WESTWOOD, N.J. — Two kinds of people come to Rebalance Reiki and Massage — Karen Foote’s healing oasis on Jefferson Avenue in Westwood.
The first kind is looking for calm and peace.
“The other is already spiritually aware and looking to develop it further,” said Foote, a Westwood mother of two.
“I’m not here to convert skeptics.”
Today Foote, a Paramus native, is 38 and has years of training under her belt in many healing techniques.
Her journey to her profession started at age 16 when she saw a demonstration of aromatherapy oils on “House of Style,” an MTV show. They used the oils in a hand massage.
It looked to Foote like it would feel good.
So she offered one to her mom, who liked it.
“I started carrying a lotion in my purse and I would massage the hands – only hands – of people in my classes in high school,” Foote said.
By the time she was a sophomore in college, where she studied Sociology, there were lines of people waiting for her ministrations.
“That was my social crutch,” she said. “I was in part awkward.”
From the start, though, she knew holistic healing was the work she wanted to do.
The very week she graduated from Rutgers University, she started her studies at the Healing Hands Institute in Westwood.
Since then, she’s also learned two forms of hands-on energy healing — Reiki and craniosacral therapy, which deepen the massage experience for clients.
Craniosacral work, she explained, involves cradling and gently touching the head of a client to bring the rhythm of their cerebrospinal fluids into balance.
She also has studied Theta Healing, a practice that helps clear limiting beliefs.
The body knows the truth about what we believe, she said.
Even if the mind doesn’t.
To Foote, all the skills are holistic tools she uses whenever a client needs them.
“I’m guided by the wisdom of the body,” she said. “What I do is a unique blend prescribed for that moment.”
In her practice, she has developed some multi-technique packages for specific challenges: Headache Help, Stress Less, Happy Feete (a play on her surname), Pain Relief and Spiritual Seeker.
One of the first clients Foote got to work on was her mother, who was stricken in 2002 with Acute Transverse Myelitis.
Foote truly loves she was able to bring her mom some relief.
She can say that about everyone who walks through her door.
What’s next for Foote? Sound healing, she said.
She wants to bring that to the community, too.