Reiki - a different kind of treatment
Sometimes, we're not ready to talk, but we are desperate for something which will bring relief.
It may be that we feel too overwhelmed right now, and just want to experience the deep relaxation and sense of calm which Reiki can bring.
Perhaps we're experiencing severe physical symptoms - such as chronic back pain, or the muscle pain which accompanies certain auto-immune illnesses - and pharmaceutical drugs are not helping sufficiently.
It could be that we have been told that we are stressed or that our blood pressure is high, and we're looking for complimentary methods to help with this.
Maybe we have been diagnosed with a chronic illness - like Parkinson's Disease or Fibromyalgia - and we are struggling with the side effects of prescribed medication, and would like to try alternative methods of treatment.
Sometimes, it can simply be that we are committed to looking after our own well-being, and that we want to have regular Reiki treatments as part of addressing our work/life balance.
Whatever the reason, Reiki can help, and its proven effectiveness as a treatment- including through its increasing use within the NHS - is quickly validating its efficacy as a complimentary treatment. It is favoured by many wishing to adopt a more holistic approach to health and wellness.
Reiki as a holistic practice
Modern medicine has tended to focus upon illnesses, their physical symptoms, diagnosis and cure but we are more than just our physical bodies. We are energetic beings, living in an energetic world. Like the chair I'm sitting on and the air that I breathe, we are made up of constantly vibrating atoms.
It has long been known that there are electrical fields within our bodies which are constantly conveying messages to and from the brain and the heart, for example ,and these can be measured through EEG and ECG tests. More recently it has been possible to measure the corresponding magnetic fields around the body through the development of the SQUID magnetometer and it has been discovered that all the organs and tissues of the body produce specific magnetic pulsations..... a human energy field in fact.
Not only that but it is also starting to be understood that diseases can be detected in this energy field before it manifests in the human body. In the the medical field of orthopedics there is a practice known as Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF), it is used mainly to stimulate bone regeneration but it is also helpful for nerve regeneration and ligament repair.
In recent times, exciting research into neuroscience, together with the advanced findings of quantum physics and quantum mechanics, are challenging long established western thinking about health and well-being very powerfully. That research is confirming the understanding, knowledge and practice underpinning ancient holistic techniques in pretty conclusive ways.
We now know, for instance, without any shadow of doubt, that everything is made up of energy. That includes us. We are energetic beings whose energy can now be scientifically measured. We also now know that when our energy is depleted or out of balance we show signs of dis-ease. This also can now be accurately measured.
What Eastern medicine has for thousands of years called the aura, we now call the human biofield; what Eastern medicine has always called the chakras, we can now detect and identify as specific centres of heightened energy on the body; what Eastern medicine has called energy meridians, we can now trace and measure with instruments sensitive to changing frequencies of electro-magnetic energy.
It is exciting that science is catching up with something that we have always instinctively known, and that modern medivine is now able to utilise and validate ancient knowledge and practices which have existed for thousands of years.
How does Reiki work?
Several experiments have been conducted to measure the energy emanating from the hands of various traditional healers, including Reiki practitioners.
It has been found that the energy pulsates in similar ranges to those of the electromagnetic energy used in PEMF. So it can perhaps be deduced that the Reiki energy is also electromagnetic in nature and works in a similar way.
What is now understood is that the level at which the human biofield vibrates is significant for health. When our biofield, or aura, is vibrating at its optimal level, the consequence is health and well-being. Equally, illness or disease makes its presence felt within our human biofield as a lower vibration.
Reiki practitioners are trained to use meditative techniques and mindful intention to raise the vibration of the client's energy field by raising their own energetic vibration, just as the Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) mentioned earlier does. This balances the client's biofield, leading to a deep sense of relaxation and restored well-being.
I had read an article on a Parkinson's support website, which was highlighting the research into complimentary approaches to symptom relief, and in particular how many people found Reiki helpful. I talked it over with my family, who were supportive.
The moment I entered the Reiki room, I felt a deep peace inside. It came from the candles and the soft music, but it came more from the energy that was in the room itself. I have come to realise that this energy comes from Janice herself.
Janice explained everything about the treatment, and gave me time to ask any questions I needed to ask. I had never done anything like this before, and was quite nervous as Janice helped me onto the table and made sure I was comfortable.
Janice suggested I close my eyes, but reassured me that it was fine to talk if I wanted to.
What happened next was amazing to me. As soon as Janice's hands touched my shoulders, I felt enormous heat. Within minutes, I found myself in a deep state of relaxation, and my anxiety had disappeared. I felt as if I was floating. And then all pain ceased, and the tremors - which are normally constant - stopped completely, as did the cramping in my feet and spasms in my hands.
When the treatment ended, Janice helped me off the table and back to my chair. I felt a little light-headed but Janice encouraged me to drink lots of water and this eased it. I found myself just saying, "Wow!" over and over again. I couldn't understand what had happened, but it felt incredible to me to have been free of pain and tremors for an entire hour. I can't tell you the relief.
I was pain free right through until the following morning, and had the best night's sleep in months.
I now have weekly Reiki sessions with Janice, and look forward so much to the freedom I experience on that table. I notice small improvements week by week, and am convinced that these are attributable in no small part to these treatments."
What does a Reiki treatment involve?
You will be asked to remove your coat and shoes before lying down on a comfortable couch for your treatment. However, if it is easier for you to remain sitting in a chair, that is perfectly fine. I will offer you a blanket to cover you, if you need that. There will be candles kit and soft music playing in order to create a relaxing setting.
During the course of the treatment I will place my hands gently on your body, usually starting with your head and working down to your feet. If you have come along for a treatment with a specific issue - back pain, for instance, I shall concentrate on that area for a proportion of the treatment, working actively with wmt to respond to where the pain is and where else in the body you may be experiencing secondary sensations related to it.
You may experience heat or cold from my hands and tingling in your body, or you may feel nothing at all. Some people fall asleep during the session. It is not unusual for there to be an emotional release during the treatment in the form of laughter or tears and that is all part of the process. If you have a particular area that you want treated, I will normally still give you a full body treatment whilst giving that area extra attention as seems necessary unless you ask otherwise.
The Reiki energy works on all levels, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual and it is described as an intelligent energy, meaning that wherever the hands are placed, the energy will flow to the area that needs it.
The outcome of a session may therefore differ from what you anticipated but it will always be beneficial to you. You may find that some pain has shifted, or that your mind has gained some clarity. A sense of deep relaxation or feeling invigorated are other possible outcomes of your treatment. Afterwards I will offer you water to drink.and I would encourage you to continue to drink plenty of water as this helps toxins to be cleared from your body. It is also a good idea to have time to rest and relax after a treatment as this seems to enhance the benefits.
What can Reiki help with?
Reiki can help with both physical and emotional issues, and there are no contra-indications for its use.
It is particularly effective for help with:
Symptom relief in Parkinson's Disease, Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis
Pre-operative preparation and post-operative recovery
During chemotherapy treatment (it is regular used in oncology units)
High blood pressure
Who can benefit from Reiki?
There are no contra-indications for Reiki. Everyone can benefit from treatments.
Those who can benefit include:
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