Reiki is a Japanese method of natural healing that is deeply relaxing and revitalizing. Treatments stimulate the human energy field to encourage enhanced, integrated functioning of the body’s natural healing systems.
Pronounced “RAY-key,” Reiki is a form of touch therapy that the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health classifies as “biofield therapy” or “energy medicine.” Because of its simplicity and fast, dramatic results documented in increasing numbers of research studies, Reiki is one of the fastest growing complementary modalities in the world. Reiki is now used not only by individuals but also in hundreds of hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and spas throughout the world.
During a Reiki treatment, the client lies fully clothed on a massage table. The Reiki practitioner gently places their hands on areas along the endocrine system, major organs, and the chakras, on the front and back of the body or where there is pain. Unlike massage, there is no manipulation of the muscles or tissue.
Reiki helps rid the body of accumulated stress, thereby helping to prevent illness and maintain good health. Clinical studies show that Reiki boosts the immune system, clears toxins, relieves pain, and improves sleep.
For healthy individuals, Reiki is a simple, effective way to relax, relieve stress, and maintain energy. For those with acute or chronic health problems, Reiki is a valuable complementary therapy.
Marita Aicher-Swartz is a Reiki Master Teacher and an Integrated Health Partner. She offers classes in all the levels of Usui Reiki. She works full-time as a Reiki master practitioner⁄ teacher. Marita combines her training in Reiki and Spiritual Direction to help clients with their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Marita holds a BA in Elementary Education from Georgian Court College, an MA in Religion and Religious Education from Fordham University and is certified as a Spiritual Director by Jubilee House Retreat Center. For most of her life, she has worked with children, adolescents, and adults, primarily in the Bristol Virginia ⁄ Tennessee area as an elementary school teacher, Minister of Religious Education, and Spiritual Director.
Marita was introduced to Usui Reiki in 2003 by Anita Brelage, OFM with whom she studied levels one and two. Her studies continued and she received her Level 3 ⁄ Master Level with Joe Ortola and Paula Sarut of Johnson City in 2004 and ART ⁄ Master with Beth Stapor from the International Center for Reiki Training in December of 2005. During 2006 and 2007, she studied additional Rainbow® Reiki techniques with Walter Lübeck and Beth Stapor and received her Karuna® Master training as well. In 2011 she received her Shoden and Okuden levels of training in Jikiden Reiki with Arjava Petter.
In 2005, Marita began a full-time Reiki and Spiritual Direction practice at Integrated Health Concepts in Bristol, Tennessee where she worked with a team of traditional medical and holistic practitioners to support wellness and healing for clients. In January 2008, she became a licensed teacher with The International Center for Reiki Training. Shortly thereafter Marita began her private Reiki practice, and her office is now located at 28 Midway St., where she is once again affiliated with Integrated Health Concepts.
Marita and her husband Karl live in Bristol, TN, with their personal zoo of two dogs, Lexus and Roxie, and their cat, Tabs. Marita enjoys spending time with family and friends, weaving and quilting, hiking the trails of this beautiful region, and traveling in the U.S. and Russia. Marita has two sisters, Michaele and Moria, who also share the love and practice of Reiki.
Call 423-502-7915 for an appointment.