Live Olive: Interview with Reiki Master, Susan Portillo


Have you ever heard of Reiki? Reiki is a healing technique that was discovered in 1922 by Dr. Mikao Usui, a practicing monk. This healing technique is a form of hands on healing that utilizes the “universal life force.” Curious, I reached out to Reiki Master and spiritual healer, Susan Portillo, to learn more about the practice and theory behind it.


Olive: How long have you been practicing Reiki?

Susan: It has been 14 years. I began my Reiki practice in 1999.

Olive: What inspired you to become a Reiki master?

Susan: I wanted to pass on this beautiful healing technique to others.

Olive: What is included in the training?

Susan: My training included an explanation on energy and how it works; how to clean and protect yourself from others energies; the importance of a balanced life: spirit, body and mind; an initiation with Reiki symbols and how to apply them; and the importance of grounding and how to do it. (Grounding is being connected to the earth and living in the present moment.)

Olive: What is Reiki used to treat?

Susan: It is a spiritual healing used to balance and harmonize us.

Olive: Describe a typical Reiki session.

Susan: First, I speak with the recipient and ask about any areas that have been bothering them. I then ask the person to lie down, face up. A prayer is said. I place my hands over or on the energy centers of the body from head to foot. The person then turns over and the process is repeated. When finished, I ground the person and give thanks for the healing session. Lastly, I ring a bell to let the person know I’m done. Afterwards, I share with the recipient any impressions that I received.

Olive: How much does it typically cost for a one hour Reiki session?

Susan: I charge $80 for a one-hour session.

Olive: What is your favorite quote when it comes to personal health and wellness?

Susan: “Yesterday is the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” (Bil Keane, cartoonist of “The Family Circus”)

About Susan Portillo
P1190264Born in Lima, Peru, Susan Portillo has always been sensitive. It wasn’t until she decided to help others through healing that her other senses opened up. In 1999, she started practicing Reiki. In 2001, she received her master level degree. She donates her free time to Fundacion del Desarollo del Nino, a charity founded by her family that helps indigent children and the elderly in Peru. To set up a Reiki session, call (845) 304-4943 or e-mail


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