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“Your body’s ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe.” - unknown
As healthcare costs rise, many of us are searching for natural ways to maintain health and ward off disease. Without question, we need more information about how some of the practices beyond our daily routines—proper nutrition, exercise, sleep—can contribute to health and wellness, like yoga, meditation, crystals, essential oils, and Reiki.
But can Reiki really influence your wellbeing? Whether you’ve never heard of this word or it’s already part of your practice, here is a little knowledge on how this technique can elevate your path to wellness.
According to the International Center for Reiki Training, “Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by ’laying on hands’ and is based on the idea that an unseen ‘life force energy’ flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's ‘life force energy’ is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.”
During a Reiki session, you lie on a couch, bed, or massage table, fully clothed. The Reiki practitioner may diffuse oils, play relaxing music, and share affirmations along with the treatment, but every session is different. Although there are over a thousand styles of Reiki, they are all founded on the same principle. The practitioner channels the life force energy already in and around us. He, or she, helps us tap into that energy and use it to relax, reduce stress, and heal.
In the original Usui Reiki Method, there are 12 hand positions, which all correspond to the seven chakras (energy centers) of the body. The hands can be placed on the body or hover above it, depending on the Reiki style and your comfort or needs. With each hand position—lasting up to five minutes—the entire process takes about an hour.
People often report a warmth or tingling with each hand position, which means it’s working! Reiki is practiced on men, women, children, and even animals. It can also be done remotely, over a voice or video connection. Remember, the energy is always there—waiting for us to use it for our own wellness.
While Reiki keeps you relaxed and decreases stress, it can also create positive change in the following physical and psychological areas:
- Learning, memory, and mental clarity
- Immune system
- Mood swings, fear, anger, grief
- Migraine, arthritis, sciatica
- Asthma, fatigue, menopause
- Recovery from illness, surgery, and chemotherapy
So, why have practices like yoga, meditation, and Reiki become so popular? Curiosity. We’re looking for healthier alternatives. We are discovering the miraculous abilities of our bodies and positive energies we possess and saying, ‘I respect my body, and it deserves something better.’
What if you could heal yourself? How powerful that would be. Go ahead, give Reiki a try.
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.