When most people think of alternative healing methods, they often think of acupuncture, massage therapy, or chiropractic care. However, there is another lesser-known healing modality that can provide many benefits—reiki.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Though it may seem new to some, reiki has been around for centuries and has been used to help people with a variety of issues.
Here are just a few of the benefits of reiki:
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Pain Relief
- Improves Sleep
- Promotes Emotional Clarity
- Supports the immune system
Stress Reduction and Relaxation
Reiki is a useful complementary therapy in the treatment of stress and anxiety. Known to relax and soothe, it can be used to relieve pain, improve sleep quality and reduce side effects from medications.
A study published in the International Journal of Stress Management found that Reiki was considered more effective than medication for reducing stress in individuals with PTSD symptoms. The study also revealed that Reiki had an immediate positive impact on PTSD-related physical health complaints, such as muscle tension, fatigue and headaches.
Reiki practitioners believe that pain is our body’s way of communicating to us that there is a problem. A physical injury can cause emotional or mental pain and so on. Reiki helps relieve pain by addressing the cause of the pain. Reiki works on the root cause, whether it is physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. Reiki assists the body in releasing tension and stress
Reiki helps to improve circulation, which aids in the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to all parts of your body; consequently your immune system is improved by this increase in circulation. As a result more white blood cells are produced and with them your ability to fight disease increases; you will be able to heal from illness faster than before you started receiving Reiki treatments.
- Do you have trouble falling asleep?
- Are you worried about aspects of your everyday life?
- How often do you have nightmares?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then Reiki may help! Reiki is a natural way to relax and calm the mind. It can reduce anxiety and help people fall asleep easier. Because of this, it can also aid in treating insomnia and sleep problems that are caused by tension or stress. If you’re looking for an alternative solution to get a good night’s sleep—without taking prescription pills—Reiki could be the answer!
Emotional Balance, Clarity, and Peacefulness
When the energy flow in our bodies becomes blocked or restricted, we might find ourselves feeling emotions such as anger, sadness, jealousy and so on. Reiki works to rebalance the emotional body by releasing these emotions which are often stored in our cells. During a reiki session, people may experience a variety of emotions including sadness and anger. Crying or laughing are common experiences during a reiki session especially if one is unaccustomed to feeling their emotions. Although this may seem unpleasant at first it can be extremely cathartic and freeing once these emotions are released.
Reiki promotes relaxation which allows us to release any mental blockages we may have been holding onto for some time. Once we let go of this tension we can feel more relaxed and at ease with ourselves which leads us towards the fifth benefit of reiki: improved well-being!
Strengthens the Immune System, Helps Prevent Illness
Reiki helps to keep the immune system strong, which makes it easier to fight off minor illnesses and recover quickly from major illnesses. It helps the body to detoxify, which is essential for good health. It stimulates the body’s natural healing ability.
Chronic illnesses and other health conditions, like stress and anxiety, can lower your immune system. This leaves your body vulnerable to other illnesses.
It’s important to keep your immune system strong because you are more likely to get sick if it’s weak. Reiki sessions have been known to increase the strength of the immune system by over 400% for up to three months after treatment. By strengthening your immune system, you are better able to fight off colds and flu and stay healthy throughout the year.
Regular Reiki practice brings about positive changes in your life, especially if you have an open mind and an open heart!