Many people still do not know what Reiki is. However, it is a mainstream modality within the Integrative Medicine departments at hospitals nationwide. I pulled the explanation below from the International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP).
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy.
In more basic terms, Reiki helps promote relaxation, so that your body’s energy can do what it knows how to do. Your body knows exactly what you need to clear energy blockages and help you feel calmer, as well as more grounded. It is incredible! Unlike standard massages, clients are fully dressed. You only have to remove your shoes. I use a series of hand placements at your energy organs (chakras) and offer assistance in the relaxation process. Again, your own internal energy is working more effectively because you have given up the control by relaxing. When you stop resisting, healing can happen. A reduction in stress can happen. Peace can happen in the most amazing transforming ways.
I started practicing Reiki in 2012. After providing treatments to my family, I decided to volunteer at Beaumont Hospital’s Integrative Medicine department, offering free Reiki treatments to primarily oncology patients, nurses and caregivers. Reiki is a great tool to use as a complement to traditional medicine and is practiced in many hospitals and medical care settings. A couple of years later, I started offering sessions at Karma Yoga. I thought this would be a perfect place to share treatments because of their focus on total body wellness. I hope to one day practice at the hospital again, but I’m waiting for insurance companies (treatments aren’t covered by insurance) to acknowledge the benefits that many doctors are aware of, even if it can’t always be explained.
Reiki changed my life! I realized that I was extremely sensitive. Sensitive to others energies and emotions. While I wasn’t grounding in my body, I picked up energies, moods, and feelings that distracted me. Let’s say I was overly empathetic. While the other person was feeling “so much better”, I was weighed down with emotions that were not mine. Reiki helped me ground into myself, establish and maintain my boundaries, while offering words of encouragement or inspiration, without carrying other peoples “stuff”. This was so liberating! I wanted to learn more. So I did. I have studied chakras, the Qabalah – “Tree of Life”, auras, the benefits of spiritual power animals, and meditation. This work has been my journey to the extraordinary.
My blog posts, which started in May 2017, through December 2019, are all related to my Reiki experiences. I am ready to expand. I will definitely post more about Reiki, but I want to add posts about my other passions – yoga, meditation, and inspirational info. Thanks for following!
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