Written by: Elaine Bayless
Reiki is a Japanese method for stress relief and pain management. My Reiki journey began in December 2014, and I took Reiki 1, Reiki 2, and studied as a Reiki Master in the time since. The first thing my Reiki Master taught me was the importance of a daily practice, and as I followed her advice, I was astounded at the changes I saw in myself.
A self Reiki treatment is easy and takes only about 45 minutes (longer for Reiki 1 practitioners). I move my hands through the Reiki positions on my body, allowing myself simply to breathe and relax. I generally do a Reiki self-treatment at night, as soon as I get in bed, but I also do Reiki in the morning just after I wake up. Within six months, I realized that all my back pain was gone and that I didn’t have headaches any more. I also noticed an improvement in my sleep.
Recently I had the pleasure of going to Walt Disney World for a week with my family. At 41 years old, I was the third youngest person on the trip. Now, I am not an athlete. My doctor is constantly asking me how I maintain my healthy weight without some kind of work out and I just shrug. Actually, my favorite way to elevate my heart rate is to hop into my hot tub!
But in Disney World, walking long distances all day is part of the deal. I estimate that we walked a good 3-5 miles every day. I hadn’t done any training to prepare for the transition from holiday couch potato to distance walking, so I used Reiki to keep my energy levels up.
Part of our itinerary was to go back to our hotel room each day for a nap (see above about not being athletes!). So each day, when we came back our room and the rest of my family collapsed into sweet slumber, I would lay down and give myself a Reiki self-treatment. After the Reiki, I wasn’t sleepy or tired, so I read my book and journaled while everyone else slept. I was doing two to three Reiki self-treatments every day of our vacation, and I can’t remember yawning once!
The first issue I noticed during my vacation came on Sunday evening, after I had developed some blisters from and strained my neck on the fabulously fun Expedition Everest roller coaster. When I went to bed, I gave myself some extra Reiki on my neck muscles and my poor toes. Monday morning when I got up, I made sure to give myself another extra does of Reiki on my shoulder and my toes. With the second treatment, my shoulder muscle relaxed and the pain was gone.
Reiki is not a magic cure all: it took care of my strained shoulder muscle but it didn’t eliminate my blisters. I combined the Reiki with good care of my feet – washing them clean and dry every evening, bandaging the blisters, and changing out my shoes and socks. It’s important to remember that Reiki is a great practice to combine with any other kind of medical care, whether allopathic or homeopathic. Even though the Reiki didn’t make my blisters disappear, I’m confident that the Reiki combined with the good hygiene kept the blisters and the associated pain minimal. I certainly didn’t want or need to stop walking during the days, even the last day we were there.
At the end of the week, everybody except me was dragging a little. Even my five year old was having trouble waking up in the mornings! But I was still bouncing along at my normal energy levels. I told my husband that I could easily stay another week. He laughed, and said he could too, but only if he spent the whole weekend sleeping!
Reiki is an important part of my daily health routines, like brushing and flossing, drinking plenty of water, and eating fruits and vegetables. It’s a simple way to give myself loving care and relax.
Elaine Bayless is a life coach, pastoral counselor, and Reiki Master in Raleigh, NC. She works with overwhelmed moms and over achieving perfectionists to help them create a delicious life of ease and joy. Elaine is a prolific writer, maintaining two blogs and publishing articles on elephant journal, Mind Body Green, and LinkedIn. In her spare time she bakes bread, reads, and gardens. She graduated from Regent University in 2009, with a Master’s degree in Divinity and Pastoral Counseling, as well as a peer coach certification. In 2016 she completed training as a Reiki Master. Check out her website at www.soulcourse.com or schedule a one hour stress relieving chat at talkwithelaine.com