I previously introduced you to Amy Kaiser, Soul Healing Massage, in Schofield, WI here.
In addition to offering traditional massage services, Amy also offers Reiki treatments.
According to http://www.reiki.org/faq/whatisreiki.html, “Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick for feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.”
I had heard of Reiki before, but never experienced it, so when the opportunity arose, I was excited to give it a try! In exchange for writing this blog post, Amy provided a 60 minute Reiki session. I was fully clothed and lay on her massage table. The room was darkened, and relaxing music played in the background. As Amy moved slowly around my body, I felt various sensations rising up inside me, maybe a twinge here, or a contracted feeling there, nothing painful at all, and then it would pass. By the end of the session, I was deeply, deeply relaxed. I’m not sure that I’ve ever been so relaxed in my life. So relaxed, in fact, that I didn’t feel that I could possibly move for a few minutes! I was more relaxed by the Reiki treatment than by a massage. I also had some really inspirational ideas that came up right after this treatment .. coincidence or not?
Would I have another Reiki treatment? Yes, definitely. Would I choose it over massage? Maybe … I think that if I was feeling soreness or tightness in my muscles, I would opt for the massage. If I was looking for stress relief alone (or inspiration!), I would choose Reiki.
Amy has been practicing Reiki since 2011 and has found that it is a great fit with massage therapy. She really feels that these two in combination is her passion. Amy initially encountered Reiki when she was in a deep depression, and her counselor suggested medication. Due to her health care background, Amy knew the side effects of medication and wasn’t interested in going down that path. A friend suggested that she learn to meditate, and her counselor suggested Reiki. Through these tools, Amy learned to calm herself, even in tense situations. She had just one Reiki session before she decided to pursue training as a practitioner. She finds it so calming and relaxing, similar to massage, but that the relaxed state of her mind lasts longer. Amy credits Reiki to changing her life. At this time, Amy is a Level 3 Reiki practitioner and studied the Usui Reiki school of practice (the original Reiki that was developed in Japan in 1922.)
Amy has found that giving her children Reiki treatments reduced growing pains. It is an effective stress reliever and, as you may know. stress is actually at the root of all of our health issues. One of Amy’s clients, Sharon, stated “Amy has helped me relieve some intense pain and I don’t have to take the pain medication anymore. After a Reiki session, my chiropractor was able to adjust me much more easily.”
What about you? Is Reiki something that you’ve experienced before, or are interested in trying?