Ilse's hands hover over her patient, smoothly she scans the entire body in a unfaltering and graceful way. All is quiet and serene, and you can almost sense the positive energy that is free-flowing between Reikista and client.
Ilse Franck is a Reiki Master or Reikista. Perfecting Reiki for almost 10 years in La Paz, Bolivia, she also teaches workshops at various levels, handing down her expertise to other generations.
"It tremendously benefits others" she states.
And you can see the effects on the patient after a session. They are centred, calm and in harmony and many feel a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and surrounds them.
Mrs. Hawayo Takata brought the ancient art of Reiki from Japan to the West in 1937 and continued to practice and teach until her death in 1980. Because of her devotion, Reiki has been passed on to millions of people all over the world, and the numbers continue to grow.
After a simple Reiki session with Ilse, blood pressure can be controlled, depression and stress can be relieved and negative emotions and thoughts can be quashed. "I've even helped women become pregnant" she laughs.
Reiki can be successful in treating people who have cancer and other life-threatening illnesses too.
"Reiki harmonizes our energy field, strengthening the immune system and aids in the physical recovery of the body. Seeing someone heal and assisting in their recovery, is a great feeling and achievement for both me and the client" exclaims Ilse.
A Reikista can transmit "Universal Life Energy" by laying hands in certain places, or energy points on a person to heal. The practitioner places her hands on or near the clients body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach and feet as Reiki energy flows from the practitioners hands into the client. "It's not a massage and it's not anything like black magic or religious based." she says. A complete treatment lasts between 40 and 90 minutes.
Ilse Franck, Reiki Master Ilse has developed her intuition and perceptive power through practice on each patient. With her extensive experience and technique she can delve deeper and further into a patient's issues. "It's a gift" she says.
"Stress and anxiety are the most common complaints, especially in large cities where people aren't able to connect with nature and de-stress. People just can't relax and tend to build up negative thoughts, which can be a pattern of destruction for the mind and body."
What one experiences during a Reiki treatment varies somewhat from person to person, but Reiki energy encourages one to let go of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings and a state of peace and well-being is experienced. Some drift off to sleep or report floating outside their bodies or have visions and other mystical experiences. Anyone can benefit from Reiki - it has no barriers; Religious, Political or Social. "We are all equal" she says, but the person receiving Reiki must agree and consent to the treatment for it to benefit."
Reiki can even be done from a distance, as thoughts are energy and we can direct them to anybody, anywhere in the world" It's really a boundless therapy," she exclaims.
Some Religious groups are skeptical of Reiki, labelling it as taboo, and even Ilse's family have had doubts about her helping others. "Energy is not visible, so maybe they are afraid or in doubt, but it is there and it is subtle and energy does exist, but it comes from a higher dimension, something we are not familiar with."
"I've had many obstacles, but I have worked hard and listened to my inner voice, and now I have my own Reiki Studio which serves a growing client list." We Reikistas make our services accessible to everyone, regardless of their economic status. "We care for the wellbeing of society in general."
Reiki has become popular as a safe healing alternative working together with hospitals and clinics. It is now recognized by WHO as a complimentary therapy to traditional medicine. Many Doctors are now becoming Reikistas to compliment their practice.
The best part about Reiki is once you have received the Reiki attunement, you can treat yourself as well as others. This is one of the unique features of Reiki. It only takes 20-30 minutes a day for one to apply Auto-Reiki to keep in balance and harmony.
"I would like to see the Reiki in conjunction with meditation and other alternative therapies as part of school curriculum, It should be a philosophy for life." she says.
"The most important thing is I can feel the person changing and healing. That is awesome."
Ilse Franck is a Professional Reikista practising in La Paz, Bolivia. She can be reached at: 2415595 or firstname.lastname@example.org