American Heart Month: Learn ‘Self-Reiki for Self-Care’ and Relaxation


Cardiovascular Disease Effects Nearly 50% of Americans, according to the American Heart association. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

To help prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Dreamtime Wellness LLC is proudly participating in American Heart Month.

  • FREE Blood Pressure check with any wellness session during the month of February
  • FREE Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Check Thursday, February 14. (Advanced Register)
  • Tobacco Treatment Counseling Sessions Discounted 50% during the month of February
  • 1st Degree/Shoden Reiki Training, Saturday and Sunday. February 23 and 24th. No pre-requisite. Register in Advance.

A study reported in the Journal of Integrative Medicine “supported the hypothesis that the calming effect of reiki may be achieved through the use of self-reiki.” Reiki can be learned and practiced on oneself (a precept of the practice) for the purpose of relaxation, stress relief and self-care. Relaxation and Meditation are known to help improve heart health.

The Good News – You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

  • Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Daily activity.
  • Healthy eating.
  • Healthy weight.

Are You At Risk for Heart Disease? Talk to your doctor. Here is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have to say about risk of heart disease –

According to a report from Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Health letter, “The latest research confirms that people who practice meditation are significantly less likely to have a heart attack or stroke or die within five years. Cardiologist and professor at Harvard Medical School was reported to state –

“Meditation can be a useful part of cardiovascular risk reduction.”

Meditation can help by:

  • Lowering stress
  • Lowering heart rate and blood pressure
  • Improved rate of breathing and blood oxygenation
  • Decreased insulin resistance and your risk of diabetes
  • Reducing cortisol (hormone secreted in response to stress) levels

Let your doctor know if you are pursuing and incorporating integrative healthcare therapies in to your plan of care. These therapies are not meant to replace conventional healthcare, but rather offer adjunctive support and the potential for improved outcomes. Look for evidence-based therapies that have been researched to show effectiveness and safety. A resource:

Check With Your Doctor Before Beginning a Mediation Program. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “meditation is generally considered to be safe for healthy people, but there have been rare reports that meditation could cause or worsen symptoms in people with certain psychiatric problems like anxiety and depression. People with existing mental health conditions should speak with their health care providers before starting a meditative practice, and make their meditation instructor aware of their condition.”

For More Information or to Register for Our Programs, visit Dreamtime Wellness, call 978-283-4258 or email:

Help bring attention to American Heart Month – Wear Red this month.

Best in health,


#HeartMonth #LoveYourself #SelfCareSelfLove

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Karen Pischke BSN, RN, Alumnus CCRN, Author, Speaker, Nurse Researcher, Photographer. Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate, advocate for, and empower you in your healthcare goals. Providing evidence-based integrative healthcare services and self-care tools that are safe as well as effective at improving overall health, happiness and wellbeing. Find us on Instagram and Facebook

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