Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well being.
I had never even heard of it or considered Reiki treatment until a meeting that I had earlier this week with someone who regularly goes to see a Reiki healer, and swears by it.
If you have been following me for a while then you probably know that I have previously suffered the physical effects of stress (if not, there is a blog post on it), and although I have been fine this year, I still find myself over-thinking and having a lot of negative energy worrying about upcoming events, such as my next race!
I always like to try things and I was definitely intrigued to see what Reiki could do for me – so I booked an appointment.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t very apprehensive when the lovely practitioner lead to be a wooden hut behind her house, filled with scents, crystals, coloured cloth, strange ornaments and hangings – it was like a magical little den, where a wizard might live!
If you know me then you are probably aware that although I really try my hardest to practice mindfulness – I read a lot of books, I attempt daily sun salutations to calm my mind, I am still a very ‘stressy’ person, and I thrive off having a million and one things to do all at the same time. The idea of laying in a wooden fairy cave for an hour in the middle of the day (with a to-do list as long as my arm!) would generally give me more anxiety then anything else! Despite this, I went with an open-mind, especially as I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I can honestly say I am not even exactly sure what happened in the hour that I was there – I was laid onto a bed, with something placed over my eyes with soothing music in the background. At first I was aware that her hands were gently pressing into parts of my head, and then at some point my feet, but whether that was throughout the whole hour I have no idea.
I didn’t fall to sleep but equally I wasn’t awake. I was aware of noises and movement but I didn’t feel entirely conscious – my body even jerked a few times as though I was in a halfway sleep, a meditated state.
After the session the lady said the energy was mostly channelling towards my knees, feet and chest – that Is where I needed the most healing. The colours of the chakra that appeared were yellow – the colour of the solar plexus chakra that symbolises mental activities, personal power and will. The green heart chakra associated with love, compassion, and the blue throat chakra associated with self-expression, creative expression and communication.
I’m not entirely sure why or what that all means, but the experience was definitely worth while just to feel what it’s like to me in a meditated state – a state I would never be able to achieve on my own. It might seem un-important, but having experienced physical effects of stress before, and also taking part in a mentally challenging sport, it’s good to know the mind can be made silent!
Have you tried it before? what are your thoughts?