Develop The Healing Power of Your Body Through Reiki Energy Techniques

Frequently you will see Reiki therapeutic massage which will logically make you think they are similar. Reiki is distinct from massage therapy, but it is usual to see them mixed into one approach. The translation of Reiki is, universal life force energy, and that can provide a clue about what this strategy is really all about. A specialist of this technique works with concepts found in other Eastern specialities such as yoga. To illustrate, the seven chakras, or energy centers, are involved with Reiki massage and treatment. The foundation for health with this and other therapies and procedures is determined by the healthy flow of life sustaining energy in the body.

The goal of Reiki is to enhance relaxation and the reduction of stress and anxiety. So it is easy to recognize why Reiki is often joined with massage therapy so the chakras may be more open and healthy. The idea is that your body is able to heal itself, but that’s only achievable when you’re able to stay relaxed. The human body has incredible healing powers in addition to being able to maintain good health. Reiki additionally places great emphasis on holding a sense of physical as well as spiritual balance. It is necessary to have balance in our life plus a balance of our life energies.

There are very many medical disorders and situations that originate from too much stress and anxiety. The way Reiki and other related practitioners feel is that the mind and body aren’t balanced along with the lifestyle. Naturally other habits may worsen these unbalanced states such as poor diet and using unhealthy substances. The intention of Reiki massage is to help the person to achieve greater relaxation. Massaging important areas of the body will assist the body to let go stress.

If you learn Reiki and acupuncture principles, then you will learn a few things in common. They each consider the healthy condition of our energy as particularly important to health. When a disease state occurs, or even an emotional or psychological problem, then it is a result of the disruption of this energy flow. In this circumstance we are not in balance with energy and life, and then the threat exists to become ill or have problems. It is instructive to consider the ways that many people imagine in negative terms. There are far too many points to cover such as anxiety, fanatical thoughts, being angry for any cause, low self-belief plus many more.

That is why the dual approach of encouraging relaxation through massage therapy plus the energy work from Reiki can be successful for many people. Naturally, not all individuals are open to Eastern philosophies as they concern overall health and treatment. But it is fascinating to note that Reiki massage has become widely acknowledged in Western countries. Reiki therapeutic massage presents a strategic solution which suggests you should do it on-going in your general pursuit of healthiness.

The Truth About the Elephant – What Is Energy Healing?

My teacher, Deborah Kerbow, once looked at our class and said something to the effect of, “I won’t lie, I’m a little jealous of you guys. When I started doing healing work in the 70’s I had to be careful who I told. Some people were cruel. But you guys can basically tell anybody! Even if they don’t get it at least they won’t spit on you!”

Thankfully, she’s right. We live in a unique time when spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle did a weeklong series of interviews on Oprah and tough talking medical intuitive Carolyn Myss has had multiple bestselling books. As an energy worker the Google ad bar alongside my inbox is a solid list of people advertising different forms of energy work. But are they really all that different? And what are they all doing? What is energy healing?

I’m not supposed to say this, but the truth is I don’t do anything in energy work that you don’t do in your daily life. You hug someone you love (probably not enough) and are transformed by your embrace, you connect with people over great distances via phone and email, you have access to vast amounts of information through the internet and you experience the ‘vibe’ of places you go. At times you may know who’s calling on the phone before you pick it up, you’ve had intuitive and coincidental experiences you can’t explain, you’ve had good days where everything seems to line up right, you know how someone’s feeling when they walk in the house, you’ve prayed or ‘sent’ well-wishes to someone in need and more. These and dozens of other examples are energetic connections at work every day. They’re normal enough that most people know what I’m talking about, yet odd enough that we recognize something special is at work.

I’ve made it my life’s work to notice and think about these things. When I hear about doctors having insightful dreams about patients something in me perks up. When I was studying psychology in college I saw how strong the placebo effect was compared to psychoactive medications and realized there’s a lot more going on here than meets the eye. When I hear stories of cancer that spontaneously disappears before surgery I take notes. Two of my teachers were involved in exactly this kind of incident.

More than a decade ago I was getting ready to enroll at Wakepoint School for Energy Healing in Colorado. I had already had a life changing experience at the hands of a healer, Talia and was pouring over Barbara Brennan’s groundbreaking work, Hands of Light. My father, ever the open-minded skeptic, took me to a heavy-hitting policy conference at The American Academy for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC. Hoping, I think, to talk some sense into me we attended a panel discussion on Alternative and Complementary medicines. Each panelist in turn had a chance to present their perspective and by the end all of them, had basically agreed: there is a raft of documented cases of healings, cures and spontaneous remissions that are quite simply impossible according to the Western medical worldview. ‘Alternative’ practices have something that western medicine is missing and should be brought to the fore and studied. The only naysayer respectfully suggested we not do anything too rash. My father summed it with the comment, “Well, they thought Galileo was crazy.”

Energy healing at its simplest is akin to passive meditation. This is very much the state of mind I go into during an energy session. In a similar way, those of you familiar with Thai massage know it is sometimes compared to passive yoga. The therapist moves around the recipient and physically stretches their body to release their stored tensions. At energy work’s most basic level I connect to the energy in your field and allow you to get a recharge through me. Most clients experience this as their mind and body relaxing. They begin to notice more of their inner world and their thoughts have a chance to process themselves more fluidly.

Visually sensitive people see colors, physically sensitive people feel warm or electric sensations, others may hear music and some will have ‘a ha’ moments or flashes of insight. If this is how your session is going I’ll work my way through a series of charge points on your body and you’ll leave feeling relaxed, energized, recentered and grounded, or perhaps lighter on your feet and more peaceful. Each session is very individual, but you will get exactly what YOU need.

Many clients have specific issues they’re dealing with and know from experience that energy work is an effective way to address them. Others aren’t having much luck with other treatments and are willing to try something new. In this case our work goes deeper. Places that need extra attention show up as unusual heat or cold under my hands, discomfort in your body, troubled thoughts or painful emotions rising almost out of nowhere. I follow my intuition and we’ll both follow your internal process. We’ll take extra time and directly focus energy at these places and help them release. Releases are often accompanied by sighs, deep exhales, or tears.

If you’ve been through something traumatic at any point in your life and you’ve been storing unprocessed pain there may be anger, fear or rage that still needs to be felt and we’ll give you the time to feel it. It’s miraculous what you may be carrying around. There are many different healing styles out there but few are trained to work with energies in this way. I feel lucky to be able to offer you this chance through energy work.

Often we don’t realize that difficulties in our sleep, health, work, finances or relationships today stem directly from past experiences. This just isn’t how we’re programmed to think, but this is exactly how we are. If the hidden trauma is significant you will eventually experience a more significant emotional or nervous breakdown, an acute illness or even an accident or injury. This is all to give you another opportunity to process the pain. Many of my clients are seeking relief from emotional and physical abuse from family members, rape and sexual abuse, old or recent injuries and surgeries, ongoing or acute illnesses, unfinished business in finished relationships and even traumatic birth experiences. Like seeing a counselor it can be wonderful to just get things out in the open in a session, but unlike a counselor, energy work can help to clear damage and restore your energies to health. This sometimes takes multiple sessions over a period of time. Other times I recommend that clients continue to see a therapist or get regular bodywork to help the process.

I get more questions about distance (or remote) energy healing than anything else I do. Believe me, early on it took me a couple of sessions to really feel confident, but I have no doubts anymore. I use your full name, the sound of your voice (not always necessary) and a picture of you to get connected, the same as when you talk to a friend or loved one on the phone. Then it’s all about the energy. I look at it like this: only the physical body is in 3-dimensions, subject to the limitations of distance and time. Physicists point out that on the subatomic level even matter is continually popping in and out of existence. Have you seen the movie “What the *Bleep* Do We Know?” It was made right here in Portland, OR and it has some great explanations. Healing energy – much of the energy in our daily experiences, in fact – comes from outside our little 3-dimensional bubble. Near or far, there you are.

There’s another thing I’m not supposed to say in an article where I should be blowing my own horn: All health and healing professions are working on the same elephant. It’s from an old story I run into a lot, it goes something like this: five blind monks are gathered around an elephant. Each touches the enormous beast with his hands and arrives at a different conclusion. “It’s like a snake,” proclaims the one at its trunk. “No, it’s like a tree trunk,” observes the one at its leg. “Nonsense, it’s like a sheet of paper,” argues the one by an ear. “Amazing, it’s like a wall!” shouts the one at the elephant’s side. “You’re all wrong,” concludes the monk at the animal’s rear, “an elephant is like a rope.” Human health is exactly the same thing. All roads lead to Rome and everyone must follow their own path.

I grew up in a house saturated with theoretical physics, abstract mathematics, music and therapeutic psychology, so my career as a musician and an energy worker was almost unavoidable. Believe me, I tried! In some ways my full-time music career, though successful, was an attempt to make use of my skills and sensitivities in a more ‘normal’ way. Meanwhile my appetite for understanding persisted. Over the past twenty years I have studied or received more than two dozen different treatment and therapeutic styles that improve people’s health including eastern and western medicines, homeopathy, naturopathy, physical therapy, chiropractic, art therapy, talk therapy, Reiki and much more. Each new experience solidifies my conviction that we are all walking around the same elephant.

So where does energy work fit in to all this? Energy healing is at the extreme fringe, and rightfully so. By my own admission, what I have experienced in my training and what happens with clients on a daily basis borders on unbelievable. If there’s one thing I know it’s this: energy work can change your energy, change your health and change your life.

Ultimately your healing is in your hands. Your life is guiding you through circumstances and choices to learn, heal, give, receive and grow. Every setback is an opportunity, every wound is a gift. Things are working in your favor just like reading these words at exactly this time. I believe it because I know it’s true.

How chakra therapy improves your health

Chakra therapy balances 7 chakras

Chakra therapy is meant to help balance the body’s energy. (Shutterstock)

There is a common misconception regarding practices like chakra therapy; some individuals feel it is an alternative to traditional medicine. In reality, even though chakra therapy can be used alone, it is most effective when used as a means to supplement other treatments.

Chakra therapy improves your health by addressing an individual’s spiritual and emotional energy needs.

“Many people are aware that they are more than their body, more than their minds, or feelings. They intuitively feel there are underlying issues beyond any physical problem, issues perhaps lying in the invisible energy body,” Dean Ramsden, creator of the field of “Relational Energy Healing” — a synergistic approach combining chakra development, chakra relational cords, and astral energy healing, told Saludify.

“Even so, chakra work should never be used to replace first consulting with a physician, or as an alternative to following medical advice,” he added. “But it can add a tremendously important piece to anyone’s healing process: the personal and interpersonal energetics that underlie many disease processes. The value of energy work is to add the human element of the healing process back into medical care, by addressing the energy body and its needs.”

What are the fundamentals of chakra therapy?

Chakra therapy, according to MindBodyGreen, is the practice of balancing seven energy centers within the body known as chakras. Each chakra is located in a specific area of the body down the midline, and each location is responsible for the balance of certain emotional energies.

The seven chakras are:

  • The Root Chakra: Located at the base of the spine in the tailbone area. This chakra center is responsible for feelings of being grounded and stable.
  • The Sacral Chakra: Located two inches below the navel. This chakra center is responsible for our ability to accept others and new situations.
  • The Solar Plexus Chakra: Located in the upper abdomen. This chakra center is responsible for confidence and control.
  • The Heart Chakra: Located just above the heart. This chakra center is responsible for our ability to love.
  • The Throat Chakra: Located at the throat. This chakra center controls our ability to communicate.
  • The Third Eye Chakra: Located in the center of the forehead, between the eyes. This chakra center is responsible for the ability to focus on the bigger picture.
  • The Crown Chakra: Located at the very top of the head. This chakra center is responsible for feeling connected spiritually.

When all seven chakras are balanced with energy output, the body feels its best. Sometimes, however, those who adhere to this form of therapy believe chakras can become unbalanced or blocked. This happens when feelings of doubt, insecurity, negativity, and worry creep into our lives, restricting the life force.

For example, someone who lack social confidence and thus experiences anxiety and stress related to that condition may have an unbalanced Sacral or Solar Plexus chakra. In the same way, someone who might have their Sacral or Solar Plexus chakra closed or unbalanced due to external pollutants, may start experiencing lack of confidence and anxiety.

But each chakra also regulates energy towards different parts of the body and has a direct influence on the physical health. In that sense, the body is a multidimensional being with physical, emotional, spiritual and energy fields that affect each other.

“The core principle of chakra healing is that personal consciousness, how awake we are, affects any physical healing process or ongoing health,” said Ramsden. “By positively influencing an underpowered chakra, a healer can assist a client in deepening their grasp on what is necessary to deal with in regard to their illness or personal problem.

“Chakra healing influences our mental and emotional understanding of a wide variety of complaints we may struggle with, be it illness, or recovery after an accident. Chakra healing can also helps us tap into hidden energy body resources, so as to better cope with health challenges, or with emotional struggles such as the loss of a spouse, or parent.”

Chakra therapy balances 7 chakras

The seven chakras (Shutterstock)

Chakra therapy improves an individual’s health by returning the body to a balanced state so it may better deal with the physical issues affecting it. Balanced chakras can be equated to a decrease in stress which is a negative force inhibiting healing and causing health issues of its own within the body.

What to look for in a chakra healer

While it is possible to do things to balance chakras on your own, individuals who are under extreme stress from an illness or injury may benefit from the work of a professional chakra healer.

Ramsden cautions there are no real standards that chakra healers can be measured by, unlike the education and licensing of other professional helpers. But three things can help guide you to find a good energy or chakra healer.

“Firstly, has the healer undergone a training program, one requiring two to four years of ongoing study? A ‘trained’ healer will usually give a better and more professional healing than any untrained one,” he explains.

“Secondly, can you read or hear the chakra healer talk about their work, so you can first understand their approach? Read their web page, or their book, or listen to them speaking at an event. This will give you a lot of information about how well informed the healer is, and if they can help you with your problem or issue.”

Thirdly, indicates Ramsden, once you find a healer that interests you then only book a single session, just to try them out before committing to long-term work. After this first session you should get some form of immediate change or notice a difference.

If you don’t notice any change, move on and find another healer to try. Healers, like other professionals, should provide you with results.