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“Reiki is a hands-on healing modality that quiets the mind and calms the emotions to experience an inner peace and calm within. It is during these moments of peacefulness that we get a glimpse of who we are meant to be and what we are meant to accomplish. Passion for life is fueled by this vision and sense of purpose.” Linda Bertaut, Esthetician & Reiki Master teacher



Reiki hand position – Heart Chakra
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Reiki (pronounced RAY – key); is a balancing and healing energy transmitted through the palms of the hands that lifts your spirits and allows you to come into balance. Beyond relaxation, Reiki calms the emotions and quiets the mind, leaving you with a sense of inner peace and knowing, beyond cognitive thinking. By placing the hands on the major Chakra centers, Reiki is one of the few healing arts that works to balance the entire person; the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of each individual.

Rei means “universal”, the spirit energy that surrounds and permeates everything and ki means “life-force energy,” your personal life force (spirit) energy that comes from within. Combine these energies and you have a powerful balancing and healing potential. By learning a simple series of hand positions covering the Chakra system, you can add value to your services and facials. Although Reiki does not include massage manipulations, you can intersperse Reiki hand positions into your current facial massage or offer 30 to 45 minute, mini-wellness treatments using Reiki, acupressure and neck and shoulder massage.


Reiki was developed in the early twentieth century by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese sensei —meaning “teacher”—from Kyoto, Japan. When his students inquired about performing healing treatments with the hands, he is said to have started a quest to rediscover this ancient practice.

His travels and research let him to recover the keys to activate and direct universal life-force energy in the sacred Tibetan writings. From these sources and implementation, he developed the form of Reiki practiced today. Please note that Dr Usui is the original source of Reiki training. Some people have changed his teachings and many people have diluted his teachings so it is important to know which form of Reiki training is being offered and how a particular Reiki master received their training.

The practice of “laying on of hands” has been written about in sacred texts throughout history as a means to bless or invoke healing. All tribal cultures and major religions practiced some form of this healing. Up until the French Revolution, the kings and queens of France and England used a method of healing touch called “the Divine Touch.” This tradition was gradually lost as the scientific method became the norm. Now, with a resurgence of traditional wellness practices, the benefits of hands-on healing are becoming more and more widespread. Healing within brings inner beauty to the surface.

Please note:
Claiming to be a “healer” of others creates negative credibility. While you may offer wellness modalities, you cannot claim to “heal” anyone else. You can only heal yourself and share your personal experience with others. When you heal yourself you become the inspiration for others to heal themselves.


Reiki involves three levels, or degrees, of energy activation called attunements. Each degree promotes an expanded consciousness and amplifies the universal healing energy beyond the previous level. Reiki attunements are performed by a Reiki master teacher to open and connect a student to universal healing energy on all levels of the physical, mental, emotional, and spirit bodies. Each attunement provides a clearing of the person’s current energy in order to raise his or her vibration to the next level.


If you are interested in offering Reiki treatments to clients, you must have proper Reiki training by a certified Reiki master teacher. Because energy work is very intimate, select a teacher who makes you feel comfortable. This person will be your mentor, and you want to feel safe going to them when you have questions. Once attuned, you will be energetically connected to this person for life. Money should not be the key factor in choosing your teacher. More important is the teacher’s character and experience in teaching Reiki. Following are some important questions to ask:

  • Is your Reiki master a good example of his or her work, both inside and out?
  • Does this person practice Reiki regularly on himself or herself?
  • How much teaching has this person done?
  • Does he or she specialize in teaching a certain target market?
  • How long did this teacher take for his or her progression to Reiki master?

Remember that it takes at least two weeks between attunements to acclimate to your new energy level. It is preferable to find a teacher who has followed and teaches by these guidelines as well. Although weekend courses have become available in the recent past, attuning people in two or three of the levels without waiting in between is contrary to Dr Usui’s teachings.

Beware of teachers who claim their Reiki is “better” or the “authentic” Reiki. Dr. Usui was the original source for Reiki training. When you are accessing universal life-force energy, you cannot improve on this energy—there is no “better.” Someone who is trying to convince you that his or her way is better is coming from linear, left-brain programming and not the original Usui teachings.


I have been practicing Reiki for over 20 years and teaching Reiki to beauty professionals since 2001. I originally used Reiki to heal myself from depression. After 9/11 I saw our country in a state of mass depression and realized I had the knowledge and ability to help people heal. That is when I received my “calling” to teach Reiki to fellow estheticians and to pass this healing energy to our clients by adding wellness therapies to our menu of services. I changed my focus from make-up and image to wellness, and incorporated the healing from within work I have always done in my image business. In 2007 I wrote chapter 22 on Wellness Therapies in the Milady Advanced Esthetic textbook. They just came out with the 2nd edition of this book earlier this year; pictured. It has been an exciting and rewarding decade.

Feel free to contact me with questions about Reiki. I offer individual and group training for all 3 levels of Reiki. You will learn about the following:

  1. What is Reiki
  2. Origins and Benefits of Reiki
  3. How does “Energy” work
  4. The Chakra system simplified for daily life
  5. Hand positions for self
  6. Hand positions for others
  7. Mini-Treatments and Facial hand positions
  8. Practice on yourself and others
  9. How to speak about and incorporate Reiki into your practice

The class includes my Reiki workbook, attunements, Reiki 1 Self Treatment MP3, and certificate upon completion. (DVD available for an additional fee).

Bertaut Reiki workbook, DVD and CD

  • Rates for Reiki 1 Online Video Training $250 Includes:
    • Reiki level 1
    • Transformative Treatments with Reiki & Nature
    • Video series for both classes
    • Workbook and chart downloads
    • Reiki level 1 attunements – performed in person or distance
    • mp3’s for self guided Reiki treatment
  • Price for Bertaut Reiki Level 1 in-person class $300
  • Transformative Treatments in-person class $200
  • (Purchase both classes and receive the online training package listed above)

Outside of northern CA prices will include travel expenses. Please call and we can discuss the minimum attendee requirement.