New Jersey Herald: Reiki Expert Channels Energy to Heal Pets, Humans
Reiki expert channels energy to heal pets, humans
By STEVEN REILLY
When Cindy Nolte arrived at the home of her client for their afternoon Reiki session, Kodi was waiting for her. Walking with a slight limp because of his severe spinal arthritis, Kodi braved the discomfort to rush to greet her.
The pair walked inside and Kodi lay down on the living room floor as Nolte began to meditate and focus a positive energy flow to Kodi's aching bones and muscles.
Within moments, Kodi's labored breathing had slowed down, and he slowly began to relax into a sleep-like state. Nolte used no words, she didn't even touch Kodi during their hour-long session that seemed to leave Kodi re-energized and invigorated.
One might think that because Kodi is a 10-year-old German shepherd, and could not answer any questions.
But he appeared very happy and relaxed at the conclusion of the Reiki session.
In today's fast moving society, it is hard to slow things down and find a balance in our lives. But at Fresh Look on Life in Augusta, that is exactly what owner Nolte hopes to bring to her clients, both human and animal.
The holistic wellness coach has been practicing such healing arts as Reiki, Integrated Energy Therapy and Jin Shin Jyutsu, or acupressure, for the past seven years. Her practice offers people and pets help in managing stress, facing certain phobias, and tackling life issues such as smoking and weight loss.
Nolte approaches her holistic wellness practice on a very personal level, seeking to bring the best possible individual treatment to her clients.
"When I have a new client start a treatment, it is important to accept them for where they are and to teach them to be patient with themselves. We often put a lot of pressure on ourselves to achieve our goals right away," Nolte said.
Acting as a conduit for the flow of positive healing energy, Nolte uses her experience to help her clients quiet their minds and connect to the energy, which can be challenging for busy humans.
"Some people have never tried anything like this before, and trying to quiet their minds after 30 or 40 years is a challenge. Just think of contacting a friend after 30 years; there is a lot to talk about. It's the same for us. We really don't talk to ourselves, so there is a lot of chatter to get through," Nolte said. "We need to learn to go inward and accept ourselves at our own individual level."
Animals, on the other hand, seem to have a natural understanding of Reiki and the energy it uses to heal, Nolte said. This allows them to benefit from the treatment that the Reiki sessions provide.
Kodi's owner, Jill Kolich, said Nolte has been doing the Reiki treatment on Kodi for about six months, and she can see an improvement in Kodi after each session.
"We can see it in the way he reacts to Cindy. When she comes over he knows she is going to help him," Kolich said. "We raised him from 8 weeks old, we love him and we would do anything to help him feel better, and Cindy really makes him feel better."
Nolte gets the same reaction from her human clients.
"It is just something that you learn to enjoy very much. It becomes a wonderful experience that helps in so many areas of life," said Robin Stulack, a client of Nolte's for the past two years. "Cindy is a good and patient teacher. I often call her to ask for help to grow into new areas of relaxation. It becomes a healthy, joyful lifestyle."
It is a process, Nolte said, that takes a combination of different techniques to help each individual client get the most out of each hour-long session. Nolte uses methods from Reiki, an ancient Oriental system of holistic healing that taps into life-giving energies, as well as methods from Jin Shin Jyutsu and hypnosis if her clients feel they could benefit from them.
"One of the most important aspects of the treatments is for the client to be open to the healing of their body, mind and spirit," Nolte said. "I do not offer anything to my clients that I do not practice myself. The best way for me to show my clients how this works is to lead by example. The healthier the lifestyle I lead, the better I will be able to help others."
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Fresh Look on Life
31 Route 206, Suite 3, Augusta