water – this reiki lark makes you thirsty – and gave me a crystal to keep with me. Call it a crutch. Call it a placebo. My gal crystal is with me at all times and it helps me to centre myself.
That evening, I saw friends and for the first time in a long time, I felt like I was living in the moment, without thinking ahead to what needed ‘doing’. I was fully present.
And in case you’re concerned, I booked the optician and there’s no change in my prescription.
Nicola Novack 07770 346 100
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