Stress is a part of life that we all encounter and it can have negative consequences if it becomes too intense or persists for a long time.
Factors like work hours fulfilling family responsibilities, financial challenges and a lack of personal relaxation time can contribute to high levels of stress that harm our wellbeing. This stress buildup affects our emotional and mental health creating imbalances in various areas.
Thankfully there are ways to manage stress. Sometimes we can choose to eliminate situations or remove ourselves from environments causing stress. However things aren’t always straightforward. In addition to those options we can effectively manage stress by incorporating physical activity into our lives or engaging in stress reduction practices like reiki.
How does stress impact our bodies?
When faced with stress our adrenal glands respond by producing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol triggering the bodys “fight or flight” response.
As a result we may experience elevated adrenaline levels leading to difficulties, in sleeping or muscle tension.This is why our bodies sometimes struggle to “switch off” when we should be able to sleep.
This constant activation takes a toll on our system over time and disrupts the proper functioning of our immune system, digestive system and ability to relax. Whenever we enter the “fight or flight” mode our immune systems suffer because our bodies recognize that these processes are not necessary for handling the perceived emergency efficiently. Our bodies treat both mental strains in a similar manner.
To counteract these effects and promote health and well being it is crucial to prioritize activities that effectively manage stress and replenish depleted energy levels.
Enter Reiki: a relaxing treatment for stress relief.
A Reiki healing session offers serenity and tranquility. This non invasive approach harnesses the bodys energy field to facilitate healing energy flow.
While the concept of healing might seem nebulous or abstract the underlying principle of this treatment is that every individual possesses a capacity, for self healing. Within our defense mechanisms lies the ability to protect, repair and renew cells while efficiently eliminating intruders and “foreign substances.” All these functions are interconnected with our system.Rest and relaxation play a role in the smooth functioning of this system.
In the 1920s Dr. Mikao Usui, a medical practitioner rediscovered the ancient healing practice called reiki, which originated in Tibet. The term “universal energy” is derived from Japanese. Denotes the life force present in the air we breathe. Reiki, a word nourishes our immune system with this vital energy. According to Dr. Usuis teachings each cell in our body vibrates and emits a frequency that forms an energy field surrounding our form, known as the aura. When our immune system operates optimally we experience a sense of vitality. Radiate positive energy. However excessive emotional or physical stress weakens our systems effectiveness making us more susceptible to illness. Our overall health is often reflected in the state of our energy field since anxiety and tension affect every cell in our body.
Reiki treatment for managing stress
During a Reiki healing session the patient lies on a treatment table while receiving an soothing full body treatment. The practitioner directs healing energy, which’s a vibrational frequency through their hands, onto the body or its energy field.The positive impact of Reiki extends to both the physical and subtle energy fields of our bodies. When our hands are placed on the body or the energy field healing energy is transmitted. People often describe this energy as occasionally cold, radiant, tingling and soothing.
Reiki energy has the power to slow down and relax the mind creating a resonance that transitions us from the realm of the sympathetic nervous system to a state of relaxation, rest and replenishment provided by the parasympathetic nervous system. This shift initiates the bodys process of self healing ultimately enhancing our immune system.
The profound relaxation response and calming nature of Reiki offer relief from pain, alleviation of muscle tension and assistance in releasing mental and emotional stress. It instills a sense of peace and serenity contributing to the restoration of a positive mindset and perspective. Consequently Reiki serves as an option for managing stress levels while also revitalizing and rejuvenating the spirit.
During a Reiki session practitioners concentrate on points, in the body particularly when we’re experiencing stress.These points encompass parts of our body: the head, where we often experience tension and stress; the heart, which holds our emotional memories; the stomach and solar plexus where stress and worry tend to accumulate; and the lower abdomen, a common area for tension and stress. Reiki effectively targets these areas by increasing energy flow helping us become more attuned to our bodies and emotions. This heightened awareness allows us to recognize periods of stress.
Reiki serves as a healing approach and works best when combined with other treatment methods typically necessary, for effective illness management. When someone receives Reiki they take time to pause, rest and realign themselves on a deep level that fosters mental, physical and spiritual harmony.
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