We are a sleep-deprived nation.
Not only adults, but — even more alarming — many school-aged children are suffering from a lack of deep, nourishing sleep.
And I mean suffering. Science links poor sleep with an increasing list of serious health conditions, including obesity and depression.
Reiki practice improves sleep
In one of life’s great ironies, as you become more exhausted, your body seems to forget how to sleep well. Reiki treatment reminds your body how to shift that gear, and quickly improves the quality of your sleep. People often notice benefits after their very first Reiki session.
How exactly can Reiki treatment help you sleep better? A shift toward a more open, easeful breath is one of the first responses to the light touch of a Reiki hand. This shift happens so effortlessly that people may not notice it at the time, yet it is the first domino in a powerful healing cascade.
As the breath is, so becomes the mind. When the breath becomes open and even, the mind naturally becomes quieter, more peaceful. A calm, centered mind leads to many benefits, including deeper, more refreshing sleep.
In med-speak, we’re talking about a shift from sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) dominance to parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) dominance. Not only is there abundant anecdotal evidence of this happening, there is also a growing body of research evidence that Reiki treatment is a catalyst for this healing shift to occur.
Adding Reiki practice to a busy schedule
You can receive Reiki treatment from a friend or professional, or you can learn to practice on yourself. Once trained, you can practice literally in bed, as you fall asleep and/or awaken in the morning — and you’ll have this healing practice for the rest of your life.
People who are sleep-deprived are also often pressed for time.
If you think your schedule is too tight to squeeze in one more thing, heave an audible sigh of relief. All it takes is about 8-12 hour class to learn to practice First degree (entry level) Reiki on yourself, your family, friends, and pets. Find a group class in which you are physically present with a qualified Reiki master (I strongly recommend avoiding online classes).
Since there are no standards for Reiki treatment or training, you need to look for a credible local practitioner who is right for you. This is so important that I devoted an entire chapter of my book REIKI: A Comprehensive Guide to help you do this. You can also click here to learn a few tips from a short video, or read this article.
An open, comfortable breath, calm mind, and good sleep are not just good ideas; they are medical necessities. We simply cannot regain or maintain health without them. Reiki practice puts them literally in the palms of our hands.
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