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Does Reiki Really Work?

Does Reiki Really Work?

In today’s world, stress can be a constant for many people. Whether it’s from a physical illness or from another source such as work or a relationship, if you’re under severe or long-term stress, you’re seeking solutions to help you feel better. 

At Ego, a beauty and wellness center with locations in Lodi and Modesto, California, we offer the energy healing technique Reiki as one solution to calm stress, increase relaxation, and reduce anxiety. Your Reiki specialist at Ego uses their hands to balance the energy flow in your body. 

What is Reiki? 

Reiki is an Eastern healing practice that is now moving into mainstream Western health and wellness practices. Reiki was developed at the beginning of the 20th century in Japan. The “rei” in the Japanese word reiki means “universal” and “spiritual” and the “ki” refers to your life force or vital energy. 

The theory behind Reiki is that balancing the energy in your body can help heal disease and lower stress. Reiki is in use worldwide as a healing practice that can complement other medical treatments. At least 60 hospitals in the U.S. offer Reiki as a patient service and 800 hospitals are engaged in Reiki education. Up to 30,000 nurses in American hospitals now use Reiki practices.

What happens at a Reiki session? 

You lie down on a table with your clothes on. Your Reiki practitioner places hands with palms down very close to or just gently touching your body over your clothing. Energy flows from their hands to your body, but no heavy pressure is placed on your body. Your practitioner never touches your private areas. 

Your practitioner uses various hand positions held over or gently touching your body and holds each position while correcting and balancing the energy flow in specific areas of your body. You may feel tingling, pulsing, or warmth when your practitioner's hands are over different areas of your body. Each session lasts about 50 minutes.

Reiki’s effectiveness 

The National Institutes of Health has performed five studies to learn the effect of Reiki on individuals with cancer, other diseases, and chronic stress. Although not conclusive, there is “reasonably strong support” for Reiki as better than a placebo for stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, as measured by reduced resting heart rate and blood pressure and increased heart rate variability.

Additional studies show Reiki improves a number of variables associated with physical and psychological health. Patients showed positive change in symptoms including anxiety, depression, pain, shortness of breath, nausea, and overall well-being. It lessened unpleasant chemotherapy side effects. 

Many hospitals are starting to use Reiki as adjunctive therapy to support the overall health of patients with cancer and other diseases. Reiki’s ability to relax patients increases their feelings of well-being and peace, which in turn, may aid the healing process.

Call or book an appointment online with Ego. Experience stress reduction and the sense of well-being and relaxation after a Reiki session.

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