The health benefits of Reiki

Reiki can be highly relaxing and is believed to help with a number of problems, from helping reduce alcohol cravings and smoking habits to improving general well-being.

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When your life energy is low, it is likely you will feel weak and unmotivated. Using Reiki to strengthen this energy can help your body remain healthy and fight off illness.

While Reiki is used to help fight off physical ailments; bad thoughts and negative feelings can affect your life energy. The natural flow of this energy can be disrupted with low self-esteem and negativity, Reiki is a treatment that can keep your physical and emotional well-being healthy.

The therapy uses the palms of the hands. They are placed lightly on or around the body of the patient – the healing energy from the hands of the practitioner flows through the body, making them feel relaxed and offering a sense of decreased anxiety.

Research has found this form of therapy can have effective health benefits:

Helps reduce depression and anxiety

Our mood is strongly associated with depression and anxiety; a number of studies have found that Reiki can help improve the mood of the patient. One study found that the improvement of mood can be linked to reduced anxiety. People who have tried Reiki have said they saw a significant decrease in anger, confusion and negative moods.

Can help reduce stress and promote relaxation

Relaxation and the reducing of stress are the most common health benefits of Reiki. This Japanese healing energy is designed to trigger the body’s relaxation response. Many common ailments are linked to suffering from stress, whether it be work stress, emotional or environmental. Stress can be linked to many health problems, such as sexual problems and psychological conditions. A non-invasive therapy like Reiki is a good way to help reduce the risk of developing these.

Increase mobility

A study from the Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal found that physical therapy and Reiki has similar effects in improving the mobility of the injury, for example, shoulder pain, wrist ache or back pain. The findings suggest that the benefits of Reiki and the improvement of mobility-related ailments may arise from the joint movements rather than the brain’s pain system.

Can enhance emotional clarity

Reiki is said to help heal us emotionally as well as physically. It has been found that Reiki has a rather endearing quality; the therapy can enhance our ability to love, empathise and strengthen relationships. Reiki can help connect the patient with inner peace, ‘cleaning and clearing’ their emotions.

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Written by Ellen Lees
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Written by Ellen Lees
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