Energy work involves drawing upon the body’s own energy to promote healing and well-being. Different modalities are used in energy work. You may have heard of reflexology, acupuncture, or breath work, just to name a few. 

I offer energy work in the form of Reiki.

Reiki is an ancient technique for stress reduction and relaxation. It is received via a warm and soothing energy shared through the practitioner’s hands.

Reiki isn't a cure or a way of controlling. Regular Reiki sessions can help bring the client's soul, body and mind into balance. It is an excellent support to the overall physical, mental and emotional healing process.

The word “Reiki” (ray - key) comes from Japanese kanji. Kanji are ideograms used in the written language of Japan. Reiki is represented by two kanji, Rei and Ki.  Rei = Spiritual Wisdom.  Ki = Life Energy. Science calls Ki biofield energy. Ki is the vital life force or the universal life energy. 

Reiki originated in the early 20th century based on the thought that we all have an unseen energetic life force flowing through our bodies. Energy can stagnate in the body where there has been physical injury or emotional pain. In time, these energy blocks can cause illness. The goal of Reiki is to balance that energy flow.



In-Person Reiki Session

During an in-person session, you’ll lie down fully clothed, in a comfortable position on a massage table. Lighting, temperature and other environmental variables can be adjusted to make you as comfortable as possible. Next, I gently place my hands, palms down, on or just above your body in specific energy locations. Starting at the head working my way down the body to the feet and moving around the table. Sometimes I may use a singing bowl, rattle or bell to break up stuck energy. I also use crystals from time to time.


Virtua Reiki Session

During a Virtual Reiki session, we start the session with a brief conversation ensuring you are comfortable and understand the process. I suggest clients lay down, of course if they prefer, they are free to sit in a comfortable chair. The key is to be in a relaxed state. At the end of the session, we’ll visit again about their experience.

As with an in-person Reiki session, the focus is always toward the client's highest well-being. And the same sensations felt in-person can be felt in a distance session.

I use Zoom for virtual sessions so be sure to have a space that is quiet, private and uninterrupted. And have a reliable internet connection.

If you have animals, you may find they like being in the room with you as most animals love energy work. 


Reiki Share

This is a time where Reiki practitioners get together to share Reiki energy with each other. Each person takes a turn on the Reiki table while the others work on the body. Someone may be at the head, one at the feet, knees, elbows, etc. It’s a great opportunity to receive from like-minded souls as well as share about experiences and developments in this energy work. 

If you are interested in learning more about Reiki Share, please contact me. 

How Long Does a Reiki Session Last?

Sessions usually last 45 to 90 minutes. The first part of the session will be a brief discussion about the environmental variables, touch consent or not, and what to expect during the session.

After the session, there is a short time of discovery where you will have a chance to ask questions about the session regarding any feelings, sensations or thoughts that came up for you.

What Does Reiki Feel Like?

Most people experience a deep feeling of calm and peace during and after. They may be aware of my presence or may take a nap coming in and out of awareness throughout the session. Some people feel heat coming from my hands or in parts of their body that are receiving Reiki such that I may be at your feet and you feel heat on your knees or cheeks. Others feel a tingly sensation or nothing except the table.

Some clients may have emotional feelings come up during a session such as sadness and crying or shaking. This is normal. What is typically happening is that old, stored feelings in the client’s body or nervous system are coming to the surface to be released.

Each client is different in how they respond to Reiki. I encourage clients drink a lot of water after a session just as they would after a massage. Drinking water supports the body’s removal of stuck energy.

Additionally, clients ought to be aware of how they feel the evening and next day after a session. 

How Many Sessions Do I Need To Notice a Difference?

While most clients notice a difference after the first session, the number or frequency of visits depends on the client. Given the typically hectic lifestyle most of us lead, the nervous system pretty much welcomes calming and relaxing anytime it is offered.

That said, monthly visits can help sustain a sense of calm and well-being. And if there is a specific issue or situation the client is working through, more frequent sessions may help. Again, it’s up the needs of the client.


Medical and Research Communities on Reiki as a Complimentary Therapy


Research shows Reiki is a powerful tool for well-being and a form of complementary therapy to existing traditional medical treatments.

The following research and medical facilities as well as associations offer or recommend Reiki:

  • Yale - Smilow Integrative Medicine Program
  • Harvard Medical School - Boston and Cambridge
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center
  • Children’s Cancer Hospital at The University of Texas
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • The University of Maryland Medical Center
  • The Children’s Hospital – Boston
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital - Baltimore
  • Yale - New Haven Hospital 
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Mayo Clinic –Research & Clinical Trials
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • National Cancer Institute
  • American Lung Association
  • American Psychological Association


Coaching and Energy Work Disclaimer

The International Coach Federation’s definition of coaching quoted in part is as follows: “Professional Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life. In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action. Coaching accelerates the client’s progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future. Coaches recognize that results are a matter of the client’s intentions, choices and actions, supported by the coach’s efforts and application of the coaching process.”


All coaching and energy work services and communication, email or otherwise, shared by Freely Authentic Coaching, or coach/intuitive Carolyn Huffman, as well as information set forth on this website (freelyauthenticcoaching.com) are meant to help you identify and support the areas in your life and in your thinking patterns that may be standing in your way. However, coaching and energy work is not professional mental health care or medical care.


By participating in Freely Authentic Coaching energy work sessions/coaching services/website/blog/email series, you acknowledge that I am not a psychologist, health care practitioner, or medical professional, and my services do not replace the care of psychologists, mental health practitioners, or medical professionals. Coaching and/or energy work is in no way to be construed or substituted as psychological counseling or any other type of therapy, medical service or advice.


Please note that I do not make any guarantees about your results. Our sessions and any educational and informational resources shared with you during those sessions or found on this website/blog/email series are intended to help you succeed personally and in your work You nevertheless need to know that your ultimate success or failure will be the result of your own efforts, your particular situation, and innumerable other circumstances beyond my knowledge and control.