Reiki, mediums and more: what’s going down at the Ames Psychic and Paranormal expo


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Vendors sold healing stones in the form of quartz, amethyst and others during the 2014 Paranormal and Psychic Fair on Oct. 18 at the Scheman Building. The fair brought vendors, speakers, healers and others.

Jill O'Brien

From tales of haunted dorms to Ouija boards at parties to real-life hauntings on campus, there is an interest in the paranormal floating around Iowa State’s campus.

The Iowa State Center will be taking that interest to a new level for the fifth year in a row.

The annual Ames Psychic and Paranormal Expo will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturday and Sunday in the Scheman Building. The two-day event will feature more than 50 vendors providing services and treatments in various price ranges as well as speakers ranging from ghost hunters to mediums doing readings.

The $5 admission fee covers not only the cost of attending, but also allows attendees to listen to the guest speakers. Admission to speakers is first come, first served, as space is limited.

Not sure what some of these services are, what psychics do or what sort of paranormal happenings will be taking place this weekend? Check out the breakdown of psychic and paranormal lingo to better prepare for the weekend’s festivities:


A Japanese stress reduction technique, Reiki not only promotes healing but also is said to be the reason we are alive. According to, Reiki treatments are administered by “laying on hands” and Reiki is based on the idea that there is a “life force energy” that flows through us and is the reason we are alive.

While Reiki is considered spiritual by nature, there is nothing truly religious involved in it. It treats the whole body, as well as emotions, mind and spirit.

The expo will also feature an animal Reiki booth that will teach attendees about how their pets think or feel.


According to the Mayo Clinic, reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on feet, ears and hands as a way to alleviate stress. Reflexologists use charts to guide them through the process, and oftentimes use items like rubber balls, rubber bands or sticks to assist them in the pressure application.

Studies done by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health have shown that reflexology may play a role in reducing physical and psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression, as well as improve sleeping.

While reflexology is considered safe, the intense pressure applied throughout may cause discomfort for some.


The first thing that may come to mind with the word ‘psychic’ may be the Disney Channel show “That’s So Raven.” However, psychic ability encompasses a variety of different abilities. According to, a psychic is someone who has some form of extrasensory perception, or ESP. They may be able to predict the future or contact the dead, but a psychic is someone who has refined those extrasensory perception skills.


Not to be confused with psychics, mediums specialize in being able to communicate with spirits. All mediums are psychics, but not all psychics are mediums — their skill sets vary.

Since mediums specialize in contacting spirits, they usually provide information about the past or present, whereas a psychic may be able to predict the future.

The event will also feature tarot readings, astrology readings, henna tattoos natural jewelry from around the world for purchase. A full list of speakers and schedule for speakers can be found on the Ames Psychic and Paranormal Facebook page here.