Energy medicine is an umbrella term for a group of healing modalities that work within the electromagnetic field of the body. Acupuncture, Qigong, Tai Chi, Shiatsu Massage, Yoga and Reiki are some examples that have been found to increase electrical conductance at specific points of the body. These practices work along the 'meridians' or energy lines of the body. These invisible pathways are theorized to live within the connective tissues, surrounding and protecting the major systems of the body. In 2013, the National Institute of Health published data measuring the impedance within subcutaneous tissue that correlate these meridian lines with the fascial planes of the body. Our bodies are electromagnetic in nature, and science has measured these frequencies with machines. Electrocardiogram (EKG), electroencephalogram (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) are some examples of the machines that produce tracings, waveforms, and images measuring these electromagnetic frequencies within the body.
Reiki is a Japanese form of healing that sends postive intention through the hands. I teach Reiki as a form of meditation and self care. I love Reiki for the way it makes me feel, grounded, connected and present. Sharing Reiki with others is a wonderful gift of giving and receiving without becoming depleted of your own energy.
Sensing the body through healing touch while breathing in and breathing out is a compassionate meditation experience, it is L O V E in action.
People use reiki to relax and strengthen their wellbeing; reduce pain, anxiety, and fatigue; help manage symptoms; reduce side effects of medications; and support recovery after injuries or surgery. According to the National Health Interview Survery published in 2007, 1.2 million adults and 161,000 children received one or more sessions of energy healing therapy such as Reiki in the previous year. According to the American Hospital Association, in 2007, 15% or over 800 American hospitals offered Reiki as part of hospital services.
In a recent study from Harvard University, a single session of Reiki significantly improved pain, anxiety, depression, nausea, and fatigue. This study was conducted in 2015 and 2016 by Dr. Natalie Trent, PhD, a neuroscientist and energy healer, working to integrate science and mind-body medicine. This is the largest prospective Reiki study to date, and these exciting results will be published soon!
In the world we live in today, there is too much stimulation, distraction and sensory overload. The area of of our bodies that receive the most information is our head, eyes, face, throat, neck, and mouth. It is where our five senses receive, assimilate, direct, and store what is moving toward us every moment of every day. Resting, relaxing, eating well, moving and sleeping at least 6-8 hours within a 24 hour period is what keeps us from burning out and becoming sick. I believe our five senses are our superpowers. Positive intention set through the hands charges up our superpowers.
Learning a few ways to reconnect with your mind, body and breath is a great way to start self care practices. I like to think of the mind, body, breath paradigm in the shape of a triangle. It is a way to create wholeness within our lives, but what is in the center of the triangle?
This is the creative aspect of self care. It is the heart of your daily life. When we listen quietly to the inner voice of our heart we will feel whole.
It only takes a few moments to reset. These offerings can be practiced anytime during the day or evening. Reiki gives you tools to stay calm, centered and balanced. Here are a few options I have been practicing, try one or two, and see how you can adapt some changes into your life.
The moment you wake up, before you get out of bed, or even open your eyes, place both hands to your heart space. Take three deep breaths and think of three things you are grateful for.
Sit on the edge of your bed or stand up. Press your feet down into the floor, feel into all four corners of your feet. Sensing your solid foundation. Stretch your arms overhead, move to the right and breathe into the spaces of your rib cage. Breathe out moving back to center releasing your arms down by your side. Repeat on the left side, and continue for a round of three breaths on each side.
Hands to heart, heart to hands. Feel the connection.
|During these cooler October mornings, I've been loving turmeric tea with ginseng and a honey spoon.|
This is meditation.
|Roasted honey butternut squash filled with baby kale and purple carrot over creamy buckwheat. Gomashio sprinkle, leafy greens and olive oil drizzle.|
Take time with your first meal of the day, send positive intention through your hands into your food. I love a hot bowl of buckwheat cereal (it takes 2 minutes to cook, is gluten free, and highly versatile). I add in a spoonful of almond butter, lots of frozen blueberries, cinnamon, and honey drizzle. Roasted pumpkin, butternut or kabocha squash with pumpkin seeds, and dried fruit is another delicious option. If you are heading out, pack portable fuel that fills you up, think about the colors of the rainbow, and allow your food choices to reflect those colors. My favorite lunch is hummus on whole grain bread with cucumber slices, fresh leafy greens, olive oil drizzle, and gomashio (ground seseame seeds, sea salt, black pepper, and dried herbs). I always have clemetines, apples, bananas, carrots, cucumbers and radishes washed and ready to eat. Try preparing meals ahead of time, such as hearty soups and sauces to make weeknight meals easier. Foods that are local, and in-season can help with meal planning.