Incorporating Other Energy-based Therapies into My Reiki Practice
I have studied and now practice a number of holistic and natural energy-based therapies. The question, however, has always been: how and when do I incorporate all this into my practice as a Reiki Therapist. To start answering this I have prepared a series of articles to share my knowledge and experiences in this regard.
The principle that everything in the Universe is energy is key to finding an appropriate holistic approach to the use of the vast amount of energy-based healing techniques available to the natural therapist.
As a healer and therapist it is important to understand that we, as humans, have a very specific life-force energy and what this life-force energy entails, i.e. it is both electromagnetic energy and more subtle energies that form the dynamic infrastructure of the Etheric and physical body. In China it is called Chi, in Japan Ki, and in India Prana. No matter what it is called, our life-force energy is what determines our vitality and well-being.
With today’s modern lifestyles, processed foods and stress, our life-force energy is often depleted and our vitality and well-being diminished. We may feel fatigued and demotivated or even suffer from mild depression, insomnia, low immunity, allergies and all sorts of aches, pains, illnesses and discomforts.
As natural therapists our aim is to bring our clients back to balance, replenish their life-force energy and promote self-healing – we assist through some form of “energy intervention” to restore vitality and well-being and help our clients to naturally and holistically heal from the discomforts and illnesses caused by everyday stress and poor lifestyle choices. Natural and holistic therapies are ultimately aimed at promoting and supporting self-healing. This is not only at a physical level, but also at an emotional, mental and spiritual level.
I have found that Reiki is a particularly effective and all-embracing energy therapy and as a Reiki Master practitioner my first choice when treating a client is naturally to use Reiki therapy. Reiki is generally a good starting point – it relaxes the client, enhances vitality and well-being, brings balance and soothes a wide range of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual upsets and discomforts. All this without the need for the client to go into an in-depth analysis of their lives and all its dramas – some clients do not wish to have a counselling or psychotherapeutic session; they merely want to relax and enjoy the feeling of tender loving care and a sense of being nurtured that Reiki provides.
As the therapeutic process which is promoted by Reiki starts to kick in, clients (and therapists) often become more aware of specific issues that may need to be addressed to further support the healing process. This is a natural progression and as a therapist I am acutely aware of this occurrence – I create the environment within which clients can safely and at their own pace find those stepping stones in their journey to a state of balance and well-being.
There are, however, circumstances where it becomes necessary to look beyond Reiki therapy. This is where other energy and holistic therapies come into play. From time to time it may be necessary for a client to consider a therapy that I do not offer and a referral network is essential to facilitate such a step. However, more often than not the preferred course of action indicates that I need to make use of my own therapy tool-kit, incorporating the most appropriate and effective therapy for the specific client and the specific healing aspects and processes that need to be addressed.
This is the background to what will follow over the next few weeks and months – a series of articles that will focus on the use of other energy-based and holistic therapies complementary to my primary healing therapy…. Reiki.