Stressed? Overwhelmed? Feeling like there is never enough time in your day to get everything done?
How are you coping? Are you constantly drinking coffee because you have no energy? Popping Tylenol daily because you’ve had a headache for weeks?
Stress can wreak havoc on your life, and if you don’t deal with the stress in healthy ways, it will deal with you.
According to WebMD stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress — a negative stress reaction. Distress can lead to physical symptoms including:
- Digestive problems
- Elevated blood pressure
- Sleep problems
- Weight gain
Research shows that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases.
80% of illnesses are related to stress
It’s important to manage your stress for your health and well-being.
One way to do this is to de-stress with Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.
Reiki is a complementary therapy involving gentle touch that positively affects all levels of the mind and body – physical, emotional and mental.
Reiki therapy stimulates the natural healing process to restore and maintain the body.
This natural healing technique has been shown to be effective for back pain, tension headaches, fatigue, digestive disorders, insomnia, palliative care and pre and post operative care, just to name a few.
Thinking you’d like to try Reiki? Here’s a few things to consider when looking for a practitioner:
- Find out what level of Reiki they are trained in. A professional Reiki practitioner should have studied 2nd-degree Reiki or beyond. Although people with 1st-degree Reiki training may treat family members or friends, they don’t have the experience to treat professionally.
- Do you feel comfortable with the person? This is the most important thing. For you to be able to relax, you need to have some basic trust that the person knows what she is doing and treats you with respect.
- How many sessions do they think I will need? This answer gives you further insight into the practitioner’s perspective on how Reiki works. Most practitioners recommend a series of appointments, especially for dealing with chronic illness or stress. Reiki, like other complementary therapies, provides benefits with one session; however to experience any significant shifts, more than one session is required.