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Jikiden Reiki Shoden Retreat With Anne Bentzen at the Holmes (NY) Camp and Conference Center November 2021

Anne Bentzen at the Holmes Camp

The Japanese healing modality known as Reiki can be an effective natural tool for pain management, says Anne Bentzen, a Westchester-based Jikiden Reiki Shihankaku teacher certified through the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan. Bentzen will host a Jikiden Reiki Shoden retreat at the Holmes (NY) Camp and Conference Center November 12-14.

“Reiki is used in hospitals worldwide as part of holistic alternative medicine approach for reducing pain and inflammation,” she says. “It rebalances the energetic flow of life-force energy within the body, enabling the release of toxins, restoring the immune system and improving health and well-being. By inhibiting stress-hormone production, your autonomic nervous system can focus on healing. With regular use, Reiki assists in the reduction of dependency on pain medications.”

Published studies have shown that Reiki can ease both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis pain, improving joint mobility and quality of life, Bentzen says. Cancer patients given Reiki treatments have reported relief from the painful side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, as well as improved digestion. End-of-life patients experience greater peace as they transition when given Reiki. 

Beginning and reviewing students at Bentzen’s retreat will practice how to intuitively feel energy for direct hands-healing of family and friends, she says. They will receive three activations (Reiju) for channeling energy, learn history, principles, integration techniques and perform supervised treatments. 

“Everyone can learn Reiki,” she says.

For more info on the Reiki Shoden Certification Retreat, visit For more info on Reiki treatments, classes, or to schedule an appointment, visit

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