Every Thursday, ONDA Beauty in Tribeca is home to Mark Connolly and his transformative Aroma-Reiki sessions. If you are new to Reiki, or just need a refresher on why this energy clearing and healing treatment is for you, we've asked Mark to share his expert knowledge.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese form of energy balancing that helps the flow of Universal energy throughout the body. This subtle yet powerful form of healing helps to harmonize your mind, body and spirit from the inside out. Using a light, hands on touch it aligns the chakra (energy) points in the body to give you a profound sense of serenity, peace and wellbeing.

What would I get out of doing it?

Reiki is the perfect antidote to the stressful lives that most of us live. A reiki session can make you feel as if you have taken a blissful, magical inner journey of self -discovery, a deep meditation on your inner self and a sense of being in the right place at the right time. Total alignment of mind, body and spirit.

How will it change me? Mood, physically, clarity, emotions etc. 

After a deeply relaxing reiki session you arise feeling very present, in the now. You are much more in tune with your authentic self, aware of the renewed flow of energy, refreshed in mind, body and spirit. Focus, clarity, renewed optimism and physical wellbeing are also some of the many benefits of this healing art. Everything is as it should be, your best self!

What does the process involve?

The moment you enter the treatment room at Onda you enter the magical realm of your chosen chakra life journey. The fragrant and powerful essences surround you and immediately begin their alchemic process alongside divine crystals and soothing music. The properties of each essence are explained whilst you inhale each one individually after which they are individually layered behind the ear and your intention for the session is set. You then lie down on the bed fully clothed and I begin the laying on of hands to begin recharging the energy flow from your crown chakra down to the root. You just lie back and allow the life force energy to flow through your body and take you on your own unique inner, transformational journey.

What is Aroma Reiki and how do you use the oils in your process?

As the name implies aroma reiki is a powerful and magical combination of aromatherapy and reiki. In my unique life journeys I use the highest possible grade of wild, biodynamic and indigenous essential oils from all over the globe. By choosing a particular chakra life journey you have set the intention for the session and the carefully selected oils help to super-boost the energetic flow throughout the body helping you to manifest your intention. The divine essences also have mind, body and spirit healing properties that have been used to heal, soothe and transform people for thousands of years. The combination of the two modalities work in harmony and individually to give you a glowing radiance throughout your body

Is it important to go more than once?

My recommendation is that a client takes all seven journeys sequentially after which their mind, body and spirit will be harmonized and in tune with an intuitive understanding of when they have the need for further sessions. They may choose to retake one of the life journeys when they sense a feeling of being out of balance in one particular chakra.

What might I expect afterwards?

You can expect to feel a deep sense of peace and bliss and both an inner and outer glow. Often clients enter looking and feeling one way and are totally transformed after a session, feeling revitalized, present, focused and conscious. They are capable of looking at their lives with a new perspective full of optimism and energy. A deep and relaxing night’s sleep is guaranteed, often with vivid dreams. Upon awakening, a renewed sense of vigor, purpose and clarity help ease you into your new day.

Larissa Thomson

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