Reiki is a Japanese style of deep relaxation and stress reduction. It has been known to help alleviate symptoms of pain, fatigue, insomnia, depression and anxiety. It treats the whole person-body, mind, emotions and spirit and can assist the body to create an environment that promotes healing. Reiki is a simple, natural, safe method and is non-invasive. It can be used in conjunction with other medicines and traditional treatments. It is practiced in many hospitals and medical centers and has been reported to help with relaxation and pain reduction for pre and post-surgery and to reduce recovery times. It has also been reported to help reduce side effects of certain cancer treatments.
How does Reiki work?
All living things have a life energy that flows through them. This energy, or ‘Ki’ should be strong and free flowing, then the person’s body and mind are in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked, it can lead to physical or emotional imbalance and symptoms can develop. Reiki can promote the return to the person’s natural free flowing energy, and can assist in removing energy blocks. It is known that stress can play a major role in physical and emotional illness. Reiki helps to promote a deep relaxation and sense of peace that can help to reduce stress. Also, since anxiety and chronic pain can be exacerbated by stress, the natural relaxation that often occurs with Reiki can help to reduce anxiety and chronic pain, leaving a person feeling calm and centered.
What is a Reiki Session like?
The person remains fully clothed, wearing comfortable, loose clothing. The person can remain seated or can lie down on a comfortable table. Reiki is known as a gentle ‘laying on of hands’ or it can be done with ‘no touch’, the hands just hovering above the body. The practitioner gently lays hands on various areas of the body, including the head, chest, abdomen, feet and back. The practitioner will explain the areas that will be focused on and also discuss any specific problems areas that the patient would like to have special attention. If touch is uncomfortable for any reason, the practitioner can simply hover the hands near the treated areas. A Reiki session can be scheduled for 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or 90 minutes.
‘That was amazing! I felt much calmer almost immediately.’ Sherry
‘That felt very, very good. It felt like when you are on an airplane in a storm, and you go higher and break through the clouds and all you can see is blue sky and white puffy clouds and a beautiful sun. It was so peaceful-like heaven.’ ‘It was the first time in 30 years that nothing bad or stressful was on my mind’. Sally (trauma survivor)
‘It relaxed my back and I felt less pain in the neck and back afterwards.’ Adam (chronic back and neck pain)
‘I feel so much more relaxed. I felt good the whole rest of the day.’ Jerry