What is Holistic Wellness?
Holistic wellness is an approach to life that considers the physical, spiritual and mental aspect of your well-being for achieving and maintaining optimal health.
Holistic wellness practitioners support your health and wellness journey by offering guidance and/or administering integrative healing practices that promote inner balance and the body's innate ability to heal.
People who follow the holistic health and wellness lifestyle play an active role in their own health by making conscious health decisions and staying in tune with their body on a daily basis. As herbalist Rosemary Gladstar once said, " Good health is in truth, the practice of living healthfully every day."
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a healing method that may be utilized in the holistic health approach to maintaining optimal health and wellness. It is a Japanese modality that balances your energy field and promotes relaxation and stress reduction which in turn supports the body's innate ability to heal. It is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy called "qi" flows through us and around us and keeps our physical body alive. If one's "qi" is out of balance, then he or she may be more susceptible to the negative side effects of chronic stress and less resilient to disease. If a person’s “qi” is in balance, he or she may be better equipped to maintain optimal health.
Reiki practitioners serve as conduit for guiding this life force or "qi" to areas of your body that are energetically imbalanced so that they can help restore it to harmony. The theory behind "energy healing" is that chronic energy imbalances may eventually manifest as disease in the physical body. By helping you release these energy blocks or imbalances, the Reiki healing method can help prevent illness before it manifests in the physical body or serve as an adjunct therapy to promote accelerated healing during the course of illness.
Where do energy imbalances come from?
We encounter different types of stress triggers that can cause imbalances in our physical, mental and emotional body on a daily basis.
Mental and emotional stress can disturb our inner balance and can be strongly influenced by our lifestyle, past experiences, negative work and/or home environment, unhealthy relationships, cultivating negative thoughts in our minds, self-limiting beliefs and perspectives, unconscious thoughts, constantly seeking for power outside of ourselves, resistance to facing ourselves or our lives, and social pressures among many others.
Physical stress (or stress that affects our body's chemistry in this case) is stress that disrupts our body's natural homeostasis as a result of factors such as lifestyle choices, unhealthy diet and environmental toxicity.
All aspects of our body as a whole are interconnected and different forms of stress can affect our energetic balance on many levels. For example, chronic stress that arises from an emotional or mental state can affect our body's inner chemistry and eventually cause physical illness. On the other hand, poor-quality nutrition can affect our physical body by compromising our gut health or the optimal function of organs such as our brain, therefore influencing our mood or emotional health.
Why should I try Reiki?
Reiki works by re-balancing the body’s energy flow in to bring harmony. It helps remove acute or chronic energy blockages that have accumulated in your energy field and can manifest as physical pain, disease, negative thinking patterns and/or inability to move forward in life among other things. By helping induce relaxation, relieve stress and release blockages, Reiki triggers your body’s innate ability to heal itself. By clearing energetic blocks, the qi energy can flow harmoniously, helping you find more inner peace and connection with your higher self.
What happens during a Reiki Session?
Reiki is a safe and non-invasive procedure. During a session, the practitioner will administer Reiki while you lay, fully clothed, on a massage table in a relaxed state. You may feel the light touch of the laying of the practitioner’s hands on your body, a light cooling sensation or a heating sensation during the session. The practitioner may play some light meditation music in the background or light an aromatherapy candle to help you relax. While every person’s experience is unique and personal, most people go into a deep, relaxed state or may even fall asleep during the session. Most people feel rejuvenated and relaxed after a Reiki treatment.
How long is a Reiki Session?
Your first visit includes a 30 minute consultation and a 60 minute Reiki session for a total of 90 minutes.
Follow up sessions are 60 minutes each and include a 45-50 minutes Reiki session and a 10-15 follow up consultation, depending on the needs of the client.