In Hollywood, reiki healing is all the rage. But is it just another alternative therapy that's a "bit out there"? Or, are there genuine healing and health benefits to be had? Shelley Bloom, reiki practitioner, fills us in ...
Reiki is a Japanese word for "universal life force energy". It dates back 2,500 years to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and was rediscovered by Dr Usui, a Japanese scholar in the late 19th century.
Reiki is an holistic system of healing and works on the four main levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
It is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy to the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and help restore physical and emotional wellbeing.
A treatment will feel like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. It is a simple, natural and safe method of healing and can be used to complement all other medical or therapeutic techniques.
When you receive Reiki healing, you lay fully-clothed on a treatment table while the Reiki practitioner places their hands lightly on different parts of your body.
It is not a belief system or linked to any religion or culture. It works as a pure energy similar to feelings, intent and thought.
Health Benefits Of Reiki Healing
- Promotes Health And Wellbeing
- Helps With Pain Management
- Encourages Mental Clarity
- Releases Stress & Tension
- Relieves Depression
- Reduces Anxiety
- Aids Relaxation
- Improves Sleep
- Smoothes Digestion
- Strengthens Self-Esteem
- Heightens Self-Awareness & Intuition
- Offers Support For Substance Abuse Recovery
Because Reiki practice is balancing at every level, it can help anyone who receives a treatment or learns self-practice.
If you are tired, you’ll feel refreshed. If you are anxious, you’ll feel serene. If you are distressed, you’ll feel comforted. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, you will discover renewed clarity and purpose.
And these subjective changes combine with the physical changes often associated with deep relaxation, such as a slower heart rate and easier breathing.
Over the years of offering Reiki, the one common thing clients mention to me is the feeling of deep relaxation and peace after a session – and that's such a positive foundation to start the inner-healing process.