If you’ve never had a session of Reiki or Energy Healing it can seem a bit ‘out there’ so I thought I’d share a little more about what happens in a typical session and why this is such an effective therapy.
I work with women who are experiencing stress and overwhelm. I generally start a session by asking them about the challenges they are facing and what they are hoping to achieve from working with me. I work from home in a purpose built cabin. During the healing the client lies on a massage table – covered in a cosy blanket if they wish – while I gently place my hands on, or over, the joints down each side of the body.
So how does it work?
Most people are probably aware that the brain gives off electromagnetic signals, but did you know that the heart also has an electromagnetic field, and that this is much stronger? This is how we can sometimes sense what another person is feeling, and why feelings can be ‘contagious’.
Research by the HeartMath Institute (https://www.heartmath.org) has looked at something called ‘entrainment‘. This is where one person’s electromagnetic field affects another’s, causing it to fall into the same pattern.
This is what is happening in a Healing session. I hold a particular energy – in this case focusing on relaxation and appreciation – and offer this to the client for them to share.
Relaxation is a vital part of wellbeing. In order to be healthy we need to find a good balance between activity and rest. If something disrupts this balance it can lead to dis-ease. The body is an intelligent system and it generally knows how to restore its equilibrium. All cells have an inner ‘blueprint’ of how they are supposed to behave: if the skin is torn or a bone gets broken, the body knows how to repair the damaged cells, returning the injured area to its original state. When the body is stressed , however, it goes into ‘flight or fright’ mode and is unable to give its energy to restoration and repair. This is the Sympathetic Nervous System. It produces hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol preparing it for attack or escape and distracting it from maintaining the healthy blueprint.
In contrast, when the body is relaxed it enters the Parasympathetic Nervous System which allows for improved digestion and repair. Energy healing encourages the body to enter this state and to redirect its energies back to creating a state of wellbeing. This makes it a highly effective and complementary therapy which can be used for a wide range of issues. It also has no negative side effects. For example it can be used to support:
- the immune system
- cell repair
- enzyme function
- oxygen uptake
- absorption of nutrients
- wound repair
- pain relief
- release of endorphins
- a sense of wellbeing and calm