Benefits of Reiki Midday Makeover WENY TV

Kathy Favata Holton is the owner of the Healing and Learning Center on Elmira’s Southside – 911 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY,14904. She can be reached at (607) 732-9911. Kathy has been in business for 2 years.

“We do all natural healing here. Everything we have here, we also teach people HOW to do it. We practice Reiki healing so we have Reiki classes where we can teach people how to do Self-Reiki. We use essential oils in some sessions. We have an essential oil class.

I facilitate the essential oils class. We can do drum healing, crystal healing, we have had classes on both of those by other practitioners. If I don’t have the skill I find a practitioner that has it and we bring it to the center”.

What’s been the evolution of your business? How did you get to this place?

I started by being very sick and the doctors were just making me sicker and sicker. I sought out alternative healing. I found a Reiki Master Teacher and she started giving me sessions and I immediately felt better. It did not cure me. It did not fix anything but it made me feel better. I continued with her until I learned that I could learn how to do this myself. Then I took a Reiki One Class, which allows you to do self-healing.

Once I started doing that, then I wanted to learn more. I went on to Reiki Two and eventually became a Reiki Master Teacher, so now I can teach. At that point I was teaching in my home. It started getting so busy and parking became an issue that we started looking for a building. I purchased 911 Pennsylvania Ave and I have been practicing here ever since.

Tell people what you did to the building. Did you have to do anything?

I did nothing. All we had to do was clean. The building had been fully renovated by the previous owner. All I had to do was come in and clean and decorate. It was really beautiful.

What’s been your greatest stumbling blocks, either personally or professionally?

Getting the word out about how effective Reiki can be. Getting more clients and students in here. To work on that we do a lot of hands-on events. Fairs, Health Shows, Healthfairs, the Veterans Stand down Clinic, Hospice, the bereavement groups.

How did you get hooked up with that?

I am a volunteer with hospice. I volunteer my time with Hospice patients and I give them Reiki. I have been working with the patients since I was a Reiki Two practitioner. It really helps them to relieve their stress. It helps with their pain management. It can be a wonderful thing. I have a patient right now that they called me in. He was imminently at the end of his life and 2 ½ weeks ago they took him off Hospice. He is with Paliative Care now.

Do people have any misconceptions about you or your business?

 Yes. With the Business I keep getting calls about Kindergartners because it says Learning Center. People assume it is for children because apparently adults don’t learn anything anymore. I do a lot of education on the fact this is for adults. I have taught Reiki as young as 9 years old, but it is primarily for adults.

What is it they want?

They think I have children here so they think I can send them for other resources they have to offer.

Do people have misconceptions about you?

I don’t think so. At least not once they get in here and figure out what it really is.

If you could have a Do-Over on anything, what would you do differently from a business perspective?

I don’t think I would do anything different. I started small and the business is growing and it’s not growing so fast that I can’t handle it. So I think I have taken a slow and easy approach to this.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years.

Opening another center. I would like to have one in the South (the Carolinas, Georgia, maybe) and one in the West (maybe the New Mexico area).

And how would you operate them?

With good people around me. I am looking at these to empower people, Reiki practitioners, to come in and do their own work. That’s why it’s a learning center too. I just don’t want to do the work. I want to teach people so they can come in here and they can do work to their own clients here in the Center. When I began I had nowhere to work! So I was trying to do it on a couch or a floor. I had no place. So then I worked for a little while at a massage therapy place. I was at a skincare place and people didn’t just come for Reiki – looking for Reiki at places like that. So this way it is a natural healing center and this is where they can come.

Acupuncture and Allergies Midday Makeover WENY TV

This is the beginning of a series interviewing business owners in Wellness Arts Network. This is in conjunction with 3 minute interviews on WENY TV, aired the second and fourth Tuesday of the month with Samantha Potter. Click on the link above to see the full, 3-minute interview. If you would like to be featured here, please contact Wellness Arts Network (607) 738-5156

Karen Hayberg is a Licensed Acupuncturist and the owner of Hayberg Wellness at 139 Walnut St. #103, Corning, NY  14830. She can be reached at (607) 346-7857 and (607) 346-2900 (c). Visit her website at for more information about her services and her specialties.

Karen Hayberg has been in business since 1994 with a practice in Acupuncture. What differentiates Hayberg Wellness from other practitioners in her field is her background as a Respiratory Therapist for 18 years before earning a Master’s Degree.  Karen knew there was more to medicine than just Biology because of all the trauma she had to attend in the intensive care unit and emergency room. In her quest to find a way to get to that, Karen thought Chinese Medicine understood a little bit more about subtler energies that she seemed to be able to sense.

One of the things in Chinese Medicine that she had seen in regular medicine (working in Intensive care and ER’s) was the connection between the Body and Mind. In Chinese Medicine, different organ systems are affected by different emotions. “I witnessed that. I didn’t exactly know what I was witnessing but when I studied Chinese medicine, I said, ‘OMG, I saw that’.”

As a Respiratory Therapist, Karen knew grief weakened the lungs; liver damage brought on anger and on and on. It was just talked about in a different way. It was a connection she made. Karen became more interested in the Chinese Medicine Body/Mind connection based on her 18 years experience in Western Medicine.

“I got into Chinese Medicine because of seeing/knowing about the subtler connection I had intuitively. I wanted to know more about it. I knew from a young age that I would be a healer. I needed something that would bring me to the people”.

To Summarize:

“I needed to be a Healer. I became a Respiratory Therapist. I was involved in all of the Trauma and Emergencies and big, heavy duty stuff and because of that, it actually stretched my intuition a bit. I knew there was more to medicine. I knew that Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and Qi (CHI) was something a little more subtler and something that I was witnessing”.

What is your biggest stumbling Block (Personally/Business)?

When I first opened up in 1994, my biggest stumbling block was teaching people what Acupuncture was all about. That it wasn’t as scary as people thought. Religious beliefs at the time were so conservative, some people thought I was not a healer – I was doing ‘other’ work. It was hard to get through all that.

Lately, my stumbling block has been technology. I am in to ancient, ancient medicine and I like my ancient medicine. I’m really having trouble doing Facebook and trying to figure out how to advertise and not have it cost an arm and a leg. Even if I do use technology to advertise, I don’t even see it because I don’t know how to get to it.

At one point you said you don’t want to get overwhelmed (have a huge practice), so do you want to advertise?

When I had a practice in Elmira and corning for 10 years, I did get overwhelmed and I needed a break. It’s why I sold it. When I came back I knew I was going to have a smaller practice, I was going to do it my way, yes. That is a problem now. I still need that little step to let people know I am here.

I don’t do a ton of advertising because I do count on Word of Mouth.  But still I think I need to know a little bit more about Technology. Facebook is still way over my head. I have been in practice 22 years and I don’t want to spend my extra time pushing my business forever.

Do you know anyone to do it for you?


Would you pay someone to do it for you?

Depends. My practice is so small. It would push into my overhead. Maybe doing a trade. I don’t want to have a practice where I am working on 2 patients at one time. Don’t want to do that anymore.

Do people have any misconceptions about you or your practice now?

Not quite sure. People look at me odd sometimes but won’t say.

When I put the needle in for the first time, they are anxious but then they say “Is that all”?

I don’t like needles. I don’t want people coming at me with big needles. I make sure I use really tiny needles and they’re really thin. I can take the end of my needle between my thumb and finger and pull it like you would a ribbon and you can curl that needle. I put my needle up against my cat’s whiskers and my cat’s whisker is twice as wide as my needle.

If you could have a Do-Over on anything, what would you do differently?

I think I would get a little more education on how to have a business in the beginning. I think that was part of my being over-whelmed in the beginning. I had a belief that it was going to be hard and so it got harder and harder. If I had someone say to me that this was going to be easy, I probably would have handled it better.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

“I’d like to do more with Acupuncturist Without Borders. It’s a group that goes to places that has had emotional trauma and treat the people there. They also use and teach EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique (Meridian Tapping) for handling emotional pain. They’ve helped in the USA after floods, tornadoes and some mass shootings. Also they have been in South America and Nepal after earthquakes.  I’d love owning a small trailer to travel around the country to be able to go to places to do that, but also go internationally.”