As of Monday, February 12, 2018
OMAK You stub your toe on the bedpost again, and instinctively reach for the wound.
Omak resident Teresa Mae Tindoll likens the impulse to Reiki, a Japanese therapy technique that’s said to promote stress and pain relief through laying hands lightly on or over a patient’s body.
It’s based on the notion that an unseen “life force energy,” or Chi, flows through all living things, and daily tensions can deplete one’s supply.
Reiki practitioners channel that energy to restore emotional or physical wellbeing through touch, Tindoll said.
Tindoll opened her Reiki practice, Winterhawk Holistic Healing, Jan. 1 in Omak’s Ash Street Therapy office, 25 S. Ash St., becoming the only Reiki healer in Okanogan County that’s registered with the International Center for Reiki Training. The nearest members practice in Spokane.
Tindoll, who also owns two marijuana businesses, Caribou Corner Cannabis in Omak and Okanogan and 4US Retail in Okanogan, received a business license for Winterhawk Holistic Healing Dec. 18.
She takes Reiki appointments 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
In an hour and 30-minute Reiki session, Tindoll speaks little as she gingerly lays her hands around the heads and shoulders, abdomen, legs and feet, she said.
Patients commonly say they feel heat upon her touch, Tindoll said.
She described the feeling in a pamphlet of Winterhawk Holistic Healing’s services as “a wonderful glowing radiance that surrounds and fills the client…”
Often, her first-time Reiki patients have dabbled in “everything else under the sun” prior to the appointment, Tindoll said, naming traditional medicine, acupuncture, acupressure, meditation, tai chi and yoga. It’s a good day in the office when Tindoll converts a Reiki skeptic into a subscriber, she said.
“It’s amazing when someone comes in and says, ‘I’m ready to try this weird Reiki thing’ and by the fifth hand position, you see the body relax and just let go,” she said.
“I’m always in awe,” she continued. “You never know what someone’s background is. People of all walks of life come, but it’s always the same energy. It’s reaffirming that this healing exists.”
Tindoll worked in insurance sales for about eight years. However, between January 1991-1999, she implemented reiki and clinical hypnotherapy into sundry counseling programs in Washington and Mt. Shasta, Calif., subcontracting with the Okanogan County Department of Juvenile and Family Services and the Colville Tribes’ Healthy Nations Program, among others, she said.
In the past, she’s taught healthy relationship classes and “inner child healing” workshops, based on the work of counselor and “self-help” motivational speaker John Bradshaw. She’s also certified to teach Karuna/Usui Reiki.
If clients showed interest, Winterhawk Holistic Healing may offer similar classes, Tindoll said.