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Reiki: energy work for rebalancing and relaxation
by Eleanor Healy

Photo: energy work hands

Reiki is a powerful tool for personal growth and improving the quality of our life that can be used on animals and plants as well as human beings in times of stress and feeling out of balance


Reiki is a natural alternative to medication and drastic lifestyle changes for relaxing mind and body. It may be just the thing you need for your journey back to wholeness and balance.

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is an ancient Japanese Art that channels energy through the hands of the practitioner to promote healing and relaxation. It is a laying-on of hands or light touch technique thousands of years old. It is believed to be a Tibetan Buddhist practice that was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese monk and spiritual scholar.

The word "Reiki" translates as
Rei -- Universality or Spiritual Consciousness, and
Ki -- Life Force,
so Reiki means Universal Life Force Energy.

There are as many reasons for receiving a Reiki treatment as there are people! Some examples to seek out a Reiki treatment include fatigue, physical pain, illness, anxiety/depression, sports injuries and chronic stress. There is no claim that Reiki will heal you, rather it will give your body the energy to better cope with the imbalances and issues it finds itself in. Many people just feel better and that's the simple truth of Reiki energy.

What to expect

Eleanor Healy is the founder of Truly Me-Holistic Support Services for Practitioners. She is a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Counsellor, and Reiki Master/Teacher who lives and works in Toronto. To contact her: health@trulyme.ca or call 416 270-3199 or visit www.trulyme.ca for more information about Eleanor

During a Reiki treatment the practitioner asks the person to lie down fully clothed (usually on a massage table) and relax. The practitioner places his hands on the person in different positions or the practitioner may use a non-touching technique, where the hands are held a few centimetres away from the person's body, for some or all of the positions.

The hands are usually kept still for 3 to 5 minutes before moving to the next position. Overall, the hand positions usually cover the head, the front and back of the torso, the knees and feet. Between 12 and 20 positions are used, with the whole treatment lasting 45 to 90 minutes.

The person often feels warmth or tingling in the area being treated, even when a non-touching approach is being used. A state of deep relaxation, combined with a general feeling of well-being, is usually the most noticeable immediate effect of the treatment.

When do people seek Reiki treatments?

Reiki is a powerful tool for personal growth and improving the quality of our life that can be used on animals and plants as well.

People usually visit a Reiki practitioner when they want to:

  • support the body's natural ability to heal itself;
  • vitalize the body and mind;
  • re-establish spiritual equilibrium and mental well-being;
  • balance the body's energies;
  • remove energy blocks in the body and experience total relaxation;
  • cleanse the body of toxins;
  • increase confidence and self-esteem and help to overcome fear and anxiety; or to
  • help to find harmony and balance in the body, mind and spirit.

Things to be aware of:
Since Reiki may initiate a detox process in your body, you may feel some of the following symptoms in the days following your treatment: headache, fatigue, muscle aches, flu like symptoms or nausea. This is a natural process and each individual is different in their experience.

Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day to help your body flush out impurities and get some rest. Listen to your body in terms of what you want to eat -- if you aren't that hungry, eat soups and light meals until you feel you have your appetite back. If you find that you crave certain foods and within reason, please give your body what it wants. It may be trying to tell you that it needs certain nutrients to help with the rebalancing.

Overall, Reiki is a gentle yet very effective way to soothe your body and help it along the way to optimal health.

Eleanor Healy is the founder of Truly Me-Holistic Support Services for Practitioners. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), Counsellor (Youth & Families), Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Reiki Master/Teacher who lives and works in Toronto.

With over a decade of experience supporting people during stressful times, she gently reminds caregivers and holistic practitioners not to forget their most precious clients-themselves! Eleanor has plenty of experience navigating the choppy waters of burnout, and offers practical tips on how to put yourself back together again and more importantly, how to stay balanced in a demanding world. Contact her: health@trulyme.ca or call 416 270-3199.
Visit www.trulyme.ca for more information about Eleanor.



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