1. Increased relaxation
A primary benefit of receiving or learning Reiki is deep relaxation. Reiki activates your para sympathetic nervous system and induces a relaxation response. When you are relaxed you begin to heal spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally.
I have been privledged to treat over a thousand people with massage, Shiatsu and Reiki. Those who receive Reiki are more likely to fall asleep during their treatment than those receiving Shiatsu or massage.
Professionally and personally, I find Reiki is the most relaxing out of all the treatments I have offered and received.
Reiki helps you manage stress, anxiety, grief, and depression as well as the associated physical effects of these conditions. It’s common and beneficial to fall asleep when receiving Reiki.
Let’s look more closely at stress. Sometimes the way you think about a situation, rather than the situation itself, is what causes you stress. Often during or after a Reiki treatment you experience an “ah- ah” moment. You begin to think differently about the situation that is challenging you.
Of course, life presents stressful circumstances as well. During these times receiving or practicing self-Reiki provides you with excellent support. Reiki makes you stronger in yourself so you are better able to manage life’s ups and downs.
Reiki connects you very deeply with yourself and something greater than yourself that you are a part of.
Here are kind words from M.S. who received Reiki treatments in 2009 whilst they were engaged in a challenging work situation:
“I initially came to see Sarah Najjar for Reiki treatments because I was feeling stressed from a complex work situation. I had three treatments from Sarah and very quickly felt a shift in how I viewed the situation as well as an improvement in my general well-being. These treatments were enough to assist me in dealing with the work situation. I have been back since for treatments to assist me with feeling tired and depleted of energy. The Reiki I received was really beneficial and I felt immediate results.” – Matthew S., student
When you are relaxed you access greater periods of physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. When you receive or learn Reiki you access these positive states with greater ease each day.
2. Increased Energy Levels
Reiki generally gives those who practice and receive it more energy.
Although you may not feel energised during your Reiki treatment (you may fall asleep because your are so relaxed) you often experience greater energy levels after a treatment.
As you know mental and emotional stress and tension leave you feeling tired and depleted. Reiki has the opposite effect. After receiving or learning Reiki you are energised, happier, clearer and more motivated. You are more connected to life all and the wonderful aspects of it. You also experience gratitude more often.
3. Increased self awareness
As well as a holistic healing system Reiki is a spiritual practice. After receiving or learning Reiki your mind quietens down and you are able to access your intuition. You experience more “flow” in your life and greater periods of gratitude and peace.
You also gain deeper insight into where you are at physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Once you gain insight into your thought and feeling patterns you can gently make changes to those patterns which aren’t benefiting yourself and others. And as you receive or learn Reiki, this happens naturally without any effort on your part. Wonderful life changes start taking place. This is because Reiki meets your deepest need and guides you to where you truly need to be.
4. Reduction in physical pain
To examine how Reiki can help to alleviate pain lets compare Reiki to massage. Unlike massage that works to soften tight muscles by a practitioner directly manipulating soft tissue and joints a Reiki practitioner does not directly manipulate soft tissue or joints.
During a Reiki treatment, I, as a Reiki Master teacher and practitioner, gently hold my hands on or over painful areas of your body, unlocking your body’s natural healing ability. Reiki treats the cause of your physical condition, rather than the symptoms.
Reiki is excellent for treating painful conditions that aren’t suitable to be treated with other manual therapies because it is gentle and non invasive. Read more about how Reiki has helped people with chronic fatigue syndrome , fibromyalgia, and stroke. I have personally managed digestive and menstrual cramping with Reiki. I no longer experience these imbalances.
Reiki induces the relaxation response so you are also better able to mentally cope with your pain or discomfort or may view your pain and discomfort differently.
Here’s what a student shared after completing a Reiki Level One Course in 2009.
“…. when I treat myself with Reiki I become deeply relaxed and can help complaints such as sore knees. I have also given Reiki to friends and family and have had particular success with people with sore necks…” Jenny B., Executive coach
Reiki can also help to reduce pain in cancer patients. Here is an excerpt taken from a study :
Karin Olson and John Hanson (1997). Using Reiki to Manage Pain. Cancer Prevention and Control
“The purpose of this study was to explore the usefulness of Reiki as an adjuvant to opioid therapy in the management of pain. Since no studies in this area could be found, a pilot study was carried out involving 20 Volunteers experiencing pain at 55 sites for a variety of reasons, including cancer. All Reiki treatments were provided by a certified second-degree Reiki therapist. Pain was measured using both a visual analogue scale (VAS),(which is a scale where patients rate their level of pain), and a Likert scale, (a strongly agree to strongly disagree scale), immediately before and after the Reiki treatment. Both instruments showed a highly significant reduction in pain following the Reiki treatment…” used with permission from Karin Olson, RN PhD Professor, Canada, 2011
Please note – Reiki does not replace conventional medicine, it compliments it.