Bio and Testimonials

BIO

Background

I (Melanie Ptashynski) am owner and operator of Just Breathe Reiki.  I am a Reiki Master, who is certified as a practitioner (RP-CRA) and teacher (RT-CRA) with the Canadian Reiki Association (CRA), and also am a Certified Angel Life Coach (ALC) and Angel Card Reader.  I offer Reiki treatments and classes, Arturian healing treatments, angel life coaching and card readings, and meditation training in a relaxing and peaceful environment.

Prior to working in the health and wellness field, I spent over twenty years studying and working as an aquatic toxicologist and hold a B.Sc. (Environmental Science) and M.Sc. (Zoology). I was introduced to Reiki by a massage therapist who was treating me for an injury that had put my life on hold. She repeatedly encouraged me to learn Reiki so I could treat myself.  I was skeptical at first but decided to give a Level One Class a try. I was blown away by what I experienced during my attunement. I certainly didn’t foresee switching careers to a spiritual wellness-based practice but my experiences were so strong and profound that I had to explore this magical path I found myself on.  I have never looked back and am amazed at what blessings this path has brought into my life and love sharing that magical energy and wisdom with others.

The type of Reiki I practice and teach is Unified Reiki, which represents a combination of traditional Usui Reiki and earth-based Tera Mai Reiki.  Unified Reiki has 4 levels and requires 6 months of practice between each level to build your sensitivity and skill and open to the energy. This also means when you become a Reiki Master you have  completed a meaningful course of study and developed some expertise as a healer.  I completed Level 1 in 2010 and obtained my Master certification in 2012.  Being a Reiki Master means that in addition to giving treatments I can teach Reiki to others and give attunements to open students to Reiki energy. I am a Registered Teacher (RT-CRA) with the CRA. My classes follow the curriculum outlined by the CRA and certificates received by my students are recognized by the CRA.  As I teacher,  I use the teaching skills I developed during my career as a scientist, to make sure information is understood and to develop comprehensive course materials.

In addition to Reiki, I have also studied Levels One and Two of Arcturian Healing with Gene Ang.  To develop and better understand my sensory gifts, I have studied Angel Life Coaching and Angelic Mediumship with Charles Virtue, Angel Card Reading with Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine, Psychic Portals with James van Praagh, along with many other short courses and workshops on psychic development.  I have also completed numerous workshops on personal growth and healing (like Iyanla Vanzant’s in-depth 21 Days to Forgiveness Online Course and her Fixins Online Course) to assist me in my role as an Angel Life Coach.

Treatment Philosophy

“I offer my clients a space to find relaxation, serenity, new-found insights, a deeper connection to self and source, and healing with the treatments that I offer. I also encourage my clients to be empowered in their life and develop a spiritual routine that brings that sense of peace, relaxation, self-love, and connection they experience in my studio into their everyday lives. I can help you to develop that practice and to continue to heal post-treatment through guided homework assignments (like taking walks in nature, starting a meditation practice, working on releasing and forgiving, or maybe taking a Reiki course so you can remove blockages yourself).

I believe that we can choose to experience and find happiness and peace in our lives no matter what may be going on around us or what has happened to us in the past.  We can’t control the world around us but we can make a choice in how we perceive, view, and react to things.  When we get lost in our life sometimes we forget that. Sometimes, the universe knocks on our door to wake us up.  When something completely unexpected happens that affects our health, heart, mind, or spirit, it’s a call for us to stop what we’re doing, breathe, take a look at our life, see the suffering or struggle we are experiencing, and realize it’s time to make a  change in how we view ourselves, others, and how we interact with the world.  In my own life this took the form of an injury.  For you maybe it is a relationship ending, loss of someone you loved, a crisis, or a disease.

Changing your outlook can completely change your life and how you perceive yourself, other people, situations, and events and bring you more happiness, peace, and joy and less fear, doubt and suffering.  I can help you to make positive changes in your life that will help you experience more joy and peace, such as learning to become self-aware, how to release thoughts that create suffering and to go with the flow, and to unblock and open your energy centres.  I can help teach you to reconnect with yourself and your intuition. To trust life and the world again. To develop self-love and respect so don’t have to look outside yourself for those things and can freely offer them to others. Namaste.”

 

TESTIMONIALS FROM CLIENTS AND STUDENTS

Treatments

“I count myself as blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Melanie over this past year receiving both distance Reiki and Arcturian Healing and Angel Life Coaching sessions. I feel that Melanie is a profoundly skilled and gifted healer and that her intuitive awareness and capacity to provide meaningful guidance is without question. Melanie has been a wonderful resource to me during a difficult and trying time in my life and I humbly thank her for her empathy, kindness, and sincerity. When one feels so lost and confused in this world we often need to turn to others for compassion and direction and there could not be a better choice in my opinion than Melanie.”

“I found Melanie’s name and website over a year ago during a search for an energy healer on the north shore and I have never looked back! She introduced me to Reiki energy, which really resonates with me. Along with attending regular healing sessions with Melanie, I have taken her Reiki Level 1 training and regularly do self-healing. This integrates with my daily meditation practice. I consider Melanie a wise mentor and coach in my spiritual development. She is an authentic, ethical, caring healer and the messages she transmits from my guides are extremely useful and encouraging – life changing, really. I feel better grounded and happier than I have ever been in my life. My connections with other people are greatly improved, especially with family members. Melanie is a warm and welcoming person – meet with her and see what good things happen in your life :)”

“I was introduced to Reiki (and Melanie) through a friend a few years ago. The location is easy to get to, with ample street parking. The treatment room is calming and tranquil. I loved getting Reiki so much that I ended up taking course there as well. Reiki share’s with fellow students are great. Melanie is knowledgeable and gifted. I feel blessed to have been led there. Best part of Reiki is that I can just lay there and receive. Self-Reiki has become a regular part of my life, and regular sessions at Just Breathe Reiki are a regular part of my wellness routine. To all you curious ones….I highly recommend you give it a try! Blessings!!”

“With all the available Reiki practitioners in the Vancouver area, I feel so blessed and grateful to have found Melanie. Her treatments are so unique as she is not only able to identify and clear energy blockages, but she gives insightful and compassionate advice as to why certain blocks are present. I always leave our sessions feeling clear and focused. Having a session with Melanie is like peering into your own subconscious mind – she identifies (with stunning accuracy) certain behavioural patterns and challenges present in your current life. Her insights never ceases to amaze me. Thank you Melanie for your compassionate healing.”

“I started seeing Melanie for Reiki treatments and Angel Coaching in order to deal with issues related to work and simply life in general. I found her approach to be sincere, gentle and compassionate. Trust was established very easily and for me, that is no ordinary task. Melanie has given me many tools to use in my life in order to control stress and to see the magic in life itself. I was extremely honoured when she invited me to join in her Level 1 Reiki class. It takes place over a few weeks so that one is given time to absorb the information being presented. I found that this approach was ideal for my learning needs. In class, her information is outlined logically and completely and for me, this approach further reinforced my trust in her and allowed me to process the information effectively. Class size is small which allows for friendly and intelligent instruction and discussion in a non-threatening environment. I trust and value Melanie completely. I am extremely thankful that she is a part of my life’s path.”

“Just Breathe Reiki is a tranquil place to experience the healing power of Reiki. Melanie is an accomplished practitioner with a calm, professional manner and she really knows her work. I leave my sessions feeling energized and comfortable. It is always an excellent experience and I have seen positive results from my treatments.”

“I went to Melanie at a time where life was exciting but also overwhelming. I was not able to quieten my mind to sort my thoughts and felt restless. When my path looked foggy and I struggled to make fundamental decisions in life, my friend recommended to see Melanie and give Reiki a try. Having never been exposed to energy or spiritual healing before, I went to Melanie with no exact expectations but with curiosity and an open mind. From the second I walked in, I knew I had made the right decision and that I was embarking on a new journey. Just being in Melanie’s presence is so calming and reassuring. Every time after seeing Melanie, my mind is at peace. The negative and worrying voices stay quiet and I feel calm and balanced. This has also reflected in my relationships as I am able to be more gentle, patient and caring again while staying true to who I am. After a few months of Reiki sessions with Melanie, I have faced my past, learned to let go of things that are holding me back, discovered new facets of myself and widened my perspective of the world. I am now trusting my intuition more, am on my way to love and respect myself and have found back to who I am at the very core. Finally, after a couple of stressful years, I feel like myself again.”

“Where do I begin.  I have never submitted a testimonial before as I felt that it was just a way for the “company” to promote themselves.  But this is different, very different.  My wife and I have been blessed to have found Melanie and “Just Breathe Reiki “.  My journey, (nee – in fact our journey together) has been one of rediscovery, healing and guidance.  My first Reiki and Angel reading with Melanie I think I “stumped” her.  “Twin Flame” is what she heard.  (Now I know that my wife and I are soul mates, but “Twin Flame” was news to me, on a certain level it did not phase me as intrinsically as it made sense.)  For those that know, to find your twin flame in a lifetime is a rare thing indeed.  But to be on this journey of Spiritual Growth, Healing and discovery at the same time as finding each other is truly rare indeed, and has deepened our love and commitment to one another.  We may of come to know this in time, but we were clearly in the right place and time.  Thanks Melanie, and thank you to all of our Spirit Guides ,Angels, and Elemental Spirit Guides who have guided us on our way.  Pan, you are the MAN!!! I have enjoyed my sessions with Melanie and can’t wait for the next session.  There is much homework to do and this work with healing and growth mean that the time between sessions lengthens.   But I look forward to them when I am blessed enough to do so. For those who have not been to a Reiki Session or have had an Angel Reading, are skeptical and unsure, I understand.  But to borrow a phase from some of our greatest minds.  ” The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting the same results”   What is it to be brave?  It is taking a step and moving forward in a new direction in spite of the fear that is felt.  So I say,  Be brave, take the step that you know and feel to be right and true in your heart.  Take a chance and see, you might just find yourself on a new path, perhaps a little further down the path you are on.  Where ever it leads you –  you can be sure that you are in good hands, you will be safe and supported.   It has changed my life and my wish for you is that you find your own path that you are meant to be on, even if it is not with Melanie and Just Breathe Reiki.  Namaste to All ”

“I am very pleased with the Reiki appointments I have had with Melanie.  They have helped give me energy on a daily basis and have boosted my energy levels.  I feel blessed and very grateful that Melanie has demonstrated to me, there is a force greater than I, guiding me. Thank you!” 

” Melanie has been instrumental in my journey to becoming at peace with myself over the last year. She is calm & kind and puts you at ease from the moment you walk into her cozy space. I usually receive the Reiki treatment with the Angel guidance which gives me clarity and insight into my day-to-day and future actions. When I complete the session I always feel clear of any negativity and ready to start fresh with an understanding that I have power over what happens in my life. Thank you Melanie for continuing to help me on my path.”

“I realized that I was heading down a lonely and sad road in my life, and I was concerned about mental and physical health issues that would result. I had trouble seeing the good stuff around me and was internalizing all the negative stuff. I was losing my sense of wonder and joy in life, and I was losing myself. I was burning out of my job and pretty shortly after that, my life. I tell people that Melanie saved me and that is exactly what she did. With her wisdom, compassion and honesty she pulled me off that awful road and got me back onto a path that is true to my authentic self. From the very first session, I started to feel a shift, a change for the better. I trust her and value her skills and abilities. She is gentle and kind in her manner. She provides soothing comfort to your troubled soul. That may sound corny to some but I know of no other way to honestly describe my experiences. She is understanding, reliable and intelligent. I recommend Melanie to anyone that is seeking help or even just to maintain balance. I am eternally grateful for her because I don’t know what I did to be fortunate enough to have her in my life. The world is truly so much better because she is a part of it.”

“I’ve been receiving Reiki treatments from Melanie for a couple of months, while I was living a very challenging period of my life. During those sessions and my personal work, I learned to look at the life differently and made big steps in my Healing journey. When I regained some strength and confidence, I decided to study this powerful tool studying Level 1 with Melanie to be able to do Reiki self-treatments, whenever I need in my daily life. I really enjoyed all of the process because I learned so much  with such an amazing woman. I can only highly recommend Melanie for her professionalism, gift and intuition!”

“My session with Melanie was profoundly healing and provocative for me, in a good way. Many weeks later, I’m still processing some of the information that came through Melanie, and I’m excited to be growing un-stuck from some longstanding personal emotional and physical challenges. When I was walking into the session, I could feel how sluggish my steps were, but I walked out after the session feeling lighter and more at ease than I have felt in a long time. I’m grateful for the experience and healing.”

“I’ve been doing Reiki and Angel Life Coaching treatments with Melanie for 6 months now. It really helps me because I was going through a tough emotional time with a lot of patterns from the past , which came back into my life. I was filled with anger, sadness, and stopped enjoying life. Melanie has helped me to get my faith back through the guidance she offers and to release blockages. She always gives wise advice, fills you with good and powerful energy, and has a really good ability to listen. You feel free to talk about anything with her and never feel judged. A great thing as well, you always have a summary about your treatments by email, then if you have missed something, you can always check it out! I am really grateful that life has brought me to Melanie.Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

“Melanie is without a doubt one of the most gifted, intuitive, caring Reiki practitioners I have ever had the good fortune to visit. I always leave feeling on top of the world, and her amazing gift as an Angel Life Coach just adds even more to my treatments. An hour always passes far too quickly in Melanie’s company!”

“Last year I was looking for a massage therapist to help me relieve stress.  Browsing through internet I came across the word Reiki and got interested to find out more about this topic.  I called Melanie to set up an appointment  to attend my first Reiki treatment. It was a  blessing to have attended the first session as this marked the beginning of a wonderful journey to wellness and my first step to a life-style changing.  Thank you Melanie for providing me the opportunity to change for the better.  I look forward every treatment because they are like an oasis of peace for my soul.”

“Melanie is more than just a Reiki practitioner. She is an extraordinarily gifted healer who channels very pure and profound levels of insight to tailor each individual’s needs. She is strongly connected to very high vibration energy and intricately sees into my blocks in ways no one ever has. Melanie also works on two of my family members and what she does for each of us is different and unique according to our individual needs. Most importantly she has a kind, loving, compassionate nature. You can tell she really cares about what she is doing and the people she is working with. I am an energy healer myself and I appreciate how clean and pure the energy is in her therapy space. I see that she does a lot of inner work herself to keep her vessel clean and clear for herself  and her clients. I highly recommend going to see Melanie for healing based on her immense compassion, professionalism, and strong intuitive gifts. “

“I really enjoyed and appreciated my Reiki session with Melanie. I found her to be very sensitive, intuitive, and generous of spirit. I felt honoured and cared for.”

“I learned about Melanie through a friend. When I heard how my friend’s Reiki session with Melanie went, I knew I had to book one for myself.  Melanie has a wonderful calming energy about her that I found very soothing.  She creates a lovely, peaceful environment so that you can relax and gain the most benefits from her treatment.  I have had other Reiki sessions, but none were as in-depth as with Melanie.  Her training as an Archangel Life Coach provides an additional layer to the insights Melanie is able to provide to her clients.  No previous Reiki session has left me with such clear insight into my current situation and what I need to work on to move forward.  Afterwards I felt as though I was walking on air and I am still reaping the benefits of that initial session.  Thank you, Melanie!”

“Patience, kindness and trustworthy are words I use to describe Melanie.  There are, of course, many more, but these three come to mind immediately.  Melanie’s patience can be felt from the moment you meet her.  She listens intently, never interrupts and provides guidance to support and assist you, in resolving any issues you have.  Her kindness can be felt as she welcomes you into your Reiki session. You sense immediately that she is trustworthy and understand intrinsically that she will keep your session confidential. You leave feeling rested, relaxed and empowered.  I highly recommend Melanie for Reiki sessions; I truly believe she has the ability to help you enhance your life.”

“I have had the good fortune of having had several Reiki sessions with Mel. I find she has a very nurturing way about her. Her Reiki room has a wonderful ambience. I was often greeted with soft music or sound effects of the ocean, incense burning, and various Tibetan objects.  She would start each session with a guided meditation. During the session, I found my self rapidly leaving my worries behind, and a couple of times I even fell asleep on her table. I left her sessions feeling rejuvenated and calm. Thanks Mel!”

“My 10- year-old son and I have received several in-person and distance Reiki sessions from Melanie in the last year. She has a gentle nature and embodies a passion and reverence for the healing arts. Melanie also has the utmost respect and unwaivering compassion for her clients. She is committed to the effectiveness of her work and her remarkable intuitive abilities and insights have contributed to profound healings for me and pain relief for my son. I would highly recommend Melanie’s Reiki sessions!”

” The treatment was amazing, thank you so much for your loving touch and relaxing atmosphere you have created for healing!!!  I left feeling much lighter…definitely an energy release was experienced and I’m so grateful for your healing hands and magical energy.”

“Went to Just Breathe Reiki a few weeks back and left completely at peace after treatment. The practitioner was very kind, clear, concise and experienced. Strongly recommend.”

“I went for my first 30 minute Reiki treatment with Melanie, and had a very positive experience. Even though the appointment was for 30 minutes there was no sense of urgency to rush through the session. She was very patient with my inquiries and generous with her knowledge. Her studio is very tranquil, I was able to relax completely and I felt the changes immediately after the treatment was completed. She also followed through after the session with instructions on how to maintain the treatment.”

“I went to Melanie for a 30 minute Reiki treatment.  She was very professional and knowledgeable and very happy to answer all my (millions of) questions!  After my treatment and for the rest of the day, I felt a sense of calm and had a great sleep!  I would highly recommend her!”

“I didn’t have much experience with Reiki but after a few sessions with Melanie I definitely felt some energy flowing through and out of my body. After each session I was impressed by how at peace I felt and noticed a significant stress reduction. Melanie is definitely a gifted practitioner.”

“We had a great time. This was our first time and both me and partner. We are both amazed. We definitely recommend her for anyone who needs clarity and guidance. We are so happy with our time with her help in our lives. She is great teacher and guide in our lives.. We are both very satisfied and will definitely be coming back.”

“There are many places that offer Reiki but Just Breathe Reiki is one of the best. the ambiance is so tranquil that you want to stay there forever! Melanie is kind, gentle, and professional. She explains what typically happens and what you should do during the session.  She makes you feel comfortable, setting a tranquil ambiance whether you choose to have Reiki or Indian head massage. She excels at both, allowing you to let go of mental and physical tensions. Melanie goes the extra mile to make the treatment special. I love that her treatments engage all the senses: essential oils and naturally scented sprays, calming music, cool eye masque and warm foot pads. She will pamper you so that you can be totally engaged in the experience and just live in the moment. After the session she shares feedback and insight to help you maintain the calm and ease of your treatment. She is very wise and can help you understand any issues you may be feeling and guide you along your path. Plus you get a treat of berry-infused water and a to-die-for piece of mango chocolate! I have seen great improvement by going to her regularly and I am sure you will too!”

“I have received Reiki and Indian Head Massage treatments from Melanie. All of the treatments were highly beneficial both in the immediate and long term. She facilitated the release of pent up energies, while holding space for a greater flow of my own healing energy. Melanie’s work is focused, gentle, and powerful. Her practice space reflects Melanie’s personal style of ease, genuine caring and professionalism.”

” Today I had my first Indian head massage from Melanie of Just Breathe Reiki. The name of Melanie’s business is perfect. While in treatment she gently reminded me to “just breathe”.  The treatment was so relaxing.  I especially liked the aromatherapy mists and head massage oils.  Melanie pays attention to detail including a glass of water and a reminder to stay hydrated the rest of the day, a satchel of lavender along with a referral card and mindfulness to each persons needs. Melanie you are smart, gentle, caring and following your passion.  I admire that.  Thank you for a lovely treatment. I would highly recommend your services.”

“I enjoyed the head massage greatly – it was very relaxing and I was also surprised that I was feeling the energy in my hands after the treatment! Also, your presence is very soothing and I started relaxing almost immediately after I entered your office. Thank you again! I will definitely recommend you to some of my stressed friends.”

“I really enjoyed my session with you yesterday, for the holistic nature of it – it wasn’t just a head-massage! Came away feeling a lot better and more positive.”

Courses

“My very first Reiki session was with Melanie and even though I didn’t feel the healing energy while I was being treated, I felt amazing afterward and through the next several days. This was enough to convince me that I needed to learn to do Reiki on myself. I booked into her level 1 class a few months back and practice Reiki on myself and my dog every day (she loves it too). It took a while for me to actually feel the energy going through me, and I still don’t feel it all the time, but I know it is there and my sensitivity is growing. It is so fascinating to experience the subtle changes that are happening within me, and I am excited to see what’s next. I look forward to learning the next levels of Reiki with Melanie, and thank her with all my heart for her participation in my growth.”

“I found Melanie’s name and website over a year ago during a search for an energy healer on the north shore and I have never looked back! She introduced me to Reiki energy, which really resonates with me. Along with attending regular healing sessions with Melanie, I have taken her Reiki Level 1 training and regularly do self-healing. This integrates with my daily meditation practice. I consider Melanie a wise mentor and coach in my spiritual development. She is an authentic, ethical, caring healer and the messages she transmits from my guides are extremely useful and encouraging – life changing, really. I feel better grounded and happier than I have ever been in my life. My connections with other people are greatly improved, especially with family members. Melanie is a warm and welcoming person – meet with her and see what good things happen in your life :)”

I took my Level One Reiki with Melanie at a time where I was coming to a cross roads in my life. I had been pursuing acting, and no longer finding joy in the industry. I had a choice between signing up for a 3 month long acting course, or taking Level One Reiki with Melanie, I of course went with Reiki. I honestly could not have imagined how much positive change has transpired since taking the course, in both my own personal healing and career path. It of course has come with many ups and downs: feelings of chaos and turmoil, as well as absolute joy and creativity, that I believe naturally can arrive once we turn inwards and begin healing. feel like this is only the beginning of a long beautiful journey ahead. I cannot extend my gratitude enough to Melanie, and how much energetic gifts and light I have, and continue to receive, from her. I am truly forever grateful.

“I started seeing Melanie for Reiki treatments and Angel Coaching in order to deal with issues related to work and simply life in general. I found her approach to be sincere, gentle and compassionate. Trust was established very easily and for me, that is no ordinary task. Melanie has given me many tools to use in my life in order to control stress and to see the magic in life itself. I was extremely honoured when she invited me to join in her Level 1 Reiki class. It takes place over a few weeks so that one is given time to absorb the information being presented. I found that this approach was ideal for my learning needs. In class, her information is outlined logically and completely and for me, this approach further reinforced my trust in her and allowed me to process the information effectively. Class size is small which allows for friendly and intelligent instruction and discussion in a non-threatening environment. I trust and value Melanie completely. I am extremely thankful that she is a part of my life’s path.”

“I’ve been receiving Reiki treatments from Melanie for a couple of months, while I was living a very challenging period of my life. During those sessions and my personal work, I learned to look at the life differently and made big steps in my Healing journey. When I regained some strength and confidence, I decided to study this powerful tool on Level 1 with Melanie to be able to do Reiki self-treatment, whenever I need in my daily life. I really enjoyed all the process because I learned so much  with such an amazing woman. I can only highly recommend Melanie for her professionalism, gift and intuition!”

“I would highly recommend becoming a Reiki practitioner under Melanie’s guidance. She’s a wonderful teacher and very knowledgeable when it comes to energy healing. Her handbook is very detailed and she provides a lot of extra information that goes above and beyond the basics of what needs to be covered. She also provides great meditations and resources that can be used personally or with clients after the course is done. She even provides Reiki shares after the course is finished to support her students and help them feel part of  a community. Most importantly she helps her students discover and cultivate their personal gifts”.

“Just completed Reiki Level 1 and I can honestly say that I loved every second of it. Melanie is a fantastically good teacher, very open to questions and exceptionally good at explaining things that I didn`t understand (you can also take from this that she is patient!). Completing the course over 4 weeks, instead of the standard 1 day, works really well. It gives you time to practice new skills and then go back to ask the inevitable questions you have. I`m so happy that the universe sent me to Melanie and I cannot wait to start Level 2 in the coming months. I have nothing but praise and respect for this course, and this lovely lady!”

” I recently had the amazing opportunity to study Reiki under the guidance of Melanie.  Not only is she a highly gifted practitioner with incredible healing abilities, but she possesses a unique gift for teaching as well.  Her knowledge, appreciation and respect of Reiki blend perfectly with her gentle nature,compassion and patience, to allow for an ideal learning environment.  She is a highly intuitive healer, who is open to sharing her experiences and allows her students to embrace their true abilities with ease. I have tremendous respect for Melanie as a healer and teacher. I highly recommend her!”

“Reiki had been calling me for a while (or was it really the other way around?) until I finally decided to take the classes.  The subject of Reiki kept on appearing to me through various forms of media just a bit too frequently than what was considered “normal”.  Even people I had randomly encountered talked about Reiki. Best of all, a bursary fell in place at the right time so I did not need to pay for the classes.  I guess it was meant to be.  I took the first class in fall 2013 with some skepticism.  However, now I have to say that it has changed many aspects in my life and I am truly happy that I had taken the classes.  With my daily Reiki self-treatments and meditation, I am able to gain more energy, my mind stays calmer and clearer for longer, and I have learned to better listen to my intuitions and surrender my worries to higher power.  It makes me feel secure knowing there is a team of divine/enlightened beings looking over me and willing to intervene when I ask for their assistance.  I don’t get anxious and depressed as easily as I used to and it’s really a huge relief for me.   I am lucky to have Melanie as my mentor.  Not only she is good at what she does, but she also has a nice approach to the class.  I received sufficient attention and time when doing hands-on practices in a very small class.  The course content was well-organized and practical.  I enjoyed the classes I have taken so far  a lot and will most certainly pursue further studying with her in the future.   In fact, I am looking forward to it.”

“I have been a Level 3 Master Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1999.  Over the last three years I have sought a style of Reiki that spoke to my personal needs as a human on this planet, but also a style of Reiki that I would feel comfortable and confident teaching to students in the future.  Last November 2013, I discovered the Just Breathe Reiki website and I desired to meet Melanie to discuss her Reiki Style.  From my perspective, Unified Reiki, the Reiki style Melanie teaches, blends the teachings and knowledge of both Celestial Universal Ki and empowering Earth Ki.  I was so impressed with Melanie’s compassionate and common sense approach that I signed up for her Reiki Level 1 class.  Over this last month, we completed the Level 1 class together and I am now overwhelmed with a profound sense of gratitude, joy and courage.  Melanie’s Level 1 was the most in-depth and easily understood Reiki class I have had the joy to take.  Three things make Just Breathe Reiki a special place to learn healing arts: 1) you will learn a powerful style of Reiki which blends heaven and earth Ki – As Above, So Below; 2) you will get to study Reiki with a profoundly informed and educated Reiki Teacher – Melanie; 3) you will get to experience Reiki in a way that will help you understand your strengths and overcome your weakness, as Melanie is the most compassionate Reiki teacher I have ever studied with.  She really goes that extra step to ensure one understands the material, but also supports her students in their individual growth with the Reiki.  Thanks so much Melanie, I really look forward to completing the remaining levels of Unified Reiki over the years to come!”

“Melanie is a gifted teacher and Reiki master. The course materials she provided were very thorough and I have used them regularly since the classes as a reference. I would highly recommend Melanie to anyone who interested in learning Reiki.”

“I took a mediation training course with Melanie with the goal of learning how to relieve stress. I was very new to meditation and Melanie was a very patient instructor. I have since applied what I learned and am now able to recognize and reduce stress in my life with the techniques Melanie taught me.”



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