In May 2015, two clients asked me the same question after their Reiki treatment:
“I’m relaxed but how is Reiki treatment different from me lying at home on the couch listening to music?”
I was surprised to be asked the same question twice. Their question made me think:
How is Reiki treatment different from other relaxing activities?
Receiving Reiki is relaxing, but Reiki is more than a relaxation technique. Reiki is healing.
Here are four main ways receiving Reiki treatment offers you more than just relaxation.
1. Reiki treatment helps you experience more peace
Reiki is a healing therapy that restores you to balance. Life challenges cause you to experience:
These are normal reactions to life challenges, but if experienced over a long period of time, can be detrimental to your health and wellbeing.
Reiki harmonises challenging emotions so you experience greater peace and wellbeing. Imagine for a moment that you’re anxious? Now imagine that anxiety as a wave. Before receiving Reiki your “anxiety wave” is a large tidal wave. You aren’t in control of it. It’s in control of you. Sometimes you know why it’s there and at other times you don’t.
How can Reiki treatment help you?
– Reiki lowers your tidal wave, to a smaller wave and then, over time, to an ocean ripple. Reiki lessens the intensity of anxiety and other emotions so they are manageable.
– Reiki treatment reminds you that your true nature is kind, peaceful, and stable. This reminder creates greater compassion for yourself and others. During and after Reiki treatment your judgement around the anxiety lessens. This level of self-acceptance is healing.
2. Reiki changes your mind
Reiki treatment relaxes your central nervous system. When your mind quietens down positive mental changes, (mental shifts) take place. These mental shifts are based on how you view yourself, other people, and your life circumstances.
For example, just before your Reiki treatment, you open your gas bill. You notice it’s high and you’re annoyed by the increase in charges, you are worried about how you’re going to maintain the extra expense in the long term. After receiving Reiki, your thinking around the bill has changed. Psychologist, Aaron Beck termed this mental shift reframing. You’re grateful that the bill is making you more vigilant about your consumption levels.
3. Reiki connects you to yourself and something greater than yourself that you’re a part of
During a Reiki treatment, you’re connected to yourself and something greater than yourself that you’re a part of. This knowing increases your health and wellbeing. You’re supported by something greater than yourself and connected to your own self.
When you’re connected to yourself your mind is quiet. You experience peace. You’re able to access your intuition. Your intuition is the voice that knows what’s best for you. Being able to access and then follow your intuition minimises stress and anxiety. Your intuition can tap into your intuition profoundly or subtly. You could instantly know you need to change jobs or come to accept this over a number of treatments. Your intuition is heightened when you learn Reiki and practice self-Reiki.
Another benefit of Reiki treatment is that your happiness increases during your treatment and in the following days and weeks. A study took place by Bowen et. al. in 2010 where 40 university students received Reiki. In a five-week follow-up, students reported that their mood and overall wellbeing improved.
4. Reiki promotes physical healing
Reiki rebalances your entire system so feel better. Reiki activates your parasympathetic nervous system (the system responsible for regulating your digestion, slowing your heart rate, and lowering your blood pressure), so you are more relaxed. This balanced state (science calls it homoeostasis) is an optimum environment for healing to take place. Symptoms of an unbalanced central nervous system are:
– delayed recovery from injury and illness
Reiki treatment helps to correct these imbalances.
Research shows that Reiki treatment promotes healing:
1. Reiki eases musculoskeletal pain in the lower back, neck, hips, and shoulders. A study conducted by Notte and her team in 2016 showed that Reiki helped to reduce pain in patients after knee surgery.
2. Reiki manages headaches and migraines. In study conducted in 2011 in the Obstetrical unit at a public hospital in Turkey, Reiki helped to reduce pain and anxiety in mothers who had experienced cesarean delivery.
Does this level of healing take place when you’re lying on the couch listening to music?
No, it doesn’t. Reiki treatment stabilises the mind, body, and spirit. Sometimes Reiki treatment fixes your condition. At other times Reiki treatment helps you to understand why the condition is there and how you can treat it.
Your healing is your own. It’s best not to compare your experience to other people’s Reiki experiences. Reiki meets your needs which are different from the needs of your friends or family. Receiving Reiki or learning to practice Reiki on yourself connects you to your innate healing abilities so you are healthier, happier, and content. Reiki treatments provide you with significantly more than lying on your couch listening to music.
Reiki doesn’t replace conventional medicine. It complements it.