Reiki is a Japanese energetic healing art using a technique called palm healing or hands on healing. Through the use of this technique, Reiki practitioners act as a conduit for universal Reiki energy (also called chi), which allows for self-healing and a state of restored balance.
Reiki works in conjunction with the meridian energy lines and chakras (energy centers) through the use of the hand positions, which normally correspond to the seven major chakras on the body. During a Reiki session, one lays fully clothed on a massage table, listening to soothing music and with light aromatherapy scents to facilitate the positive energetic effects. The Reiki practitioner will lay her hands gently on or slightly above your body in a series of hand positions to deliver Reiki energy. These hand positions are used mostly on the front of the body, and can include specific areas when necessary. General hand positions will address:
Reiki is being increasingly recognized for its profoundly healing effects in support of health and wellness, and is even being used today in hospitals all over the world to facilitate recovery from surgeries and illness.
What does reiki feel like?
Reiki feels warm and profoundly relaxing. You may feel the practitioners hands get very warm, and at some point notice that you have become deeply relaxed, with a sense of total well-being. Some people feel light tingling or energy movement through the body while receiving Reiki, and some also report seeing colors, or entering a light sleep or trance state - like a waking dream; some feel nothing at all. Be assured, Reiki healing energy helps us regain robust health whether or not we can feel it working. Reiki induces a powerful relaxation response, which allows us to heal more quickly on a physical, mental and emotional level.
What are the benefits of multiple sessions?
Just like meditation, or movement arts, the effects of Reiki are cumulative. While one session can work wonders, repeated regular Reiki sessions can change your life in positive ways. For example: if you sit in meditation once for ten minutes, you will receive benefit. If you sit in meditation every day for a month, many propose that your life will begin to change profoundly. Reiki works similarly - regular sessions are supportive of our well-being in every way.
Can reiki "cure" me?
Reiki is energy healing that works with and supports all other wellness treatments. Often, although we may look for a "quick fix," we learn that healing is more about gentle shifts in awareness, releasing emotional patterns, new understandings and daily practice than a "miracle cure." Reiki is not a "magic bullet" or a "cure" for any ailment, and never replaces licensed medical treatment, but is instead a powerful way to support wellness for the physical, mental and emotional aspects of our bodies.
NET is a mind-body technique that uses a methodology of finding and removing neurological imbalances related to the physiology of unresolved stress. NET is a tool that can help improve many behavioral and physical conditions, including but not limited to:
It's important to note that, like all techniques used in Foundational Healthcare, NET does not cure or heal the patient; rather, it works by removing stress-induced interference to the body's innate recuperative abilities, thus allowing the body to heal itself.
NET is based on the physiological foundations of stress-related responses.
As discovered in the late 1970s, emotional responses are composed of neuropeptides (amino acid chains) and their receptors, which lie on neurons and other cells of remote tissues in the body. The neuropeptides are ejected from the neuron and carry the encoded "information" to other sites within the body. These neuropeptides are in a category of neurochemicals known as Information Substances (IS). ISs are released at times of stress-related arousal and become attached to remotely-positioned neuroreceptors.
Significantly, this process also happens when a person recalls to memory an event in which a stress originally occurred. This is a key factor in the NET treatment. Thus, the physiological status of the body is emotionally replicating a similar physiological state that was found in the original conditioning event by the process of remembering.
Here’s a classic example of how a physiological response can be associated with a memory: Visualize a lemon...go ahead, try it. Now, think about cutting into that lemon - smell the lemony scent and see the juice running down the sides of the lemon. Now, squeeze some of the lemon’s juice into your mouth and take a big bite of the lemon. Is your mouth watering? If you’re like most people, it is, and what you’re experiencing is a physiological response to the memory of a lemon. The body’s response to stress works in a similar way.
The conditioning process is based on the principles of the great physiologist Pavlov, who demonstrated that an organism can be physiologically stimulated by a previously ineffective stimulus. For example, a bell normally does not stimulate salivary secretion. However, a bell may stimulate salivary secretion if the animal has been conditioned by associating the sound of a bell with the sight or smell of meat.
Also, it is normal that after a time of having the bell ring with no food association, the secretion of saliva (a physiological process) will stop. This is known as extinction. If the physiology of the animal is out of balance at the time of conditioning, the normal process of extinction may not take place, thus allowing for recurrent stimulation and an aberrant physiology. The physiology of the mind-body dynamic can work in a similar way. In most cases an emotional response to a given stimulus is normal and healthy. However, there can be instances where this normal emotional response fails to complete its full cycle (extinction does not take place), and then we can have an aberrant response to a future similar stimulus. In NET we call these aberrations Neuro Emotional Complex (NECs).
Thus, if the body was in a low state of resistance at the time of a stressfully charged event and the event is recalled to (conscious/nonconscious) memory, this low state of physiological resistance will also be duplicated in the present-day body.
As an example, it has been observed that many patients who have been in automobile accidents are often slow to recover and fearful about driving for surprisingly varying lengths of time. The extinction process of the conditioning resulting from the automobile accident is very much individualized. While most patients may fret or be extra alert for a week or so after the accident, they usually return to a normal state. However, there are some patients who do not seem to fully recover from their conditioned responses and may be consciously or unconsciously driving in an extra-tense and highly vigilant state, with some to the point of not driving at all.
This in part also answers the question of why two people in the same accident, sustaining similar injuries, can have a great disparity in recovery times.
SomatoEmotional Release is a therapeutic process that helps rid the mind and body of residual effects of past trauma associated with negative experiences. Joint research efforts by Dr. John Upledger (developer of CranioSacral Therapy) and biophysicist Dr. Zvi Karni led to the discovery that the body often retains (rather than dissipates) physical forces, and often the accompanying emotional energy, triggered by physiological, psychological, emotional or spiritual trauma. As the body heals, it can isolate or wall off, this energy into what is called an “energy cyst”. Although a body can initially adapt to the presence of this “energy cyst”, eventually the body weakens or tires of this accommodation and can develop symptoms of pain, dysfunction or emotional stress in response.
The goal of an SER session is a comfortable holistic mind-body approach to dissipate the residual effects of past trauma and negative emotional experiences from the mind, body, and spirit and to gain insight as to how that held trauma is influencing their physical and emotional health. The SomatoEmotional Release process requires sensitivity and expertise on the part of the therapist and a positive attitude and trust from the client.
Subtle body work is combined with dialogue to assist the process of release and to increase an awareness of your “inner self.” This work truly accesses and assists the body in healing that very powerful and basic “mind-body connection”, facilitating healing at the source level of the pain or problem. Sometimes, an awareness or association of past trauma may arise during the course of a craniosacral session and the release progresses within the framework of the physical bodywork being done during that session. Or, as larger issues become apparent, several focused sessions might be helpful to fully and safely allow the body to release the effects of the held physical/emotional trauma.
SER is generally combined with CranioSacral Therapy in our office, as appropriate. However, if you know that you would like to schedule a specific SER session, you may do so as well.
NET, reiki, and SER have all been a tremendous part of releasing old (and current) emotional traumas, and healing my spirit. Before, I was eating healthy and exercising and getting adjusted regularly, and still it seemed like something was keeping me from feeling 100% healthy.
Through this work, I have come to recognize that attending to my spirit is just as is important as the rest of my healthy habits, and through a combination of these therapeutics I have experienced so many breakthroughs. I've been able to identify and let go of old damaging patterns, including some I had been trying to work through on my own (with great difficulty!)
I am so grateful that these techniques exist to attend to matters of energy, stress, and spirit, and I highly recommend them to anyone wishing to truly experience "more light in life".