Help Reduce Stress and Promote Relaxation with Reiki!
Posted by Kortney Oxner-Kerfoot
Whether you are feeling stress from your ‘normal’ day-to-day activities, school, work, family life or the pressures of trying to conceive, it is important to bring your body back to a state where it can rest, relax and recuperate. Reiki can help.
Reiki is a Japanese style of holistic healing. In the same way that Acupuncture can be used, Reiki can enhance and balance disrupted, weakened or blocked energy. Reiki does this by allowing your body’s own natural self-healing response to take over when you are in a state of deep relaxation. It does this by bringing your body out of sympathetic mode, your stress response (fight or flight) and brings you back into parasympathetic mode (rest and digest). When you are stressed out your body is constantly releasing adrenaline and cortisol which can wreak havoc on your body and mind, especially over a prolonged period of time leading to disease.
When adrenaline and cortisol are continually being released in your body it can affect various systems: for example your immunity will be affected allowing constant fatigue and decreases your body’s ability to fight off colds or infections. It suppresses the digestive system causing digestive issues and inhibits your ability to remove toxins. It also suppresses the reproductive system because it is deemed non-essential by your body in a fight or flight stress response, therefore causing problems with your hormone (endocrine) system. This can be a vicious cycle for those trying to conceive because of the stress associated and it makes it harder to rest and relax. Reiki is greatly beneficial for both partners because it ‘forces’ you to relax, even if only for one hour allowing your body to regulate itself and come back to homeostasis.
Raised adrenaline and cortisol levels can also increase a number of health problems:
- Digestive problems
- High blood pressure and hypertension
- Heart disease
- Sleep problems (insomnia)
- Weight gain
- Memory and concentration impairment
Reiki brings your body back into a parasympathetic state allowing you to relax. Some great health benefits of Reiki include:
- Improved digestion and intestinal motility (allowing toxins to be removed and better absorption of nutrients)
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves immune system
- Better sleep
- Increased energy
- Increased endorphins (the “feel good” hormone)
- Rest and recuperation
- Releases stress and tension
- Removes energy blockages and improves the energy flow of the endocrine system
With our ever growing busy schedules it’s necessary to take some time for ourselves to recover and to maintain our health not only in the present but to have vitality and maintain a healthy balance for our future as well. Regularly taking time for you whether it is through Acupuncture, yoga, meditation, massage or Reiki will help you enjoy life to the fullest.