That’s right, I became Reiki certified and completed my First Degree on Friday! Yay! It’s something that I had been thinking about doing for a little while and I finally got my ass into gear and went ahead and booked it. I’ve been having regular Reiki sessions myself for the past 6 months or so and found that it was a great way for me to deal with anxiety which I’ve since discovered I’d been suffering with for a number of different reasons. Although fitness and yoga are a huge part of my life and play a huge part in releasing stress and keeping me both physically and mentally fit, Reiki is what seemed to help me dig deeper into why I was feeling anxious and helped me to delve deep into my mind and body and released years of tension and trapped negative energy.
I knew I benefited from Reiki every single time I visited my practitioner as did she, and she asked me at the beginning of January if I’d thought about doing my Reiki 1 so that I could practice on myself – this was when I knew I had to go ahead and book a course!
What is Reiki?
Reiki is hard to explain to someone who has absolutely no idea what it entails without sounding completely hippy dippy. It’s an energy healing treatment, the client is fully clothed lying on a therapist bed and the Reiki practitioner uses their hands to release trapped energy throughout their body. You can experience all sorts of physically feelings as well as emotional, releasing any kind of trapped energy from your body can leave you feeling more free and open than before in which unexpected emotions can arise.
For example, I originally visited my practitioner because I felt like I had an extremely tight and heavy chest. I wasn’t experiencing physical pain from an injury, but I knew I had a lot of tension and the imbalance was causing me to feel anxious and panicky and I would even struggle to breathe at times. By having someone passing energy through them and through to me, the tension and trapped energy that I was holding on my chest started to circulate and disperse and my chest began to feel lighter. Anyone close to me will tell you that I don’t like to burden people with my troubles and thoughts and my practitioner could identify this immediately with me because I also had a lot of blocked energy around my throat. She urged me to speak about my thoughts and emotions more often so that it didn’t cause blockages and get trapped in my body because this was what was causing the heaviness in my body which in turn was my anxiety. I went home that evening and ended up having complete word vomit to my poor boyfriend who amazingly just sat there and absorbed and listened to everything I said, I was bringing up events in my life that had happened when I was a young child – almost 20 years ago! I’d bottled up so much emotion, sadness, trauma, distress and worry over the years that it had taken a toll on my body, my mind and my spirit.
You don’t necessarily have to be experiencing a tough point in your life either to try Reiki, I’ve also had sessions where I have felt really grounded for a decent period of time and it’s bought out encouragement, clarity and even just relaxation.
I know it can be hard for some people to digest the concept of energy healing and find relation to it but if you ever have the chance to experience Reiki, even if it’s for 10 minutes then please give it a chance. We all run on energy and experience energy whether it’s a high or a low so by relieving any trapped feelings and emotions and making sure our energy flows with a balance – well, it can only be good right?
I’d love to hear about anyone else’s Reiki journey and experiences so please share them in the comments below or on one of my social media sites! 🙂