“Energy is all around us. What Reiki does is give you a very positive life force energy, to dispel the negative.”
As a practitioner of both Reiki and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Sharon Conroy uses Reiki as a complementary therapy alongside acupuncture, cupping, or Chinese massage. She feels incorporating Reiki into her base treatments goes a long way to amplify the benefits.
Reiki can also be very effective as a stand-alone treatment. It is non-invasive and works energetically to affect us on a cellular level, to reduce inflammation, aid digestive issues and increase circulation. Physically, it works with the central nervous system providing a sedative effect and helping with physical discomfort and chronic pain.
Emotionally, it helps to treat mood disorders including anxiety and depression, insomnia and restlessness. Many clients will doze off during a treatment and as a practitioner, I have been told Reiki feels like a vibration, or warmth running through the body. I have also been told the recipient feels nothing physically, but emotionally, they experience a surprising inundation of wellbeing, or euphoria.
In hospitals, studies have shown improved quality of life among hysterectomy and cancer patients treated with Reiki. Studies have also documented accelerated surgical recovery and reduced side effects from chemotherapy and radiation. It can be effective in balancing hemoglobin levels, accelerating enzymatic activity and normalizing hormonal imbalances. These are great contributors to healing after a brief, or prolonged illness. Increasing hemoglobin levels may enhance oxygenation of tissue and could be helpful where there has been blood loss, or extensive burn injury.
Reiki clears energy pathways, allowing life force to flow. In TCM, these pathways are the Chakras and Meridians of the body. Conroy says these energy centers should be balanced, that they are like clocks running on timers throughout the body. You want them all running in a balanced manner, at the right speed. If they are not, we feel ill, restless, emotionally drained, or we can develop chronic conditions.
The Reiki practitioner works with universal life force and the bio-electric rhythms of the body, acting as a type of conduit to channel energy and facilitate the body’s natural inclination to heal. This focused energetic transfer, from the practitioner, creates a harmonizing effect within the body of the client.
According to studies using an EEG (electroencephalogram – which charts brainwaves), the brain waves of the Reiki recipient are observed to match that of the practitioner during a session. To me, this is reminiscent of the harmonic phenomenon ‘Sympathetic Vibration’, used by musicians. In that case, a tuning fork is struck and brought close to – without touching – another fork. Using the air between the forks as a conductor, the second fork will resonate, in vibrational synch, with the original.
Because Reiki also deals with emotional healing and recovery from trauma, a practitioner will be aware of what the client’s physical or emotional body is ready to release. Conroy says that everyone heals at a different rate and if she feels resistance from the body, she doesn’t push it. She will gently redirect the focus of energy to other areas of the body which require support. She has also had sessions where her hands felt ‘stuck’ to a zone of the client’s body, indicating the area is receiving huge benefits from the directed energy.
In my experience, Conroy’s treatments provide a feeling of peace and complete safety. This sensation of ‘feeling understood’ goes a long way to dispel stress and tension from muscles. The tightness leaves my chest and breathing becomes deeper and less restricted.
Considering the highly interactive nature of Reiki, it’s important to seek a practitioner with whom you feel comfortable. The treatment is a construct of the involved parties and the while the main component is life force there is an element of the practitioner’s own energy and intention in the mix, as well.
For this reason, Conroy feels it would appropriate to meet with your intended practitioner before the initial treatment. This allows you to get a sense of them and discover their personal methods of staying grounded and healthy, before they participate in your therapeutic session.