I love Reiki! How can you not love anything whose principles are;
Just for today I will let go of anger.
Just for today I will let go of worry.
Just for today I will count my blessings.
Just for today I will do my work honestly.
Just for today I will be kind to every living creature.
Pretty much everything has the potential to be daunting, but if it is just for today, you can do anything.
If that doesn’t tell you all you need to know about it, I’m happy to gush about it for a few more minutes. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that I have been practicing for over a decade. It is defined as spiritually guided life energy but there is no belief system attached to it so anyone can receive a Reiki energy session or attunement.
It works with the body’s energies using the same concept of a body’s subtle energy field being import to its health as the principles of acupuncture and Ayurvedic medicine. It is not a replacement for medical treatment, but a wonderful compliment, and is found in many hospitals and clinics.
It is traditionally delivered while you relax in comfortable clothing via a series of hand positions. However, with me, you have the option of combining it with massage for a doubly relaxing session. Whether you get it with a massage or not, my clients most often report it as feeling warm and tingly.
If you would like a more independent opinion and in depth write up check out the medical section of the free dictionary.
There, now that the dictionary has taken on the technical side I can get back to gushing about the things that make me happy about it. In fact, I’m going to grab a section from my old Reiki website that I built on a defunct server, because I’m just as amazed with it today as I was in 2002 when I took my first class.
Reiki is simply positive energy, used for centuries to promote healing in the body. It is recognized by the American Holistic Nursing Association as an accepted form of treatment. However, using it to simply heal the body is limiting it.
Reiki can do everything from promote plant growth to improve the vibration of a situation. When it comes to personal development you will often hear that you need to release limiting beliefs or work through blockages. These blockages are in your energy and Reiki is ideally suited to clear them. When you hold an intention or a goal while receiving a Reiki session it is a powerful combination to be utilized in the manifestation of your dreams. Reiki has so much more power than we give it credit for because we have so much more power than we give ourselves credit for. Once you realize the applications are limitless you can start living the best possible life.
That was then, now I am even more about helping you find energy and empowerment. I’ve rolled in my life coaching, sprinkled in a little massage and maybe a sparkle of fairy dust. I will start offering Reiki classes next month, but you can book a treatment today.
Light and Love to you! Have a wonderful evening.
Do I really need to tell you why you need a massage? You are here already; you probably have a pretty good idea. But maybe you need to tell someone else, or maybe you are a certain stubborn neighbor of mine, so I’ll be a dear and help you out.
Massage is a complimentary therapy. That means, I will never tell you not to see a doctor, but that it can be used along with other treatments to enhance your results. It is a pain reliever, sure, you may not believe me in that brief instant when I am working on your knots, but in general it releases endorphins, which are natural pain relieving chemicals in the brain, as well as reduces muscle tension.
While we are on brain chemicals, it also increases the level of serotonin. That’s the one that helps with depression and anxiety. So all that relaxation is not only good for your body, but your head and ultimately your well-being. While its boosting the good chemicals it is lowering the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
It also gets the blood flowing. The improved circulation does amazing things for your muscles, organs and skin, like healing muscles, improving organ function, and reducing scar tissue and stretchmarks. Plus all that wonderful relaxation slows the heart rate and lowers blood pressure.
And blood isn’t the only thing that is getting a circulation tune up. Your lymphatic system gets a boost in its flow too, and it doesn’t have its own pump like the blood does, so it will doubly thank you. Your immune system gets a boost while you are stimulating the lymphatic system because it helps your body rid itself of toxins and pathogens. Massage also helps boost the cells that are your immune’s systems first line of defense. That is one of the reason’s it is a staple in the care of everyone from newborns to cancer patients.
Just because it puts on its cape to fight the big villains like depression and cancer, doesn’t mean its too good to help with the day to day necessities like your urinary and digestive systems. It can also help balance sugar levels in diabetics and aid in weight gain for premature babies. There is even a small study showing that it helps with PMS symptoms. Bring some dark chocolate with you to share for good measure. One of my favorite massage teachers would regularly show up to class in a cape to illustrate the assorted super powers of the massage therapist. She also managed to illustrate many classes with lessons from Harry Potter, oh how I loved that woman!
When you do all the above your body rewards you with its best reward system: better sleep. Massage increases delta waves, those are the ones linked with deep sleep. Now if only I knew someone who had trouble sleeping. Don’t take my word for it, I wasn’t the only one taught these amazing health secrets. If you Google the benefits of massage you fill find all of this and more. You don’t have to see me, but you really should see someone.
So how often should you get this circulation boosting, detoxing, relaxing activity of happiness? My massage teachers more than a decade ago said every day. I don’t currently have appointments open every day, but the most common compromise between my time and your wallet is weekly or monthly. If you have pain, get seen more frequently and if you are doing maintenance still get a massage at least once a month for good health. Although if you have to skip a month or two there is plenty of research showing that some of the benefits of massage last up to a year. Ignore those, you don’t want to wait a year between massages.
Your body will thank you even more if you do an activity every day that promotes circulation and stretching, like yoga. Now, take a deep breath, pick up the phone and get on someone’s schedule right now. Enjoy!