When it comes to health and wellness, many people think of traditional practitioners such as a physician or psychologist. For those looking to alternative routes to wellness that may be more proactive than reactive, energy medicine has developed into a booming business. Energy medicine has been used to treat ailments in Eastern cultures for thousands of years. One of the most well known techniques is reiki, a Japanese technique that promotes feelings of wellbeing.
I recently had my first reiki treatment and was delighted with the experience and the results. If you are interested in trying the technique yourself or simply learning more about it, read on for a quick introduction.
What is reiki exactly?
According to reiki.org, “Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.”
How to find a reiki practitioner?
I recommend taking some time to find a practitioner that you are comfortable with. I selected a practitioner that I found easy to talk to and who explained her process and philosophies clearly and easily.
If you have no idea where to start looking for a practitioner, you may find luck at your local spa. An increasing number of high end spas in metropolitan areas have begun to offer reiki treatments. Another reputable source of referrals may be a yoga studio. I have noticed over the past few years that more and more yoga teachers are popping up at my local studio with reiki certifications. If that particular teacher is not your preferred style of practitioner, they should be able to direct you to a source for finding someone suitable.
What can you expect from your first reiki treatment?
After completing a short intake form, my reiki master asked me if there were any specific concerns that I wanted to address. I was then led to the a table – much like a treatment table you would find in a physiotherapist’s office – where ,fully clothed, I lay down and closed my eyes. Throughout the treatment, I sensed the practitioner moving around the table and, at times, laying her hands on my shoulders, feet, head and upper back with a very gentle touch.
According to the reiki.org website “A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.’ I wholeheartedly agree with this explanation. Throughout the treatment I felt completely relaxed and peaceful. At times, I felt myself drifting off to sleep. Once the treatment was over I felt refreshed and relaxed.
Have you tried reiki? What was your experience like?
by Kim England