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Diane Foidart and Reiki share a 20-year history. But to understand it, we first need to understand something about Reiki itself. Reiki is a kind of alternative therapy also known as energy healing. It emerged in Japan in the late 1800s and is said to involve the transfer of universal energy from practitioners’ palms to their patients.
Energy healing has been used for centuries in various forms. Reiki is becoming increasingly common, especially in the United States, where it is sometimes offered as a complementary service in hospitals.
“Reiki is a stress reduction and relaxation technique,” says Diane Foidart. “It can help people cope during difficult times. The practitioner works with life energy through a “laying-on of hands” directly over the patient’s body. During the session, energy flows from the practitioner to the patient, rebalancing the body’s energies.”
As Reiki grows in popularity, a number of U.S. studies have been carried out to document the benefits of the therapy. “The research tests the effects of Reiki on patients,” says the practitioner. “The results show that the group of patients receiving Reiki therapy feel the physical benefits much more than the other group.”
The Franco-Manitoban started Reiki sessions some 20 years ago, “for my personal well-being. It really helped me a lot.” Foidart was so impressed with the technique that she decided she wanted to practise the art. “The therapy was so positive for me, I wanted to help others get the same benefits. So I set myself the goal of becoming a Reiki practitioner.”
Becoming a practitioner required some training. There are two cycles of Reiki training available, depending on the objective. The first teaches the basics of Reiki practice. This cycle corresponds to the first and second levels.
A second cycle further develops knowledge of the art and leads to the third and master levels. When they reach the third level, practitioners can also teach Reiki to others.
Such is the case of Diane Foidart, who has completed the two training cycles. “I am now a Reiki master. That means I can practise Reiki to bring healing energy to my clients, and I can also teach those interested in learning about the art.”
In October 2019, Diane Foidart turned her passion into a full-time job, opening the first two locations of her very own Reiki centre, DF Reiki, on Pembina Highway and Corydon Avenue. Services are available in English and French.
“I am delighted to be opening a business and focusing on promoting the art of Reiki to help as many people as possible through my passion. Reiki changed my life, and I hope to do the same for many others.”