Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation. Specifically, it works with the chakra system to help clear energy blocks and bring your chakras back into balance and alignment. Because our underlying energy system affects how we feel, Reiki fosters emotional and physical healing and supports overall health and well-being.
The word Reiki is Japanese for Universal Life Force Energy - the life energy that flows through all living things. The use of Reiki is predicated on the belief that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to clear the energetic blocks in their body that lead to symptoms of physical or emotional distress. Subtly, Reiki helps to guide the Universal Life Force Energy toward healing and balance. During Reiki energy work, the practitioner uses light touch or places their hands slightly above the body to activate energy flow and stimulate the mind-body's innate healing potential.
Though Reiki is an ancient healing practice, the healthful effects of Reiki have recently garnered the interest of scientific research. Interestingly, empirical evidence demonstrates that Reiki supports physiological rehabilitation. As such, it is now being used in many hospitals and medical care settings to promote relaxation and stress reduction as well as to relieve side effects and stimulate the healing and recovery process.
Similar to meditation or yoga, if used regularly, Reiki can be effective in keeping the mind, body, and spirit in harmony and enable a sense of inner-peace and well being.
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THE USE OF REIKI IN MY PRACTICE
In the therapeutic setting, Reiki facilities mind-body awareness, enabling my clients to ground and feel more present in their bodies. It can enhance the ability to attune to the interplay between their thoughts and feelings, which helps to deepen the therapeutic work.
If requested, I use Reiki in conjunction with Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, and traditional talk therapy as a way to enhance embodiment of self and attunement to the present moment. This facilities insight and improves the potential to work through unresolved trauma and emotional pain.