Why I Love Reiki Healing
My first experience with energy healing was with my incredible spiritual teacher who I met when I was just 11 years old.
My first session was transformative - I remember I was feeling sick and she offered me a session. I was skeptical, but open-minded, and mostly, I was up for trying anything that might allow me to feel better!
She had me lay, face up, on a massage table and told me to close my eyes. She hovered her hands over my body, close enough to where I could feel the heat radiate from her palms, but not so close that she was touching. I immediately began to feel waves of heat and energy running from my toes to my head. Then, I felt a sense of ease and peace. I was equally connected to my body and out-of-body, like I was looking down on myself from above.
After the session, I felt as light as air, incredibly relaxed, and, most amazingly, physically better.
Now, if you’re reading this, and thinking “This is too woo-woo for me.” or “It must have all been in her head…” Bear with me. I promise I’ll offer less esoteric anecdotes as well.
The most profound experience I had with energy healing was while I was recovering from a very serious car accident, and was bed ridden and in constant pain for months. At 15 years I was told I wouldn’t walk again, and my recovery process was tumultuous to say the least. However, though I was on heavy pain medication, the only two things that actually relieved my pain for any amount of time were energy healing and acupuncture.
I’m not alone in this experience as well. There have been multitudes of scientific studies focused on deciding if the Japanese tradition of energy healing, Reiki, is scientifically viable. According to UCLAHealth.org -
“Testing in humans performed between 1993 and 2006 showed ratings from Satisfactory to Excellent, all suggesting that the benefit of Reiki treatments were positive in controlling pain levels in humans … the placebo Reiki treatments in this experiment were by contrast ineffective in controlling pain.”
When I learned that it was not just my experience, but that Reiki has been scientifically proven to be effective, I understood the power and impact of this modality.
So, what is Reiki?
According to the International Center For Reiki Training…
“Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by ‘laying on hands’ and is based on the idea that an unseen ‘life force energy’ flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's ‘life force energy’ is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means ‘God's Wisdom or the Higher Power’ and Ki which is ‘life force energy.’ So Reiki is actually ‘spiritually guided life force energy.’”
I received my “Level 1 Reiki Attunement” in 2015, which is essentially the first level certification for becoming a Reiki Practitioner. Since then, I have offered Reiki to clients and students, to my friends and family, but mostly I offer it to myself.
It allows me to feel deeply relaxed, in control of pain management, and most importantly, connected to my body.
Energy healing is not something you necessarily need to be trained to do – I believe we all have the ability to do it – but having a tradition that offers tools to utilize makes the practice streamlined and instantly effective.
If you are looking for an incredible way to connect to and heal your body, then I definitely recommend booking a Reiki session either with a local practitioner or you can even book a distance Reiki healing session as well!
My favorite resource is MINKA brooklyn, and I highly recommend checking out their practitioners!