A HEALTHY BALANCE: Reiki – vital energy at its most effective

BY KIRSTEN EMERY - JULY 30, 2014

One of my most vivid childhood memories is when I would be set up on a couch in a soft and warm blanket - hot chocolate in hand, all ready for a good movie or a wonderfully-told fairy tale. I felt exactly the same way during a Reiki session at Soft Touch Wellbeing, recently.

Reiki is a Japanese ‘hands-on’ technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the idea that an unseen ‘life force energy’ flows through us and is what causes us to be alive, happy and healthy.

Usha, experienced owner and therapist of Soft Touch Wellbeing, started our session by explaining to me that Reiki is more than a healing art. It is a way of living in peace and in harmony with yourself and your surroundings – which explains why when surrounded by nature; most people tend to relax, breathe and escape from stressful matters.

Often, Reiki treatment results in people finding new clarity and solutions to worrying problems.

Usha started by cleansing my aura of all negative energies – which she did through “sweeping” hand movements over various positions on my body. She followed this with Tapping Therapy in order to align and balance my chakras.

Chakras correspond to vital points in the physical body - major arteries, veins and nerves. Thus, by focusing on these points, Usha drew out of my body from negative thoughts and feelings which often block our ability to truly see all the good we have in our lives.

Close to the end of my treatment, I indeed felt a sense of deep relaxation, combined with a general feeling of wellbeing and emotional release.

Usha also taught me five principles to practicing Reiki every day; “Just for today, I will not be angry. Just for today, I will not worry.  Just for today, I will be grateful. Just for today, I will do my work honestly. Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.” If people live these principals each day the possibilities are endless.

One never really truly realizes how great a toll our day-to-day routines take on our Etheric, Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual lives.

I would encourage that you also take a step out of your daily schedules and appreciate your true life blessings. You can try Reiki’s relaxation and healing wonders at Soft Touch Wellbeing at 53 4th Avenue, Newton Park in Port Elizabeth or by calling 041 3652762.