Hello and welcome to Reiki with Marie.
Hi, I'm Marie Simons and I 'm a 5th generation Usui Reiki Ryoho and 8th and 9th generation Shiki Ryoho Reiki (master) Senior Teacher. I have a practice at Wellness On Park in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania and also work at several Philadelphia area hospitals and hospices. I treat people of all ages who wish to utilize Reiki for general wellness and stress reduction as well as for specific tension, pain problems, surgical preparation, and post surgical recovery. I also treat animals for anxiety, physical problems, and to alleviate pain.
I am grateful to have begun my training with a wonderful Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master, Michael Soto, in Chicago in 1989. I was (and still am) passionate about learning as much as I can about energy work and its uses in medicine. I studied everything that would enrich my understanding. I continued my education with different mentors in Philadelphia and Sedona and attained my Shiki Ryoho, Reiki III (teaching level) in New York in 2002. There are many branches of Reiki and, over the next decade, I studied many of them. I finally chose to work with the form I found to be least influenced by Western culture, a system of Reiki that remains as it was when it was taught by Usui in Japan. I studied Traditional Japanese Reiki and meditation, Usui Reiki Ryoho, through the Shinpiden, master level, with international best selling author and founder of the International House of Reiki, Senior Teacher, Frans Stiene, in 2015.
In addition, I teach meditation which is an integral part of the Traditional practice of Reiki. I guide new students to meditate in ways they can take home and use instantly and continue to mentor them as they learn and progress. I am also a Certified Zentangle Teacher® (CZT) taught by founders, Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts. The Zentangle Method®, teaches anyone to create beautiful images from repetitive patterns. "It is easy to learn and easy to do. Through specified series of steps, it results in a creative expression that transcends its own rules." I teach this creative method as a "moving" mindful meditation. "It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being, " says Roberts. I find this meditation form to be unique in that children as young as 6 or 7 can easily follow along and, in fact, succeed, while gaining the benefits of meditation.
I regularly attend classes, retreats and conferences for Reiki and meditation, and stay involved with the global Reiki teaching community. I'm as passionate about teaching as I am about learning. I've taught Reiki to clients of all ages, patients, their families, massage therapists, and medical support staff. For the last 8 years, I've been using Reiki in my work with hospice and cancer patients with truly wonderful results. I have given Reiki to cancer patients at: Brigham And Women's Hospital, Boston, MA; UPenn Perlman Center for Advanced Medicine, Roberts Proton Therapy Center, Philadelphia, PA; Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA; Crozer Chester Medical Center, Chester, PA; New York - Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, New York City, NY; and many nursing homes in the Philadelphia area. I am proud to be the official Reiki practitioner, teacher and meditation mentor for West Chester University's personnel Perks program.
My background is in science and, as a result, I approach energy medicine from the traditional Western scientific point of view. The two philosophies may seem incongruous, yet I have spent almost three decades doing energy work with patients and working with their medical teams, and we've seen the incredible results. When I first learned Reiki in 1989, it was in its American infancy. We early practitioners started introducing the practice to the medical community by volunteering in hospitals and nursing homes. In the last two decades things have changed dramatically. Reiki is now in treatment centers in major hospitals and Ivy League universities. Reiki is becoming mainstream.
I wish to share this amazing method of self healing and balance with as many people as I can. I dream of a practice with a virtual "revolving door" where people come into my practice curious about Reiki and leave as passionate Reiki practitioners. My philosophy on the value of Reiki is simple: It is invaluable and must be accessible to anyone wanting its benefits. For this reason, I keep my rates as low as possible. If my rates differ from other practitioners, keep in mind that the subject of pricing is very personal as are the reasons practitioners charge what they charge. I would rather someone come see me twice and see my services as accessible, than for them to come once and view me as a luxury they can barely afford. If my rates are too high for your budget, please contact me and we will make special arrangements. I promise, you will not be turned away. My goal is to make Reiki not only accessible, but affordable, available, and doable for those who seek it; for you.
I want to provide Reiki to everyone who is interested and needs it, regardless of their ability to pay, and I am looking for students, not "customers." I love when one of my clients decides to learn Reiki to care for themselves. In these wonderful cases, I am delighted to become their mentor and I welcome them back as a student or client anytime they need me. It is pure joy for me to empower someone to contribute to their own well being, whether it be physical, emotional or spiritual.
I am proud to be part of the Wellness on Park team in Swarthmore, PA and am thrilled to be working in my home town with such a talented group of people who are solely dedicated to the health and wellness of our community.
I am a Registered Certified Reiki Practitioner and Teacher (CRMT) with the Shibumi International Reiki Association www.shibumireiki.org and the International Association of Reiki Professionals. www.IARP.org