Reiki is a form of alternative therapy commonly referred to as energy healing. It is used to the transfer universal energy from the practitioner’s palms to their patient.
Fast facts on Reiki
Reiki is a form of energy therapy.
It involves the transfer of energy by "laying on hands".
Reiki’s advocates say it can treat many conditions and emotional states.
Reiki can be used in conjunction with a traditional Massage Therapy treatment, and billed through insurance as Massage Therapy.
There are 5 Levels of practice that a healthcare practioner can take to become a Reiki Master.
What is Reiki?
In Reiki, the practitioner transfers energy by placing their hands over or on the patient. it can also be reffered to as palm healing or hands-on healing.
Energy healing targets the energy fields around the body. According to practitioners, energy can stagnate in the body where there has been physical injury or possibly emotional pain. In time, these energy blocks can cause illness.
Energy medicine aims to help the flow of energy and remove blocks in a similar way to acupuncture or acupressure. Improving the flow of energy around the body, Reiki practitioners, can enable relaxation, reduce pain, speed healing, and reduce other symptoms of illness.
The healing effects are mediated by channelling the universal energy known as qi, pronounced “chi.” In India, this is known as “prana.” This is the same energy involved in tai chi exercise. It is the life force energy that some believe surrounds all of us.
This energy is said to permeate the body. Reiki experts point out that, while this energy is not measurable by modern scientific techniques, it can be felt by many who tune in to it.
Reiki is alleged to aid relaxation, assist in the body’s natural healing processes, and develop emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.
What happens during a Reiki Treatment?
Reiki is best held in a peaceful setting, but it can be carried out anywhere. The patient will sit in a comfortable chair or lie on a table, fully clothed or draped as such similar to a Massage treatment. You can also combine Massage and Reiki into one treatment. There may or may not be music, depending on the patient’s preference.
The practitioner places their hands lightly on or over specific areas of the head, limbs, and torso using different hand shapes, for between 2 and 5 minutes. The hands can be placed over 20 different areas of the body.
If there is a particular injury, such as a burn, the hands may be held just above the wound.
While the practitioner holds their hands lightly on or over the body, the transfer of energy takes place. During this time, the practitioner’s hands may be warm and tingling. Each hand position is held until the practitioner senses that the energy has stopped flowing.
When the practitioner feels that the heat, or energy, in their hands has abated, they will remove their hands and may place them over a different area of the body.
The techniques involved have names such as:
Extracting harmful energies
Smoothing and raking the aura
Some Reiki practitioners will use crystals and chakra healing wands, because they find these can enable healing or protect a home from negative energy.
Treatments are done usually in 60 or 90 minutes. The number of sessions will vary, depending on what a client wishes to accomplish. Some clients prefer to have one treatment while others have a series of treatments to work on a particular issue.
Thai massage uses gentle pressure and stretching techniques to relax the whole body. This is an ancient healing practice that originated in India. It dates back to around 2,500–7,000 years ago.
What is Thai Massage?
The technique that Thai massage practitioners use is very different from what people in the West may be accustomed to. Unlike Swedish Massage techniques, in which a person passively lies on the table, the client lies on the floor and participates more actively in the massage. We use mats, blankets and pillows to adjust with your comfort levels.
A good way of visualising Thai massage is by imagining that someone is arranging the body into different yoga poses.
For a Thai massage, your Registered Massage Therapist will slowly work the client’s body through various stretches. The therapist may use their hands, knees, legs, or feet to help manipulate the person’s body into different positions.
This should not cause pain or discomfort, but a person should alert their massage therapist if they do experience either of these things.
Thai massage also uses energy work, which involves applying pressure to specific points on the body to open channels that will improve the flow of energy throughout the body.
Benefits of Thai Massage:
Lowers stress levels
Increases range of motion
Stretches and helps release muscle tension
Helps with post-workout recovery
Can boost energy!
Thai massage gradually stretches the whole body, allowing the person to relax. The dynamic stretches that Thai massage practitioners use may offer deeper, more restorative stretches and use some assisted stretching techniques similar of a Sports massage.
Relaxation combined with the energizing and invigorating effects of Thai massage help people feel mentally and physically restored.
Thai massage also improves circulation, which brings more oxygen to muscles and other tissues. This may prevent injuries and can improve the athlete’s ability to recover after intense training.
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