Reiki Center and the many volunteers provide educational programs as well as demonstrations to the to the community such as corporate environment, community-sponsored wellness events, Organizational and Medical/Clinical Environments, as requested. During these events, information or PowerPoint Presentation (with speaker) is provided concerning how these modalities can offer amazing results coupled with essential oils, where applicable. The “Reiki Center Team” travel to the events and the feedback has been very rewarding to the volunteers.
In 2016, Reiki Center and its volunteers traveled to three different counties attending over 35 wellness events. The events have proven to be very effective with educating the different types of modalities and identifying basic needs of the body including air, water, nutrition and the importance of the body’s balance: mind, body and spirit.
A weekly Reiki volunteer program began in early 2014 in a long-term/short-term care facility. Within 18 months of beginning the program, 368 documented sessions were completed. According to Ms. Pecka, “We believe that we can make a difference with natural methods to increase the awareness of balancing mind, body and spirit to enhance the quality of life.”
FRANZ R PECKA, LMT, CMLDT
Franz is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist and Certified Infant Massage Instructor for Parents and Caregivers. He is also a Jikiden Reiki® Practitioner and Western Reiki – Usui/Tibetan Reiki Ryoho Master/Teacher. Franz began his career life by earning his business degree as well as a Master Tool and Die Maker in Saarbrucken, Germany and was employed by SKF Industries in Germany and the United States.
He retired from the SKF, Altoona Plant after 32 years and embarked on his journey and career. With his wife, Deborah, they began Reiki Center for Body and Mind, Inc. Franz continues to enhance his massage practice by addressing the needs of the clients and continual pursues additional educational opportunities. He offers his typical Therapeutic Massage and the following key specialized modalities: Myofascial Release Massage and Manual Lymph Drainage.
DEBORAH L PECKA, CNHS
Shihan (Jikiden Reiki®, Kyoto, Japan)
Deborah Pecka is an natural health practitioner (Teacher of Natural Health) and Certified Natural Health Specialist through Trinity School of Natural Health. She is a certified Eastern Reiki (Jikiden Reiki®) teacher and practitioner through the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan and as well as a Western Reiki Master/Teacher level. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor for Parents and Caregivers through the HypnoBirthing Institute. Deborah began her career in the banking industry and taught post-secondary education in business administration and medical office administration within an Accredited Career College environment then accepted the position as Director of Financial Aid.
While establishing Reiki Center for Body and Mind, Inc., Deborah continued to increase her knowledge with Complementary and Integrative care and continued her responsibilities as the Director of Financial Aid. In 2013, Deborah resigned her position to become full-time owner/operator at the Reiki Center.
Deborah organizes and presents at various wellness events within the community to provide education of how the integrative care system can benefit individual quality of life. These presentations/speaking engagements offer a clear look of different modalities while the “Team” does demonstrations. She also organizes Staff Appreciation events, Corporate Wellness events and accepts clients at the Center.
JANNETT TREXLER, Reiki Practitioner
Jannett retired in 2007 from a very active professional life. Since retiring, Ms. Trexler became involved with Reiki Center through her training with Reiki for Caregivers and continued her Reiki training with Eastern Reiki and is a certified through the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan. As such, she has become involved in volunteering throughout the central Pennsylvania area, assisting with demonstrations of Reiki at Health and Wellness Events giving Reiki sessions for both public and private programs. Ms. Trexler was instrumental created a Reiki Clinic at a local long term/short term care facility in Hollidaysburg, PA. One day each week, Reiki practitioner volunteers provide Reiki relaxation sessions for both residents and staff: 368 sessions were documented.
MARK JOHNSON, Reiki Practitioner
Mark Johnson is the owner of a video production company in Hollidaysburg, PA. For over 25 years, he has provided the community with professional production of videos. After years of interest, he studied to become a Reiki Practitioner. His interest in Reiki grew, and he is now a Reiki Master/Practitioner and is an Eastern Reiki practitioner certified through the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan. He is an integral part of the Volunteer Group at a local long term/short term care facility on a weekly basis. He is one of the Reiki Center’s most active participants/volunteers for the events and provides services within the Center as an Independent Contractor. Mark continues to run his successful video production company and welcomes his Reiki clients.
TIM TROUTMAN, Reiki Practitioner
Tim is a Reiki Practitioner and travels with the Reiki Center to demonstrate Reiki and is an Eastern Reiki practitioner certified through the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan. His interests lie in natural wellness and that began at a very young age. Tim works with Reiki Center to present and demonstrate Reiki for our community and corporate events and continues his Reiki education through the Jikiden Reiki Institute Kyoto, Japan. Tim is also an essential oils wellness advocate.
JACLYN BIDDLE, Reiki Practitioner
Jaclyn studied Child Psychology and completed her internship at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children Oncology department. She is certified in Early Childhood Education, and operated a daycare center to be closer to her children. She believes that a healthy body begins with a healthy mind.
After relocating with her family, Jaclyn became employed as a Restaurant Manager where she realized her talents and love for helping people weren’t being put to their best use. She made the decision to peruse her first love, helping people, and changed direction to follow her passion in holistic medicine including Reiki and Essential Oils. Jaclyn enjoys volunteer work and wants to share Reiki with as many people she can meet. She is currently a certified Jikiden Reiki practitioner, Essential Oils Wellness Advocate and interested in expanding her skill into Massage, Chromotherapy and essential oils therapy.
CHRISTINA CLARK, Reiki Practitioner
Christina is a devoted stay at home mom and natural caregiver who thrives on helping others. She has been an active participant in her school’s PTA and served in the AmeriCorps volunteer program. She believes a holistic, all-natural lifestyle leads to a joyful and fulfilling life and wants to spread the knowledge of Reiki. Her passion for natural healthcare began while raising her children and has since developed a line of skin care products that continues to grow. She is a Jikiden Reiki practitioner as well as an Essential Oils Wellness Advocate, and ready to expand her knowledge of natural healing into reflexology, essential oils therapy and massage.
ROSE KLATT, Reiki Practitioner
Rose Klatt has been doing volunteer work for over 30 years at the long-term/short-term care facility in Ebensburg. She has been asked to expand the volunteering to a second facility. She is a mother of four and has been involved with Reiki as a Practitioner and continued her Reiki journey to Reiki Master/Practitioner level. She has current plans to continue beyond that to the Karuna Reiki® Reiki Master/Practitioner level. She volunteers with Reiki Center events providing Reiki demonstration sessions.
MARYANN TAYLOR, LMT
Maryann is a Licensed Massage Therapist. After years as a practicing massage therapist, she began teaching in an Accredited Massage Therapy Educational environment. She taught several courses such Swedish, Geriatric, Infant and Pregnancy Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, CPR/First Aid and Anatomy and Physiology. She was the Massage Clinic supervisor assisting students with how to manage the massage business environment. Maryann continues her education by participating in classes such as Medical Massage as well as, with Franz Pecka, offers Aromatherapy/Aromatherapy Wraps and is certified as an AromaTouch Technique Therapist.
Sandy Albright is a Reiki practitioner, Certified Aromatherapist, Certified AromaTouch Technique provider and former Penn State Master Gardener. She lives in Altoona with her husband and has practiced organic sustainable gardening for the past 25 years. Her passion lies in permaculture and sustainable living which includes a centered spirit, mind and body. Sandy travels with the Reiki Center to present and demonstrate Reiki for our community events.
SIDE NOTE ABOUT THE TEAM
They continue, “this is only the beginning; many other wellness areas can and will be welcomed in the future. We hope to bring as much awareness to natural methods to wellness and quality of life. We will continue to add modalities and embrace the community by traveling to education so the community can experience the calming and peacefulness of these modalities. We will continue to bring awareness by consultations and education to individuals who choose to approach quality of life by identifying the body’s needs by nutritional needs through foods, water, etc; balance of mind, body and spirit; and embracing the self-empowerment ability of all. We will go when invited and educate by giving.”
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