Reiki is a non-evasive way to stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system, one of the three areas of the autonomic nervous system. Parasympathetic system is often referred to as the rest and digestive system. Reiki moves you from “fight or flight” into a state of calm as it slows your heart rate, increases intestinal and gland activity, and relaxes muscles in your gastrointestinal tract. Many clients comment on how relaxed they feel after receiving a Reiki treatment.
What is it?
Reiki consists of two words Rei (spiritual wisdom) and Ki (vital life force). Ki is also the primary energy of our emotions, thoughts and spiritual life. Ki flows within the physical body and surrounds us in a field called an aura. Ki stimulates our organs and tissues as it flows through them and when the flow is disrupted, it results in diminished functioning within one or more of the organs or tissues of the body. This disruption can result in illness or depression.
How does it Work?
The client lies, fully clothed, on their back on a massage table and the practitioner gently places their hands on the client’s legs, head and upper body. The process lasts approximately 1 hour and is effective remotely or in person. You do not have to understand the Reiki process or even to believe in it for the process to work.
Spiritual in nature Reiki provides love and compassion and does not conflict with religious beliefs.
What are the Benefits?
The benefits of Reiki are diverse, however others have reported improvements in the following areas:
- a sense of physical and emotional well-being
- a state of relaxation, which can be helpful in reducing anxiety, stress, and depression
- a decrease in recovery time from surgery, an improved mental attitude and a reduction in unwanted side effects of medications including chemotherapy, radiation, and other medical procedures
Reiki provides a harmonious relationship with all types of treatments including medical and psychological care and is offered as regular patient care in over 800 hospitals across the United States, including operating rooms and intensive care units. Hartford Hospital has found Reiki to improve patient sleep by 86%, reduce pain by 78%, reduce nausea by 80%, and reduce anxiety during pregnancy by 94%. Used in conjunction with psychotherapy Reiki can improve healing of emotional trauma. Reiki has also been known to improve memory and self-confidence.
Many clients, who have experienced the benefits of a Reiki session, intuitively know when to schedule their next session.