It was a warm rainy Thursday afternoon in September. I was performing Reiki for a client who was experiencing extensive stress, overwhelm, anxiety, feeling frazzled and split into a million pieces as she described. She wanted to try Reiki because she felt off balance and unable to stay focused. She was struggling with juggling her two children, husband, career, budding business and trying to find herself and not get lost in her family. Her life fell all over the place and she admitted she sucked at practicing self-care. She heard about Reiki from a friend and was excited to try it for the first time.
What to Expect?
I explained to her how a Reiki session works and how you lay on the massage table fully clothed. Because it's not about removing your clothing, it's about removing the negative trapped energy, emotions and limiting beliefs, surrendering into the experience and the bliss of wholeness that occurs afterward. Reiki can be described as a spiritual massage because, during a session, I am massaging your energy, not your body. I told her that every experience is different and to be open to her experience and anything she might feel such as a meditative state, heat, coolness, heavy emotions being released, immense joy, deep breaths, laughter, lightness, and calm. Truth is I never know what to expect during a session. But I love Reiki virgins because I know Reiki is a life-changing experience. And this session exceeded even my expectations.
During the session, my hands were being guided the entire time. They knew exactly where to go, what to do and how long to do it. We both completely surrendered into an amazing healing experience. The energy was light, peaceful and so calm and relaxing. I felt like the conductor of a symphony orchestra as we worked in harmony together. It was so powerful, words can't fully describe what happened. I was just humbled and in awe of the moment we shared and the smile crossing her face as I ended the session! This is one of the many reasons I love Reiki.
When Dr. Oz told viewers to try Reiki back in 2010, Reiki Students and Practitioners everywhere rejoiced! Not because we needed him or anyone to endorse Reiki, but because he validated what we’ve known all along. Reiki works! Some people get caught up in the science and statistics of why or how it works. But some of the most important things we use daily like the internet, microwave and cell phones work and we have no idea why. And let's be real, we really don’t care how it works! We’re just happy it does. I feel the same about Reiki.
For thousands of years, people have used what we call holistic and alternative medicine treatments for mind, body, and spirit health and well being. Ancient cultures relied on tools such as herbs, yoga, food, meditation, spiritual remedies, and hands-on healing.
However, in modern times, these practices have been overlooked in Western medicine even though many holistic therapies such as acupuncture, herbs, qi gong, and yoga (includes meditation) are commonly utilized in the East. The National Institutes of Health reports that nearly 40% of adults reported using CAM (complementary or alternative medicine) in some form, however, some people are still hesitant to try holistic or CAM therapies without the endorsement of their doctors.
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a simple and effective form of hands-on healing which uses energy to help dissolve problems in the body, mind, and spirit. It is a natural approach to healing that is safe, gentle and non-invasive.
Ancient cultures, including the Japanese, Chinese, Indians, and Egyptians believed that life energy flows through the body, which deeply affects our body, mind, and emotions. Current research strongly suggests energy does extend throughout and beyond the physical body. Disruptions or imbalances in its flow result in physical, mental and emotional illnesses. Reiki addresses these imbalances to support overall health and well-being.
Reiki is useful in releasing energy blockages and returning the body to its natural, balanced state. Reiki produces a feeling of total relaxation and well-being and provides pain reduction and rapid physical healing.
10 Reasons Why People Use Reiki
1) Release physical pain
2) Relaxation and stress relief
3) Remove energy blockages
4) Comfort from a chronic or incurable disease
5) Facilitate spiritual, mental and emotional growth
6) Sense of joy and peace of mind
7) Improve sleep
8) Increase physical energy
9) Release uncomfortable emotions
10) Maintain overall health and wellbeing
Who Uses Reiki?
Reiki is a wonderfully versatile form of healing that can be used for anyone with any type of ailment. It is now being performed in hospitals, on cancer patients, hospice, spas and wellness centers across the country and around the world. It can be used alone or in combination with traditional medicine. For example, people receive Reiki before and or after a surgical procedures for better healing results. Cancer patients get Reiki to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy, radiation and provide stress relief. It can even be performed in person directly or by distance, meaning a Reiki practitioner can perform Reiki for someone even if they are in a different state or different country simply by tapping into the person's energy system.
And yes distance Reiki works too!
How Can You learn Reiki?
You can also learn to do Reiki for yourself or others by taking a training course from a Reiki Master/Teacher. Reiki is still taught traditionally, being passed down from Teacher to Student. I have trained hundreds of students over the years, many of whom use Reiki for themselves and their family or integrate it into their holistic work or mental health and therapy practice. Consider trying Reiki for yourself and discover all the ways it can enhance your life. Once you’ve had a treatment, you won’t care why it works either!
You’ll love the calming, relaxing, nurturing feeling of Reiki melting your problems away.
Enter at your own risk, the feeling can be addictive!
Written by: Avalaura Gaither
About the author:
Avalaura Gaither is a Certified Life Coach, Intuitive Consultant and Keynote Speaker who takes individuals and organizations from hole to wholeness in their life and relationships.
She is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Howard University. And being an overachiever, recovering perfectionist, she has also trained as a Reiki Master/Teacher, Spiritual Counselor, Prepare/Enrich Couples Counselor, Hypnotherapist, Holistic Aromatherapist, Marabout Spiritual Healer, Dream Interpreter and Yoga/Meditation Instructor. Vivist Avalaura’s website: http://www.avalaura.com