Do you need to be unwell to receive Reiki? Think again!

🌟 Did you know that you don’t need to be unwell to benefit from Reiki therapy? 🌟

Many believe that Reiki is solely for those seeking relief from physical or emotional ailments, but this ancient practice offers so much more! 🙌✨

Reiki is all about harnessing the universal life force energy and promoting balance within the body, mind, and spirit. 💫 It’s like a deep cleansing for your energy system, a reset button for your well-being! 🌈

Here’s why you should consider experiencing Reiki, even if you’re feeling perfectly fine:

🌸Stress Reduction: In our fast-paced world, stress is almost unavoidable. Reiki helps you relax, reducing stress and anxiety, and allowing you to approach life with a calm and clear mind.

🌸Enhanced Well-Being: Even when you’re healthy, there’s always room for improvement. Reiki boosts your overall well-being, increasing vitality, and helping you feel more energized.

🌸Mental Clarity: Clarity of thought is essential for decision-making and creativity. Reiki clears mental fog, aiding in better focus and a greater sense of purpose.

🌸Emotional Balance: We all have ups and downs. Reiki helps maintain emotional equilibrium, fostering positivity and inner peace.

🌸Spiritual Connection: Reiki can deepen your connection to your inner self and the universe, leading to personal growth and spiritual awakening.

🌸Preventive Care: By addressing imbalances before they manifest as physical or emotional issues, Reiki can act as a preventive measure for future health concerns.

So, whether you’re riding the wave of good health or navigating the challenges of life, Reiki is a holistic tool that can support and enhance your well-being.

Why men may love Reiki more than talk therapy

Lately I noticed an increase in Reiki bookings from men. It got me thinking about the reasons behind it.

For centuries men were often expected to “not talk about their feelings” or “be tough”.

Over the years however we have begun to see a modern progression to gender equality and society’s focus on liberation of gender roles.  Men have started to express their feelings more openly. 

But it is important to remember that a lot of men still do not like to talk about their feelings, and that is ok. I don’t mean they are against expressing themselves. They share their opinions on any number of matters. They are happy to speak rationally to people, including their partners. 

But when they feel stressed or hurt, they prefer to deal with those feelings quietly. Would you agree?

It may just be that men prefer to manage their thoughts and feelings in a private way. However, there can be times of overwhelm, such as grief and other traumatic experiences, and at this point they may accept the need for dealing with their pain differently.

And some will go to talk therapy with ease and chat away, while others may seek out a source of relief that does not require them to divulge a single word or up-front tears. This is where Reiki comes in. 

The experience of Reiki can be just as profoundly moving and restorative and have similar effects the way other people may get from “talking things out”. The flow of energy channelled by a Reiki practitioner can be powerful to body, mind and soul, alleviating pain and resolving inner turmoil. 

When men see me for Reiki therapy session, it usually starts off the same way. They walk in, are generally reserved and have little information to share before the session. They lay down on the treatment table, close their eyes and are usually “gone” within minutes (sometimes snoring away peacefully).

But at the end of the session the first thing I usually hear is “Wow, that was great. I feel so light and relaxed” And then there comes a flood of questions about Reiki and how it really works.

Reiki works on a holistic level and is a great way to complement other treatment forms. I’d like to claim that for some it is even more energising than a massage.

If you prefer a quieter way towards healing emotions, physical pain or discomforts or if you would simply like to rebalance and support your mental health, then Reiki therapy might just be the thing for you.

Reiki for pets – the benefits

Advocates of Reiki for pets believe that it can offer several potential benefits. Here are some of the benefits that Reiki may offer for pets:

  1. Relaxation and Stress Reduction: Reiki is said to promote deep relaxation and reduce stress in animals. It can create a calming environment and help pets feel more at ease, especially in situations that may cause anxiety or fear, such as visits to the veterinarian or during times of change or transition.
  2. Pain Relief: Reiki is sometimes believed to alleviate pain and discomfort in pets. It is suggested that the energy flow and gentle touch associated with Reiki can help release tension and promote a sense of well-being, potentially reducing the perception of pain.
  3. Emotional Healing: Reiki is thought to support emotional healing in animals. It can help address emotional imbalances, trauma, and past experiences that may affect a pet’s behavior or overall well-being. By promoting a sense of peace and relaxation, Reiki may aid in the emotional healing process.
  4. Supportive Care: Reiki is can be used as a complementary therapy alongside conventional veterinary treatment. It is believed to enhance the overall well-being of pets, promote relaxation during recovery from illness or surgery, and support the body’s natural healing processes.

It’s important to consult with a qualified veterinarian before pursuing Reiki or any alternative therapy for your pet.

Talk therapy AND Reiki, why it is important to combine both

The importance of combining Reiki healing with talk therapy can vary depending on individual preferences and needs. However, there are a few reasons why some individuals may find it beneficial to incorporate Reiki healing into their therapy process:

  1. Complementary Approach: Reiki healing and talk therapy can offer different perspectives and therapeutic benefits. Talk therapy primarily focuses on verbal communication and exploration of thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Reiki healing, on the other hand, involves the transfer of energy through gentle touch. By combining the two, individuals may experience a more holistic approach that addresses both emotional and energetic aspects.
  2. Deepening Self-Awareness: Reiki healing can help individuals become more attuned to their body and energy. It can promote relaxation, reduce stress, and release emotional blockages. Engaging in Reiki after talk therapy sessions can provide an opportunity to further explore and process any emotions or insights that emerged during the therapy session. It can enhance self-awareness and facilitate a deeper understanding of one’s emotional and energetic state.
  3. Integration and Grounding: Talk therapy sessions often involve exploring challenging or sensitive topics, which can stir up intense emotions and thoughts. Some individuals may find it helpful to follow up these sessions with Reiki healing to integrate and ground themselves after the emotional intensity. Reiki can provide a sense of calm, balance, and relaxation, allowing individuals to process and integrate their experiences more effectively.
  4. Energy Clearing and Balancing: Reiki healing is believed to work on the energetic level, promoting the flow of energy and clearing any imbalances or blockages. Talk therapy can also bring underlying emotions or trauma to the surface, which may impact the individual’s energy system. By incorporating Reiki, individuals may experience a sense of energetic release, restoration, and balance, which can support the overall healing process and help to release the emotional burden stored in the body.

It’s important to note that the decision to combine Reiki healing with talk therapy should be made in collaboration with both the Reiki practitioner and the therapist involved. Each person’s therapeutic journey is unique, and it’s essential to find an approach that resonates with and supports their specific needs and goals.

How can Reiki help cancer patients?

While there is limited scientific evidence to support the use of Reiki in cancer treatments, some people use it as a complementary therapy to help manage the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatments.

Here are some ways Reiki may be helpful in cancer treatments:

  1. Reducing anxiety and stress: Cancer patients often experience high levels of anxiety and stress, which can negatively impact their immune system and overall well-being. Reiki can help to induce a state of deep relaxation, which can reduce anxiety and stress levels and promote feelings of calm and inner peace.
  2. Promoting relaxation and sleep: Cancer patients may have trouble sleeping due to pain, anxiety, and other factors. Reiki can help to promote relaxation and improve the quality of sleep, which can lead to better physical and emotional health.
  3. Boosting the immune system: Reiki is believed to work by balancing the body’s energy systems, which can help to strengthen the immune system and support the body’s natural healing processes. This can be particularly helpful in cancer treatment, where a strong immune system is essential for fighting the disease and managing side effects.
  4. Reducing pain and discomfort: Reiki can be used to help manage pain and discomfort associated with cancer and its treatments. By promoting relaxation and reducing stress, Reiki may help to alleviate pain and improve overall comfort.

It’s important to note that while some people may find Reiki helpful as a complementary therapy in cancer treatment, it should not be used as a substitute for conventional medical treatment. Cancer patients should always consult with their healthcare provider before using starting Reiki therapy.

What is Distant Reiki and how does it work?

Distant Reiki

Reiki energy can travel through time and space. Reiki practitioners who are trained in the advanced levels of Reiki connect to the Reiki energy source and can share it with anyone at any time. To facilitate this, a qualified Reiki practitioner connects with the energy field of the person receiving the Reiki energy.

What happens during a Distant Reiki therapy?

Having a photo of the receiver is helpful. It helps to create the bridge of energy between the practitioner and the receiver or the situation to be treated. We would have a chat before the session to establish an intention for your therapy. Once the energetic connection has been initiated, Reiki treatment can be given exactly the same way as if were in the room together.

It is usually preferred that the person receiving the Reiki energy finds some quiet time and be comfortable during the session. 

Too busy to find some quiet time? No problem!

You urgently need Reiki energy, but you are stuck at the office or someplace else and just don’t have the time to come to an in-person therapy session? Distant Reiki can be sent anywhere at any time. Although you may not fully feel the Reiki energy, it is still possible to receive the same benefits.

What is Distant Reiki energy used to treat?

  1. you are far away from a loved one, who has just been rushed to hospital and you like to send your love and support. Reiki energy can make a difference during a critical time.
  2. Sick people who aren’t mobile.
  3. children
  4. Reiki energy can assist in helping a person or pet with life and death transitions
  5. you have a job interview coming up that you feel nervous about. Reiki energy can help you to be calmer, but can also be sent to the situation itself for the best possible outcome.
  6. to help a relationship with someone. It may not be the outcome you personally want. Remember Reiki always works towards the highest good.
  7. A sick or injured pet – they may not enjoy being touched and Distant Reiki energy can be particularly beneficial
  8. A lost pet – to guide it back home or simply to offer some calming energy
  9. Busy people, who prefer to receive Distant Reiki
  10. Distant Reiki is beneficial for all matters addressed at in-person Reiki therapy 

Treating the symptoms of anxiety with Reiki

Person with anxiety

Anxiety is a natural feeling. It is our body’s response to stress and can even benefit us in certain situations. It warns us of dangerous situations to help us prepare and pay attention. It is also normal to feel a bit fearful and nervous in some situations like a job interview and when you’re doing something outside of your comfort zone.

However, if you’re experiencing extreme anxiety or one that lasts longer than six months and is getting in the way of your life, you may have an anxiety disorder. It’s different from normal feelings of anxiousness or nervousness since it involves excessive fear. Anxiety disorders are more common than most people think. In fact, they’re one of the most common mental health issues nowadays.

There are a number of effective treatments for anxiety disorders that help most people regain control of their lives.

Types of Anxiety 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

If you have a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), you usually feel excessive worry or anxiety on most days for at least half of the year over a number of everyday things such as work, social interactions, personal health, etc. This anxiety interferes with your daily life, causing problems at work. Here are symptoms you may have a GAD:

  • Mind going blank or difficulty in concentrating
  • Feeling restless or on-edge
  • Hard time controlling feelings of worry
  • Easily irritated
  • Sleeping problems (insomnia, difficulty staying asleep, or restlessness)
  • Muscle tension
  • Getting tired easily

Panic Disorder

People with this type of anxiety disorder experience sudden panic attacks. These attacks are unexpected periods of excessive fear that come on fast and reach their peak within minutes. The attack can be triggered by something such as a feared object or can happen unexpectedly. When someone has a panic attack, they may experience:

  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Heart palpitations or increased heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feelings of being out of control

People with panic disorder usually worry about when the next attack will occur so they avoid situations or places that can be associated with these attacks which can get in the way of living their lives fully.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is another type of anxiety disorder. People with this disorder have recurrent uncontrollable thoughts (also known as obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (known as compulsions) such as counting, handwashing, cleaning, checking, arranging, or organizing things in a particular, precise way. People with OCD do these things hoping that these will make obsessive thoughts go away. But performing these repetitive behaviors only provides temporary relief and not being able to do them significantly heightens anxiety levels.

Just like people with panic disorder, people with OCD may try to avoid situations that may trigger their obsessions. Or worse, they may turn to alcohol or drugs to calm themselves.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that usually develops after someone experiences a terrifying ordeal in which severe physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events such as military combat, accidents, violent personal assaults, or natural disasters can cause PTSD. But not everyone with PTSD experienced a dangerous event. Some experiences such as the sudden death of a loved one can also trigger PTSD.

People with PTSD may have re-experiencing symptoms such as flashbacks (reliving the trauma that comes with physical symptoms such as sweating and heart palpitation, nightmares, and frightening thoughts. They may also show avoidance symptoms such as staying away from objects, places, or events that can remind them of the traumatic experience and avoiding feelings or thoughts associated with the traumatic event.

PTSD also causes arousal and reactivity symptoms such as feeling tense, being easily startled, sleeping problems, and angry outbursts. People with PTSD can also display cognition and mood symptoms such as distorted feelings of guilt or blame, loss of interest in activities that they once enjoyed, and negative thoughts about oneself or the world.

Social Anxiety

As the term implies, people with this anxiety disorder experience intense anxiety or fear toward social situations. When you have a social anxiety disorder you worry that how you act or behave associated with your anxiety will be criticised by others, making you feel embarrassed. This is why you avoid social situations. You have an intense fear of being judged or humiliated even in everyday situations such as eating in public or engaging in small talk.

Health Anxiety

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, it is normal for us to be extra concerned about our health. But those who are suffering from health anxiety tend to feel excessive distress about their health even if they are healthy. They might constantly feel that they have a symptom or symptoms of a severe illness. Their extreme concern about their health consumes them to a point that it interferes with several areas in their life, at school or at work, relationships, or prevents them from doing their daily routines.

Effective Treatments To Overcome Anxiety: 

For some people with anxiety disorder, lifestyle changes may be enough to cope with the symptoms. These include eating healthy, exercising regularly, working out, getting enough proper sleep, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, quitting smoking, and meditating.

However, in moderate or severe cases, psychotherapy and medication may be necessary to help you overcome symptoms and lead a more manageable daily life. You may be prescribed medications such as sedatives and antidepressants to balance brain chemistry, prevent episodes of anxiety, and get rid of the most severe anxiety disorder symptoms.

Studies have shown that Reiki offers several potential benefits for people with generalised anxiety disorder. It is an excellent way to complement other treatment forms. Some of these benefits include:

Lower stress levels
People with generalised anxiety disorder have higher stress levels than the normal population. Both research studies and anecdotal reports indicate that Reiki may assist to alleviate some of this stress.

Having generalized anxiety disorder makes it difficult to relax even when no significant stressor is present. Many people who participate in Reiki sessions report feeling relaxed both during the session and after it is complete, which may be beneficial to someone who struggles with anxiety.

Improved mood
Not every person who has been diagnosed with a generalised anxiety disorder will experience depression. However, for many people, these two issues go hand-in-hand. Research indicates that people who participate in Reiki sessions on a regular basis feel less depressed than they did prior to therapy.

Better sleep
People with a generalised anxiety disorder may find that they have trouble falling asleep, are unable to stay asleep, or don’t feel rested even after sleeping all night. Reiki sessions may alleviate some of these issues and improve the quality of sleep.

Healing Crisis – why you could be feeling worse after Reiki

Healing Crisis – why you could feel worse after a Reiki treatment

Typically recipients of Reiki treatment leave the session feeling light, calm and relaxed, however on some occasions they may experience the complete opposite. Sometimes the practitioner will hear from clients that they experiences worsening symptoms after their treatment.

Why is this? What is a healing crisis?

A healing crisis is also know as a healing reaction or a temporary worsening of symptoms.

A healing crisis can be a sign of an effective, natural healing process. While it can be uncomfortable, it is at the same time a sign that your body is working to heal itself.

However if your body does not experience a healing crisis, don’t worry about missing out. Every person’s healing needs are different. Some people have deeper wounds to heal. It doesn’t mean that you are not getting the most of your treatment, if you did not experience a healing crisis.

Some people have a lifelong amount of toxic energy waste to offload and in the right time, with the right practitioner, the body will finally be ready to release and let go. Imagine having 20 years of stress on your shoulders. Imagine how your body would feel letting go of this weight? Probably incredibly relieved and exhausted at the same time.

A healing crisis is a sign that the body is finally ready to release and heal on a deep level. There is no way of knowing when a healing crisis may occur, as the body lets go layer by layer and then finally heal the root of something. It may be uncomfortable at first, but it gets a lot better moving forward.

True healing is not always comfortable. True healing requires presence, a deep commitment to self-development, to letting go of what, how and when you should be healing, and a ton of patience. Accepting that pain is an essential part of healing, the body will make that final shift of letting go.

If you feel unwell after a Reiki session, don’t worry too much, because your body is working the way is should and the symptoms are only temporary.

Symptoms of a Healing Crisis

– a flushed face
– nausea, headache
– painful joints
– fatigue
– insomnia
– diarrhea, vomiting
– irritability

Here are tips to help you get through a healing crisis after Reiki:

– Communicate with your practitioner. They are helping to allow the energetic activity to be integrated in your body – the systems for your physical body, emotions, and mind. You are stirring up and releasing this material because you were ready to evolve, shift, and heal.

– Do your best to face what’s going on.

– Dialogue with your body and let it know that it can be released, let go, and integrated without the pain syndrome.

– Believe in yourself. Believe that you are okay, even if you feel weird in your body.

– Be gentle with yourself. Eat nutritious foods and drink plenty of fluids.

– Always relax and rest. Self-nourishment and self-care.

Can Reiki help to speed up recovery after surgery?

Research studies have shown that Reiki offers a number of different benefits, some of which may be beneficial to people who are recovering from a surgical procedure.

  1. Reiki may reduce anxiety before and after surgery.

Multiple research studies have explored the possibility of using Reiki to help patients who are preparing for or recovering from surgery. These studies have shown that people who participate in Reiki sessions before and after surgery are less likely to feel anxious than those who do not. Because anxiety may inhibit the healing process, it stands to reason that reducing anxiety through Reiki sessions may be beneficial to the healing process.

  1. Reiki may help prevent or reduce depression after surgery.

Depression is a common issue experienced by patients following surgery, especially if the surgery was complex or requires a long, painful recovery period. People who are struggling with depression are less likely to follow doctors’ orders and may therefore experience a more difficult, slower healing process. Failing to comply with a doctor’s instructions may also raise the risk of post-surgical complications. Studies have shown that Reiki may reduce depression and help people to feel more optimistic. Thus, people who participate in Reiki sessions after surgery may be less likely to feel depressed and more likely to be proactive in their recovery.

  1. Reiki may reduce stress levels.

Stress causes inflammation to build up in the body, which may delay healing. Research shows that people who participate in Reiki sessions report feeling less stressed and more relaxed. People who have undergone a surgical procedure may be able to use Reiki to reduce their stress levels and encourage faster healing.

  1. Reiki may improve the quality of sleep. 

When the body is trying to heal from an injury, trauma, or surgical procedure, good quality sleep is essential. Reiki produces feelings of relaxation for many clients, and people often report that they notice improved sleep quality after beginning Reiki therapy.

  1. Reiki may reduce sensations of pain.

Pain is incredibly common after surgery. If the pain is severe, it may even slow the healing process by preventing the individual from participating in the physical activity necessary to promote recovery. However, Reiki may reduce sensations of pain following surgery. In fact, one study showed that women who had undergone a hysterectomy experienced less pain during recovery if they participated in Reiki sessions before and after the procedure.

Is Reiki Safe after Surgery?

Reiki is completely noninvasive. During a Reiki session, the practitioner places his or her hands gently on the client in specific positions in order to encourage the proper flow of the client’s own ki or chi energy. In some cases, the practitioner may not need to touch the client at all. Thus, Reiki should not pose any risk of complications or side effects for patients who have recently undergone surgery. In addition, it can be used in combination with any other type of therapy, rehabilitation, or medication the individual may need to aid his or her recovery.

Start the year right with Reiki

Why a Reiki session to begin the new year is a MUST

The start of a New Year is the perfect time to reflect on new goals and new intentions. Getting a Reiki session can help you prepare for the time ahead. A Reiki session can amp up your positive vibes and improve your outlook on life.

How does a Reiki session prepare you for what’s ahead?

For most of us, the New Year means starting over with a clean slate. The New Year comes with new chances that will allow us to become better with our goals, our health and relationships.

However, we sometimes enter the new year with old negative feelings.

A Reiki session paves the way to a fresh start. This might sound like a big claim, but Reiki can help us set our lives in order.

When our mind is healed, we become more positive. A positive outlook will improve our perception of others, we become more patient and more understanding.

Reiki can help us achieve our fitness goals. Living healthier is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, but it is also one of the hardest to stick to. A Reiki session improves balance and well-being, you tend to choose healthy options and stick to a lifestyle change more consistently.

Reiki can help us achieve our personal goals: A clear mind and increased focus will help us achieve those goals we have set for ourselves.

There is nothing more that says “I wish you a prosperous New Year ahead” than the Gift of Reiki.