What is Reiki and How Does it Work?
Reiki is an ancient form of healing that incorporates energy from the world around us to promote healing. Reiki energy is non-specific, this means that the reason for an imbalance is not important for an effective treatment. It works in a way much like acupuncture in that the energy follows meridian pathways in the body. If there is a disruption of energy flow Reiki works to rebalance or unblock the affected area. Imbalances or blockages can be caused by an illness, injury, stress or physical/emotional exhaustion. There are many reasons that could cause an imbalance leaving you feeling sick, sore or just not like yourself. The Reiki energy itself does not heal a person, it simply induces a deep relaxation and balanced environment to allow the body to heal itself.
Why Would I Want or Need a Reiki Treatment?
Reiki can be used for a large array of issues. Whether it’s a sore leg from an injury, mental stress from a hectic life or emotional exhaustion from a tragedy or loss, Reiki provides a way to heal. It is these factors that cause energetic imbalances in the body or perhaps it is something unknown causing the imbalance that manifests as one of these recognisable symptoms. Either way, the relaxing, rebalancing focus of a Reiki treatment helps to restore your mind and body to a healthy state so you can heal the problem.
What to Expect During a Reiki Treatment
Each person will experience Reiki in different ways, there is no right or wrong feeling. Most people experience a feeling of deep peaceful relaxation. Reiki treatments encourage the release of built up tension and anxiety. Some people report feeling very hot or cold, or a pulsating heat or tingling sensation coming from the practitioners hands. Others have said that symptoms of acute or chronic pain, allergies and other infirmities diminish or completely disappear.
In a treatment, you are fully dressed and lying down. A blanket may cover you to keep you warm and comfortable. The Reiki practitioner will place their hands on your body in a series of positions, each position lasting between 3-5 minutes. To get the most out of your treatment you will be asked to close your eyes and focus on your breath to help your body achieve a deep level of relaxation. What to Expect After a Reiki Treatment
Most Reiki treatments last about an hour, after you will be given time to compose yourself before you head back out into the world. Some people feel so relaxed they say they are “spaced out” and others report feeling renewed, refreshed and filled with a new energy. It is recommended that you rehydrate after any type of body treatment.
Are There Side Effects With Reiki?
Most of the time you will feel relaxed and uplifted by a Reiki treatment, however, sometimes a person may notice they are experiencing detoxifying symptoms. Examples of this are sweating, excretion, excess mucus production, sneezing or coughing, even an overwhelming need to sleep. This is a normal part of the healing process and drinking water can help restore normal function.