Barb Heintzelman, CMP & Reiki Master...Ki to Wellness Reiki & Massage


Why Should You Get a Massage?

There are many benefits in getting a massage.  While I was in school, I was educated in these:

  • ·             Massage dilates or opens blood vessels, improving the circulation and relieving congestion.
  • ·             Massage increases the number of red blood cells, especially in cases of anemia.
  • ·             Massage acts as a "mechanical cleanse" pushing along lymph and hastening the elimination of wastes and toxic debris.
  • ·             Massage relaxes muscles spasm and relieves tension.
  • ·             Massage improves muscle tone and helps prevent or delay muscular atrophy resulting from forced inactivity.
  • ·             Massage improves the circulation and nutrition of joints and hastens the elimination of harmful particles.  It helps less inflammation and swelling in joints and so alleviates pain.
  • ·             Massage improves the general circulation and nutrition of tissues.
                                                  "The Beneficial Effects of Massage"
                                               From the Therapeutic Learning Center
                                                            Fresno, CA   2001
It is my experience that massage helps aches and pains ease.  Carpal Tunnel and wrist pain subside when one receives regular massage. (Regular Massage = 1 per week or 2 weeks).  If you listen to your body, it will tell you how often you need massage and bodywork.  Personally, I have experienced a decrease in headaches and sinus symptoms when I receive a regular massage.
Relax.  Try it.
Massage isn't just a luxury anymore.
It is vital for our well being.
Here is a link for the benefits of massage:

Feel free to e-mail me questions about massage or my practice.

There are some great articles and research from Massage Magazine. Including information that massage helps ease symptoms from cancer patients, reduces tension headaches, relieves shoulder pain, helps with carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic low back pain, reduction in high blood pressure, PMS and more!  Please check out this website for more research articles:

Remember, that massage is all natural, helping your body to heal itself.

Some Definitions:
Bodywork The term bodywork refers to therapies such as massage, deep tissue manipulation, movement awareness, and energy balancing, which are employed to improve the structure and functions of the human body.  Bodywork in all its forms helps to reduce pain, soothe injured muscles, stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation, and promote deep relaxation and enable the body to rally its own recuperative powers.
Swedish Massage  Swedish Massage involves the use of oils on the skin, and hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health.  Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage.  The benefits of Swedish massage include increased blood circulation, mental and physical relaxation, reduction of stress, decreased muscle tension and improved range of motion.

 Shiatsu Shiatsu is a Japanese form of physical therapy and therapeutic massage, based on traditional Chinese medicine.  It combines massage, gentle physical manipulation, and pressure along channels or rivers of energy called meridians.


According to Reflexology by aplying pressure to a specific part (the foot is broken up into different points, which, if stimulated correctly, directly correlates to another body system or organ) the body may begin to heal itself. Reflexology has also been called "the Zone Therapy".

Ear Candling  Ear Candling is a simple, effective method for removing ear wax build-up, fungus and impaction from within the ear canal. For an article on Ear Candling go to: 

Most people feel an immediate benefit from ear candling and have this done a couple times during the year. I use cylinder shaped candles made from parrafin strips and bees wax.  The end of the candle is pointed so it can comfortably fit it into your ear.  An aluminum pie pan is placed over the candle and rests on your head.  The opposite end of the candle (away from you) is then lit.  The heat naturally and easily draws excess wax from your ear to the candle in its vacuum. If you have an ear infection, ear candling should not be performed, you should consult with your doctor.


Most ear candlings take about 2 candles per ear.  Please be gentle with yourself after an ear candling and limit loud music and places as well as cold and windy conditions.


Reiki A therapy based on Eastern concepts of energy flow and the seven energy centers in the human body.  The purpose of treatment is to heal emotional, spiritual and physical pain throught the transmission of universal life energy, called "ki" in Japanese.  It is believed that "ki" flows throughout the universe, and that Reiki connects humans in a more direct way to this universal source.  Reiki is used for the healing of animals as well as people.

Reiki is not massage.  You may receive Reiki if your massage therapist is also a Reiki Practitioner. The energy flows through their hands. Once a person is attuned to the Reiki Energy, it stays with them for the rest of their lives.  When you receive a Reiki Session, the focus is on the energy being sent to you. It is intentional. During the Reiki Session, my hands will be placed on your body as you lay fully clothed on my massage table. You may feel a sensation of relaxation, meditation and/or well being. Some people, receive messages about their journey here on earth, some may see colors, others may just be relaxed.  Everyone is different. I have never known 2 Reiki sessions to be the same. I have noticed that people who go into the session without expectation often benefit a great deal.

Reiki does no harm.  It does not counteract with other medical conditions or medications.  It simply assists with the healing process that is already being accepted by the person receiving it.  It complements your belief system.  If you believe that it works and allow it to work, it will. On the other hand, if you believe that it won't work...then it won't.  As you believe, so it is. Reiki is a gentle energy.  Allow it to have its way with you.

In using Reiki, I am the facilitator, not the healer. We are each responsible for our own healing journeys and our own lives.  We must take self responsibility for our own lives.

For More information on Reiki, link on to William Rand's Website:      
OR Go to International Association of Reiki Professionals Website:
Reiki follows the following Precepts:
     Just for today do not worry
     Just for today do not anger
     Honor your parents, teachers and elders.
     Earn your living honestly.
     Show gratitude to everything.
              - Dr. Mikao Usui
I also like to think about it like this:
    Just for today, I will let go of worry.
     Just for today, I will let go of anger.
     Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.
     I will do my work honestly and be diligent in my work.
     I will be kind to every living thing.
Reiki is used for all living things.   That is why I believe in Reiki for Animals.  Occasionally throughout the year, I will hold a workshop "Hands On Healing for Animals"  Also, check out

Reiki Classes.  I teach Reiki Level I, Reiki Level II and Reiki Master Classes.  If you would like to schedule a class to fit your needs please contact me on my contact page.  I periodically have classes scheduled...please check and contact me if you would like to register for one of the pre-scheduled classes.

Perhaps you would like a "one-on-one" class. Please contact me for scheduling your class.


What you will learn in Reiki Classes:

In Reiki Level 1, you will learn the following:  the history of Reiki, what is Reiki, how to be grounded, self-treatment, how to treat another with Reiki, will receive the Reiki 1 attunemtents. Reiki Level 1 Class focuses on the physical aspect of using Reiki.  Cost = $130 

In Reiki Level 2, you will learn the following:  the Reiki Symbols and the use of them, how to send Reiki Long Distance for ALL kinds of healing (including past, present and future), receive the Level 2 attunement. Reiki Level 2 focuses on the mental aspect of using Reiki.  Pre-requisite:  Reiki Level One.   Cost = $180. After June 1, 2013, price will increase to $180 for the Reiki Level 2 Class.

In Reiki Master Class, you will learn the Reiki Master Symbol, how to use it, how to perform attunements, how to set up a class, how to integrate different materials into making a class, and so much more.  Becoming a Reiki Master is only the beginning of your Reiki Journey, it is definitely not the end of it. There is an old addage:  Just when you think you know it, you realize that there is much more to know.  There is a lot of material to cover in this class and will require out of class work. Pre-requisite: Reiki Level One, Reiki Level Two, working with the Reiki Energy for at least one year and discussion with Reiki Master Barb.                                                                                                              

Cost = $650.  This class will allow you to pass attunements and teach Reiki Classes.


SEASONAL REIKI SHARE  I sponsor a seasonal (quarterly) Reiki Share in my office.  Anyone who is a Reiki 1 or Reiki 2 practitioner or Reiki Master is welcome to attend.  This is a great time to sharpen your Reiki skills, meet new people, learn new ideas and to have a lot of fun! Give some Reiki, receive some Reiki! The Reiki Share schedule is TBA.


REIKI FOR ANIMALS. I also offer Reiki for Animals. Animals are wonderful recipients for Reiki...they have no preconceived beliefs or disbeliefs about it.  They feel energy.  They know who loves them and who does not.  Reiki can be very comforting for physically sick or emotionally distraught animals (it is not a substitute for veterinarian care or training, nor should be construed as such). Reiki does no harm and will not negatively affect the medical care your animal is already receiving.

If you would like for your pet to receive Reiki, please call or e-mail me.  Your animal may be brought to my office or we can arrange long distance Reiki treatments.

Reiki Treatments for Animals typically last anywhere from  10 to 20 minutes (perhaps more, depending on the animal). It has been my experience that the animal will "tell" us when they have had enough Reiki energy.  Reiki For Animals is a sliding scale: $30 (at your home, additional travel expense may apply).

Did You Know...

Bob Hope and George Burns both received regular massages.