Franz and Deb own and operate the Reiki Center. Both are Usui/Tibetan Reiki Ryoho Masters/Teachers and Practitioner and Deb is an Karuna Reiki Master/Teacher and Practitioner. Both are certified to teach Infant Massage Classes to Parents and Caregivers through the HypnoBirthing® Institute and are Wellness Advocates/Educators for DōTERRA Essential Oils. Franz is a Licensed Massage Therapist and continues his education directive to expansion of modalities. Deborah is an ND and Certified Natural Health Practitioner through Trinity College of Natural Health. She is also a HypnoBirthing Practitioner through the HypnoBirthing Institute.
They are members of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, Professional Members of the International Center for Reiki Training and the HypnoBirthing Institute. The Reiki Center is an approved site to offer the educational program designed and implemented by Reiki Rays of Hope for Caregivers, Inc. The Center continues to grow and to serve our community by adding various educational classes and modalities that keep with their Centers foundation: to present, teach and offer complementary and integrative therapies to enhance wellness and quality of life. The classes are designed to educate, empower and encourage.
In 2011, Reiki Center opened its doors at 1301 Allegheny St, Suite 112. Opportunities occurred within the next two years, and the Center grew to its current location: 1301 Allegheny Street, Suite 101, Hollidaysburg, PA in Blair County, Pennsylvania. The Center serves the surrounding areas including Cambria, Bedford, Huntingdon, Somerset and Centre counties.
The Center’s connection with various organizations include the following: ICRT (International Center for Reiki Training), American Holistic Medicine Association, Blair County Chamber of Commerce and Hollidaysburg Business Partnership. Deb is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women. She was awarded “VIP-Woman of the Year” 2013-2014.
They chose the affiliation with the ICRT because of the research of the benefits of Reiki within the medical community, The Touchstone Process. The founder, William Lee Rand, is inspirational and uplifting; and his journey has given much to others. Many articles on this site are and will continue to be published from the ICRT as studies are completed. The published articles are approved by the ICRT for our site.
The Center also set a milestone as the Center became an approved site to offer the program established by Reiki Rays of Hope for Caregivers, Inc. – Mentor Ohio. This program EMPOWERS the caregiver by offering Reiki for Caregivers as specific curriculum paying close attention to the needs of the caregiver and those in their care. The caregiver group includes those professional caregivers such as doctors, nurses, home health professionals, etc. We look to the caregiver agencies to present a short presentation that will give clear identification of the vast areas in which Reiki shows significant benefits.
University Hospital has embraced the program and Reiki sessions were given to hospital staff. Reiki classes were given to the hospital staff; the public is also welcomed. In October of 2012, Reiki Rays of Hope began sessions for pre-op, post-op and rehab for Orthopedic surgical patients. Currently, approved training sites include Florida, Illinois, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Our Center. With such positive results from the surgical project, University Hospital has expanded the services to the Oncology Wing.
Our community will embrace the program, I am sure!
This has been an exciting year for the Reiki Center in Hollidaysburg.
The first Reiki Clinic within the medical/clinical environment has opened within the Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries organization. Each Wednesday, the volunteers offer Reiki sessions to the staff and residents.
Both Deb and Franz are certified instructors to teach parents and caregivers how to massage their baby. This certification is through the HypnoBirthing Organization.
Deb completed her education and a Doctor of Naturopathy and is a Certified Natural Health Professional.
Participation in MANY events have led to a greater understanding how alternative and integrative therapies can play a role in our wellness and quality of life. These events include Bryce Jordan Center, Health and Fitness Expo, Lutheran Home Wellness Event, Altoona Mirror Wellness Expo, Southern Blair Senior Center, Northern Blair Senior Center, McCullough Place… to name just a few. Each month, sometimes several per month, has taken us out to our community to educate how this can be utilized.
A new wellness initiative has been completed and implemented by our joining hands with Tracey Stroup of Trained by Tracey, Inc. This wellness program has been implemented into the corporate environment utilizing a complete wellness package for all employees.
Reiki Center for Body and Mind will
Just for Today…
Deborah Pecka and her husband, Franz, are the owners/operators of Reiki Center for Body and Mind, Inc. located at 1301 Allegheny St, Suite 101, Hollidaysburg, PA. Their goal was to establish a wellness center to offer Complementary and Integrative care to the local and neighboring communities. These services have grown to include Reiki, Massage and AromaTouch Technique/Aromatherapy Wrap. Educational services include Reiki (all levels), Infant Massage for Parents/Caregivers and Essential Oils Workshops and Demonstrations.
Reiki Center and the many volunteers provide educational programs to the corporate environment, attend community-sponsored wellness events and offer informational programs to organizations as requested.
A weekly Reiki volunteer program began in early 2014 in a long-term/short-term care facility with a second location added late 2014. According to Ms. Pecka, “We believe that we can make a difference with natural methods to increase the awareness of balancing mind, body and spirit to enhance the quality of life.”
FRANZ R PECKA, LMT
Franz is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Infant Massage Instructor for Parents and Caregivers. He is also an Usui/Tibetan Reiki Ryoho Master/Teacher and Practitioner. Franz began his career life by earning his business degree as well as a Master Tool and Die Maker in Saarbrucken, Germany, after which he was employed by SKF Industries.
He retired from the SKF, Altoona Plant after 32 years and embarked on his journey with his new career and with his wife, Deborah, they began Reiki Center. Franz continues to enhance his massage practice by addressing the needs of the clients and continuing to pursue additional educational opportunities. He currently offers Aromatherapy/Aromatherapy Wraps to his clients.
DEBORAH L PECKA, ND, CNHP
Deborah Pecka is an ND, Certified Natural Health Professional, Usui/Tibetan Reiki Ryoho Master/Teacher and Practitioner as well as a Karuna Reiki® Master/Teacher and Practitioner. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor for Parents and Caregivers and a qualified HypnoBirthing®-The Mongan Method Practitioner. Deborah began her career in the banking industry and taught post-secondary education in business administration and medical office administration in an Accredited Career College environment then accepted the position as Director of Financial Aid.
While establishing Reiki Center for Body and Mind, Inc., Deborah continued to increase her knowledge with Complementary and Integrative care and continued her responsibilities as the Director of Financial Aid. In 2013, Deborah resigned her position to become full-time owner/operator at the Reiki Center.
SARA POORMAN, LMT
Sara Poorman is a Licensed Massage Therapist having started her career in healthcare as an Emergency Medical Technician. After years as an EMT, she pursued additional methods to provide care for others. Sara completed her education as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Sara has continued her education leading her to certify as an Integrative Reflexologist and a Pre-Natal Massage Therapist.
Jannett retired in 2007 from a very active professional life. Since retiring Ms. Trexler became involved with Reiki Center through her training with Reiki for Caregivers and continued her Reiki training and has become a Reiki Practitioner. As such, she has become involved in volunteering throughout the central Pennsylvania area, assisting with demonstrations of Reiki at Health and Wellness sessions for both public and private programs. Ms. Trexler continues to coordinate a Reiki Clinic at a local long term/short term care facility in Hollidaysburg, PA. One day each week, Reiki practitioner volunteers provide Reiki relaxation sessions for both residents and staff.
R. MARK JOHNSON
R. Mark Johnson is the owner of a video production company in Hollidaysburg, PA. After years of interest, he studied to become a Reiki Practitioner. He is an integral part of the Volunteer Group at a local long term/short term care facility on a weekly basis. He is one of the Reiki Center’s most active participants/volunteers for the events and provides services within the Center as an Independent Contractor.
MARYANN TAYLOR, LMT
Maryann is a Licensed Massage Therapist. After years as a practicing massage therapist, she began teaching in an Accredited Massage Therapy Educational environment. She taught several courses such Swedish, Geriatric, Infant and Pregnancy Massage; Trigger Point Therapy; CPR/First Aid and Anatomy and Physiology. She was the Massage Clinic supervisor assisting students in their chosen field of massage therapy by guiding them on how to manage the massage business environment. Maryann continues her education by participating in classes such as Medical Massage as well as, with Franz Pecka, offers Aromatherapy/Aromatherapy Wraps and is certified as an AromaTouch Technique Therapist.
“Reiki has enriched their lives; we are very blessed to have the opportunity to present the benefits of alternative methods to wellness to our community”, Franz and Deb said.
Reiki Center participated in Penn State’s Wellness Expo
Reiki Center participated in Blair County Center for Nursing and Amber Terrace Harvest Your HealthFair
Blair Chamber Ribbon Cutting
Event at Seimons Lakeview Manor – Somerset – Reiki Center offered Massage/Reiki Combination care to staff and residents during the event
McCullough House – Johnstown – Reiki Center offered Chair Massages and Reiki sessions as part of the Family Day at McCullough House. Pictures of the event – see Facebook
They continue, “this is only the beginning; many other wellness areas can and will be welcomed in the future. We hope to bring as much awareness to alternative methods, a holistic approach, to wellness and will continue to review them and welcome them.”