Title of Presentation or Performance

The Power of Touch: A Visual Exploration of Reiki Practitioner Ariele Jones

Major

Anthropology

Type of Submission

Poster

Type of Submission (Archival)

Event

Area of Study or Work

Anthropology

Expected Graduation Date

2023

Location

CNS Atrium, Easel 2

Start Date

4-9-2022 11:15 AM

End Date

4-9-2022 12:30 PM

Abstract

In my ethnographic research, I am observing Ariele Jones, who is a massage therapist and second level Reiki master located in Bloomington, Illinois. Through my research of interviews and participant observation, it shows what goes into becoming a Reiki practitioner based on Jones’ training experiences. These insights will be shown with photographs that Jones and I produced together as it is an important aspect in visual anthropology. A question that the research explores is if COVID-19 has made Reiki more appealing due to its no-touch energy healing method. Looking into COVID-19 will reveal how it impacted Jones’ Reiki practice and other issues.

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Apr 9th, 11:15 AM Apr 9th, 12:30 PM

The Power of Touch: A Visual Exploration of Reiki Practitioner Ariele Jones

CNS Atrium, Easel 2

In my ethnographic research, I am observing Ariele Jones, who is a massage therapist and second level Reiki master located in Bloomington, Illinois. Through my research of interviews and participant observation, it shows what goes into becoming a Reiki practitioner based on Jones’ training experiences. These insights will be shown with photographs that Jones and I produced together as it is an important aspect in visual anthropology. A question that the research explores is if COVID-19 has made Reiki more appealing due to its no-touch energy healing method. Looking into COVID-19 will reveal how it impacted Jones’ Reiki practice and other issues.