What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced: ray-key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the knowledge that inside of our physical bodies, there exists a non-physical energy system or life force that causes us to be alive. This life force is called Ki in Japan. Ki (key) is also the Chi (chee) of China, the prana of India, the Ti or Ki of the Hawaiians and the Vital Energy or Life Force of Western Philosophy.
Ki is flowing in all living things including plants, animals and people. When a person’s Ki is high, they feel healthy, strong, and confident and when Ki is low, they feel weak and are more likely to become ill.
Ki flows within the physical body through pathways called chakras, meridians and nadis, as well as, flowing around us in a field of energy called the aura. Similar to the basis of acupuncture, Reiki heals by correcting imbalances in the flow of Ki.
Many times the unrest or issues that surface in our lives are a response to underlying energy imbalances. My clients have reported major shifts in their thinking, feelings, and ways of seeing things after Reiki sessions. Many have emotional releases or revelations that allow the right kind of healing to occur so that change is easy and natural. Sometimes the shift is more subtle, revealing itself over the coming days and weeks.
Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field, charging them with positive energy and raising the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body. This causes the negative energy to be moved and released. In so doing, Reiki clears the energy pathways, allowing ki to flow in a healthy and natural way. This balance allows the body to function more effectively and promote healing.
It is widely known that our thoughts and beliefs can directly affect our health. Stress alone can increase the risk of heart problems, high blood pressure and depression, to name a few. Negative thoughts and feelings (those that are conscious, as well as, those that are subconscious) are the main cause in the restriction of the flow of Ki. Regaining Ki balance promotes health and well-being. Reiki works with the mind/body connection.
A Reiki treatment is wonderfully relaxing.
Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating a sense of relaxation, feelings of calm, peace, security and wellbeing. Both hypnosis and Reiki are powerful tools to help you find and maintain a balanced body and mind.
Reiki in Hospitals
According to the American Hospital Association, Reiki is used in over 800 hospitals in America. As Reiki is gaining wider acceptance in the medical establishment, hospitals are incorporating it into their roster of patient services, often with their own Reiki-trained physicians, nurses and support staff. Reiki was in use in hospital operating rooms as early as the mid-90′s.(1) Since then its acceptance in medicine has grown. It is now listed in a nursing “scope and standards of practice” publication as an accepted form of care,(2) and a 2008 USA Today article reported that in 2007 15% of U.S. hospitals (over 800) offered Reiki as a regular part of patient services.(3)
Reiki is used in hospitals right here in Portland. As a member of the Northwest Reiki Association, I volunteer at Providence Hospital offering complimentary Reiki sessions to patients in their acute physical rehab unit.
- Chip Brown, “The Experiments of Dr. Oz,”The New York Times Magazine, July 30, 1995, 20-23.
(2) American Holistic Nurses Association and American Nurses Association (2007),Holistic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (Silver Spring, MD: Nursesbooks.org.)
(3)L. Gill, “More hospitals offer alternative therapies for mind, body, spirit,”USA Today, September 15, 2008 (Online) http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-2009-2014-alternative-therapies_N.htm.
What is Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of profound relaxation allowing you to totally focus and concentrate. In this state, your critical mind (conscious mind) is relaxed allowing your subconscious mind to be accessible and open to positive suggestions. In this state you can easily recall feelings, emotions, memories and situations and you can effortlessly imagine and visualize the changes you desire and the ways in which to make them a reality. Simply with this focused concentration and an effective hypnotherapist, you can create deep, lasting changes in your belief systems and your behaviors — and you can create your best life!
Chances are you have already experienced hypnosis many times. You’ve been in hypnotic state or trance if you have ever been engrossed in a book or movie and lost track of time, or if you’ve been so deep in thought while driving that suddenly you are at your exit. Even daydreaming is a form of trance. The difference with hypnosis is that you are intentionally guided into trance by the hypnotherapist for a beneficial purpose.
Hypnotherapy is the use of the hypnotic state to solve problems, change habits, reduce stress, generate healing and change. Hypnotherapy allows you to make these changes much more easily than you can in a normal state of awareness. The use of hypnosis began thousands of years ago to help people with a variety of emotional and physical challenges.
Most therapeutic methods, such as counseling and cognitive behavior therapy, work on a conscious level. Hypnotherapy addresses issues on a subconscious level, thereby directly addressing the source of your thoughts and behaviors. The conscious mind is only capable of holding a small amount of information, while the subconscious mind is a repository of all our of life experiences and memories – everything that makes us who we are today.
Imagine an iceberg; the tip of the iceberg above water represents your conscious mind and the part below represents your subconscious mind, the largest part of your mind.
Please note we require a physician referral before initiating work on diagnosed conditions. We do not treat, prescribe for, or diagnose any condition.
So what is hypnotherapy used for?
Hypnosis can help with any issue that involves the mind – even pain is perceived selectively through the mind and can be alleviated through hypnosis. Below are some common applications of hypnosis:
- Smoking Cessation
- Weight Loss & Management
- Self-Esteem & Self-Confidence
- Behavior Change & Habit Control
- Facilitating Wellness
- Pain Management
- Stress Reduction & Relaxation
- Navigating Grief & Loss
- Success, Achievement & Goal Setting
- Sleep Improvement
- Medical Issues
- Overcoming Fears & Phobias
- Sports Performance
- Optimism & Finding Happiness
- Academic Performance, Concentration, Memory Recall, & Improved Test Taking
- Interpersonal Skills
- Moving On
If you want to address something that is not on the above list please call or email to discuss your specific situation.