After experiencing sudden, intense stress or moderate stress that is constant over a period of time, the body’s ability to regulate itself becomes compromised and health declines. Stress causes the body to lose its ability to rebalance, to restore homeostasis. Unless they are addressed, the stresses of everyday life (environmental, emotional, physical, financial, social etc) can result in declining health and wellbeing.
At the simplest, most obvious level, it appears that Reiki treatment helps lessen the impact of stress, releasing tension from the entire system. Not only does the person move toward his or her own unique balance in body, mind and spirit, but also, depending on the level of physical health when Reiki begins, the body’s own healing mechanisms often begin functioning more effectively.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is an energy healing treatment that works holistically (on the whole body, mind and spirit) and is not a system of religious beliefs or related to any religion. Reiki energy, (often described as “universal life energy” or “spiritual energy”) is accessed by the practitioner during a treatment and transmitted through the hands. This Life force is a subtle energy that surrounds and flows through pathways: chakras and meridians in all living beings. The life force nourishes all the cells in the body and supports their functioning. When your life force is low, you are likely to feel weak. You will be susceptible to illness. Strengthening your life force will help your body heal and remain healthy.
Reiki enhances the body’s natural healing ability and promotes wellbeing. The purpose of a Reiki Healing treatment is to relieve stress and pain, induce relaxation, release emotional blockages, accelerate natural healing, balance subtle body energies and support other medical modalities including traditional therapies.
The multileveled, rapid response to Reiki suggests a complex process that engages many body systems, simultaneously or in quick succession, shifting the body from domination by the “fight or flight” (stress) response to the relaxation response, and supporting the body’s own healing mechanisms. Some researchers theorize that Reiki’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing effect is triggered on a subphysical level, perhaps in what science refers to as the biofield.
Today, the benefits of Reiki have been studied, and the various positive effects, means that Reiki is starting to be integrated into hospitals. For example, at the Solaris Care Cancer Support Centre at Sir Charles Gairdner hospital in Perth, Reiki is the most accessed complementary health treatment for cancer and leukemia patients. In USA, Reiki is offered free of charge in more than 800 hospitals as a means to accelerate the healing process and to alleviate pain.