Ann Finnie of Scituate is a practical type. While raising two children as a single mother, she spent years working in corporate accounting. Yet, a lunch meeting with a former colleague caused Ann to call into question many of her left-brained assumptions.
Ann’s former co-worker at an investment firm had suffered for years with chronic allergies, bronchitis and back pain. At the lunch, Ann was shocked to see the woman in perfect health and naturally questioned her about what she had done to achieve it. As it turns out, Ann’s friend had been participating in a form of energy healing known as Reiki (Ray-kee).
“If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it,” says Finnie. “This woman suffered for years and had tried everything to get better. I was shocked that something that seemed so ‘out there’ to me had been the thing to help her.”
Her curiosity piqued, Finnie began to look into Reiki. She learned that Reiki is an ancient form of energy healing that originated in Japan. During a Reiki session, trained Reiki practitioners offer a gentle “laying on of hands” to the client. The theory is that energy blockages — physical and/or emotional — are what cause pain and disease. By moving energy through the client, the practitioner seeks to break up the blockages and restore health.
“We all contain and are composed of energy,” says Finnie. “Further, we are all conduits of a larger life force energy, God if you will. Reiki practitioners have been taught to allow the universal life force energy to flow through their own bodies into others in a very beneficial way.”
Ultimately, Finnie became so convinced of Reiki’s effectiveness, that she decided to undergo the training to become a practitioner and in so doing, experienced her own personal healing.
Now, having advanced through all the training levels, Finnie is considered a Reiki Master Teacher and is certified to train others in the healing art. She has been practicing and teaching for over 8 years and has trained a number of people. During that time, she has witnessed healing occur for a variety of conditions, both physical and emotional.
“Clients come to me to experience relief from a variety of conditions from chronic pain to migraines, depression, diabetes, you name it. Reiki is not meant to replace conventional medicine, but rather to work in tandem with it. The nice thing though is that sometimes where other treatments fail, we offer clients hope and a different approach when the doctors have told them there is nothing else they can do. I have been witness to some incredible healing.”
Since the time Finnie first started her training, Reiki has gained popularity and more widespread acceptance and legitimacy.
Notes Finnie, “When I began my training, many people were highly skeptical of something that seemed so ‘woo-woo’. Now, Reiki has become so recognized for its healing potential, that I believe we will see insurance companies cover the cost as they now do with chiropractic care.”
In fact, many hospitals including South Shore, Brigham and Women’s, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center now offer Reiki services to patients. On its website, the new Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at South Shore Hospital describes Reiki as “…an ancient healing technique (that)…promotes healing and relaxation by stimulating the immune system.” (southshorehospital.org)
In 2004, Ann opened “Footprints Holistic” in Scituate, a center where she offers Reiki sessions, reflexology and other healing modalities as well as spiritual/wellness counseling.
On Wednesday evening, February 27th, 7-9 pm the Second Congregational Church of Cohasset will be host “Introduction to Reiki” with Ann Finnie.
Finnie will give participants a brief introduction to Reiki followed by abbreviated Reiki healing sessions with trained practitioners.
The church expects this workshop to fill up quickly. To sign up, please email email@example.com or call the church office at 781.383.0345. The workshop is open to all. There is no charge for the event, however there is a suggested voluntary donation of $10.