Energy Work

Do you wish you felt more peaceful?
Do you want to cope better with health or life challenges?
Do you want to feel more rested and refreshed?

When we are unwell or stressed, we often feel disconnected, frazzled, exhausted, or overly emotional. A Reiki session can help you get back in touch with the peace, grounding, and wisdom that’s always there inside of you.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a gentle, noninvasive, quiet form of subtle energy work that promotes relaxation and balance at all levels – mind, body, and spirit. It’s a way to let go of tension and deeply nurture yourself. Reiki is a beautiful holistic complement to your personal approach to wellness.

Some Reiki practitioners like to talk about biofield therapies, facilitating the flow of universal energy, or releasing blockages. I’d rather focus on how you benefit and what you experience, because that matters more to me.

What’s a Reiki session like?

First, we talk briefly about your current concerns as a way of developing an intention for your session. To receive Reiki, you simply lie fully clothed (shoes off) on a comfortable massage table. Some practitioners gently rest their hands at specific points on your body for a few minutes at a time, others rest their hands just above the body. I prefer to work above the body because my clients report greater benefit.

Optionally, as a certified clinical aromatherapist, I can supplement your Reiki session by diffusing an aromatherapy blend created just for you, to facilitate deeper relaxation and to support your personal needs.

Each person’s response is unique, and every session feels a little different. You might relax into a dreamlike state with sensations of warmth or floating. Or you might get deeper insight into something that’s been on your mind. After your session, you feel calm yet energized, happy, relaxed, and refreshed.

Reiki and Health

Reiki provides comfort and deep relaxation, which can support your body’s natural ability to heal. Reiki is ideal for anyone in any state of health.

Developed by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 20th century after a profound spiritual experience, Reiki is now considered a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). It is used in medical centers across the country, including the Cleveland Clinic, as support for conventional medical treatment.

My Qualifications

I am an Usui Reiki Master. I have been practicing Reiki since 2003 and have worked with many types of people, including residents of extended care facilities and people going through health challenges or life transitions. I have also worked with people who receive Reiki to supplement regular psychotherapy for issues like depression or anxiety.

Reiki is deceptively simple, but it carries a deep wisdom tradition. I consider Reiki a lifelong study, and the term “Master” is the standard term which denotes the level of training and commitment I have made to this profound practice.


Set aside any preconceived notions you may have about working with a spiritual coach or Reiki master. Michelle is sensitive AND grounded; intuitive AND practical; wise AND lighthearted… If you’re at a crossroads in your life, if you’re nursing hurts from the past or simply looking for help to create space for healing, I highly recommend Michelle Gilbert. Her training and experience have prepared her with insights and skills that are exceptional and her work is life-changing.
Emily C.


A Reiki session is not a replacement for professional health care. I am not a licensed medical or psychological professional.