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Dirty Reiki Secret

This image depicts a Reiki treatment in progre... I have been doing more Reiki treatments lately, so I am being forced (in a very good way) to discuss Reiki more. My dirty Reiki secret is that I, a Reiki Master Teacher, have a very hard time talking about Reiki.

My difficulty is not that I question whether Reiki works, since all of my empirical evidence to date shows that Reiki is extremely effective in relaxation, pain relief, stress relief, headache relief, and in promoting sleep. Even if this is all that results from 45 minutes of Reiki, these are huge achievements in a society where people take pills to sleep and classes to relax.

But I always feel like I am on the edge of sounding "woo-woo", which is so NOT me. So I try to just get people to lie down and have the treatment to see how they feel, but I think it disturbs them when they feel so much better but cannot really explain why. I mean, really, how can you explain feeling your muscles relax in your lower back when my hands are just hovering on your head? But that's what happens with Reiki.

I have just decided to accept the vagueness of Reiki due to the non-invasiveness of the treatment and the clearly positive effects on myself, my clients, and my students.

How do you describe Reiki? How do you explain the effects? Let me know!


A Skeptic Discovers Reiki

This image depicts a Reiki treatment in progre...Image via WikipediaHow could I not be drawn to an article entitled, "Rookie Reiki client sold on alternative healing technique? Writer Joshua Shea decided to try Reiki out before passing any judgments. He made a Reiki appointment with a level 3 Reiki Master and walked out a believer.

"Maybe it was the end of a long week. Maybe the barometric pressure was dropping as the impending storm was near. Maybe I just needed some “me time.” Whatever it was, this stuff worked."

Shea had chronic knee pain, which has eased a bit.

"I’ve talked to naysayers since my appointment, telling them that while my chronic knee pain isn’t magically healed, I felt more relaxed and calm after my session than I have in a long time, including after traditional massage."

And was generally stressed out.

I may have slept; I was actually a little embarrassed to ask in our post-session conversation. I have explored various modes of relaxation, stress-relieving and healthcare options in articles through the years, and be it a reflexologist or a massage therapist, I always promise them, and myself, I’ll be back, but my hectic life gets in the way. I don’t think that’s going to happen here. Following the session with Sandra, my wife asked about the results. It was when I told her that I’d pick Reiki over a massage that I recognized it had made a lasting impression and I look forward to the next time I can lay down, focus on breathing, and receive the energy of a Reiki treatment, whether anyone else wants to believe or not.

There you go. What else can I add?

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