Since launching Left of Centre Therapies earlier this year, I have been inundated with the question what is reiki? Especially within my ties to the corporate world, this question has not just been a what is reiki? question, but also a why reiki? question.
I discussed this very thing with a colleague who is visiting from our Africa office, just this week, a man who suffers from diabetes therefore is constantly watching his sugar levels and constantly taking medication. We discussed his diagnosis, the medical side to his life and his reliance on drugs. And then he asked me where Reiki might fit into this.
My colleague had spent much time working out how to manage his diabetes, how to manage his eating, how to live with his disease, but not much time thinking about the where it came from, save from eating too much sugar. Why had he reached a point in his life where his diet had become unbalanced and excessive – what had his reliance on sugar given him that he was not getting from life itself? I explained that this is where the Reiki, alternative medicines and healing come in. The focus of these therapies is not just on symptoms but most importantly also on the cause.
I also read an article yesterday in the ‘Have a Go News’, a free paper that was at my son’s karate class (this may be an admission of not watching the karate, but there is only so much karate you can watch :)). The article, ‘stress and manifesting disease’, further explains my point. Research, the medical community and alternative health professionals all support that stress plays a major role in the incidence of disease. The article quotes a radio interview with a doctor who suggests that 99.5% of disease is a manifestation of stress.
In the initial stages unresolved stress firstly manifests in behaviour, with complaints of being unable to cope or being stressed out. This leads to the use of coping mechanisms or habits such as drinking, smoking, comfort eating etc. None of these work, with the habits themselves often not only causing disease, but also suppressing the emotions we are feeling, such sadness, fear, hurt or guilt. Suppressed emotion then results in anxiety and physcial pressure on the body which shows intself in the form of disease or pain.
The article went on to describe how alternative medicine techniques can be used to help relieve this ‘initial stage’ stress by changing unwanted thinking, behaviours and releasing emotions so that they do not have the chance to manifest into harm or physical pressure on the body.
So that is the why answered, now for the What is Reiki???
Reiki is the ancient spiritual practice of Hands on Healing and a form of alternative medicine. Our bodies have a natural energy force, Reiki works with that energy to rebalance the flow and release blocked emotions thereby enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal and regain harmony. Reiki’s peaceful and loving energy can help heal and energize your body, create harmony in your emotions, peace and clarity in your mind and balance in your energy field.
Reiki is recognised as a complementary medicine and can be safely used to support orthodox treatments without interfering with or diminishing the intended effects of other health or medical practices. Reiki treatments are increasingly accepted in health and community care facilities being the most accessed complementary treatment for cancer and leukaemia patients at SolarisCare Cancer Support Centre, Sir Charles Gairdner hospital.
The Benefits of Reiki include:
- Deeply relaxes the body allowing release of stress and tension
- Reduces or relieves pain and discomfort
- Aids sleep
- Heals physical, mental and emotional conditions
- Enhances optimism and sense of well being
- Aids spiritual growth and emotional clearing
- Increases energy, vitality
- Creates harmony within yourself and your life
And as such I love to use Reiki in my healing practice as it creates such a beautiful sense of peace and wellbeing in my clients…