In the second of a series of three looking at physical therapies today we focus on Reiki.
We have been using Reiki very successfully in our treatment room in Baldock Hertfordshire for over 20 years. But what exactly is Reiki and what’s it for?
For most people with a problem backache or other muscular/skeletal issue the most obvious solution is to go for a massage. The public think: Backache – massage.
What people rarely consider is a course of Reiki treatment. In the minds of the public at large Reiki has an image problem – it’s just not an obvious choice and yet it is incredibly powerful for those willing to try it.
In a study called: Reiki Really Works: A Groundbreaking Scientific Study (see link below) they reported the following:
“After decades of often disputed validity, the effectiveness of Reiki, a holistic energy treatment is gaining new respect within the medical community. Not only are highly reputable medical facilities throughout the U.S. offering patients alternative healing programs such as Reiki, those facilities are analysing the benefits of their programs and are submitting them for review and compilation. The results of these Reiki research studies are nothing short of remarkable. ” and also;
“The most recent data analysed (during 2008-9) shows strong evidence that Reiki is indeed responsible for a positive biological response in both humans and animals. The strongest evidence (rated “excellent” in the Process) was reported in the most carefully controlled of all experiments; non other than laboratory rats. In both 2006 and 2008 stressed-out lab rats received Reiki treatments and they all showed significantly reduced stress, anxiety and depression responses. “Sham” or bogus Reiki treatments were given to the placebo group and they showed no reduction in stress, anxiety or depression. ”
Although it is considered to be a physical therapy, Reiki isn’t ‘touchy feely’ like massage and reflexology. And because it cannot be seen, to a lot of people it cannot be believed. So it does require an act of faith from the Client and trust in the therapist. For those who are brave enough to try Reiki the rewards can be immense.
Some months ago we were introduced to Anne*.
Ann was recovering from a serious stomach operation and was keen to try anything (non-invasive) that might aid her recovery. She came for an introductory Reiki treatment and almost immediately felt better. Basically she was ‘sold’ on the concept.
After that Ann attended weekly and became progressively better with each treatment. Six weeks passed and Ann had to meet her surgeon to check on her recovery progress.
The surgeon told Ann that not only was she recovering really well but that her progress was way beyond what was to be expected! He asked what she had been doing to recover so well, and she told him: “I’ve had a course of Reiki”. The surgeon was astounded and suggested she continue the treatment to speed her recovery further. Months later and Ann still attends weekly, not so much now to aid her recovery but because she enjoys the relaxation and general feeling of well-being after a Reiki session.
The key was that Ann actually took a ‘leap of faith’ in trying this therapy and has never looked back since.
So what is Reiki and what’s it for?
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) comes from two Japanese words: Rei meaning universal and Ki meaning life force energy. In the Chinese culture this energy is known as ‘chi or qi’ and in India it’s ‘prana’.
The word describes a system of natural energy healing. The therapy was developed in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui and evolved as a result of his experience and dedication. Reiki acts holistically on the whole body, mind and spirit.
We live in a world of energy that nourishes and maintains all living things. When this energy flows uninterrupted there is balance and harmony within and around us, and we experience a sense of well being.
Reiki treatments help the body spiritually and emotionally. During treatment the energy passes from the therapist to the Client and simply flows where it is needed.
Reiki is given by specially trained therapists. Polly Lancaster is a Level 3 Master/teacher.
Reiki aids physical and mental relaxation and helps with the body’s natural healing processes.
As a treatment it is probably the easiest therapy of all for the Client. There is no need to undress and it can be applied almost anywhere – it doesn’t even require a treatment room.
Reiki can be used as a ‘treatment of choice’ in situations where other treatment forms are contra-indicated such as inflammation or, for example, a Client who is receiving treatment for cancer.
Because Reiki helps to relax the mind as well as re-balance the body it can help with mental issues such as anxiety and depression. It also helps illnesses with a stress component such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS.
Reiki is often used in support of other therapies and treatments. Here is a short list of just some of the conditions Reiki can help with:
Pain relief and inflammation
Illnesses with a stress component
Depression & Anxiety
Improves blood circulation
Improves lymphatic flow
So the next time you wake up with back pain, don’t just think massage think Reiki. It might just be the best decision you ever make!
* Name changed
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