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!