What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese healing arts technique for stress reduction and relaxation. It promotes healing by switching our body from a fight or flight mode to a rest and digest mode. Reiki translates as "spiritually guided life force energy" or what we may understand as the "Holy Spirit" through a Christian lens. However, Reiki is not tied to any religion, only that of pure, unconditional love. So, Reiki is appropriate for those of all faiths and religions. Overall, Reiki is a very relaxing experience. Many people report feeling a calming and loving sense of security and well-being surrounding and flowing through them.
Reiki uses a light hands-on technique over one's clothes to increase the proper alignment and flow of one's energy. Many things can influence energy disruptions or distortions from physical injuries to even negative thoughts and emotions. If the energy becomes chronically distorted, physical manifestations of dis-ease can even occur. Since Reiki works to realign energy distortions, it can act as a preventative therapy as well as one to treat current issues.
Pain is a signal to the body that something is out of alignment and needs to change. This can occur as physical pain or as mental/emotional pain such as anxiety which often produces physical tightness along with it. Every pain we experience serves as a teacher to help us learn a lesson and come into alignment with our Higher Selves. That's why it's so important to ask the body and soul why the pain is present. Sometimes the reason is obvious, but other times, it can be more elusive. Once we learn the why/the soul lesson and make the appropriate changes, the pain is no longer needed by the body and can be released. Sometimes, we need to truly understand the reason so we can make the appropriate changes, but other times, we simply need to allow ourselves to feel the trapped energy/emotion to release it. For example, have you ever released a knot during a massage session or gotten to your edge in a stretch only to have different emotions well up to be released too? That's trapped energy tied to emotions. Reiki helps us get straight to the underlying trapped energy! So, often times people leave with reduced pain and tightness in their physical bodies just by receiving Reiki.
Reiki brings you into a deep meditative state, changing your typical waking consciousness of beta brainwaves to deep healing brainwaves such as theta. In these states, one can access their subconscious and dream-like state much more easily. Here is where your soul speaks to you helping inform you of "the why" to your pain and issues. Our bodies know how to heal themselves. We just often need to get out of our own way. For more information on brainwaves and Reiki, check out this link.
How often should one receive reiki?
There's no set answer on how often someone should come in for a session. Reiki can do no harm so there is no chance of over-doing it. I personally give myself Reiki daily, but as awesome as daily Reiki therapy sessions are, that's not realistic for most people. So, here are some examples of what I've seen my clients do. Some people who are going through tough transitions in life and who want a great deal of support during these times come to see me every few weeks for a while. Others come in every 4-8 weeks as many do for monthly massages while other people come in once per season as a way to make sure they're staying in touch with themselves as the seasons change. Then others may only come in when they feel really blocked and out of touch with themselves. There is no right or wrong answer as to how often someone should get Reiki. My typical answer after teaching you how to connect with your inner wisdom is for you to ask your Inner Wisdom when you should schedule your next session. For those who are dedicated to their healing journeys and self-care, regular sessions are very helpful! Better to be proactive and preventative rather than reactive in my opinion.
Oracle cards during sessions:
Oracle card pulling is not fortune telling, but I do like to equate it the the idea of getting a "fortune cookie". This practice is appropriate for anyone of any religion. If you grew up in the church like I did, you may have even been taught to flip through the Bible with your eyes closed, asking God to show you a passage that would best provide insight for your question, and then opening your eyes when you felt like your finger landed on the right passage. The practice of pulling oracle cards is just the same!
Benefits of Reiki:
Relieves stress, pain, anxiety, and depression
Assists body in its innate ability to heal itself
Induces relaxation - switches body from fight and flight mode to rest and digest mode
Reduces blood pressure, respiration rate, and heart rate
Truly holistic - treats physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies
Helps release emotional and mental blockages
Fosters self-awareness and insight
Strengthens your own intuition so you become more empowered and confident moving forward in life
Complements any traditional medical therapy - in fact, Reiki is performed in many hospitals across the states
Increases blood flow and circulation
Strengthens immune system
Reiki works with our "ki", universal life force energy. Ki is the same as "chi" or "qi" in Traditional Chinese Medicine, "prana" in Ayurvedic medicine and yoga, and as "biofield energy" in scientific communities.
Much like our circulatory system, our energy/chi travels throughout our body through a series of "veins and arteries" called meridians, and through different "organs" called chakras. When blockages occur, energy flows less freely leading to various health concerns. By freeing blockages and balancing our energy flow, we can become more in alignment with our highest selves leading to more joy, peace and love.
The Chakra System
Chakras are invisible wheels of energy throughout the body that keep us vibrant, joyful, and healthy when they are open and aligned. There are seven major chakras that start at the base of the spine running up to the crown of the head. Each chakra is associated with specific nerve centers and major organs as well as psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being. The heart chakra is the central chakra linking the lower, more earthly, chakras to the upper, more spiritual, chakras.
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