Ricky is a Reiki Master and offers all of her doula clients one complimentary Reiki session in her home during your pregnancy.  Any additional Reiki treatments are offered at a discounted rate of $50/hr during your pregnancy and for one month post partum.  Clients of other doulas within the collective can also take advantage of the discounted rate.  Of course during your labour she offers her clients Reiki at no additional cost.

What is Reiki?

It’s a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing on all levels (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual). The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words. “Rei” is interpreted to mean universal or spiritual wisdom. This is the wisdom that comes from God (or your higher power) which is all-knowing. It understands each person completely. It knows the cause of all problems and difficulties and knows how to heal them. The word “Ki” means life energy. Every living thing has life energy circulating through and surrounding it. If our life energy is low, or if there is a restriction in its flow, we are more vulnerable to illness, be it physical or emotional. When it is high and flowing freely we are less likely to get sick. It is the God-Consciousness (or universal wisdom) called Rei that guides the life energy called Ki in the practise called Reiki. In other words it is spiritually guided life energy.

During a Reiki treatment, a Reiki practitioner simply places their hands on or slightly above the person being treated. Reiki energies flow through the practitioner to that person. The Reiki practitioner is only a channel for Reiki to flow through. The healing energy has its own intelligence and knows exactly where to go and what to do. It always knows what a person needs and will adjust itself to create an effect that is appropriate. Reiki is a safe, gentle and natural method of healing that can be combined with other complementary or traditional medical therapies. It is always beneficial and can never do harm. Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing healthy Ki to flow in a natural way. Once Ki is flowing naturally, your body is then able heal itself.

How does Reiki support pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum stage?

Reiki is a blessing for expectant mothers and their babies. During early pregnancy it can reduce many common discomforts such as exhaustion and nausea. Reiki will also ease stress, and promote relaxation. Throughout pregnancy, Reiki can relieve issues such as lower back pain, tension and insomnia. On a mental and emotional level, Reiki can ease anxieties and calm fears. Relieved of some of the physical and emotional discomforts of pregnancy, the expectant mom will sleep more soundly, feeling positive and relaxed.

Reiki can also help strengthen the energetic emotional connection between mother and baby. Babies sense the calmness and peace created by Reiki and are naturally in tune with the loving energy that flows through their mothers. Babies will often be very active in utero during a Reiki treatment. It is a wonderful way for mother and baby to bond!  During labour Reiki can help to relax the mother, easing stress and tension. It provides her with a natural form of pain relief and may also help to speed labour and ease delivery.

Mothers who have used Reiki during and after pregnancy can find a stronger bond and easier adjustment to life with baby. Babies are also better adjusted to the outside world when the mother has had Reiki therapy during her pregnancy. After the baby is born, it can be a stressful time for the baby. When Reiki is used in the delivery room it can make for an easier transition.

The following quote came from a Home Care Nurse at one of her postpartum visits:

“I ran into a client of Ricky’s a while ago and she kept talking about Ricky’s Reiki ‘magic hands’ and how much comfort and calmness they brought to the birth.”