We are so excited to feature a guest post by one of our very own #Tribe5 members (& current Yoga Teacher trainee!) Melissa Beaver. Read on to learn more about Melissa’s work as an energy healer.
I often do not reveal that I am a Reiki Master and practitioner to many people, as they often have no idea what Reiki is! Some people may have heard of the term, others never have, and yet others have a skewed concept of what it is and what it can do. I have heard it all, and I am here to set the story straight!
Reiki (Rei = “life force”, Ki = “energy”) is an energy therapy that addresses the body’s autonomic nervous system; It works to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, and bring the body into homeostasis.
Really? There is science behind this? ABSOLUTELY!!!
“Healers have an understanding that we have a physical body surrounded by an energy field. When we become unwell physically, emotionally, or mentally, this has an unbalancing effect on our energy field. A healer channels energy through his or her hands, and by the gentle placement of hands on the physical body (or just above it), to facilitate the re-balancing of the energy field, which in turn may ease symptoms physically, mentally, and emotionally.” (Reiki and Healthcare, Annie Buxton-King)
I found Reiki when I was looking for ways to ease my Fibromyalgia pain. I was amazed at the many physical benefits of this therapy, and was surprised at how my depression lifted. I had restored energy, was thinking clearly again, and finally felt balanced from the inside out. I had my life back, and had found a new passion along with it – to learn Reiki, and educate people on how beneficial this therapy can be!
Reiki is used in many ways: to relieve stress and restore the body back to homeostasis, to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients, and the severity of symptoms in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Lyme Disease; It is used in hospitals before and after surgery to lessen the body’s “shock” response, and initiate (and speed up) the body’s healing processes; to help practitioners find a sense of calm before a big event… and so on. The list goes on.
What does a Reiki session look like? Well, pretty simple, actually. You just lie on a table and breathe! You can chat, sing, sleep, or snore. Anything goes! It is your restorative time. I use light touch, starting at your head, working my way to your shoulders, arms, back, and feet, down one side and then up the other. You may feel some heat, a tingling sensation, or the energy moving like a wave throughout your body. The energy knows where to go and will do what it needs to do. Your self-healing mechanism kicks in and does its thing. It is pretty amazing, really.
I tell people in order to better understand Reiki, you need to experience it! This may be out of some people’s comfort zone, but who knows? It was completely out of my comfort zone when I first tried it, but I am so happy I did. Reiki has become part of my health and wellness puzzle.
Recently at Five Peaks, we learned through the 40 Days to Personal Revolution program that there are many aspects to living a healthy life, including physical movement (yoga practice), healthy diet, healthy mind (meditation), and finding time to restore the body. Our individual wellness puzzles have pieces that are fluid and changing. Maybe one day we really need to key in on our practice or our diet, and the next week, our bodies remind us to take time to just be. Finding balance in our bodies and minds is key.
Reiki has been a fluid piece in my puzzle for years now, and I find it is an integral player in my continued healing. Find your wellness puzzle pieces, and take the time to try something new if what you have tried in the past does not seem to be working for you anymore.
If you have any questions about Reiki, please don’t hesitate to reach out! You can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or give me a call at 703-932-1404.
Thanks for taking the time to read and learn about Reiki! I look forward to flowing beside you at the studio soon!