What Is Reiki and How It Can Help You

What Is Reiki and How It Can Help You. Reiki is an energy healing technique What Is Reiki and How It Can Help You

Reiki is an alternative therapy that has been used for centuries in various forms. It is an energy healing technique that works with the body’s natural life force energy (qi in Traditional Chinese Medicine) and that of the universe. It involves the transfer of qi by laying the practitioner’s hands over the patient’s chakras and meridians, acting as a conduit, which allows the qi to flow through them and their hands to their patient. This helps channel the qi to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional wellbeing.

Every living thing and person is made up of energy and in order to function optimally, this qi needs to flow freely. However, emotional traumas, physical injuries, stress, fear, and other suppressed emotions create blockages and stagnation in the body that prevent this flow and can lead to symptoms like pain, and disease in the body.

Good news is that while reiki is not an alternative treatment for medical issues, it is an adjunctive therapy that can improve the flow of qi around the body to help support the body’s natural healing process and increase a feeling of wellbeing. It enables relaxation, reduces pain, speeds healing, and reduces other symptoms of illness. It can also help people cope with difficulties, relieve emotional stress, and relieve headaches, leaving the patient feeling refreshed with the ability to think more clearly and sleep better. Bye, bye foggy stagnation and all without interfering with any other treatments.

More about energy

This unseen “life force energy” (qi) flows and circulates through and around every living being. It’s what causes us to be alive and if one’s qi is low or if there is any restriction in the flow, then the body will be in an unbalanced state. Being in this state of low qi and blockages increases the probability of illness, stress, pain, anxiety, fear, anger, and/or negative thoughts/feelings. However, when our qi frequency is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

Chakras & Crystals Healing

The body has 7 principal chakras, which are important energy centers of awareness in the body that while are not physical or anatomical, they do correspond to certain positions in the body. They influence cells, organs, the entire hormone system, thoughts, and feelings and infuse the cells and organs with healing qi to function optimally along with the mind and spirit. As they influence us, we also take in energy through these chakras from our surroundings like plants, animals, other people, the sun, moon, and planets, etc.

They can be activated and harmonized through certain techniques which leads to improvements in physical and mental health, psychological stability, and inner peace. This knowledge and these techniques come from the oldest system addressing development of the whole person; yoga, but it has also been recognized by many other cultures.

The 7 chakras are aligned along the spinal column, extending from the coccyx to the top of the head and each is represented by a specific crystal, based on their frequencies. When choosing to pair crystal healing with your reiki or acupuncture treatment, these crystals are then placed on the corresponding points on the body to help draw in more healing energy and balance.

This is why chakra work, crystals, reiki, and acupuncture all pair so beautifully together. They all work with improving the condition of the body’s qi system to support the body’s natural healing processes, whatever your ailment may be.

Meridians

Meridians are channels through which our qi flows. It’s like a network of invisible pathways connecting every element of the body, mind, spirit, and emotions like a map. There are 12 major meridians that each correspond to an internal organ and its own functions. Energy and blood continuously flow through these meridians and communicating and coordinating every function in the body to keep the body balanced.  

Acupuncture and Reiki

See how all of these elements and practices tie into our meridians and the qi that flows through them? This is why chakra work, crystals, reiki, and acupuncture all pair so beautifully together. They all work with improving the condition of the body’s qi system to support the body’s natural healing processes, whatever your ailment may be.

We offer Reiki by itself or in combination with your acupuncture appointment. Check out our options or book an appointment with Ciara to get your energy flowing freely again.

Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine During the Pandemic

Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine During the PandemicBenefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine During the Pandemic

The novel coronavirus has turned our world upside down. Along with stress and worry, many of us have been locked down and need some kind of relief from worries, isolation, and fear. But imagine getting away for a little while. Imagine letting everything go and feeling better both in mind and spirit right now. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) may be the way to set everything aside, take a moment for ourselves, and enjoy the overwhelming mental and physical benefits at the same time.

There are many benefits of traditional Chinese medicine during the pandemic. And some that may surprise you.

From stress relief to taking care of ourselves, these are important things during the pandemic. Here is more about taking advantage of Chinese medicine – especially now. And while these benefits help no matter what is going on, they’re even more important during COVID-19.

Helps Lower the Body’s Stress Response

Stress is an enormous factor in today’s climate. According to Help Guide:

For many people, the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus is the hardest thing to handle. We still don’t know exactly how we’ll be impacted, how long this will last, or how bad things might get. And that makes it all too easy to catastrophize and spiral out into overwhelming dread and panic.

Many of us lived with significant stress before the pandemic. From our job and family life to financial issues and more – it’s difficult to remain free of stressful situations.

The problem is that stress causes emotional, physical, behavioral, and cognitive issues. It is our body’s way of dealing with a threat – whether perceived or real. We function just fine with small doses of stress but as its prevalence increases, so may the following potential health concerns:

Emotional Issues

  • Mood and behavioral changes
  • Isolation from others
  • Problems with relaxing
  • Overwhelming feelings

Physical Symptoms

  • Insomnia
  • No energy
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Low libido
  • Nervousness
  • Increased infections and colds
  • Aches and pains

Behavioral Issues

  • Increased substance or alcohol use
  • Nervous behaviors
  • Avoiding tasks or responsibilities
  • Changes in appetite

Cognitive Symptoms

  • Hard to focus
  • Negative thoughts
  • Constant worry
  • Poor judgment
  • Forgetfulness
  • Racing thoughts

The many negative (and alarming) effects of stress can affect every single aspect of our lives. Chinese medicine works to bring balance to the body’s physiological functions and internal organs. Not only does it work to lower stress, Traditional Chinese Medicine is relaxing, and that benefit alone helps minimize our mind and body’s stressors. And by lowering stress, it may reduce your symptoms. Triggers are a part of life but you can make things better by using Reiki, acupuncture, and other forms of traditional Chinese medicine to your advantage.

Reduces Inflammation

Inflammation is a detriment with COVID-19. As notated by The World Economic Forum:

A common feature for many patients that get severe COVID is serious lung damage caused by an overly vigorous immune response. This is characterized by the creation of lots of inflammatory products called cytokines—the so-called “cytokine storm”.

And while we do not make any claims about cures, inflammation in any scenario is bad. Inflammation is sometimes brief but for some, it becomes a chronic problem. Inflammation happens similar to stress. It is our body’s way of fighting off harmful actions. If a cell gets damaged, the body triggers a response from the immune system by releasing chemicals. But for those with chronic inflammation, the body remains in a state of alert, even after the threat is gone.

This can lead to diseases including:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Arthritis

Acupuncture helps including aiding the digestive tract. This body system is often a source of inflammation that goes unrecognized. Promising studies at Harvard University suggest acupuncture is effective in taming the inflammatory response.

Helps Cognitive Health

We all need to be as sharp as possible right now. Dealing with a worldwide pandemic is no time to have brain fog. And poor cognitive health affects all of our surroundings, even in the best of times.

Cognitive reserve is a phrase you may not be familiar with. But what it does is keep our brain sharper. It’s how you learn things in school or use logic to solve a problem. When an adequate cognitive reserve is present, it is easier to face life’s challenges and decide the best course of action.

Reiki is one form of traditional Chinese medicine helpful for mental health. Blind studies show increases in well-being and minimized depression through the use of Reiki. Others show evidence of increased relaxation and lower anxiety.

Improves Flexibility and Muscle Strength

Along with our health and mind, our bodies need care when you’re not sure what will happen next. A strong body aids in your overall health and well-being, and fortunately, acupuncture is a very helpful tool.

Muscle strength is more than just being able to lift a heavy box or push open a heavy door. Instead, muscle strength also gives the body the ability to heal faster. Powerful muscles translate to less downtime when you’re injured.

How acupuncture works is by creating tiny injuries where you won’t feel pain – just pressure sometimes. These minor injuries not only supply oxygen to the muscles but also trigger endorphins. Along with these immediate results, each visit shows increasing results in improving flexibility and muscle strength.

Finding Answers During the Pandemic

We can’t provide all the answers and no one knows how everything will play out. But keeping your body and mind healthy benefits every aspect of your life. There are multiple benefits of Chinese medicine and during the pandemic they are even more crucial to living the best, healthiest, and happiest life. Schedule an appointment with us now to see how traditional Chinese medicine can help you!

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