facebookWhat if you could replace all the sad energy you are experiencing with pure, loving energy?

Sounds like magic, right?

But that’s exactly what I found in my very first Reiki treatment, and every single energy healing session to follow.

I was introduced to my Reiki practitioners by a friend who knew I was ready to release old energy patterns (stress and anxiety), self-limiting beliefs (I’m not good enough), and experience a deep level of clarity and calm.

When I think back to my life before I was introduced to Reiki and energy work, I picture a hamster on its wheel, feverishly running non-stop, chasing after something just out of reach, and getting frustrated, exhausted, discouraged and even depressed.

I used to think if I just ran harder, faster and for longer, I could have, be and do anything I wanted. But the truth is, my nervous system was overwhelmed from the hectic pace I had established for myself. Couple that with being an empath (easily picking up on the energy of others), and living and working in an over-stimulated city like New York, I felt as though I was in a constant state of fight-or-flight.

I was surviving rather than thriving.

My adrenals were shot, my cortisol levels (the “stress hormone”) were on the rise, I felt hot and sweaty even in the winter, fatigue followed me around like a lost puppy.

So when a trusted friend suggested Reiki to me as a way to slow down, breathe, rest, relax, trust, surrender and connect to my inner wisdom and loving energy of the Universe, I stepped off my hamster wheel and onto a massage table for a reiki treatment.

After receiving Reiki treatments on a regular basis, I felt such a shift–physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, energetically. Quite simply put, I felt reconnected to myself. I felt a lot lighter. I felt more freedom and clarity in my thoughts, less pain and fatigue in my body and a deeper calm and wisdom overall. I felt ready to trade in my negative self-talk for deep self-love, compassion and appreciation for myself and others.

Everything just feels better after a Reiki session. There is a knowing that all is well.

I fell so in love with the healing power of Reiki that I decided to become a certified Reiki master myself. I was so intrigued by its history and benefits, that I wanted to learn more and be able to help others feel the peace and calm I was experiencing.

The best way I can describe Reiki is that it helps reconnect us with our hearts, realigning us with our Higher Self.

It is an ancient Japanese energy healing technique that assists in relieving or reducing pain and discomfort by balancing the body’s energy centers, also known as chakras. Reiki supports deep relaxation and healing by removing blocks to the flow of energy in your body. This natural technique is so powerful and effective because it infuses your chakras and body with Universal light energy. I call it pure loving energy.

It 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.

As a practitioner, my job is to simply act as a conduit for the Universal energy to flow and allow optimal healing to take place. Patients tell me they feel much more grounded, peaceful, calm, relaxed and clear after just one session.

When I’m working with a client, I look for blocked energy in the  body, whether it is physical pain or emotional trauma. To free up a client’s energy and get it flowing naturally again, I use my hands and lightly and gently touch different areas of the body to release blockages and promote peace, calm, relaxation, rejuvenation and pain relief.

My Reiki teacher, Sean, told me a healthy human body is like a free-flowing river. When a river is flowing, there’s fish and wildlife in it. When it starts to stagnate and become blocked, fish die because there’s not enough oxygen.

One of my strategies is to remove energy blocks in the body by going underneath people’s defense mechanisms (unconscious coping techniques) to offer healing from abuse, trauma, stress—anything trapped and stored in the body.

Through training and practice, I study how my clients move and speak, and can feel where each person is holding on and tightening up in the body.

During each session, I remove energy blocks and tension so energy can pass through and be released from the body. I tell clients to imagine energy that no longer serves them shooting out of their feet or head in a bright golden light. Imagine releasing it into Mother Earth or the Cosmos to be transformed.

In turn, the client becomes healthier and experiences more freedom in mind, body and spirit. That feeling of being “stuck” is removed.

Another benefit of receiving energy work like Reiki is pain relief, the type of pain that can’t even be found by a doctor. As a Reiki practitioner, I create a sacred, safe, compassionate, nonjudgmental environment where clients don’t have to hide from their emotions—they can embrace whatever comes up and release it.

I find it beautiful to watch people transform after a session or series of sessions, and no longer ignore what’s going on in their bodies or be desensitized to their pain. When I assist clients in getting in touch with what’s going on inside them, they can start healing on their own in between sessions and be in more balance.

For some, the benefits of Reiki energy healing may seem too “magical” to be real, but from my own personal experience, just making the decision to schedule a Reiki session is already beginning an incredible healing journey.

Reiki Meaning:

REI – Spirit, Power, Essence
KI – Life Force, Breath, Chi
So Reiki actually means “spiritually guided life force energy.”

Reiki Principals:

Just for today: Do not be angry
Just for today: Do not be worried
Just for today: Be grateful
Just for today: Work hard on improving yourself
Just for today: Be kind to others

~Dr. Mikao Usui

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