Hi, I’m Patti Andrasak, Usui Reiki Master, teacher and professional practitioner. I live in Dutchess County, NY with my husband, Mike, and a beautiful French Bulldog, Jasmine Rose. I am also the proud Mom of 5 adult kids! Three of our own, and 2 awesome kids by the blessings of my childrens' marriages! To say the least I feel very lucky and blessed.
I have always been interested in a more holistic approach to health and wellness. I believe nature provides everything we need to heal ourselves. I also believe there are times when we do need extra help from modern medicine, but I personally always like to heal myself, more holistically, if possible, first.
I received my training from a Usui Reiki Master Level teacher. I experienced Reiki sessions in the past and always had a wonderful experience with them, but never really understood how it worked. I am also an affiliate member of the International Center for Reiki Training.
So why Reiki, why now?
Most currently, I was working in the Sales Industry. Even though I liked what I did, it can be very stressful at times. In addition to the stress at work, I developed a food allergy to alcohol and fermented vinegars - mainly wine and wine vinegars. I would get itchy and then break out in hives after having a sip or two. Two years ago, while attending a business function, I ordered a mushroom risotto for dinner. To drink, I just had my usual glass of water with a slice of lemon, with my meal. After having two bites of my dinner, I experienced a terrible allergic reaction. My ears closed up and I couldn’t hear anymore. I didn’t understand what was happening right away until I tried to take a drink of my water and I had trouble swallowing. My heart felt like it was racing. At first I thought I was having a stroke or heart attack. I was very scared. I couldn’t even think clearly. I told my manager that I didn’t feel well and needed to leave. I didn’t think about asking the waitress if there was any alcohol in my meal, and it turns out the mushrooms were sautéed in white wine! That wasn't listed on the menu. I had never had a reaction like that before and alcohol was not even listed in the meal description. That was a very scary event for me. I had been so stressed out about this incident since then, because I had to eat out a lot with my job, and now had to worry about what are in the foods I eat. There are so many foods prepared with wine and wine vinegars in them, it’s unbelievable.
I was trying to find a way to relax when I discovered Reiki classes. I knew from personal experience that Reiki brings on a feeling of “inner peace” and relaxation so I signed up. Reiki allows us to tap into the universal life force energy, to facilitate greater feelings of wellness. In the past, Reiki has also helped me heal from some physical ailments such as backache, knee pain, shoulder pain, migraines, and most recently emotional pain from the loss of a pet, my beautiful Boston Terrier, Romeo. It has also helped our other dog, Jasmine, heal from the grief of losing her buddy. My allergies remain but through Reiki I have gained the ability to prevent the anxiety of the allergies from ruling my life. What I didn’t know then, was that I would become so interested and so excited about what I learned and felt, that I would want to share what I learned and experienced with everyone. I decided to start a Reiki practice of my own so that I can do just that! It is my personal belief as well as the belief of other Reiki practitioners that if everyone in the world could experience Reiki, we would create a peaceful co-existence with the whole world! As a Reiki Practitioner, I would like to help you achieve "inner peace," for your mind, body, and spirit.