Elise Brenner (Pronouns: she/her), PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health at Simmons University in Boston and is an instructor in the Department of Anthropology at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Brenner is a Reiki Master Practitioner & Teacher, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, is committed to wellness equity in all of the services she provides. The owner of Brenner Reiki Healing in Newton, Massachusetts, Elise provides comprehensive training in all levels of Reiki, having trained physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, teachers, and people of all ages and backgrounds. Brenner has provided Reiki training for staff at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center staff, Edith Nourse Rogers Veterans Administration Hospital in Bedford, MA, and Tufts Medical Center in Boston.
Brenner is founder of the 501 3(c) non-profit Reiki educational and outreach organization, Celebration of Reiki, Inc. Elise created this organization, Celebration of Reiki, Inc. to provide credible, consistent Reiki professional development and networking for Reiki practitioners. Elise Brenner is a member of the Advisory Council for the National Reiki In Health Care Certification. The mission of the NRHCC is to establish core competencies and standards of practice for Reiki professionals seeking to practice in formal and informal U.S. healthcare settings. As a component in her commitment to wellness equity, Brenner operates a monthly Community Reiki Clinic so all members of the public can experience Reiki sessions. Elise has a clinical Reiki practice in which she provides individualized Reiki treatments to people who are experiencing physical, mental, and emotional distress. Brenner's Reiki business, Brenner Reiki Healing, was voted 'Best of Boston' in 2017, and was featured in the 2019 Best of Boston edition of Boston Magazine.
Brenner provides Reiki outreach workshops and presentations to organizations incorporating practices of mindfulness and wellbeing for the staff and populations they serve, including the Livestrong Program at the YMCA; Harbor Health Elder Service Plan in Boston; support groups for survivors of domestic abuse; support groups for individuals struggling with Vestibular Disorders; psychosocial support groups for cancer patients; support groups for carers of those with chronic conditions.
Brenner's Conference Presentations:
• 2014 Celebration of Reiki Conference--'Sharpening Your Core Reiki Clinical Skills'
• 2015 Integrative Medicine for the Underserved Annual Conference – ‘Reiki Reaches Out In Unexpected Places
• 2015 Celebration of Reiki Symposium -- 'Insights Into Developing Your Professional Reiki Practice'
• 2017 Vermont Reiki Association Annual Conference – Panelist, ‘Reiki Community Outreach & Business Growth’
• 2017 Celebration of Reiki Conference--'The How Tos of a Reiki Outreach Presentation'
• 2018 Celebration of Reiki Conference -- Panelist 'I and Thou: Enhancing the Therapeutic Relationship in Reiki Clinical Practice'
• 2018 Vermont Reiki Association Annual Conference – Keynote Speaker, ‘The Ki to Happiness’
• 2019 Celebration of Reiki Symposium -- 'Providing and Teaching Reiki to Children.'
• 2019 Reiki Rays (international) on-line Healing Summit -- Brenner was interviewed by the host, Deb Karpek, on the topic: ‘Enhancing the Therapeutic Relationship in Reiki Clinical Practice.’
Brenner is the author of several articles about Reiki practice that have been published in magazines that are widely-circulated in the healing and wellness community. The articles are:
• 'Round and Round: Reiki and Vestibular Disorders, Spirit of Change Magazine, Winter 2009
• "'You're the Lady Who Brings Me Spirit': Lessons of a Reiki Hospice Volunteer", Spirit of Change Magazine, Spring 2010
• 'Our Reiki Practice: Active or Passive?' Reiki Rays, June 2013
• ‘How Can We Become “Better” Reiki Practitioners?’ Reiki Rays, July 2013
• ‘Reiki and Ritual’, Reiki Rays, August 2013
• ‘Reiki and Being…F-R-A-N-T-I-C’ Reiki Rays, September 2013
• ‘Self-Efficacy and Reiki Practice’, Reiki Rays, October 2013
• ‘What is Our Intention When We “Set an Intention’? Reiki Rays, December 2013
• ‘When Doubt Hits: Doubt, Faith, and Reiki Practice,’ Reiki Rays, January 2014
• 'Reiki: A Gateway for Healing Mind, Body, and Soul', Natural Awakening 2016
• ‘Reiki Supports Individuals Living with Cancer’ Natural Awakenings Magazine, August 2017
• ‘The Inner Determines the Outer—Reiki Meditation’ Natural Awakenings Magazine, February 2018
• "Walk the Talk on the Reiki Path," Natural Awakenings Magazine, August 2018
As an anthropologist, Elise Brenner has researched cross-cultural healing practices, thereby enriching the scope and depth of her Reiki practice.
Nancy Spatz: Nancy Spatz, MD, Reiki Master Teacher, graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1990. Nancy's training continued at Beth Israel Hospital-Harvard Medical School, where she completed her Psychiatry training in 1994. After having witnessed the ongoing hardships that people experience with medical and emotional illness, Nancy discovered the efficacy of Reiki practice. Nancy realized that by utilizing Reiki meditation practices people could develop their own mind-body connection to reach for wellness. Teaching others Reiki meditation to address their health conditions allowed them to feel their inner strength and wholeness, even if not cured. Nancy found that the combination of her medical knowledge and Reiki practice helped people calm the mind, settle the body, and heal. Nancy's care for others became the impetus to get the word out so all of us can experience the benefits of Reiki self- practice.
Nancy has been involved in advocacy work for children for several decades. Early in her training, Nancy realized that childhood experiences shape children's ability to cope and advocate for themselves. After working with abused children, Nancy noticed how vulnerable and exposed children can be when they’ve suffered adverse childhood experiences. Nancy understood that for the children to feel safe and empowered, the adults around them must model stability and calm by practicing Reiki mind-body skills.
Dr. Spatz is the co-founder of Inspire Power Advocacy in Motion, a unique program which blends breathwork, meditation, Reiki practice, and martial arts for the purpose of cultivating self-awareness, strength and self-advocacy. Inspire Power classes and workshops introduce skills and practices for participants to build resilience and overall wellbeing. The goal of all Inspire Power classes is to increase awareness and focus, cultivate self-advocacy and autonomy, and develop strength and endurance. Dr. Spatz runs Inspire Power Workshops at Health Centers and Helix Martial Arts Academy. Nancy Spatz also provides Reiki treatments to individuals with medical illnesses in hospitals, in homes, and in her Reiki treatment studio. Nancy is generous with the Reiki teachings and practices, coaching Reiki recipients to practice hara breathing, contemplate the 5 Reiki Precepts, practice Joshin Kokyu-ho, and practice hands-on-healing to care for themselves.
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