What is Reiki?
Reiki is a form of energy healing that targets the energy fields around the body. It has been around for THOUSANDS of years. The current form of Reiki was first developed in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist, Mikao Usui, who reportedly taught 2,000 people the Reiki method during his lifetime. The practice spread to the U.S. through Hawaii in the 1940s, and then to Europe in the 1980s.
Energy can become stagnant in the body, especially where there has been physical injury or even possibly emotional pain. In time, these energy blocks can cause illness. Energy healing aims to help the flow of energy and remove blocks in a similar way to acupuncture or acupressure. Improving the flow of energy around the body can enable relaxation, reduce pain, speed the healing process, and reduce other symptoms of illness. Reiki aids in relaxation, assists the body’s natural healing processes, and helps to develop emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. It also induces deep relaxation, helps people cope with difficulties, and relieves emotional stress to improve overall well-being.
The healing effects are mediated by channeling the universal energy known as qi, pronounced “chi.” In India, this is known as “prana.” This is the same energy involved in Tai Chi. It is the life force energy that surrounds all of us. This energy permeates the whole body. While this energy is not measurable by modern scientific techniques, it can be felt by those who are attuned to it.
Conditions that Reiki has been used to help treat include:
What to Expect in a Reiki Session
Reiki is best held in a peaceful setting like a massage room, but it can really be performed anywhere. The recipient will sit in a comfortable chair or lie on a table, fully clothed. There may or may not be music, depending on the recipients preference. The practitioner will place their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the head, limbs, and torso using different hand shapes, for between 2 and 5 minutes. The hands can be placed over different areas of the body, energy centers or particular injuries, such as a burn.
While the practitioner holds their hands lightly on or over the body, the transfer of energy takes place. During this time, the practitioner’s hands may be warm and tingling. Each hand position is held until the practitioner senses that the energy has stopped flowing. When the practitioner feels that the heat, or energy flow in their hands has subsided, they will remove their hands and place them over a different area of the body.
There are so many articles, books, and videos that explain Reiki more in depth. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have about this practice or if you are interested in practicing. As a Reiki Master, I do take on students on a case by case basis. You can click here to book a free discovery call.
Headaches can be a real misery and sometimes it can seem as if you’ve tried everything to get rid of them but they just keep on coming back. Painkillers can seem like the obvious choice because yes, they do work – but then the headache will often return. If you’re really unlucky you may also end up with a rebound headache which is common in people who take painkillers regularly. So, what can you do?
If your doctor tells you that medically you’re fine and sends you away with instructions to relax more and get some sleep, it might feel as though you’re not being taken seriously. If just getting more sleep and less stress were the answer we’d have found a way to do it by ow, and in any case…life isn’t that simple. And you still have a headache.
Massage therapy might be a way out of the headache hell that doesn’t involve taking drugs that only end up making the problem worse.
More Americans complain about headaches than any other medical condition. It’s thought that around 45 million Americans suffer from headaches every year, and of course that’s only the people who report them. Statistically, it’s around one in every six people – with more than eight million Americans going as far as seeing their doctor about it.
How Can Massage Help A Headache?
Massage has two main benefits when it comes to beating regular headaches. A massage can help headaches that are caused by trigger points, muscle spasms and general tension.
These are thought to be a major cause of headaches and a massage therapist has some great tools to help give you relief from the pain – her hands. Some points on your body, like the back of your skull can bring on a feeling of deep relaxation, and this spot is known to be a great place to massage anyone who has tension headaches.
Regular massage helps to regulate hormones in your body that manage your mood, sleeping patterns and appetite. We all know that if we’re feeling tired, if we have low blood sugar or if we’re just in a bad mood we’re prone to getting headaches, so regulating the hormones responsible can really help decrease the number of headaches you experience.
What Else Can You Do About Regular Headaches?
There are other things that will help banish your regular sore heads, and your massage therapist will be able to give you a bit of advice about what might work for you – as well as providing healing hands. Make sure that you tell her about your work environment, sleeping habits and arrangements and even things like how much coffee you drink because these are all potential triggers for headaches that with a little tweaking could substantially reduce the number of bad heads you suffer from.
With something as common as a headache, often it’s the simple things that can make all the difference. A muscle tension easing massage can potentially relieve headaches caused by bad posture, too many pillows or not getting enough exercise, reducing pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that compound the problem.
So next time you reach to pop another pill, remember that masking the pain with a drugstore remedy will not stop your headaches – so book yourself a massage treatment and give yourself the gift of long term pain relief!
Negative thoughts can affect your happiness. You could be happy one minute and the next, your mind is running off in the opposite direction. Don’t let negativity ruin your day. Here are six easy ways you can overcome negative thoughts:
Take a deep breath and tell yourself to stop
You need to be self-aware for this tip to work. The moment you realize you’re thinking negatively, just imagine tapping yourself on the shoulder and telling yourself to take a deep breath and stop the negativity. Once you’ve gathered your thoughts, refocus your attention on what’s at hand.
Analyze your negative thoughts
A lot of things that go on in your mind can be pretty irrational, but when negativity is clouding your brain, it’s easy to overlook this fact. So, instead of taking your negative thought at face value, try breaking it down. You’ll see that it’s not going to be so bad, after all.
Talk it out with someone you trust
Sometimes you just need to air your thoughts and feelings out. Talk it over with your closest buddy and ask for their advice. Perhaps they’ll be able to offer better insight and give you some positive alternatives.
Go for a quick run...or a walk if running isn’t your thing.
Clearing your head from time to time is important. When you feel like your negative thoughts are choking the life out of you, and telling yourself to stop thinking negatively isn’t working, then it’s time to go out for a run or any type of workout. Occupy yourself and get busy doing something positive to take your mind off things.
What are you grateful for right now? Take time to recognize those things!
Practicing gratitude is important. Keep a list of things you’re grateful for, both tangibles and intangibles. When you start feeling down or sorry for yourself, take a look at your list and remind yourself why you’re fortunate. Use this as motivation to continue with your day and your goals.
Do something to make someone else smile!
One of the best ways to free your mind from negative thoughts is by giving a bit of your time and attention to someone else. Do something nice for a family member or a friend or even a random stranger on the street. Make it a daily goal to make someone smile or happy, and you’ll forget you ever had negative thoughts to begin with!
"I can't afford it right now."
I hear this statement so often! But I really can't say that I believe that – the truth is that if you want to stay happy, healthy and full of vitality for longer, you can’t afford NOT to fit regular massage therapy sessions into your schedule. Massage might have a reputation for being something that’s a treat, a fluffy afternoon in a spa with aromatherapy candles and whale music, but that’s not what it’s all about.
Massage is healing, reviving, relaxing and in fact it can save you a whole lot more money than it costs you. Massage therapy has been proven to treat the symptoms of conditions as diverse as depression, chronic pain, fibromyalgia and MS. This is according to the Touch Research Institute, who has carried out over 100 separate studies into massage and its many benefits.
Even if you’re not managing a particular health condition, you still need massage in your life. It can help you if you’re an athlete, or just enjoy a workout. Massage can help keep your joints and muscles supple so that you’re less prone to injury. It’s great for dealing with stress, even if you’re not actually depressed, and improve immunity and sleep, making you more present and productive at work.
How Expensive Is Massage, Really?
According to recent figures, the average massage session costs about $50 for 45 minutes. That’s about the same as tank of gas and an oil change, erring on the cheaper side. At Enlightened Harmony, you can expect to pay $85/hour without a membership. The average price for a trip to the doctor, spending approximately 10 minutes with a doctor – is $68  (without insurance). Although most insurance companies aren’t enlightened enough to cover massage, there’s no arguing that massage DOES play a big part in injury and disease prevention. Experts know that a regular massage session will help to keep your body healthy.
Worst Case Scenario?
What’s the worst that can happen if you neglect your massage routine? Plenty of us struggle through with sore backs, a bit of repetitive strain, or hurt themselves while running, what’s the big deal?
Did you know that back injuries are the second most common reason for worker’s compensation claims? That’s everything from muscle spasms, problems with discs, and injuries leading to disability. Thirty-one million Americans are thought to experience low-back pain at any given time.
Most of these injuries could be prevented with better posture, rest and massage. So many back problems can be directly attributed to over-use and fatigue, and most problems are mechanical, not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fractures or cancer. On average, managing back pain costs Americans over $50 BILLION a year.
Still think you can’t afford that massage?