You may have heard the word ‘Reiki’ floating around conversations lately, as it seems to be gaining popularity as a complementary alternative medicine (CAM) option for health care. Maybe you heard it described as a form of energy medicine similar to other subtle therapies like acupuncture, massage, qigong, shiatsu, and Therapeutic Touch.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health (HIH) does classify Reiki as a form of energy medicine, and specifically a biofield therapy, most likely for research purposes.
Yet there are differences of protocol between a Reiki practitioner and an energy medicine practitioner. Intervention, reorganization of biofields, deliberate concentration, diagnosis and treatment plans are not part of Reiki practice. The Reiki practitioner does not direct or manipulate energy into you, but is a conduit which allow healing vibrations to flow as needed to gently guide the body to balance.
So..what is a biofield? What are healing vibrations? How does Reiki work? All great questions to research and contemplate, but too vast to answer in this blog. Also, some of our questions may never be completely answered because we simply don’t know the answer.
I will never forget when I asked my doctor, “How did I get hypothyroidism and why is my body attacking itself?” She replied,”There is a lot we don’t know about the human body”.
Accordingly, quantum physicists have scientifically proven that we are energy beings, and we are able to influence the nature of our energy systems. For example, our bodies have sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The evolutionary ‘fight or flight’ response comes to us through the sympathetic operating system. The sense of ease and peaceful emotional states are felt when the parasympathetic nervous system is dominating. Our bodies are constantly working to balance these systems for optimum functionality. Sometimes, when we experiencing excessive stress, our bodies need conscious interventions and practices to help shift us out of overdrive.
Integrative and complementary medicine can help the body naturally restore balance when it is being overstressed by conditions which switch us into domination of the sympathetic nervous system. Reiki is one of the complementary therapies to be effective in relieving harmful stress and creating balance. There are promising case studies indicating the healthful changes in biological indications of relaxation and immune strength for people receiving Reiki treatments.
We may not completely understand why the mind, body, and spirit respond so positively when we practice Self-Reiki, or when we receive a Reiki treatment, but we do know it makes a difference on how we feel. When we feel good, we are more apt to make better choices, think clearer, be motivated to cultivate a healthy lifestyle, and be willing to accept love and happiness that is our birthright.
So what is Reiki? – Not a simple question. Can it be beneficial for me?–Simply,Yes!
Sandra Sylvester is a Reiki Master Teacher, and owner of Skylark Wellness and Healing offering Reiki Treatments and Training and Innovative Wellness programs. skylarkwellnessandhealing.com
This summer, I will begin offering wellness classes and Reiki therapy at the office of Dr. Lesley James!