If you’re wondering how Reiki healing helps, think of it this way: when you go to the doctor, she treats your complaint — sore throat, upset stomach, insomnia, whatever symptom or trauma brought you to her medical office.
When you go to a Reiki practitioner, regardless what brought you there, the Reiki practitioner treats you — the person suffering from the complaint (or the person who doesn’t have any complaints but knows she will if she doesn’t take care of herself).
Ever wonder exactly how Reiki healing helps? Ever ask yourself, just how does Reiki work?
How Reiki healing helps
The fact is, there’s a lot we don’t know about how Reiki practice works. Reiki is, after all, a spiritual practice, like meditation, yoga, or tai chi. Spirituality is a subjective experience, the realm of mystery, so there’s a limit to how much we can objectively know about spirituality. But we do know a few things.
We know spirituality is where people turn to discover purpose and meaning in life, and in life’s experiences. When you wonder why something happened, or look for an anchor amidst strong emotions, you’re reaching into your spirituality. It’s a private treasure trove of support that’s unique to you.
Spiritual practices help you connect with your unseen resources, that innermost core of your being that can’t be measured, but which is vital to your well-being. Perhaps without realizing it, we often gauge a person’s spiritual state, perhaps remarking that a loved one is more spirited today. Doctors recognize that patients with access to their inner resources tend to do better and are easier to treat. That’s especially true of people addressing trauma.
While we know your spirituality is a critically important part of you, we don’t know a lot of specifics about how spiritual practices like Reiki work. But there are a few pieces we do know. Let’s start by looking at the experience of a Reiki treatment.
When you go for a Reiki treatment, the practitioner will likely place hands on the part of your body that hurts (with your permission, of course).
She may or may not start there — each practitioner has her own approach — but she likely won’t stop there. Most Reiki practitioners place hands on a series of hand placements on your head and the front and back of your torso as you lie fully clothed on a treatment table. That’s important because the roots of an imbalance are never where the symptoms present, and the repercussions of trauma ripple throughout the body, affecting how each system functions.
You might notice sensations where the practitioner’s hands are placed. People often do. Heat and subtle movement, maybe flowing or maybe sparky or needly, are common experiences.
Or you might notice that area of your body becomes more open, feels more comfortable. If you had pain, it will likely diminish, and possibly disappear, even if the Reiki practitioner hasn’t yet touched the painful area. You might feel the grip of trauma lessen.
How does Reiki practice actually work? How is it possible to experience pain relief in one part of your body when the Reiki practitioner’s hands are somewhere else? That’s because your response to hands-on Reiki practice is both local and global.
No matter where the Reiki practitioner’s hands are, no matter how delightful that light contact may feel, the most important benefit of Reiki healing is what’s happening behind the scenes, inside your own body, where it’s remembering what it knows best — how to heal itself. And the first step in self-healing is to restore balance to the system.
Conventional medicine addresses symptoms and conditions with an oppositional warlike approach, such as the war on cancer. Clearly, there’s a place for that. No one wants a world without hospitals.
Reiki practice works differently. Unlike the oppositional approach of conventional medicine, with interventions that directly oppose problems, Reiki healing does not target symptoms or conditions directly.
The parasympathetic what?
Instead of opposing any complaint head-on, an approach which can be life-saving but which often brings unwanted side effects, Reiki practice is balancing to your whole system. When your body is balanced, your own self-healing mechanisms function at their very best.
While a Reiki hand rests lightly on a particular area of your body, whether or not there is a discernible local response, there is an overall response as your system shifts into parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) dominance.
This is important why?
When the PNS is dominant, the body is in rest-and-digest mode. This means its priority is to recover, to heal, to deeply nourish and restore itself. The body knows well how to do these things, but our busy lifestyle tends to keep us in the reactive sympathetic nervous system (SNS) mode, where the body’s priority is just to get through the day, coping (fight or flight), not healing. That can cause the body to age prematurely, and slow or stymie recovery from injury, illness or surgery.
Our bodies simply cannot cope and heal at the same time. It’s fight/flight or rest/digest — not both at the same time.
Can Reiki healing help YOU?
Now that you know how Reiki healing helps, you can appreciate that Reiki can likely help you, regardless the challenge you’re facing. Read this to learn more.
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