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Reiki is a Japanese healing technique that can be used to reduce stress and encourage relaxation for the entire being; not just the body, but the mind and soul as well. It is a type of alternative therapy. Reiki for chronic pain, as with acupuncture, is focused on healing by fixing problems with our life energy. The belief is that issues with our energy contribute to illness, pain, and issues like anxiety.
When it comes to using reiki for issues like chronic pain, studies suggest that it can be effective at helping to reduce chronic pain and anxiety. While many people have said they received relief from pain, sleep issues, nausea, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, infertility, and other issues, everyone is different. Reiki for chronic pain may not be effective for you, or it may affect you in a way you do not expect.
Reiki focuses on the two pain centers in the limbic system. These two pain centers are directly connected to our emotions as the limbic system is where emotions are processed. Reiki for chronic pain sufferers is an excellent option for those who cannot handle acupuncture and are unable to withstand the rigors of even light yoga and tai chi.
If you’re interested in trying out Reiki for chronic pain you’ll want to look for a provider in your area that has experience and clients that have left positive reviews. When you find a provider that you are interested in working with, set up an appointment.
What to expect during your appointment:
- You’ll have a brief discussion with your practitioner about your issues
- You’ll lay down on a table or mat and you will be covered with a blanket
- Soft, relaxing music will play in the background, the lighting will likely be dimmed
- You may experience heat or tingling, you may experience visualizations
- You may talk if you feel the need to but your healer will not pressure you to talk
How it works
Your life energy will flow to the areas that need the most healing. The Reiki practitioner will then apply light pressure one by one to the areas in need of healing. Some use a no-touch method that may work better for others. The goal is to encourage healing and then send the energy back into the normal flow of the body.
Important to note: reiki healing may not heal your body in the way you want or expect, but may tackle another issue your body needs to heal more. Your body takes and uses the energy to heal the body systems that need it most.
Reiki may or may not be effective for certain types of pain – for example, reiki is great for chronic pain, not good for those suffering from neuropathy.
Why should you use reiki for chronic pain?
Constant, chronic pain causes a variety of issues that are more than just physical. The strain of dealing with pain affects us psychologically and emotionally as well. It negatively impacts our way of life and quality of life. In fact, studies have shown a direct correlation between anxiety and depression and level of pain, and length of time of pain.