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As a Drugless Practitioner, I want to write about things that will help me and the World learn about the importance of SELF CARE! So, in 2016, I will continue to make it my business to share awareness monthly about Massage and Wellness!!
Just some information that everyone can find interesting, enlightening and/or helpful! If you find it useful....share this Blog with your circle of people you LOVE & CARE about.....so each one can reach one!! 
"When you FEEL GOOD......You DO GOOD!"
Denise Baker-Bradley, LMT, MMP
The Wellness Journey Studio


First, I want to say HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I hope that everyone who reads and shares this Blog will prosper in Mind, Body and Spirit!! That is my intention and focus for 2016.  I am feeling a renewed energy, but wanted to explore ways that will keep me on my life journey with continued EXCITEMENT!!  When I was doing my research, I came across a modality called Reiki, which I have followed for many years and decided to fully engage myself in learning, so that I could possibly incorporate it into my practice.  So, I did some in depth research and then finally decided I had to have a open mind and explore the Pros and Cons of Reiki by taking the Reiki Practitioner training.  I can honestly say that I see the value of Reiki, now more than ever.  I plan to use it in my Massage Practice as a separate modality for both the Massage and Wellness areas, but in a way that I believe will have the best affect for my Clients.  This is what I found in my research and training......

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a word from the Japanese language, meaning “Guided Life Force Energy.”



Life energy, which makes up our thoughts, emotions, and consciousness, tends to be in all living things and connects us all. We all have places in our energy which become unbalanced, due to our very chaotic lifestyles and the extreme "fit in" conditioning in our society. We can be off balance due to stress, disease, pain, or emotional blocks, that leave us confused and weary about the future.

A Reiki Practitioner offers this life force energy to you thru entrainment which allows you to receive new energy where you are off balance, to help your body heal itself and rejuvenate.

Reiki does not require any religious belief in order to be effective. Being open to trying Reiki is all you need.

Reiki is not Meditation, Massage or Prayer. It is also not a Religion. But the one thing we can mostly all agree on, Practitioners and Clients alike, Reiki heals in ways that are simply hard to explain. 

Reiki isa calming and effective holistic technique for effortlessly receiving the life force energy you need to restore your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual balance. That is what I love most about the Reiki modality. 

Is Reiki Science or Hype?

Reiki is a therapy based on the electromagnetic biofield, or a type of energy field that “regulates everything from our cellular function to our nervous system,” says Shamini Jain, ​assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California–San Diego. 

While the biofield itself is generally accepted – it “consists of things that we can measure like electromagnetic energy that actually emanates from us,” Jain says – biofield therapies such as Reiki and therapeutic touch are more controversial​ because they’re based on the idea of a “subtle” aspect of the biofield,​ which is harder to measure.

“It’s difficult for our Western science to wrap its mind around” because it’s not about popping pills, injecting needles or otherwise altering the body’s chemical composition, says Jain, a clinical psychologist who studies Integrative Medicine.​

Closing Thoughts....

In closing, although Reiki has its critics and to date no known medical risks, I want to be very clear it is not a substitute for conventional medicine, it is complementary and integrative medicine.​

BUT....The reason that I decided to add Reiki into my practice is, I am now convinced that Reiki, like Therapeutic Massage Therapy makes a positive, calming contribution to one's overall health and wellness! 

Most important, Reiki seems to bring clarity and peace of mind to people when they relax, open up and believe that healing truly begins within!! In a world that is so chaotic and a culture of "Do or Die", calming peace within can aid the Mind, Body and Spirit to a higher level of consciousness, where all healing prospers!  When you experience that balance of peace of mind, everything else on one's life journey is possible!! And that is what I LOVE about Reiki......PEACE OF MIND!!


Posted on May 7, 2014 at 5:06 PM Comments comments (8)
As a Drugless Practitioner, I want to write about things that I did not know....but learned! So, this year I am going to make it my business to share awareness monthly about
Massage and Wellness
Just some information that everyone can find interesting, enlightening and/or helpful! If you find it useful....share this Blog so each one can reach one!! 
"When you FEEL GOOD. You DO GOOD!"
Denise Baker-Bradley, LMT, MMP
The Wellness Journey Studio

DID YOU KNOW........THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE THERAPY HELPS?As Mother's Day comes along this weekend, I want to share that this is a special day totally dedicated to Mothers!! Mothers play many different roles, but most important, in my opinion...Mothers usually always help!! Think of a time when your mother offered you help...whether she gave inspiring words or gave you in your face advice....Mothers always want to HELP!!
In loving memory of my mother, Mary Elizabeth Baker, I want to share this month's Blog and relate it to how good Massage Therapy, like good Mothers, helps to make you feel better!  Evidence is showing that the more massage you can allow yourself, the better you'll feel. Here's why..... 
We now have scientific proof of the benefits of massage - benefits ranging from treating chronic diseases and injuries to alleviating the growing stress of our modern lifestyles. Having a massage does more than just relax your body and mind - there are specific physiological and psychological changes that help the body. Even more so when massage is utilized to help prevent disease, massage therapy is not simply mere luxury. Massage not only feels good, but it can help cure what ails you. Massage is a perfect elixir for good health, but it can also provide an integration of body and mind. By producing a meditative state or heightened awareness, sometimes known as a "runner's high" of living in the present moment, massage can provide emotional and spiritual balance, bringing with it help that promotes relaxation and peace within your mind, body and spirit!
What is massage? Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments in a skilled format.  There are many different types of massage, including the following most common types:
  • Swedish Massage= This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
  • Deep Tissue Massage= This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, to help with muscle injuries.
  • Sports Massage= This is similar to Swedish massage, but it's geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
  • Trigger Point Massage= This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers(known as knots) that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
The Consequences of Stress....
Experts estimate that 80 percent to 90 percent of disease is stress-related. Massage and bodywork is there to combat that frightening number by helping us remember what it means to relax. The physical changes massage brings to your body can have a positive effect in many areas of your life. Besides increasing relaxation and decreasing anxiety, massage lowers your blood pressure, increases circulation, improves recovery from injury, helps you to sleep better and can increase your concentration. It reduces fatigue and gives you more energy to handle stressful situations.
In closing....Therapeutic Massage Therapy helps your mind, body and spirit!!