Reiki Really Works!

My first Reiki experience was purely by accident. I wanted to feel better and a friend recommended this woman that does this stuff…”it was great”.  So I booked an appointment and went to her.  That one session was amazing.  I didn’t find out what she did until after the session was over and the Reiki part was really only about 20 minutes long. I was in love with the work and ended up taking it on as a new career.

Back then-10 years ago, when I offered people a Reiki session or told them was a Reiki Master, literally no one knew what that was.  So I was left to explain about a metaphysical process–passing life energy thru my hands, when received would feel really good, like a heating-pad, and that energy would help them heal. All I could tell them was anecdotal stories about experiences of my clients and my friends clients successes.  “Just try it, you’ll love it”.  It was a bit of a stretch for many people.

Starting a few years ago, there was enough Reiki-awareness, in general, that when I told people, “I’m a Reiki Master”, almost everyone has heard the word “Reiki”. They may not know what it means exactly, but they’ve heard the word. It wasn’t just a strange combo of consonants and vowels. It had some context. It made my explaining job easier, because people are more receptive to hearing about the semi-familiar.

And in the background, there have been researchers trying to prove or disprove the effectiveness of Reiki.  Does it really help healing, when measured scientifically, double-blind studies and all that stuff. Or are the anecdotes of my clients just one-off successes?

They are validating the Reiki table experience: It does feel good, it does help, it should be part of standard practices of healing. 

Articles such as this one are being published in respected journals. This article reviewed the results of a collection of clinical studies on Reiki.

Reiki Is Better Than Placebo and Has Broad Potential as a Complementary Health Therapy

Placebo? They measured getting Reiki [Reiki from a Reiki attuned practitioner] versus getting fake or sham-Reiki [an actor that mimicked the hand positions and procedures of a real Reiki session]. The sham-Reiki served as the placebo, the sugar pill, that will have a neutral effect.

What did they measure?

  1. Physiological responses to Reiki
  2. Use of Reiki as a complementary therapy for a chronic condition
  3. Use of Reiki as a treatment for a chronic condition
  4. Use of Reiki as a complementary therapy for an acute condition

I’ll let you read the article for detail information and jump to the results ūüôā

What did they find?  Reiki can be effective in

  • “Activating the parasympathetic nervous system, as measured by reduced heart rate, reduced blood pressure, and increased heart rate variability”
  • “Reducing pain, anxiety, and depression, and for improving self-esteem and quality of life”

‘These effects are due to higher parasympathetic nervous system activity, mediated via the vagus nerve”.

” Reiki has the potential to provide valuable support for a broad range of chronic health conditions”

“Reiki should be regarded as a complementary therapy that can be implemented alongside all other medical and therapeutic techniques.

Further research is recommended to help optimize the application of Reiki for specific health conditions and to examine the benefits arising from provision of multiple Reiki sessions over an extended period of time.”

Lovely! Yes, this is what most of us in the Reiki community have been saying for years.

  • It’s a wonderful (and powerful) complement to any treatment or medical protocol that a person may be under.
  • There are no-contraindications–everyone can benefit from Reiki.
  • Reiki can happen anywhere, literally anywhere, home, hospital, clinic, barn, etc
  • it feels like the best massage you’ve every gotten without all the rubbing ūüôā

Don’t hesitate to try Reiki and add it to your current wellness regime, especially if your challenge is tackling pain, illness or disease.

Also I’m sending out a big thanks to all those Reiki Researchers who are proving it’s validity! ūüôā

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Releasing Wounds of Scars

The effect of scars on the body can not be overestimated. It doesn’t matter whether the scars came from an accident, war, conflict, personal attacks or other traumas or due to a necessary and required surgical intervention or elective procedure. The results of scars never just go away.

The scar itself is a miracle of our body’s repair system. It is the remnant of a living tissue bandage that plugged a hole in our skin, preventing further fluid loss and maintaining a hygienic seal over the area while transitioning from scab to scar.

The fact that there is a visible scar means that the damage was not just superficial wound. It is the result of deeper tissue damage, sometimes thru all layers of the skin, sometimes involving the underlying soft tissues, muscles and organs.

Collagen, laid down as part of the repair process, resulted in a thickened fibrous mass. Thick scar tissue can impede proper circulation of blood, congests lymph flow and can impact range of motion. Severed nerve tissue, in the immediate and surrounding areas, can result in a kind of dysthesia–unpleasant, abnormal sense of touch that runs from numbness to pain. A fibrous and non-elastic scar can have a bio-mechanical dragging and pulling effect on all neighboring physiological systems particularly the fascial membrane covering muscles, bones, organs and glands.

And really one of the biggest problems is that we are unaware of these issues. After the largest portions of pain and trauma of the site have passed  and it is mostly healed, our concerns go elsewhere and we become unaware of the disability that remains stuck in our bodies by having and untreated scar. All scars represent:

  • the emotion that was present when the injury took place. Even elective surgeries and planned c-sections have embedded emotions related to the need for them — self-worth, anger, anxiety, shock, guilt, etc.
  • bio-mechanical restriction of the fascia where the scar prevent free-gliding of muscles and nerves. Interconnected fascial lines and synergistic and antagonistic muscles groups all rely of easy movement and elasticity of tissue within and adjacent to them.
  • bio-energetic impact of scars is most noticeable when the scars cross body mid-lines and the body meridians as used in acupuncture. When scars are released in these areas and the flow of Qi/Chi is re-established, client often report that they feel more energized after the scar work was performed.

The treatment of scar tissue is a vital element in restoring maximum function of our musculoskeletal and myofascial systems. Pain in these systems are reduced and range of motion increases.

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Pains in the body–what do they mean?

trappedEmotionsWhy do we have pain and weakness in one part of the body and not another?  When you fall or trip, is it always on that one side? do you always seem to land on that one knee? tweak that same ankle?  OR when working with your hands and arms, does that one elbow see to take the brunt of the work? is it the wrist that seems to complain first? OR does your lower back seem to give out before anything else?

This is your body trying to send you a message about the underlying emotional – mental issues that are unresolved.

When we have any kind of unresolved trauma or drama in our lives, the memory and energy of that fight-or-flight-or-freeze stress remains, stuck in our tissue. ¬†If we don’t do any physical or personal emotional work to release that stress, it will slowly grow with time by accumulating additional instances. ¬†At some point the “pool of stress” will effect the surrounding tissues with enough impact that pain, dis-function and maybe dis-ease will result. ¬†Unresolved it will get louder and louder and until it gets your notice–enough for you to pay attention to it.

Here is the pattern of any chronic issues: it¬†started with a small annoyance, was ignored, it got more frequent, was ignored, it got larger (louder), was maybe superficially treated–but really just ignored, etc…until finally it seems all of a sudden, there is this big issue. and we wonder where it came from. ¬†hmmm….?

So here it is. It hurts. What to do?

There are lots a charts and graphics around (like the link below) that can point you in the general direction.

  • Shoulders = carrying a burden that is too heavy, given to you by your family, the world (right side) or your self(left side). ¬†what and why are you carrying it? what happens if you put part if it down or ask for help? remember that it takes a village?
  • Hips = support in your life, financial(right side) or emotional(left side). what kind of support do you need? must it come from others? or can you support and love yourself? who is¬†not capable of supporting you?
  • Heart = love and connection. where are you disconnected from yourself, your family (given or chosen), community, your maker? ¬†how are you experiencing shame, loss, lack, anger? ¬†who can make you feel loved? how do you connect with yourself and others? what blocks are in the way?
  • the list goes on….

The trick is to do this emotional work ALONG WITH the physical together.  Doing this work from two arenas, emotional and physical, you will create a spreading spiritual effect.  The results are greater; swifter strides towards releasing the agony.

In my clinic, we do this with work with good results.   Reiki, Quantum Touch or general Energy work for the physical side and talking though bubbled up sub-conscious images that the theta state brings for the emotional side.

This is exactly the kind of work that represents the first energy work session I ever had and kept me coming back for more.  It eventually lead to me learning and taking it on as a profession.

It’s great stuff. and body pain tells you where to start the path.

http://www.thelifeisamazing.com/20-sources-pain-body-directly-linked-each-specific-emotional-states/

Reiki for your journey thru cancer

I read this great article about Reiki and Cancer treatment and I have to agree…It’s remarkable.ReikiandCancer

I work with clients in all stages of their cancer journey. Some have worked thru it to be “survivors” ¬†in remission and a couple have given up the fight and passed on, returning Home. ¬†It was and is my honor and privilege to work with them all.

I truly feel that in all cases, Reiki is a great asset in their treatment plan. If you have cancer, Reiki sessions will help

  1. Relax the mind and body as you maneuver through test results and decisions about treatment,
  2. Instill calmness. When out of fight-or-flight, the parasympathetic rest-and-digest systems turn on, facilitating healing and repair.
  3. Treatments and medications are more effective when you are calm and relaxed. This is especially true of pain meds, so fewer and lower doses may be necessary.  It will also reduce side-effects of chemo and radiation.
  4. Connect you spiritually to choices that deeply resonate with you, helping sift through options and make decisions that are yours to make.

Reiki is portable, it can be done anywhere. I have worked with clients in my office, in hospitals, in recovery facilities and in their homes.

Reiki is accepted, it is welcomed every where. ¬†While there may be some curiosity from staff, once I’ve explained who I am and what I’m doing, I’ve been acknowledged¬†and left to complete my sessions with clients in hospitals and facilities.

So if you have cancer in your body or another chronic issue, please do yourself the favor of getting some Reiki. You won’t regret it!

http://www.asbestos.com/blog/2015/05/12/reiki-for-cancer-treatment/

The body’s mediator: fascia

I talk a lot about how fascia is important. It’s where the knotted patterns of our life and life style lay encased in living tissue. ¬† The impact and fascia6remnants of physical injury is in the fascia. Emotions are felt and trauma lies buried in our fascia. ¬†Our energy bodies are attached to our physical bodies via our fascia. ¬†Right after we are a bunch of cells, the first organized tissue is fascia and all other tissue is formed as slips of tissue off the fascia. ¬†It surrounds, holds, support and shields every structure in our bodies. It communicates information faster than our nerves–much faster. ¬†And it provides transportation for fluids, to keep itself and¬†every thing under it’s supervision hydrated and strong.

What’s not to like about fascia?

I ran across this article some time ago, like July 2010 and found it again in a saved folder.

Listening from your Fascia

Energy Work
Which is interesting, since I’m coming to believe that all the energy work I perform with my clients is really just fascia work. Meaning, when I ¬†project energy from my hands or through intention, my target is the connection between the physical body aka fascia to the etheric¬†body, the first level of our energy¬†body. ¬†As physical beings, sometimes we don’t “feel it” until it actually becomes physical. ¬†When the fascia relaxes, the mind can let go and the spirit is relieved. ¬†Which make perfect sense. ¬†With energy work, I’m coming from the spiritual to the physical. ¬†I just didn’t have a clear idea of where that interface took place. ¬†It works something like this:

  • opening the energy field, activating the physical connection to fascia with Reiki, crystals, essential oils and sound, stimulating information about locked patterns from the sub-conscious, voicing – bringing into the conscious-physical level – the mental or emotional injury, releasing it from the body, ¬†restoring light-ness and peace to the aura and physical body.

Bowen Technique
With Bowen Technique, bodywork that targets fascia using acupressure point access, it works in the opposite direction. In a Bowen session there can be¬†lots of prerequisite moves and procedures, but the sequence that results in the “final” pain release also usually triggers emotional and trauma related¬†discharges. ¬†Usually the originating injury happened years ago and the chronic tension pattern had later erupted into pain from a more recent and relatively benign over-stretch or twist. ¬†It’s this old impairment that is let go. With Bowen,¬†it works like this:

  • stretching¬†muscles & tendons, dragging fascia along for the ride, releasing chronic physical patterns & pain, ¬†discharging suppressed emotions and trauma, relieving the heaviness of life¬†burdens from the body.

So I’m observing this wonderful synergy¬†in practice: Energy work and Bowen.

Same work from two different direction.  I see it more clearly and more in-depth with each client.

The fascia is the bridge between…a truly wonderful thing.hands-light

Scientific Studies on Reiki

While most recommendations for Reiki are based on anecdotal stories about how it felt good or eased pain this pain or helped relaxaReikiInHospital6tion and stress release, there are more and more actual scientific studies being done. ¬†It’s been shown that added Reiki therapy can improve outcomes of conventional therapy, including there reduction of pain and faster healing which resulted in¬†less¬†pain medicines and quicker recoveries.

Reiki Really Works: A Groundbreaking Scientific Study

I’ve found that pre-surgery and pre-procedure sessions have helped clients be calmer and more “prepared” for the upcoming “trauma”. ¬†Sessions after, whether in ICU or at home have lessened pain and improved attitudes/outlooks quickening healing processes and progress. ¬†Sessions after chemo and radiation treatments can be a great tools to lessen side-affects.

 

More on Clearing your space

When you are looking to clear your space, Smudging is just one of the techniques that you should thing about. “Your space” is made 15862864_xlup of more than just the “bad energy” and any possible entities lurking in the corners.

Your environment has many components.  Is it cluttered? Are electronics plugged in creating micro-fields of chaotic energy? Are
there emotional sparks and darts flying around?

This is a great lists of things to consider when you desire a cleaner, fresher environment for working, living, relaxing and sleeping. Clearing Non-Beneficial Energy

Periodically examine the spaces where you spend time. This can be once a quarter, at the beginning of each season–if you have four seasons :), or at the solstice and equinox points of the year. ¬†Survey each area for opportunities to clear-out, renew and spruce up.

It will keep your spaces healthy and supportive….and you will be astonished how much healthier and supportive your mind will be as well.

 

 

There’s more to Smudging than meets the nose!

SageBundleI’ve been Smudging for years….my house–inside and out, my property–along perimeter, my office rooms, clients on table, the healing room after big releases, periodically when I just feel like it needs it. ¬†I buy it by the pound ūüôā

I always feel that it helps lift “something” out of the space, leaving the room clearer or brighter. It feels refreshed. I’ve always assumed that it’s only spirit that I’m affecting, moving out energy dumps and stray entities that are stuck on edges and corners as a convenient resting place.

Well turns out that Smudging with Sage smoke has been studied.  It has a real, measurable impact on the environment.

Smudging Study Results

I feel vindicated some how.  Even though I knew I was doing the right thing to begin with.  This study is a great confirmation.

 

Body Pain and Emotions

So related to the last post on Bowen and Mental Health.  this article show exactly how/where our emotionsReikiSession effect our bodies, causing pain and discomfort.

Body Pain and Emotional States

Seems like I’m always writing about Bowen. ¬†But Energy work (Reiki, Quantum Touch, Chrystal and Sound healing)¬†can help with all of these issues and can help the issue move from the subconscious to the conscious level where it can be addressed and cleared.

Most of my Energy work session are designed to target current issues in my clients life. ¬†During the session, the brain enters an alpha/theta state of a lucid daydream, where the subconscious connects to the conscious through memories, feelings¬†and¬†visions. ¬†We, the client and I, work together to examine and decipher the information to access root causes for the disturbance causing pain in the body. ¬†It’s amazing work and produces great results.

 

 

Wolves need Energy Work too!

Giving healing energy to animals is a wonderful thing. ¬†They don’t have inhibitions or preconceived ideas about what it is or isn’t. ¬†They sense it, make decisions about whether it is good or right for them and how long they will need it. They soak it up much quicker than adult humans will, due to this lack of judgement and resistance.Energy work for Animals

This link is an excellent story about a Wolf who got some energetic help for a painful neurological disorder.  Energy Work with a Wolf in pain

It’s so encouraging to see this work done on wild animals.

 

I know from my own work with pets, that they take what and how much they need and will ask for more when they need it. ¬†really cool ūüôā