Reiki Courses during Pandemic
I’ve had some queries about whether I will be proceeding with Reiki courses and shares, now that I have reopened for in-person sessions.
The CRA held their AGM on May 23rd and were adamant about teachers not being able to offer online courses (even in light of the pandemic and use of software like Skype and Zoom). They made a decision to not allow online courses a few years back and are sticking to that decision. As a result, I am not allowed to offer online courses. If you would prefer online teachings (with in-person attunement) during COVID19 pandemic, please email the CRA at email@example.com and let them know.
This means I have had to develop protocols to allow in-person courses for my students, which include:
-class sizes will be limited to no more than 2 or 3 students to allow for physical distancing during the class (with exception of the practice session in Levels 1 to 3, where physical distancing will not be possible);
-everyone will have to wear masks;
-no refreshments will be served;
-attunements will be done at the start of the class (to reduce risks associated with masks becoming damp);
-classes will be split into 2 h segments (as they were before, with exception of Master Teacher course which will be a little over 2 h), which limits exposure and reduces risks associated with masks becoming damp;
-during practice sessions I will observe from just outside the room and students will be required to wear gloves and masks when practicing on each other, and,
-other protocols for hygiene I use for in-person sessions will be used to ensure frequently touched surfaces, massage table, etc. are kept clean.
Students will also be required to sign waivers/informed consent forms, given despite these precautions there will be a risk of contracting COVID19.
I will not be resuming my student-exclusive Reiki shares at this point as I don’t think it’s advisable to have 4 to 7 people in such a small space even with masks. I am looking at trying an online version of a share on Zoom or Skype. Do note you would need Level 2 in order to send energy safely to a person in another space.
Unified Reiki and My Background
The type of Reiki I practice 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 (which take a minimum of a year and 10 months) and developed some mastery of Reiki and 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) and Registered Practitioner (RP-CRA) with the Canadian Reiki Association (CRA). My classes follow the curriculum outlined by the CRA and certificates received by my students are recognized by the CRA. Taking my Level One Reiki really changed the path my life has taken and Reiki has been such a gift in my life; I feel truly honoured to be able to share that with you!
Full payment or a deposit is due at time of registration. Payment options are cash, cheque, credit card, PayPal, or e-transfer. E-transfer payments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If course fees are not paid in full at time of registration, a non-refundable $100 deposit is required to hold your spot and is due a month before course start date.
Course Schedule, Duration, and Size
Courses, which are scheduled monthly, take place in my home studio and include both theory and hands-on practice.
The duration of the course for first 3 levels is approximately 8 hours, which is split into 4 separate classes. The Reiki Master/Teacher course (fourth and final level) is approximately 12 hours in length. The courses are split up in this manner to allow you to slowly open to and become immersed in the Reiki energy over the course of a month so you can feel it’s effects on your mind, body and spirit. Feedback I’ve received from students, including those who have studied Reiki previously in a one-day course format, has been that they much preferred this format because it gave them the opportunity to open to and experience the energy gradually, without getting overwhelmed. Students also love having an opportunity to practice the assigned homework during the week and then share their experiences and bond with their fellow students and me over the month. It really does makes for a much more profound, sacred and special experience.
Class size is generally limited to 2 to 6 students.
Course Content and Prerequisites
Topics covered in Reiki Level 1 include theory and discussion of Reiki history and principles, chakras, learning Reiki symbols and hand positions, learning how to perform Reiki on yourself and chair and table sessions on others, hands-on experience practicing Reiki. During the first class, you will receive an attunement, which opens you up to the Reiki energy. You will also receive a comprehensive manual and certificate upon completion of the course. More detailed information on outlines for higher Levels is available on request. All courses follow curriculum requirements outlined by the Canadian Reiki Association. Attunements are only performed as part of an in-person class (i.e., no distance attunements).
My Reiki courses are comprehensive and go beyond the basics. I have included additional topics I that I believe are highly beneficial to Reiki students/practitioners.
I require my students to complete 6 months of practice at a given level prior to studying the next level of Reiki.
I put a great deal of work and thought into developing materials for my courses and students. In my previous profession, I wrote a large number of technical scientific reports, which required me to present detailed and complex information clearly, concisely, and make the “take home messages” clear. I’ve used those skills to develop course manuals that are well-organized, easy-to-follow, concise, clear, and complete (with page numbering, cross-referencing and a table of contents). For any techniques you will learn, there are clear, numbered, step-by-step instructions that will allow you to easily practice what you learned in class and develop confidence. Feedback from students who have studied Reiki with other teachers has been that they were surprised at how professional, thorough and instructive the manual is. For students who do study to Master/Teacher level with me, this also means you will have professional-looking electronic manuals that you can easily print for your students or copy and paste content from into your own electronic documents. Course manuals are 50 to 60 pages long, with exception of Master/Teacher manual, which is approx. 150 pages long.
Student Reiki Share
Students also have the opportunity to participate in a monthly Reiki share that I host exclusively for my students, which is currently scheduled for one Thursday evening each month (for a description of what happens at this share read ). This allows my students to build up hours for their practicum if they are interested in getting certified with the CRA, sharing their healing energy, continuing to learn with me, and also meeting with lovely like-minded individuals. I do not charge my students for the Reiki share but instead I ask you to make a donation to a local charity to provide some loving assistance to our community.
My Teaching Background and Philosophy
I am an experienced teacher. Prior to working the health and wellness field, I worked as an Aquatic Toxicologist for many years and hold a B.Sc. (Env. Sci.) and M.Sc. (Zoology) . I have experience teaching, explaining techniques, and mentoring students/staff. I use expertise I developed teaching in a university setting as a Teaching Assistant and mentoring junior staff in my former career in developing course materials and teaching Reiki classes and answering questions. I consider it an honour to share what I know and have experienced with my students and to provide a safe and comfortable environment to allow students to explore and get comfortable with learning their new-found skills and gifts and enjoying their spiritual path. I feel the relationship between the Reiki Master and student is sacred and promise to do my best guiding you on your path and helping you to experience and share the beauty of Reiki.
Here are a few testimonials from my students (if you want to read more about what my students have to say see the Bio and Testimonials page):
“ I completed all 4 levels of Reiki with Just Breathe Reiki and I truly loved every second of them. Melanie is patient, kind, funny and exceptionally knowledgeable. She also makes herself always available for questions or insight, which is very much appreciated when your gifts start to present themselves. The way she runs the courses over a 4 week period allows you to practice and follow up week by week, I feel as though these courses would be far too overwhelming to complete in a day or a weekend. I am very grateful to have taken my journey with Melanie and I honestly couldn’t have wished for a better mentor. I would have no hesitation in recommending her, either as a teacher or a practitioner. Thank you for everything Melanie! “
“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!”