I get asked those questions a lot.  So I thought I’d address them here.


Let’s say you bumped your knee on the living room coffee table. What would you do? You would probably reach for it with your hands (while at the same time crying out “ouch!”), right?! Or your child falls down and goes “boom”. What do they want you to do? Most likely it’s “Mommy, will you hold me?” Right? Why? Because it feels better! Your body instinctively knows what it needs. We all have healing energy in our hands and have the capacity to heal ourselves, whether we realize it or not. The only difference is that as a practitioner, I have been trained in techniques to focus that energy in an intentional way.

Both Reiki and Healing Touch are a form of energy work using the hands to act as a conduit for what is referred to as Life Force Energy. It uses gentle, light or near-body touch to clear, balance, energize and support the human energy system to facilitate and support healing for the whole person: mind, body and spirit.


The goal of Reiki/Healing Touch is to restore harmony and balance in the human energy system, thus creating an optimal environment for the body’s innate tendency to heal itself.

All sessions take place fully-clothed in a zen-like, peaceful space. The whole idea is to induce a deep state of relaxation, and so I do what I can to create a quiet, spa-like atmosphere where you can relax fully.

If it is your first visit, there will be a short intake session to discuss any health issues or concerns you may have, to clarify my role and your expectations. Subsequent visits include a shorter intake to bring me up to speed on any changes in your life status and your experience since our last visit.

If you like essential oils and don’t have an allergy to any, I will both diffuse doTerra essential oils (such as Lavender or Citrus Bliss or Serenity) into the air as well as use them on my hands to enhance the experience with a bit of aromatherapy.

Usually, you will lay face up on a massage table, with your shoes off, a bolster under your knees and a light blanket on your feet and legs if desired. From there, the session will proceed using my own unique combination of Reiki and Healing Touch techniques designed to allow you to enter a deep state of relaxation, which is where the body does what it wants to do naturally – heal and regenerate itself.

I usually start the session at your feet, taking a few moments to both ground myself and you. I then move to various parts of the body and, with your permission, place my hands on different energy centers such as the knees, torso, heart, arms and head. I hold them there, sometimes for moments and others for as long as a minute. Where I go has a lot to do with our discussion prior to the treatment and your stated issues and where I feel “lead” to go. It really is a joint partnership with you and your stated intentions. I cannot control where the energy flows, it will go where the body most needs it, but I can certainly focus extra attention on specific areas.

Many people enter a sleep state fairly quickly, some even snore! I take that as a compliment! To me it says you trust our relationship and the process.Each session ends back where I started, at your feet.

If you have to return to work after your session, please let me know so that I can end the session with a technique which will give your adrenals a little kick of energy. Otherwise, you will leave alert but relaxed.


Energy therapies focus on removing energy “congestion” that forms in our energy fields (aura) and energy centers (Chakras).  It re-establishes healthy energy flow through opening, connecting and balancing the human energy system.


Although I am not a doctor, do not prescribe for any condition nor can I make any guarantees, I can say that many clients experience relief from a variety of issues, some temporarily, others permanently. Research has shown that some of the benefits include:

  • Reduces Pain
  • Relieves Stress & Depression
  • Reduces Anxiety
  • Provides Support during Chemotherapy
  • Strengthens the Immune System
  • Relive Insomnia
  • Reduces Headaches/Migraines
  • Deepens Spiritual Connection

Our local Sharp  Hospital also uses it in surgery support (to reduce recovery time), and in their hospice program to assist with and ease the dying process.

Sharp actually requires (and pays for) all their RN’s to attend the first level Healing Touch course (there are five levels). To me, that is a huge testament to their belief in the effectiveness of the work.

The VA also offers it to their soldiers as one of their alternative healing modalities to help them with PTSD.

You can schedule your session using our online calendar here: Online Scheduling

Questions?  Please let me know!  I am here to support you in your desire for wellness.

Debra Wilson Guttas

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