The Gentle Art of Healing
(mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually)
An Ancient Palm-Healing Art… a safe, gentle but powerful method of sending healing, relaxing, loving energy to yourself or another living being.
In earlier times, our stress response kept us alive. The stress response made sure that our body quickly found the extra energy to flee a wild animal or to hunt down an animal for food. After an episode when all systems were set to “go”, there was enough time to calm down and restore the used energy for future stress reaction.
In modern day, the stressors have increased in number and intensity due to our hectic lifestyles. This stress, and the lack of knowledge as to how to cope with it, is the number one reason why people get into crisis of one sort or another and come into therapy.
The gift of Reiki
Many ancient cultures embraced the belief that life energy flows through the body, deeply affecting our entire being. Current research strongly suggests that energy does extend throughout and beyond the physical body, and that disruptions or imbalances in its flow correlate to physical, mental and emotional illness. The healing art of Reiki (pronounced“Ray-kee”) addresses these physical, emotional, mental, and even spiritual imbalances, to support and encourage your good health and well-being. Reiki benefits people of any age or in any state of health.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning universal life force energy. It is a gentle method of hands-on healing that taps in to the energy referred to as ki in Japan, chi in China, and prana in India. The practice of Reiki is based on the teachings of Mikao Usui, a Master of the Buddhist healing arts, who practiced and taught healing techniques in early twentieth century Japan. Over the next century Reiki spread throughout Japan and then the world. Reiki is a technique that addresses both chronic and acute conditions, gently but powerfully promoting balance among all the body's systems and the regenerative processes of the body and mind.
If you suffer from any kind of pain, whether it be physical, emotion or mental (such as anxiety, depression, addictions, etc.), it is only the body’s way of telling you that your body is out of balance somehow. According to Chinese medicine, pain is considered a sign of blocked chi flow in Chinese medicine. The chi needs to flow unconstrained along the 14 meridians that cover the body, in order for all of the parts of the body to be well-nourished and function in harmony. Reiki will help restore the balance that is necessary to relief and let go of the pain.
How does it work?
Reiki practitioners receive "attunements which “open them up” more to the universal life force energy that already exists within us all, raising and accelerating their energy flow. This energy is then channeled to the recipient’s body by the gentle application of "laying on of hands" lightly over the surface of the recipient’s body. The health giving life force energytransmitted to the recipient's body becomes amplified and balances the mind, body,emotions and spirit, resulting in feelings of well-being and relaxation.
What are the benefits?
Reiki complements and enhances all types of medical treatment. It helps relieve stress, agitation and acute and chronic pain; is helpful as an aid for sleeping; and it also can be an energizer. It promotes the release of emotions such as grief, anger or anxiety and accelerates wound healing. It produces a feeling of mental clarity, calmness, well‑being and spiritual connection in the recipient. Reiki aids healing in virtually every known illness and injury.
There are no side effects or contraindications with Reiki; it is noninvasive and safe for all ages from premature babies to the elderly.
What is a Reiki session like?
Having a Reiki treatment is really quite simple. You will lie on a comfortably padded massage table, fully clothed, for approximately 45 minutes to one hour. Modesty is respected at all times. The Reiki practitioner will place his or her hands gently on top of your clothing over key positions on your body.
Though Reiki techniques appear simple, the effects can feel profound. Most people experience deep relaxation. You may also feel tingling, pulsing, a feeling of warmth and comfort, or you may fall asleep. Some recipients say they feel little during the session, but afterwards enjoy asense of calm and well-being, and a deep, restful sleep.
Studies of Reiki show significant reduction of pain, including cancer pain, following treatment. Patients also report increased feelings of relaxation and a sense of well-being. One study cited improvementin immune and nervous system function and increased mobility in patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, lupus and fibromyalgia. At Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire, surgical patients decreased their use of pain medications, stayed for shorter periods, and reported increased satisfaction with pre & post-surgical Reiki sessions.
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