It’s been said that if you want to know where you are going in life, look at where you have been. It’s true that every choice we make in life leads us to our next encounter. The question is, where have your decisions led you and is this where you want to be in the future?
Is your body healthy and strong? Is your mind clear? Are your emotions balanced? Is your spirit fulfilled? Or is there room for smarter choices and a healthier balanced future?
One way that you can take charge and change your circumstances is with Reiki. Reiki, pronounced “Ray Key,” is a Japanese healing technique that balances the mind, body and spirit – naturally, safely and effectively.
A Reiki treatment stabilizes the body into what is known as homeostasis or balance. Reiki stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system. This system is also known as the “rest and digest” response in the body (think calm, cool and collected).
When our parasympathetic system is stimulated, the heartbeat slows down and blood pressure is lowered. The purpose of initiating this system is that it reverses the effects caused by the body’s counterpart system, called the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is also commonly known as the “fight or flight” response in the body (think stressed, overwhelmed and distracted).
When our bodies are calm and balanced, we sleep better and have more energy and focus. Our decision-making process is articulate and concise. Our digestion functions in a healthy way. According to Johns Hopkins Health Alerts site, approximately 70 million Americans have digestive disorders, prompting nearly 6o million visits to doctor’s offices and hospitals each year. Often a drug is administered to treat the problem. Many may find that Reiki can help. Utilizing Reiki, your body’s own pharmacy kicks in and balances itself. When the parasympathetic nervous system is ignited, healing occurs naturally.
When daily stressors take over and we are in the “fight or flight” mode, it’s effortless to reach for unhealthy foods to appease our lack of energy. It’s easy to become irritable and impatient from a lack of sleep. In fact, a poll conducted last year by the National Sleep Foundation reported, “Sixty percent of Americans experience a sleep problem – snoring, waking in the night, waking too early – every night or almost every night.” Loss of adequate sleep can create a host of medical concerns.
The worst part of all is that it becomes a vicious cycle, with each poor choice feeding upon the other until you notice that suddenly your life and health are not where you want or expect them to be. Does this sound familiar in your life? Could you use a restful night’s sleep? Is your digestion compromised? Do you find your mind cluttered? Do you feel overly stressed out or physically uncomfortable? If so, you can start making healthy changes easily by incorporating Reiki into your life.
Pamela Miles, a Reiki Master for 26 years, says, “As Reiki provides deep relaxation, the spiraling effects of stress begin to unravel. By improving breathing, sleep and digestion, Reiki restores the functions that lead to recovery and wellness.”
Are you curious about what to expect from a Reiki session? The first thing to know is that it’s completely relaxing and soothing. Most frequently a client will lie on a massage table, fully clothed. Bolsters, pillows and blankets are usually provided for extra comfort if needed. Reiki can also be administered from a chair if that is preferred.
The Reiki practitioner can administer Reiki by a light touch or no touch at all. There is no manipulation so even those in severe pain can safely receive treatment. Reiki energy flows gently from the hands of the practitioner, usually resulting in a sense of warmth radiating from their hands. The Reiki practitioner is merely a channel for Reiki, so there is no need for concern that you will deplete their energy or pick up any of their energy. Frequently there will be soothing music playing. Most people become relaxed and even a little sleepy during their first treatment.
The digestive tract’s response to Reiki is usually audible, with abdominal gurgling called borborygmus. There is no need to feel shy about this sound. It means that the body is becoming calm and that the parasympathetic nervous system is being stimulated. Remember, it’s called the “rest and digest” response in the body.
The final thing to know about a Reiki session is that it is safe. It works in conjunction with all medical treatments and all medications. Reiki harmonizes the body. If you take medications, the balance Reiki brings can minimize any side effects caused by the drugs. It can also support rapid healing from surgeries. If you have anxiety, Reiki can calm and soothe your nerves. There are no known medical contraindications with Reiki.
If you are ready to spring into wellness and good health, Reiki is a pleasurable way for you to take that first step. The cumulative benefits of Reiki can change your life. Restful sleep, healthy digestion and feeling balanced can be yours. Prepare yourself for a healthier future with Reiki!
- Miles, Pamela, Reiki Master, Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide, Penguin Group, New York, 2006
For more info, contact Teresa Aramini, Reno Tahoe Reiki at 775-742-6750 or www.RenoTahoeReiki.com.