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Reiki Energy, what is it?

Reiki Energy Healing

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What is Reiki?
A Japanese technique of “Laying on of hands” for healing and stress reduction. Reiki aids in unblocking and improving Ki (life force) energy. It is a safe, gentle and effective method that works to balance the subtle energies within the body. It has no negative side effects and works to complement any other treatment a person may be receiving. Reiki addresses all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The result is often increased energy and a peaceful feeling of well being. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds. Energy healing has been used for thousands of years and this system was re-developed by Mikao Usui in the early 1900’s and brought to the United States in the 1930’s. Reiki is a very simple yet powerful technique that can be easily learned by anyone.

What does Reiki mean?
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning “Universal Life Energy”. Reiki is a method of activating and balancing the life force energy (also known as ki, prana, or chi) present in all living things. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “Higher Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. It has an intelligence of its own and knows where to go within a person’s body. You can never receive too much or “overdose” on Reiki energy. .

How Does it work?
Within a Reiki session you lay on a massage table fully clothed. Light hand placement techniques are used on the body to channel this energy to organs and glands and align the energy centers in our body. The therapist gently and slowly passes her hands over your entire body scanning first for those areas that need assistance and then allowing her hands to stay in one position for a period of time over an affected area to transfer the healing energy. The Therapist acts as a conduit so the energy flows through the therapist and directed to the client. The result is feelings of peace, calm and pain relief.

What are the benefits of Reiki?

Benefits usually vary from person to person. A Reiki session works to help bring the body back into its natural state of homeostasis (balance). When our bodies are in balance it positively effects all levels of our being:

* Works on all chronic and acute illnesses.
* Strengthens the immune system
* Speeds up natural healing process
* Effective for pain relief
* Decreases negative side effects of conventional medicine

Who Can be Treated with Reiki?
Reiki is a safe, natural and holistic healing system that is capable of treating people with many acute and chronic conditions. Reiki has been known to help people that have the
following conditions: sinusitis, cystitis, migraines, asthma, menopausal problems, back pain, anxiety, tension, depression, insomnia, sciatica, attention deficit disorder. Reiki is suitable for everyone. If you are in good health, Reiki will help you stay that way.
Hospitals, clinics and spas worldwide are including Reiki in their treatments and services with great success.

How Many Sessions are Needed?

Individual needs vary. Some prefer occasional relief from discomfort or stress,
while others will desire more in depth work to facilitate deeper physical healing, personal or spiritual growth.

Who Can Learn Reiki?

Anyone one can learn Reiki, the ability to learn Reiki is not dependent on intellectual capacity. Nor does one require training in any other form of healing. It is simply passed on from the teacher to the student through a process called an attunement.

What is an Attunement?

Reiki is not taught in traditional learning methods of book study and testing. Although, there is important and necessary information the student must learn prior to receiving the ability to perform Reiki. During the attunement/initiation process the Reiki master/teacher creates an open “channel” within the student for the cosmic or universal life energy to flow from the top of the students head and through this “channel” the energy flows down through the body and back out through the hands when Reiki is “given”
Once you have received a Reiki attunement you will have Reiki and the ability to channel it for healing for the remainder of your life. It does not wear off and you never lose it.

If you are interested in learning Reiki contact us for upcoming class schedules.

No more stress

In the last 10 years massage and alternative healing modalities have been gaining recognition and credibility. Mainly because people have finally been taking back control over their healthcare and are realizing Dr’s don’t have all the answers. Besides the fact that countless of studies have proven that massage is much more beneficial for the body and well being than we believe. It is no longer the luxury it once was but an integral part of healthcare as it is now incorporated into hospitals, hospices, delivery rooms and chiropractic offices all over the world.

Stress is the #1 cause of illness and disease and it is the stress that is wreaking havoc on our bodies. Stress has been linked to major diseases such a heat attack, high blood pressure and even cancer.

Some physical effects of stress may include but are not limited to:
Aggression, apathy, depression, diarrhea, constipation, nightmares, tension, increased heart rate, nausea or stomach pain.

More than 50% off all Dr visits are initially caused by stress. Stress and its effects can creep up slowly with out you even realizing it. Something as simple and routine as driving to work can become a source of stress which slowly and gradually affects your physical and emotional state.

During a major stressor our adrenal glands secrete adrenaline and cortisol as our bodies begin the ready for fight or flight. The heart rate increases, blood pressure rises, breathing becomes more rapid and digestion slows as blood is diverted to muscles and organs necessary for the fight or run. Once the initial threat has passed our bodies seemingly return to normal but actually remains in a state of readiness for the next “threat”.

This continual release of stress hormones breaks down muscle tissue then your body has to work hard to repair it. Over and over this happens and your immune system is compromised which in turn will lead to illness and disease if ignored.

In our society today, we are in a constant state of stress, running from one task to another and never really giving ourselves or our bodies the down time it needs to truly heal and rest. Everyone has different coping levels. Some can handle more stress than others.

So what is the best way to combat stress? There are many things you can do to help alleviate stress. Massage is a great way to reduce stress and allow the body the rest time it needs to heal. (more about the benefits of massage in another article). A one hour massage is the equivalent of about 7 hours sleep. The benefits of massage include:
Decreased muscle tension and guarding, decrease in pain, improved breathing and digestion, improved healing and immune system response and improved sleep and increased circulation to name a few. Massage benefits every single system in your body.

Other means of alleviating stress include yoga or meditation, which is ideal for quieting the mind and body; take a slow, mindful walk in a quiet, natural setting, in the woods, near a lake, pond or ocean will reduce stress. Taking time to have fun and enjoy your hobbies will give your body and mind a break from the tension. You don’t necessarily need to fly to the Bahamas or some exotic location to reduce your stress to take a “vacation”. Although, that works too.
If you want to stay closer to home here are several events happening at Full Circle Wellness that are good for body, mind and soul

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Yoga Reiki Circle in the Pines
Find out more!

Conscious Kayaking, under the canopy of fall leaves we paddle on a quiet river to connect with nature and ourselves. Connect here!2009_0709kayaking090017

Harvest Moon Goddess Gathering, Nurture your inner goddess and celebrate the amazing woman you are! Yoga, reiki, henna tattoo, healthy treats, libations around the bon fire.

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