Reiki is not magic, although it feels magical to me quite often. Reiki is not some out-there, woo-woo, inaccessible New Age concept. Reiki is simply the promotion of a state of profound relaxation, from where your body (both your physical and energy body) can draw in what it needs to heal. Your Reiki practitioner has been attuned to certain symbols and energies that allow her to facilitate this process, making your healing and restoration a seemingly passive process on your end.
Your healing, however, is anything but passive. Your body possesses an intelligence that defies description. Our natural state is to be in perfect health and harmony, and our bodies will happily resonate with that energy. Over time and with exposure to less-than-ideal circumstances, though, the body can forget how to be perfectly healthy. Our energy can get scrambled, and our vitality can suffer.
Treating your body to energetic treatments like Reiki, energy medicine, crystal therapy, chakra rebalancing, tai chi, meditation, etc. is a lovely way to gently restore your energy. None of these is a substitute for actual conventional medicine, but speaking from personal experience, these can be a powerful way to prevent the need for doctor’s visits. They also work in harmony with any medical treatment, as there are no contraindications. Rather, there is a growing body of research demonstrating how Reiki is effective in managing pain and decreasing recovery time after surgery, for example.
Another wonderful application for Reiki is in animal therapy. As pure beings without all the messy aspects of being human, animals joyfully receive, adore, and absorb Reiki treatments. Our animal companions don’t (usually!) speak our language, so we rely on our interpretation of their signals and the advice of veterinary professionals to discern when something is wrong with them. I have discovered that giving an animal Reiki can ease his pain, reduce her stress, and promote healing in his little (or huge) body. Again, Reiki is not a substitute for veterinary care, but is a complement to it.
Reiki can be a jumping off point to more focused self-care, an enhancement to existing medical treatments, a form of self-discovery and healing, and so much more. Sometimes you just need to get out of your own way and let your body do what it already knows how to do. Contact me if you have any questions, and leave a comment if you would like to know more about anything discussed in this short post.