How does Reiki work? 5th May 2019
Reiki works on this physical level to reduce pain and it also works to release stored emotions that are causing us problems. If we are anxious we tend to hold tension in our shoulders, necks or jaws. If we have had a breakup, bereavement or loss we tend to round our shoulders forward and protect our hearts. Reiki goes into areas of tension and gently starts to relax muscles and raises the vibration of every cell in the body so each works at its optimal speed for itself and to be able to exchange energy with its neighbouring cells. Closed heart centres open up and energy flows in this area again allowing energy to flow up to the throat and down to the solar plexus centres. In this way balance is achieved like water flowing through an ice cube tray. This brings a feeling of well-being and health.
What reiki does on a holistic level?
During a treatment, the practitioner mentally ‘plugs’ into the energy that is all around us, rather like you may tune into your favourite radio station. This energy is then drawn through the Reiki practitioner’s body and comes out of their hands and from there into the recipient.
The client’s body will draw exactly the amount of energy it needs and in the places, it needs at that moment. In those areas, the practitioner will feel the need to keep their hands for longer and may feel their hands heat up, pulse, tingle or feel cold. The exact sensation varies from practitioner to practitioner. They simply keep their hands in one place until the flow of energy (like the pull of a magnet or the flow of water through a pipe) seems to slow.
Use of energies
Energy simply refers to rapidly vibrating particles and the flow of these vibrations from one to the next, like electricity flowing in a circuit or cold air mixing with warm air in a room. The body is made up of billions of tiny vibrating particles. Negative thoughts can slow these vibrations and the flow of energy between the particles. If this slow flow is sustained for long enough we will feel pain and disease eventually.
Reiki hand positions correspond to the seven major energy centres along the spine, which is the energy highway of the body. Reiki affects the organ of the body under the hands, an endocrine gland which sends hormone messages around the body and an emotion. The first positions are over the head and affect the eyes, teeth, sinus, and brain etc. so they are good positions to treat headaches or eye problems for example. The hypothalamus, pineal, and pituitary glands are affected in the head which sends all the messages to the body affecting sleep patterns, metabolism, and all the other endocrine glands. It affects issues with speech, strokes, insomnia, nightmares, and depression. Reiki helps with clarity of thought, focus, decision-making, and feelings of depression in this area.
The next positions are over the throat, then the heart, solar plexus, belly and lower body. The Reiki goes in and gently gets the area moving again, affecting the organs of the body, the hormones, and emotions. The level of energy in the body is increased and clients feel more relaxed, in less pain, more able to cope. They look calmer and happier.
When it has taken a long time to become ill it often takes several treatments before a client begins to notice positive changes, especially for the changes to become self-sustaining. Clients often begin by having a treatment every week and by the third or fourth they can start to leave a longer gap between sessions and still hold the energy.
Benefits of Reiki 5th May 2019
1. Promotes Harmony & Balance
Reiki helps to promote harmony and balance. It is an effective, non invasive energy healing modality that enhances the body’s natural healing ability whilst energising and promoting overall wellness. Reiki works directly on restoring balance on all levels and works directly on the problem and condition instead of just masking or relieving symptoms.
When we chat about balance, we mean mental and emotional balance, left and right brain, masculine and feminine, labelling things as good or bad, positive or negative etc.
2. Creates deep relaxation and helps the body release stress and tension
What many people enjoy about a reiki treatment is it allows them time to themselves where they aren’t ‘doing’ but just ‘being’. Clients have reported feeling more clear, peaceful, relaxed and lighter in themselves.
Reiki provides a space where you can be more aware of what is going on inside your body and mind. To learn to listen to your own body and make wise decisions regarding your well being from this place. Being more present means you are in your body, which helps you to access even more that inner knowing and wisdom that we all have!
3. Dissolves energy blocks and promotes natural balance between mind, body and spirit
Regular Reiki treatments can bring about a calmer and more peaceful state of being, in which a person is better able to cope with everyday stress. This mental balance also enhances learning, memory and mental clarity.
Reiki can heal mental/emotional wounds and can help alleviate mood swings, fear, frustration and even anger. Reiki can also strengthen and heal personal relationships.
Because Reiki enhances your capability to love, it can open you up to the people around you and help your relationships grow.
4. Assists the body in cleansing itself from toxins and supports the immune system
We spend so much time in stress-reactive fight/flight phase that it becomes our ‘norm’ and our bodies literally forget how to return to balance.
Reiki reminds our bodies how to shift into parasympathetic nervous system (rest / digest) self-healing mode.
Rest/digest doesn’t mean you have to stop being active and productive or ‘do nothing’. It allows you to sleep better and digest better which is important to maintaining health and vitality. The more you are in this space, the more you can be active and productive without being stressed, exhausted or burntout.
5. Clears the mind and improves focus as you feel grounded & centred
Reiki can support you in staying centered in the present moment rather than getting caught up in regrets about the past or anxieties about the future. It can strengthen your ability to accept and work with the way events are unfolding even when they don’t follow your desires or timetable. You begin to react to situations, people and yourself in a supportive way rather than acting our of habit.
6. Aids better sleep
The number one outcome of receiving a Reiki session is relaxation. When we’re relaxed, we sleep better, our bodies heal better, we think more clearly, and we relate to each other more genuinely. Often clients will experience deep relaxation during their Reiki session and sometimes a deep sleep during the session as well.
7. Accelerates the body’s self-healing ability as you start to return to your natural state
Reiki healing quickly returns you to your natural state, or at least gets your body moving in the right direction.
That means your breathing, heart rate and blood pressure improve. Breathing deeper and easier is one of the first things to happen during a self-practice or treatment received from someone else. When we breath better, our minds naturally settle. Science supports that.
As your respiration deepers your body moves into parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) dominance i.e. the rest/digest phase. Your body was made to function primarily in the rest/digest phase rather than the more commonly experienced fight/flight phase.
8. Helps relieve pain and supports the physical body healing
On the outside looking in, a Reiki treatment might appear to be merely a sequence of hand placements, it works to restore balance on the deepest possible level. It encourages your system to improve your body’s vital functions (breathing, digesting and sleeping) so your physical systems function optimally.
On the physical level, Reiki helps to relieve pain from migraine, arthritis, sciatica ~ just to name a few. It also helps with symptoms of asthma, chronic fatigue, menopausal symptoms, and insomnia.
9. Helps spiritual growth and emotional cleansing
You do not need to be into spirituality to enjoy the benefits of reiki. Yet, for many they receive reiki treatments to support themselves through their self healing journey i.e. spiritual growth / personal development.
Reiki addresses the whole person, rather than targeting individual symptoms. It can create profound, often subtle shifts from deep within your own being. What does that look like? Guidance about what to do around difficult situations can come more easily. Or it may inspire a change in attitude or belief about your situation. Suddenly, you see your condition from a fresh perspective and are able to deal with it in a more positive way. Or it might direct you to the right kind of action needed which is guided from within.
10. Compliments medical treatment & other therapies
Reiki is a wonderful compliment to conventional medicine and helps relax patients on the levels of the mind and physical body. When a patient is relaxed the healing process is accelerated. People sleep much better and are calmer following Reiki treatments.
The beauty of Reiki is that it is non invasive and is administered in a very gentle manner. The Reiki practitioner can give Reiki without touching the body in cases where patients have burns or major injuries.
Reiki is safe to use if you have medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes or heart conditions. You may receive Reiki treatments if you are undergoing chemotherapy. Pregnant woman can have Reiki treatments to support them through all stages of the pregnancy. Reiki is for everyone!
11. You can learn Reiki yourself
Many clients will learn reiki for themselves by attending a Reiki Level 1 course so that they can boost their own energy levels on a daily basis. Some are drawn to reiki to support their physical healing, some want to delve deeper into their personal development and most have experienced the benefits of reiki and wish to be able to support themselves that way regularly.