CAM Practitioner Interview – Dale Johnson

Today’s interview is with alternative medicine (CAM) Reiki practitioner Dale Johnson. Reiki is “an ancient technique designed to reduce stress and promote relaxation, thereby enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal itself.” The goal is to provide you, as a reader, the opportunity to learn about alternative forms of medicine that are available to you in your journey of wellness.  

Several years ago, a previous co-worker of mine told me about a Reiki treatment she had received and how it had helped her. I was immediately interested and did some research and found Dale who works at the Sandalwood Salon & Spa.  I remember seeing her picture and felt an immediate sense of trust and warmth; which is true of her even in person. 

The Reiki treatment was fascinating in that I could feel the energy coming into my body and move about to where it needed to go. Towards the end I was so overwhelmed with the influx of energy and emotion that I ended up crying. 

I encourage everyone to give Reiki a try, at least once. Take your time and find a practitioner that makes you feel comfortable and reassured of the process. And if you should find yourself in Bellingham, WA, consider scheduling an appointment with Dale. 

What is Reiki?
Reiki is inviting, with intention, the life force energy to move through the practitioner and, depending on how open the receiver is, to address a person’s places within them that need or are calling for healing. 

Reiki was founded by Mikao Usui, a Japanese monk, who lived from 1865 to 1926. The term is made from two words – “rei” means “universal life” and “ki” means energy. 

What made you interested in Reiki?
I had never heard of Reiki before until I attended school for massage therapy. One of my teachers was also a Reiki teacher. Once I had finished massage training, my teacher offered free Reiki treatments; it was my first experience.

What kind of training or background is necessary for this type of profession?
There are three degrees, or steps, involved in the Reiki practice:

With the first degree there is the initiation to open the channels to make that life force energy stronger and you are given the ability to channel that energy through your hands. At this point, an individual could become a practitioner and provide Reiki treatments. From here the teacher will ask you to spend each day giving yourself Reiki treatments. This allows you to really experience it in a personal way that allows you to better connect with the person you’re giving a treatment to. Personally I gave myself Reiki treatments for almost a year before I received my second degree.

With the second degree a person is taught Japanese Kanji symbols for certain aspects of a human being for the whole self, the mind, body and spirit. These also benefit the emotional self directly to enhance and increase the energy in a physical place or way

With the third and last degree a person learns how to initiate others into Reiki and how to open a person’s field to receiving the symbols used to open and enhance their channels of healing ability. This also involves ethics and how a person is to teach. 

What benefits can be expected from this therapy?
What people experience is a deep sense of relaxation, a quieting of the mind, improved clarity, and hopefully improvement of any physical, mental, or emotional suffering that might be happening.

What are the risks, if any, associated with this therapy?
There have been times when a person with a physical difficulty might have the pain increase, initially, before it is released. 

How long would an individual need to undergo treatment, or how many office visits would they need? 
I leave it totally up to the person who comes to see me.

What are the most common concerns that people come to you for in your practice?
The most common concerns people come to me are for mental and emotional stress. 

How is your practice similar to conventional medicine?
The only similarity is that you’re hopefully going to someone who wants to help you improve your health physically, mentally, emotionally or otherwise. 

How is your practice different from conventional medicine?
There are no drugs involved and no physical exam is necessary. The individual is in complete charge of how they want to address what’s happening to them. They have an option to not communicate why they are there, but simply to receive the life force energy.

How do you think alternative and conventional practitioners can work together better?
By distinguishing between what each has to offer and then becoming knowledgeable about what each has to offer and recognizing the value of both. 

What is your vision of the optimal health care system?
My vision of an optimal health care system would include allopathic medicine, alternative healing modalities, meditation, herbal formulations, exercise, diet and recognizing the value of good friends and family. 

Any words of advice for my readers?
Become your own best friend today. Give yourself the love, kindness and compassion you would a loved one. 

If you are interested in meeting Dale for an appointment, you can reach her via the Sandalwood Salon & Spa website:
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