Monday, August 31, 2009

Reiki as a Complimentary Therapy

There are many Alternative and Complimentary Health Techniques to choose from.
We live in a wonderful time of being able to have a greater choice in our health care. 
Many of the treatments that are offered encourage prevention of illness, but all too often we are already in a state of unhealthiness when we stumble upon a healing technique that could possibly offer us relief.
One such treatment is Reiki.  Being a Reiki practitioner for 3 years I have seen tremendous improvements in the health of my clients with this technique and am always overjoyed with the results that my clients receive.
Reiki; pronounced Ray-Key and meaning Universal Life Force Energy; is an ancient healing technique that uses the gentle laying on of hands.
Reiki offers a holistic approach to all conditions. As a complimentary therapy it works well alongside conventional medical treatments and therapies. Providing deep relaxation it relieves the stress and anxiety that is sometimes related to medical treatment and diagnosis.

** One should never stop taking medications or stop medical treatment when working with Reiki and your doctor would benefit from knowing that you have added this complimentary therapy to your health care treatment. **

This technique is a completely safe form of treatment, it is non-invasive and gentle and does not require you to undress.

A typical Reiki session lasts 60 minutes for adults and 30 minutes for children. The client lies fully clothed on a body work/massage table and is covered with soft, warm blankets. Soft music is played in the background to aid in the relaxation of the body and mind.

Using his/her hands the Reiki practitioner channels the energy for the client through a series of various hand positions throughout the body. The client may report feeling warmth, vibrations or tingly sensations coming from the practitioner's hands and travelling throughout the body. This is the energy that is being felt.  The time spent with the Reiki energy is soothing and relaxing, it is a feeling like no other.

A difference in the client's state of being is often felt after just one session, and the effects of the treatment can last up to one week after treatment.

The number of sessions varies for each individual however it is recommended that at least 3 consecutive sessions be taken within a week of eachother to create a more consistent balance in the mind, body and spirit. Although this is not mandatory and is left to the client to consider. It is through this holistic balance that Reiki brings about natural healing.

Some of the benefits of regular Reiki treatments include (but are certainly not limited to):

- reduction or elimination of pain
- relaxation and increased mobility
- elimination of migraine headaches
- accelerates healing time of colds/flus, post surgery, etc.
- strengthens immune system
- increased energy
- calms, reduces and eliminates stress and the effects of stress on the body
- balances negative moods and emotions
- relieve insomnia
- increased learning ability
- corrects unnecessary behavioural patterns

Reiki is not a religion. Nor does it require the client to believe in the process of Reiki. Reiki is accessible to every person regardless of age, income, religious background and beliefs.

Although no one technique is right for everyone, Reiki certainly can serve as a stepping stone to learning about the other modalities that are available to us.  It is a gentle introduction to a world that we rarely get to hear about. 

The experience of Reiki is one you will not soon forget.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Choose what's right for you.

In thinking about what my first "topic" post would be for this blog.  I sat back and asked the question "what is the first thing I wished someone would have told me on my journey to self discovery?"
The answer came as "be true to you".
I think that really this is the first stepping stone to any type of growth, be it personal or business.  If you are not being true to your instincts or your wants and desires then things are certainly not going to go "as planned".
As much as it may be the first step, it is also the most complicated in some situations.
There may be programming passed down from our ancestors about how it is selfish to think of ourselves, society certainly doesn't advocate the path less travelled (although things are improving in leaps and bounds lately).
I'm not talking about turning our backs on the world here. I think many of us can relate to being "bullied" by friends and family most of our lives, how often have you felt like someone's doormat?  How many times have you made up your mind to go in one direction then allowed a guilt trip to change your mind?
So how can we overcome the doubts and take our first steps to being true to ourselves?  What can we do to ease into living our lives based on what we want and not the wants of others?
It's been said that we are our own worst critic's.  I don't believe this is true.  Because those critical thoughts aren't coming from within US.  They are programs of society, family & peers.  They are the words and thoughts of our peers that come back to haunt us when the time is right.
Here are a few tips to breaking through and taking the path less travelled:
** Listen to your gut!  This is your instinctual center, it will never fail you or lead you astray.  It is the most trustworthy source of information you will find on this planet. 
Our emotions are our greatest gift really, when we know how to use them. 
In any circumstance, take a deep breath and bring your attention to your stomach and body.  What does it feel like?  Are there butterflies in your stomach?  Do you feel jittery, cold, sweaty?  These are all indications that what you are about to experience is NOT in your best interest.
If you are feeling excited, elated, joyful.  Sure enough you are on track with what will only bring you the best of experiences.
** Make the decision, and STICK to it!  Don't allow anyone to rain on your parade.  When faced with a nay-sayer bring yourself back to the feeling of joy that you felt when the idea came to mind.  Set your sights on your goals and don't look back.
People often think they are giving you the best advice they have to offer, they love you and they don't want you to make a fool of yourself.  They are also fearful and envious.  If you move forward with this experience where does that leave them?
The people in your life may love you with every fiber of their being, but if their advice goes against your good feelings then they are unconsciously speaking from a place of fear.
Love them for their caring ways, appreciate them for speaking up, but follow through with your original plans.
There is a great Chinese saying "Those who say it cannot be done, shall not interrupt the one who is doing it."
**  Be proud of yourself!  Ultimately, the opinions of others are none of our business.  Be proud of your accomplishment whatever it is.  Be proud that you stuck it out and followed your heart, the more you accomplish being true to yourself the easier it becomes
**  Start small.  If you're someone who never says "No", then I suggest start by saying "No" and see where it gets you, even to the smallest thing - maybe your a sucker for listening to the entire telemarketer speech without interupting?  As rude as you may feel doing it, it is the perfect beginning spot. 
Sometimes we think the worst will happen if we decline an offer or disagree with a friend, I'm here to tell you that the sky will not fall in on you.  In fact the person on the receiving end will most likely admire you for being true to yourself.
Sometimes you will feel like you are not doing the right thing by being true to yourself.  But you ARE doing the right thing.  Again these are the programs within our minds that bring us back to a place of guilt.
Guilt has no business in the heart of someone that wants to live to their fullest potential.


Welcome to my blog!

The purpose of this blog is to bring you ideas and thoughts that open your heart and expand your mind.

The times we live in can be stressful and confusing. 

However, if we allow ourselves to open up to the possibility that everything is happening to bring us to a greater awareness of ourselves and the world around us, it changes everything!

Consider that even though there have been record number of job losses in the past year, there has also been an amazing increase in the number of new small businesses being started.

Those who open their minds and hearts to the new possibilities that surround them turn adversity into triumph and are bringing new ideas to this world.

I am Jennifer Merritt, Reiki Master Teacher and Self Awareness Mentor (aspiring to be a certified life coach).  I hope the stories and ideas that I share with you on this blog raise your awareness and bring you to your natural State of Being.

I welcome you and look forward to all of your comments.