Caroline Ruderman, Reiki Master Teacher
Can you tell me what you do? What is your specialty?
I am a Reiki Master Teacher, I see private clients for anxiety. I also teach people Reiki as a simple technique for self-care and supporting the people in your life.
Work-life balance is really tricky when anxiety or worry take over. Releasing that emotional muck can bring a lot of clarity and ease to our lives. Reiki treatments also blend intuitive counseling. A message from your guides (or directly from your body) can offer clarity around a health issue. I also support people with pet loss and grief around the passing, which can be a really profound connection with spirit.
The other side of my work is teaching people how to use Reiki on themselves, kids, pets, and family, which I see as a modern folk remedy. It’s so easy to do in between doctor appointments, for quick, immediate care.
How did you fall into this work? Was there a heart-pumping moment that drew you in?
There was! I took a Reiki class to learn this technique, and after one Reiki treatment I felt so good. I felt like myself again. That came at a crossroads in my life, and I was like, oh, I can make a living doing this amazing thing… It was an easy choice.
How long have you been practicing this technique/modality?
It’s been 4 years, but it feels like a lot longer. Practicing Reiki is a lifestyle. It’s a way I look at the world now. It’s how I connect to my spiritual growth, and it’s how I offer service back.
What do you like most about what you do?
There’s so many things that I like about what I do! I really love the intimacy that comes with getting to know students over the month, seeing their confidence and intuition grow is really mind boggling. I’m honored to share that. After treatments, I love finding that quiet blissful space where I don’t have a care in the world. Everything feels expansive. I get to feel that same feeling every day that led me into this work.
What is the strangest/funniest experience you have seen or experienced in this work?
Once, a client had a giggle fit during a treatment! It came out of nowhere! He was wiping away the tears.
Who/what is the single biggest influence in your work?
Wow, that’s a hard one, there has been quite a few. I would say Caroline Myss’ Anatomy of the Spirit was extremely influential understanding the energy field. Also, I’m really influenced by my students. When I was learning, it took my a long time to feel what was happening; I kept doing it, because I really liked the effects. A lot of my students are so quick, especially the teenagers and younger folks who learn Reiki. They just get it. It’s this next generation that is so inspiring.
How did you connect with CLINIC?
I moved to Northampton in the Autumn of 2014. I walked by CLINIC and I thought, “this place would be so cute to work at!” It was another month before walked in to see if there was any space for rent.
What is the thing you love most about CLINIC?
I like the folks here. There are a lot of us, so it’s a great way to share clients and learn from each other when we have lots of different techniques and practitioners. The space is really clean and pretty too. I’m proud to work in such a beautiful space.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in your industry?
Reiki can be a slow build! Some people’s practices take off right away, but it hasn’t been that way for me. It’s really about growing relationships with people, and that takes time. I put a lot of pressure on myself around money, and I can tell you, that is a trap. Figure out your finances, whatever works, and grow organically. The love of what you do will keep you going.
What are you dreams?
I want to travel and teach! I want winter vacations in warm climates that are built around my teaching schedule. I want to learn how other Reiki lineages work and study with them. It’s such a big world out there.
Have you worked with any other practitioners or instructors at CLINIC? Who else would you recommend?
Yes! I’ve worked with quite a few. Alicia Hunter’s cranial-sacral massage blends are a piece of heaven. I’m a big fan a Tzivia’s dream therapy. She helped me decipher a recurring childhood dream and I’m blown away every time I go to a class. Jen Nery is amazing, she gives acupuncture that doesn’t quit. Kendra Ronzoni’s classes are challenging, but she is bubbling over with joy in a way that makes you believe in magic.
What is one thing you do every day for daily self-care?
One thing, hmmm. It all folds into itself. I try to catch my negative thoughts, so I don’t get stuck in bad mental habits. It takes practice, and it also requires other physical routines. I give myself Reiki every day. I eat a lot of green vegetables. I try to get exercise and move my body. I do new things, see comedy, I like checking out art. I read a lot. I do things that make me feel lifted. This is probably revealing, but I make sure I spend time with my cats every day. It makes me feel good! Volunteering my time is a basic spiritual practice for me. The biggest thing I do for myself is be my own friend. I also respect when I’m feeling overwhelmed, and I reach out when I need help or support from folks. I let people know when I’m feeling off, and I try to patient with myself.