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Can Reiki Help You?

People frequently email asking if Reiki healing can help this, that, or the other problem — everything from cancer to diabetes to insomnia, vertigo, or multiple sclerosis; the list seems endless. Some people want to heal a relationship, bring back a lost love, or improve their bank balance.

We are all looking for solutions for what hurts us, for our specific pain, whether it is life circumstances or symptoms and medical problems. And it doesn’t help that we often suffer from not just one, but many problems, which may or may not seem related, causing us to feel frustrated, depleted, overwhelmed, without hope.

And you wonder, Can Reiki healing help me?

It all starts with feeling better

Yes, Reiki healing can help you, and here’s why.

Even if we can’t solve all your problems with a magic wand (or hand) — and we cannot — wouldn’t it help you to simply feel better?

Feeling better means you think clearly, recognize priorities, feel motivated to do what you can do — and let go of the rest. (Or as the Reiki Precepts advise: Today only.)

We often devalue feeling better, as if it were an optional luxury. But feeling better is where healing begins. The first, most important step in healing is simply feeling better.

When you feel better, you understand that your actions matter, and you make choices to protect your well-being. Feeling better is the domino that starts a chain of healing events and behaviors.

Addressing isolated symptoms is not enough to help you feel better, and pharmaceutical approaches to symptoms and conditions can actually make you feel worse, even when they are helping.

To feel better, you need to step back from the details and bring balance to your overall system.

Reiki healing is balancing

Reiki healing quickly returns you to your natural state, or at least gets your body moving in the right direction.

That means your breathing, heart rate and blood pressure improve (studies document that). An opening of the breath is a common first response to Reiki practice, whether self-practice or treatment received from someone else. Yogis have known for the millenia that when we breath better, our minds naturally settle. Science supports that.

The improvements in respiration, heart rate and blood pressure indicate your body is moving into parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) dominance. That’s a good thing; your body was made to function primarily in the composed PNS state, also known as the rest/digest phase, the counterpart to the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) fight/flight phase.

Why balance matters

Rest/digest doesn’t mean you have to stop being active and productive.

Yes, you will sleep better and digest better — functions critical to maintaining health. But when you’re not sleeping or digesting, you can be active and productive without being stressed.

Under PNS dominance, your body functions optimally, and at a sustainable pace, so you can avoid exhaustion and burnout. It’s like working for a benevolent boss who brings out the best in you and trusts you to take breaks as needed.

Most of us are reacting to a very different, and rather nasty inner boss, one who tells us to run life’s marathon at a sprinter’s pace. We’re smart enough to know that doesn’t make any sense, and informed enough to know it is actually harmful, yet we don’t stop.

In fact, we don’t know how to stop.

We spend so much time in stress-reactive SNS mode that our bodies literally forget how to switch gears and return to balance. Meanwhile, the damage piles up. We may choose healthful food, but we don’t digest it well enough to get the nourishment our cells crave. We fall into bed exhausted, but don’t get the deeply restorative sleep our bodies and minds so desperately need.

And we wonder why we’re not as happy and healthy as we want to be, why we lack a sense of meaning. Enter Reiki practice.

Helping the body remember to heal

Through a mechanism science does not yet understand, Reiki practice reminds our bodies how to shift into PNS self-healing mode. That’s very good news for anyone, no matter what challenges you face.

Because no matter what you have to deal with — even a health condition that is deemed irreversible — keeping your body balanced helps you feel better and function better, which in turn keeps you feeling better. It’s a positive feedback loop.

Of course we can never promise specific results in a rigid time frame — balance requires different self-adjustment for different people at different times — but it all starts with breathing, sleeping, and digesting better (medical science tells us that 70% of our immune system is in our digestive tract).

Here are the most common benefits my clients have reported since I started practicing Reiki professionally in 1986:

  • Improved sleep
  • Improved digestion
  • Less anxiety
  • Less pain
  • Improved focus and memory
  • Improvement in depressive symptoms
  • Reduced side effects from medications and medical procedures
  • Faster recovery from injuries and surgery
  • Mood stabilization
  • Enhanced resilience to stress
  • Improved self esteem
  • Greater social ease and satisfaction
  • Greater sense of meaning.

Reiki healing improves your health care

Additionally, many people wanting to reduce medications of various kinds were able to do so, under the supervision of their doctors.

Some of the people who felt improvement with Reiki practice also become aware of other avenues of help that improved the situation further.

If you seem stuck in the diagnostic phase, Reiki practice can help by clarifying the situation, so needed medical treatment can begin sooner.

When medical treatment is arduous and has side effects, Reiki practice helps your body recover balance, softening the discomfort and supporting the even, hopeful state of mind that helps you complete your protocols.

Whatever your medical challenge, Reiki practice can help you, and that help may make the difference in how much your medical care is able to help you.

Reiki may not be all that is needed, but it is a good place to start.

A word of caution

You can receive Reiki treatment from someone else — a professional or a friend who has been trained — or you can learn to practice Reiki self-treatment. In order to benefit from Reiki healing, it’s important to choose your Reiki practitioner or teacher carefully.

If you are new to Reiki practice, it may be hard to appreciate that because it is primarily a home self-care practice, there are no regulations for Reiki practice or training. That means some First degree practitioners have more training than others who consider themselves to be Reiki masters.

There is no “best” school or lineage. Take the time to find a well trained, experienced Reiki professional who is a good fit for you. Let common sense and your sense of rapport guide you, and ask questions about the person’s training and experience.

The most important question to ask a Reiki professional is: “Do you practice daily hands-on self-treatment?” If the practitioner says, “No,” move on.

Reiki healing can help YOU

Reiki healing can help you, and it can help you help yourself. Just how much can Reiki practice help you?

There’s only one way to find out. Take the advice of renowned cardiac surgeon Mehmet Oz. After having me demonstrate Reiki practice on The Dr. Oz Show in January 2010, he told his TV audience, “Try Reiki!”

If you are already practicing Reiki self-treatment, please share how your practice has helped you in a comment below.

By Pamela Miles

The Tao of Reiki

Reiki Healing

The Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu said, “To attain knowledge, add things every day; to attain wisdom, subtract things every day.”

That statement reflects the Asian value of balance. When we have a daily practice, we follow both of these seemingly opposite directives — at the same time — and open the possibility of balance in our lives.

Reiki knowledge

We start by adding the knowledge received in First degree Reiki training. Then we add a dedicated practice time into what may be an already cluttered daily schedule.

When we practice, we attain knowledge. Knowledge of ourselves. Knowledge that we can change. Knowledge that we can love. Different knowledge at different times.

Reiki wisdom

Part of the knowledge we attain is that we can subtract, we can let go — and if we enact that knowledge, we attain wisdom.

What might we let go of? The need to be busy. The need to embellish. The need to know that which cannot be known.

The list is endless, and ever changing.

Each moment contains its own capacity for clutter. Adding practice keeps us present, able to subtract that which is not essential, that which is hurting us and those around us, that which separates us from the joyfulness of our true nature.

Paraphrasing Lao Tzu: To attain knowledge, add practice every day; to attain wisdom, let your practice subtract things every day.

By Pamela Miles

How Does Reiki Help?

When you go to the doctor, she treats your complaint — sore throat, upset stomach, insomnia, whatever brought you to see her.

When you go to a Reiki practitioner, she treats you — the person suffering from the complaint (or the person who doesn’t have any complaints but knows she will if she doesn’t take care of herself).

The Reiki practitioner will likely place hands on the part of your body that hurts (with your permission, of course). But she won’t stop there. Most Reiki practitioners will also access a series of hand placements on your head and the front and back of your torso.

You may notice sensations where the practitioner’s hands are. People often do. Heat and subtle movement are common experiences.

Or you may notice that area of your body become more open, feel more comfortable. If you had pain, it will likely diminish, and possibly disappear, even if the Reiki practitioner hasn’t yet touched the painful area.

Reiki healing is balancing

How is it possible for pain in one part of your body to be relieved when the Reiki practitioner’s hands are somewhere else?

No matter where the Reiki practitioner’s hands are, no matter how delightful that light contact may feel, the most important benefit of Reiki healing is what’s happening behind the scenes, inside your own body, where it’s remembering what it knows best — how to heal itself.

Unlike the oppositional approach of conventional medicine, which sends an intervention to directly counter the problem, Reiki healing does not target symptoms or conditions directly.

The parasympathetic what?

Instead of opposing any complaint head-on, an approach which often brings unwanted side effects, Reiki practice is balancing to your whole system. When your body is balanced, your own self-healing mechanisms function at their very best.

While a Reiki hand rests lightly on a particular area of your body, whether or not there is a discernible local response, there is an overall response as your system shifts into parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) dominance.

This is important why?

When the PNS is dominant, the body is in rest and digest mode. This means its priority is to recover, to heal, to deeply nourish and restore itself. The body knows well how to do these things, but our busy lifestyle keeps us in reactive sympathetic nervous system (SNS) mode, where the body’s priority is coping (fight or flight), not healing.

Our bodies simply cannot cope and heal at the same time. It’s fight/flight or rest/digest — not both at the same time. – See more at:

By Pamela Miles