Yesterday I had a reiki session. Reiki is a Japanese technique that promotes healing, relaxation and reduces stress, and I thought it may just help to alleviate some of the pain in my shoulder and neck.
Reiki is based on the idea of an unseen life force energy which flows through us and is administered by laying hands on various parts of the body. If our life force energy is low, we get ill or feel stressed. It can help to restore balance to the bodies energy points or ‘chakras‘, clear the mind and increase energy levels.
Many people are sceptical about reiki, as with a number of alternative therapies. I’m very open minded to stuff like that and I think you have you have to believe in it. Whilst I don’t think it will completely heal my shoulder, it certainly helps me to relax.
At the end of the hour, I was shocked at how much my reiki lady picked up without me telling her in advance. From the heat that radiated from my head, shoulder, knees and upper body, she concluded that I had a skeletal issue and said that the right side of my body (the side of my shoulder injury) was off balance. She picked up on my tension, especially in my head – not surprising with what I have had going in my personal life during the past couple of months.
She gave me a couple of crystals – amethyst for headaches and tension and angelite for reducing pain and inflammation. I will be carrying them around with me and putting them under my pillow at night.
Following the reiki session, I felt relaxed, a bit tired but much more focussed. My tension headache that I woke up with had gone and my shoulder actually feels less sore! I have been thinking a lot about my wellbeing over the past couple of days and starting tommorow, I will be overhauling my diet and revisiting my exercise regime. I have asked for a referral from my GP to hopefully get a scan on my shoulder to find out what’s going on. I have also had a workstation assessment for my posture and have some more intensive strengthening exercises from my physio.
Reiki seems to sit naturally with the spiritual side of surfing as it promotes the body’s healing abilities and what better way to chill out and switch off after a heavy surf session? I have heard a lot about yoga and pilates for surfing but what about reiki and other forms of alternative therapies?
How about you? Have you ever used alternative therapies to help heal physical ailments or promote overall wellbeing? How beneficial did you find them?