Reiki for Stress Relief
The moment the Reiki Practitioner lays their hands on or above specific points of your body, deep relaxation embodies you, quickly releasing any stress that may has been weighing you down. After you have received a session you feel a little floaty, lighter, and a sense of calm sweeps through you.
Because Reiki increases the flow of energy (chi, qi, prana) throughout your body, and brings you back into a state of balance; you feel, dare I say… inner peace.
You are able to cope with life’s stressors, you feel better equipped, and find it easier to handle the situations and people that used to cause you so much upset, and chaos. Suddenly you realise that the stressful triggers are no longer that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, as a new sense of clarity sets in.
Reiki releases old beliefs, traumatic physical and emotional experiences, and old destructive patterns of behaviour that has become blocked inside your energetic system, and no longer serves your highest good.
As old wounds heal, a positive mindset develops, attracting desirable experiences on a higher vibrational frequency. Your mood elevates as your emotions are balanced, creating new feelings of gratitude, inner calm, self-worth, and freedom from the prison of your thoughts.
The Science behind Stress
Your autonomic Nervous System is comprised of two specific systems: The Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) and the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS).
The SNS is the part of your body tied to your “flight or fight” response, and the PNS is tied to your “rest and digest.”
When you feel threatened a chemical reaction occurs in our body releasing stress hormones such as cortisol, and this triggers your “fight or flight” response.
During this stress response you may experience a number of symptoms such as pupil dilation, increased sweating, muscle tightening, blushing, elevated heart rate and blood pressure.
We spend a lot of our daily lives in ‘fight-or-flight’ mode, and in fact 85% of UK adults are experiencing stress regularly. If we are in a constant state of ‘fight-or-flight’ mode, chronic stress can result, and have serious physical and mental health implications such as:
- Anxiety and worry
- Weight issues
- Bad choices & decisions
- Low self-esteem/confidence issues
- Relationship problems
- Sexual issues
- Alcohol & substance abuse
- Weakened immune system
- Physical & Emotional illness
But what causes Stress?
What happened to you as a child and as you are growing up has a huge impact in your life. The thoughts and beliefs that you have, whether true or not, the way that you perceive the world and yourself, will determine what kind of person you will be, and what state your physical and emotional health will resemble.
Money worries, health concerns, relationships, job responsibilities and home life can all be classified as outside triggers to stress, which we are vulnerable to.
However, every area of our lives can be perfectly maintained and managed if inside of ourselves we are at peace, living in the now…. the present…this very moment. For in this very moment we have no worries or stress.
When we think about our future, we invent worst case scenarios, worry about future bills, growing old, and whatever other frightening images, and made up situations our minds can create.
When we think about our past, we pointlessly obsess about the what if’s, and the should haves. We dredge up all the things that has happened to us since we were children, all the people who had an influence in our lives, and all the situations and people who are still making a huge impact on our lives.
We are trapped in a whirlpool of insane, useless and dangerous thought processes that damage and cause us extreme amounts of unnecessary pain in our lives.
The past has already happened and cannot be changed, and the future does not exist yet.
If we are not so consumed with thoughts about our past and future, then what is left?
Inner stillness…Inner silence…Inner peace.