naturalhealing Can Reiki help you?
o you have pain or stress? Are you tired all the time? Maybe you have carpal tunnel, arthritis, high blood pressure, cancer, depression, recent or past surgeries/injuries or have immunity issues. If you do, then Reiki can help. More than 100 hospitals nationwide offer Reiki, and many doctors recommend this technique as a complementary treatment to their medical approach. Many studies have proved that Reiki is very effective post-operative. Fewer patients required intubations, ventilation, antibiotics, and diuretics. There were also fewer infections. Patients developed pneumonia less frequently, and had fewer heart complications. Other studies have been done on Reikiâ€™s positive effects on back pain, AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis, illness during cancer chemotherapy, depression, and chronic diseases to name a few. So what is Reiki? It is a gentle, but extremely effective, hands-on alternative therapeutic technique, which is about 3,000 years old and is believed to have originated in ancient Tibet. It was rediscovered in Japan in 1922 by a Japanese doctor named Mikado Usui. Reiki is a Japanese word meaning universal life force energy. Eastern medicine philosophy believes that not only do we have a cardiovascular and lymphatic system, but we also have an energy system. When this system becomes unbalanced, depleted or blocked, the body becomes sick. Reiki practitioners are attuned to this energy and are able to tap into it and channel it to promote energetic balancing and healing. What can you expect during a Reiki session? A session is given to the client while they are lying down on a comfortable massage table, relaxing for about one hour while the therapist applies their hands very gently in several positions on both sides of the body. If this position is not comfortable, Reiki can also be done in a seated position. Usually relaxing music is played during a session. Sessions are done fully clothed. The person receiving the Reiki may feel a physical sensation, such as warmth or spreading heat accompanied be deep relaxation. This deep relaxation strengthens the immune system, relieves anxiety and emotional stress, helps lower blood pressure, and reduces and/ or eliminates physical pain. Reiki is a very pleasurable and relaxing experience to give and receive. Learning Reiki involves instruction, receiving attunements, and practice. All levels are taught by a Reiki master. Reiki is taught in three levels. Each level offers progressively greater abilities and further mastery of working with and directing the energy. Generally there is a period of time between each level in which one accommodates and practices this new ability. Reiki practitioners do not diagnose conditions, nor do they prescribe substances or perform medical treatment, nor interfere with the treatment of a licensed medical professional. Reiki is a system of empowerment to heal oneself and others. It is not a religion and no belief
system is involved. Anyone can benefit from Reiki sessions and once a person has been taught, anyone can do Reiki, regardless of age, health, or background. Sue Domfort is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher and owner of Intuitive Touch Reiki and Massage Therapy (MA#53889/ MM#22664). Ms. Domfort has 25 yearsâ€™ experience in the medical field and has been a Reiki Master for the last nine years. Her office is located at Oakhurst Professional Park, 1328 SE 25th Loop, Suite 101, Ocala (352-804-7617). Sue is now forming Reiki 1 and 2 classes for January 2010. For further information on Reiki, visit www.reiki.org, or www. nccam.nih.gov/health/reiki/.
September / October 2009
Sept/Oct 09 issue of Natural Awakenings' Gainesville/Ocala, Florida edition.