Think of life as a balancing scale. One side of the scale holds our day-to-day challenges–bills to pay, chores to tackle, traffic to maneuver, jobs to do, family matters to address. The other side holds those things that help us cope with the challenges.
At certain points in life, the scales can tip. It may be a sudden crisis that has arisen, such as a health or financial issue, a serious injury that occurred, or a multitude of events that have built up over time.
In such moments, it’s important to acknowledge that the mind, body and spirit may be out of balance. One healthy and holistic way to tip the scales back in our favor is Reiki.
Reiki is a non-invasive, non-manipulative technique used for stress reduction and relaxation. A Reiki practitioner, through gentle hand placements over various locations of the body, creates energy flow. Reiki facilitates the connection between the mind, body and spirit, creating a sense of overall wellness in the body. It’s safe for all ages, and can be use in conjunction with conventional medical treatments and medications. Clients remain fully clothed and can choose to have a light touch or no touch at all.
According to Tanmaya Honervogt, Reiki Master-Teacher and author of “The Power of Reiki,” when one is relaxed, energized and joyful–all common effects of Reiki–there is a sense of balance. Conversely when one feels sluggish, strained overwhelmed and irritated, life seems more challenging. Common challenges such as deadlines, fatigue and illness can lead to stress.
What’s worse, often one stressor has a tendency to feed off another. For example, worries that arise from financial strain may lead to an argument among partners, resulting in stress on the relationship. Stress at work may lead to lack of sleep due to the mind being unable to disengage when the lights go out, resulting in lack of energy and focus the next day. When one is subjected to chronic stress and is unable to stop or relieve it, this can lead to physical symptoms or ailments like headaches, digestive issues, colds or physical discomfort, such as tightness in the neck and shoulders.
With our fast paced lifestyles it’s easy to see how being out of balance can equate to being unwell. Fortunately, there are many options for bringing balance into our lives. Healthy eating, exercise, meditation, counseling and holistic therapies like Reiki are excellent options.
“Tapestry of Healing” author Jeri Mills, M.D., Physician, and Reiki Master-Teacher, writes, “Seeking a complementary therapy like Reiki often gives a person a sense of empowerment by being involved in his or her own health.” Reiki allows the recipient the space to focus on how they feel in their body during a session. Reconnecting to how one feels is the first step to addressing imbalance. By creating a sense of calm in the body, Reiki gently illuminates mental, emotional and spiritual issues that may be at the root of chronic stress and disease, in a soothing way. In fact, in her book “Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide,” Reiki Master Pamela Miles tells us that one of the most commonly reported side effects of a Reiki treatment is a clear mind.
How does this occur? Reiki brings the body into homeostasis or balance. Once in balance, healing occurs naturally in the body. Most of us are caught up in the day-to-day stressors, causing our bodies to be in near-constant “fight or flight” mode. Reiki clears those energetic pathways in the body, bringing a person into harmony.
While the struggle to maintain a state of balance is constant, for many individuals, Reiki has proven to be that proverbial thumb on the scale, always there to nudge our lives back to center.
1. Honervogt, Tanmaya. The Power of Reiki. Holt Paperbacks. New York, 1998.
2. Mills, Jeri, MD. Tapestry of Healing. White Sage Press. Green Valley, 2001.
3. Miles, Pamela. Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide. Penguin Group. New York, 2006.