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Balancing 4 Life in West Harrison Welcomes Jan Mizushima to Teach Jikiden Reiki Level 2 Okuden Course

Jan Mizushima

Anne Bentzen, a Jikiden Reiki practitioner in Westchester, reopened her healing services last July and has resumed teaching Level 1 Shoden classes on Sundays at Balancing 4 Life in West Harrison, where she’s facilitating a distance Reiki course on February 21 and 28. Jan Mizushima, of Queens, will teach the one-day Jikiden Reiki Level 2 Okuden course.

“The pandemic has created significant stress, anxiety and disease for many of us,” Bentzen says. “Reiki is wonderful for reducing stress, dissolving energy imbalances and restoring harmony to heart and mind. But some people can’t travel to receive a Reiki session. Distance Reiki expands your ability to give Reiki to anyone anytime, anywhere. I would highly recommend people who have taken Shoden to learn Okuden. It is so useful, especially during the pandemic.”

Born in California, Mizushima spent her teenage and college years in Japan, where she learned the culture. She teaches Jikiden Reiki in English and Japanese.

 “Jan uniquely serves as a bridge, enabling westerners to understand Japanese thinking,” Bentzen says.

The Okuden course follows the curriculum of the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan. Class size is limited to five students. Bentzen will offer the Shoden two-day course again March 21 and 28 and June 6 and 13.

Location: Balancing 4 Life 137 Lake St., West Harrison (home of In Vogue Salon). For more info or to register, contact Anne Bentzen at 914.588.4079 or visit To learn about Jan Mizushima, visit