Today’s world of traditional medicine is not necessarily cutting it for many of us. Diseases and chronic health conditions leave many of us reeling today. Thus, we are looking for alternative ways to improve our total health and wellness. Enter Reiki.
Reiki: A natural, more balanced approach to wellness?
What is Reiki? For many, it is a natural way to promote well being by helping to reduce stress and invite a state of calm, balanced relaxation. The practice first originated in Japan and then spreading west. The philosophy behind Reiki is to balance the body’s energy field to activate the natural healing properties of the body.
Reiki is the “life force” energy that flows through all things. Practitioners of this mode of healing understand that everyone can connect with their natural healing powers. They strive to strengthen the energy within themselves as a means of helping others to heal as well. Philosophers of this type of energy healing believe that the “chi” or life force energy within all of us should be balanced and free-flowing. When this universal energy becomes blocked or stagnant. Therefore, it manifests in the body as mental, emotional, and physical imbalance and disease.
Just one session can help to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and help the body to create an environment that promotes healing on all levels. You’ll feel relief from mental, emotional, and physical aspects. Sessions are pleasant, calming, and practitioners individualize sessions according to a person’s unique needs and intentions.
History of Reiki
Reiki comes to us from a master by the name of Mikao Usui. He first discovered the root system of energy and how it affects the body. His traditions and methods of practice passed down from generation to generation. Grandmasters underwent a rigorous process of initiation before he certified them to practice his teachings. Although other branches of this healing practice stem from this singular start, the Usui method of preparation is still the most widely used to promote the health and healing of all who come in contact with it.
What does a typical healing session look like?
A typical energy work session lasts anywhere from 60-90 minutes long. Initial consultations with practitioners include a conversation where both client and clinician have the opportunity to explain their intentions. Then they, ask and answer questions, set the treatment goals. A client will lie back on a massage table or other flat surface with their shoes removed.
Work can begin via the hands-on approach, where a clinician applies light pressure to different areas of the body, or you may choose to opt for a hands-free approach, where a clinician will be working several inches from the body, and no touch is involved.
The practitioner will then proceed to work with a client’s energy field through a series of specific hand movements and postures designed to clear the energy field of the client. The session should leave both client and clinician balanced, relaxed, and feeling content.
What does energy healing treat?
This useful mode of healing addresses total health and wellness through balancing the energy field. It may help reduce symptoms and improve chronic conditions such as:
- Emotional imbalances
- Chronic pain
- Digestive issues
- Heart issues
With all of the benefits that this energy work has to offer, you owe it to yourself to explore the possibilities in more depth. Here are some of the fantastic benefits that come with receiving energy work:
1. Increased harmony and balance
Energy work helps to promote greater peace, harmony, and balance. This non-invasive technique stirs up the natural healing capabilities of the human body, helping to energize and bring about a state of optimal wellness. Reiki restores balance to your system and addresses any condition you may be suffering from at its root cause–the energy imbalance. This balance includes mental and physical, yin and yang, left brain and right brain. In fact, it will restore you to new heights of health.
2. Reduction in tension and stress
The deep sense of calm relaxation that comes with energy work allows your body to release anxiety and stress that you may have been holding onto for years. Naturopaths that practice this type of energy work see amazing results in their clients after just one session, with ongoing work becoming life-changing for those who give themselves the gift of healing.
Clients report feeling, lighter, cleaner, more at peace with themselves and the world around them. Everything is in a higher state of free-flow, allowing, and a sense of being rather than doing allows for the release of built-up tension and stress that may have caused an underlying health condition. Your body can breathe a sigh of relief now that energy has been cleared up and released.
3. Dissolution of energy blocks
Regular energy work promotes a greater sense of relaxation and peace, allowing a client to handle the stresses of everyday life with ease. More excellent mental balance helps to improve better learning, better mental clarity, and improved memory. Reiki can help heal old emotional and energetic wounds, helping to balance the emotions and alleviate anger, sadness, and pain. It can also improve and mend broken relationships with the proper intention. When energy balances and enters a higher state of free-flow, all aspects of life seem to work more smoothly.
4. Improved detoxification and enhancement of the immune system
In our current society, we spend so much of our time in fight/flight mode, reacting and adapting to stress, that our bodies take on a toxic overload of emotions and substances that clog up our energy system and, eventually, our physical bodies. Energy work allows for the clearing of these old stresses, which in turn helps to clean out and improve the efficient detoxification process of the physical body as well. The parasympathetic nervous system is allowed to perform some of the functions that have taken a back seat, and the body can breathe a sigh of relief and start the healing process once more.
5. Improved mental clarity and focus
With all of the energetic garbage removed from your system, you are likely to experience greater mental clarity, better memory and attention, and an improved sense of well being. Energy work helps you to stay grounded in the present moment, appreciating life around you as it is, and allows you to free up energy to work on improving brain function. As a result, you think clearly, you process information more efficiently, and your memory is likely more precise than it has been in years. This mental boost does much to improve your mood as well; a brain that functions more efficiently produces chemicals that boost and elevate mood. You’ll feel like a million bucks!
6. Improved sleep quality
A significant outcome of any energy work session is increased relaxation. This relaxation aids in creating conditions for ideal, restorative sleep. Your body can function more efficiently, it can repair and restore tissues while you sleep, and your immune system is improved as a result of all the extra shut-eye. Also, Reiki promotes deep, restorative sleep that helps to improve all other aspects of health.
7. Accelerated healing activation
Energy work allows the body to activate its self-healing mechanisms, making optimal wellness achievable once more. Your body is allowed to return to its natural state of balance when all regulatory systems are working efficiently, and you are continually undergoing a natural process of detoxification. Your parasympathetic nervous system takes over when your body can efficiently rest and digest. Most of us live life in a constant state of fight vs. flight, and this does significant damage to our mental, emotional, and physical health.
8. Relief from physical pain
Your body is composed of vibrating energy particles; when this energy is imbalanced, it can result in physical illness and disease. Reiki balances and moves energy in the right direction around the body. Meanwhile, the free-flow allows for the exchange of information that aids in healing and a return to health. Painful conditions like arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and chronic inflammation may all be reduced or even eliminated with the newfound balance of energy.
9. Increased spiritual growth and improved emotional cleansing
Reiki addresses all aspects of the body as a whole. Indeed, mind, body, emotions, and spiritual components to life that we may not be aware of in our conscious minds. As we undergo this important work, there is a spiritual expansion that occurs. During the session, we plug back into the energy of the cosmos once more. Once troublesome mental afflictions and emotions that have held us back for years may release in a matter of a few sessions. We find ourselves moving forward in life with less fear, more passion, and more love.
Reiki is not a cure-all or a miracle therapy. Instead, its happy clients experience mind and body advantages. And, clients gladly attest to the positive changes they receive. Whether you are suffering from a chronic health condition, or if you are just curious about the spiritual and emotional changes that can result from a few sessions, you owe it to yourself to see what Reiki can do for you.