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reiki_logoReiki has recently become a popular choice of therapy for treating clients with anxiety.  It is an effective cure for anxiety as the cause of the anxiety is treated rather than just the symptoms. Reiki treats the client as a whole and will deal with many issues. Reiki treats the mind, body and soul, not just the symptoms that the client presents with.

The symptoms of anxiety often include insomnia, irritability, fear, lack of interest or motivation, fatigue, panic attacks, heart palpitations and chest pain. People suffering with anxiety will often have an unreasonable fear of something, it could be a fear of public speaking, fear of open spaces, fear of the unknown etc. which can lead to panic attacks.

How does Reiki help anxiety?

During a reiki session the practitioner will concentrate on the bodies 7 major chakras, please see the article on chakras.  The practitioner will start with the head allowing the client to go in to a deep state of relaxation and will work down the body to the feet. The session will allow the client to  let go of worry, fear, anger and past hurts and will  provide them with a sense of well being.

Also in my experience,  the clients i have been treating with various problems report that they have more energy, find it easier to concentrate, have more focus and motivation, feel more relaxed, sleep better and find they have purpose and direction again.

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reiki-training-2Chakras are our energy centres, they are like spinning wheels of energy. There are 7 main chakras and many more smaller chakras located all over the body. These 7 main chakras are linked to our vital organs and glands, our emotions, our minds and our spirituality. It is when one of these energy centers becomes blocked that problems start to arise and we may start to feel out of sorts and if it continues to be blocked it can cause disease and health issues.
The 7 main chakras are aligned with the spine, if there are imbalances of any kind they will show within one of the main chakras and they will start to spin more slowly or stop spinning altogether.
Below we will look in detail at the chakra system, the colours that resonate with each of the chakras, which part of the body each chakra is linked to and some of the health issues that can arise if there is a problem with one of our energy centres.
Base/root chakra.
The base chakra governs the adrenal gland, Spine (Chi, Life Force) Legs, Feet, Bones, Teeth, Large Intestines, Prostate, Bladder, Blood, Circulation and Tailbone and  has the following  psychological functions: Survival, Vitality, Reality, Grounding, Security, Support, Stability, Sexuality, Individuality, Courage, Impulsiveness. The emotions linked to the root chakra are passions.
Imbalances in the root chakra can cause the following problems: Anaemia, Fatigue, Obesity, Anus, Rectum (haemorrhoids), Constipation, Colds, Body Temperature, Bladder Infection, Rebuilds Blood Cells & Haemoglobin, Sciatic, Numbness, Leukaemia.
The base chakra resonates to the colour red.
Sacral chakra.
The sacral chakra governs the gonad gland, Ovaries, Testes, Womb, Kidneys, Urinary Tract, Skin, Spleen, Gallbladder, Recharges Etheric Body/Aura and  has the following  psychological functions: Feelings, Emotions, Intimacy, Procreation, Polarity, Sensuality, Confidence, Sociability, Freedom, Movement. The emotions linked to the sacral chakra are emotions and desires.
Imbalances in the sacral chakra can cause the following problems: Impotence, Frigidity, Ovaries, Uterine Problems, Candida, Eating Disorders, Drug Use, Depression, Alcoholism, Polarity Imbalances, Gout, Allergies, Asthma (Oxygen Deficiencies).

The sacral chakra resonates to the colour orange.

Solar plexus chakra.
The solar plexus chakra governs the pancreas gland, Digestion, Liver, Stomach, Diaphragm, Nervous System, Pancreas Metabolism, Small Intestines and  has the following  psychological functions: Personal Power, Will, Knowledge, Wit, Laughter, Mental Clarity, Humour  Optimism, Self-Control, Curiosity, Awareness. The emotions linked to the solar plexus chakra are purpose and sunshine.
Imbalances in the solar plexus chakra can cause the following problems: Ulcers, Diabetes, Hepatitis, Hypoglycemia, Blood Sugar Disorders, Constipation, Nervousness, Timidity, Addictions to Stimulants, Parasites & Worms, Toxicity, Jaundice, Poor Memory.

The solar plexus chakra resonates to the colour yellow.

Heart chakra.
The heart chakra governs the thymus gland, Lungs, Heart, Bronchia,Thymus Gland, Arms, Hands, Respiratory, Hypertension, Muscles and  has the following  psychological functions: Relationships, Love, Acceptance, Self-Control, Compassion, Guilt, Forgiveness, Harmony, Peace, Renewal, Growth. The emotions linked to the heart chakra are balance and love.
Imbalances in the heart chakra can cause the following problems: High Blood Pressure, Passiveness, Lethargy, Asthma, Immune System, Breathing Difficulties, Pneumonia, Emphysema, Cell Growth, Muscle Tension, Heart Problems, Chest Pain.
 The heart chakra resonates to the colour green.
Throat chakra.
The throat chakra governs the thyroid gland, Throat, Vocal System, Mouth, Jaw, Parathyroid, Tongue, Neck, Shoulders, Lymphs (Perspiration), Atlas, Menstrual Cycle and  has the following  psychological functions: Communication, Wisdom, Speech, Trust, Creative Expression, Planning, Spatial, Organization, Caution. The emotions linked to the throat chakra are expansion and healing.
Imbalances in the throat chakra can cause the following problems: Thyroid, Flu, Fevers, Blisters, Infections, Herpes, Itching, Sores, Tonsillitis, Toothaches, OCD, Speech Disorders, TMJ, Hyperactivity, Melancholy, Hormonal Problems, Swelling, Hiccups, PMS, Mood Swings.

The throat chakra resonates to the colour blue.

Third eye chakra.
The third eye chakra governs the Pituitary gland, Eyes, Nose, Ears, Sinuses, Cerebellum, Pineal, Fore-brain  Autonomic Nervous System, Heals Etheric Body/Aura and  has the following  psychological functions: Intuition, Invention, Psychic Abilities, Self Realization, Perception, Release, Understanding, Memory, Fearlessness. The emotions linked to the third eye chakra are imagination and intuition.
Imbalances in the third eye chakra can cause the following problems: Blindness, Vision, Headaches, Migraines, Earaches, Nightmares, Sleep Disorders,Fear, Manic Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Paranoia, Equilibrium Imbalances.
The third eye chakra resonates to the colour indigo.
Crown chakra.
The crown chakra governs the Pineal gland, Upper brain, Cerebral Cortex, Cerebrum, Pituitary, Central Nervous System, Hair Growth, Top of Head and  has the following  psychological functions: Knowingness, Wisdom, Inspiration, Charisma, Awareness, Higher Self, Meditation, Self Sacrificing, Visionary. The emotions linked to the crown chakra are bliss and spirituality.
Imbalances in the crown chakra can cause the following problems: Depression, Alienation, Mental Illness, Neuralgia, Confusion, Senility, Veins, Blood Vessels, Lymphatic System, Bacteria, Warts, Skin Rashes, Eczema.
 The crown chakra resonates to the colour violet.

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Reiki healing

is a hands on healing treatment which treats the person as a whole and not just the symptoms of a dis-ease but the cause too. Reiki treatments are given either on a massage bed or in a chair with the client fully clothed. The Reiki therapist moves his or her hands over the body and along the chakras and treats each of the 7 main chakras and 5 other points for between 3-5 minutes each. Most therapists will use 12 different hand positions in a treatment and will vary the time spent on each position depending on the clients needs.For clients that are sensitive to touch Reiki can be done with the hands hovering just above the body with the same effect.  A Reiki treatment can last between 45 – 90 minutes.

Reiki

originated in Japan and was discovered by Mikao Usui in 1922. Its  various treatments and training have been adapted since then by various teachers and Reiki masters. There are many stories about how Reiki was discovered, which we will look at in another chapter.

The word Reiki comes from the Japanese language Rei – gods wisdom or     high power and ki – which is  life force, so Reiki means universal life force energy.

As we have said Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit, which creates many benefits including relaxation and well being. If a persons life force energy is low, this can lead to an imbalance which can cause problems including disease and stress. If a persons life force energy is high they happier and healthier.

Reiki is a simple, safe and natural method of healing and self improvement that anyone can use, from babies to the elderly. Reiki has beneficial results with almost any health or emotional problem including stress, Autism, depression, anxiety  and female issues, the list is endless. Reiki works really well along side convectional medicine and other therapeutic therapies and offers a complimentary effect and aids healing.

Although Reiki comes from God, the source or which ever deity you wish to use, it is not religious in any way and can be used by anyone no matter which religion they may or may not follow with the same effect. Reiki will also work whether you believe it will or not.

Reiki uses the chakra system to aid healing – we will discuss this in another chapter.

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