Reiki, pronounced "RAY-key", is a simple, safe and natural method of supporting your energy body. Through light touch on or above the body, Reiki is a complementary holistic practice that works to create balance and reduce stress, promoting natural healing of mind, body, emotions and spirit.
Fact: We are energetic beings living in a sea of energy. This energy, known as chi, ki or prana flows through our being on an “energy highway” called meridians. As in chiropractic, acupuncture and acupressure, road blocks in your energy are road blocks to health and wellness.
What Causes Blocks in Your Energy?
Your “digestion of life” or "life indigestion" impacts the flow of your life energy and can be aided through many ways, one of them being Reiki. When the energy highway is clear of obstacles and running on a full tank we feel and perform our best physically, mentally & emotionally. Blockages in this energy can be equated to anything from speed bumps to road blocks and imbalances in our energy system can be caused by many things: stress at work, relationship troubles, unexpressed emotions such as depression or anger, illness that depletes the body’s resources, physical or emotional trauma, what we feed our mind, body & spirit, our environment, negative thoughts or beliefs, our lifestyle. We make choices, consciously and unconsciously, on a daily basis that impact our energy and subsequent health and well-being.
How Does Reiki Work?
Faith: We all possess an innate intelligence that knows how to keep us in peak health. I call this the Divine wisdom of the body. Your heart keeps beating and your lungs keep inhaling without you having to think about it. Reiki is this life giving energy that flows through all living things. Reiki is a Japanese word, “Rei” meaning “Universal/God’s wisdom/higher power” and “ki” which means “spirit or life force”. Universal life force, Divine energy, Source, God; the creative & supportive force of all life that we call by different names, but in essence is all the same. The Reiki practitioner connects to this frequency of energy and becomes a conduit or a channel to share with you through their hands. Each person's experience is unique and receiving the gift of healing is a time to allow your mind to still and to notice the sensations of your body and your heart.
Stress \stres\ noun : a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances
I believe that stress is the plague of the 21st century - in our high speed culture, stress comes in many forms: anxiety, fear, tension, anger, rage, lack of forgiveness, judgment, toxic thoughts & beliefs just to name a few. The body’s response to a threat, either real or imagined, is physiologically the same as it was when you had to survive in the wild worrying about the proverbial tiger chasing you. Though the current shape of stress may not be immediately life threatening, its chronic nature nonetheless impacts many functions of the body including digestion, metabolism, immunity, clear thinking, and healing during an illness. The body is designed to handle stress in short bursts for survival, not in the chronic doses we experience. Reiki promotes systemic balance by putting the body into parasympathetic dominance. Reducing stress is a critical piece to healing or managing pain, illness, the immune system, anxiety, weight gain, sleep disorders, just to name a few.