Reiki Is a healing art from Japan that uses light touch on or just above the body to help facilitate deep relaxation, promote balance and an optimal state of well-being. Reiki is a non-invasive, holistic healing modality where channeled "life force energy" aids in balancing the body. The gentle nature of this bodywork is especially beneficial for expectant and new mothers because it helps prepare women for the physical, emotional and spiritual changes necessary for a “centered” pregnancy, labor and post-partum recovery experience.
Reiki healing takes place on a physical, spiritual and energetic level by balancing the natural energy of the body. Reiki healing is especially useful for relieving the physical discomforts of pregnancy. The hormones associated with pregnancy – human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and estrogen — contributes to gastric distress. Reiki treatment may help relax the gastrointestinal walls and can reduce or alleviate the sensation of nausea. It can also provide relief from round ligament pain, hip, back and nerve-based pain (sciatica and carpal tunnel are two common conditions) typically experienced as pregnancy progresses. Reiki treatment can be so deeply relaxing that people often drift off into sleep. Pregnant and postpartum women have found Reiki useful for everything from relieving stress and discomfort to turning baby as delivery nears. Reiki treatment, along with other supportive practices such as chiropractic, prenatal massage and prenatal yoga, can have great benefits for a mother-to-be and her developing baby.
Reiki can be used to achieve whole body relaxation as it removes energy blockages and imbalances, allowing the "life force energy" to flow unhindered and aiding pregnant and post-partum mothers to better cope with aches, pains and their ever-changing bodies. Once the energy channels of the body are opened stress, muscle knots and toxins will be released leaving mothers with more energy. Reiki treatment can also provide a non-invasive comfort measure, helping to relieve pain from contractions and reduce anxiety during labor. As well, a laboring mother receiving Reiki treatment can provide the space and support for her to experience a centered, empowered birth experience.
A study conducted out of The Hartford Hospital in Connecticut showed that Reiki used during pregnancy on a regular basis reduced stress and anxiety by 94%, pain during pregnancy by 78% and nausea and morning sickness by 80%. The study also showed that a woman’s quality of sleep was improved by 86% when Reiki sessions were included through out pregnancy.
Unlike massage, mothers-to-be don’t have to be cautious when receiving Reiki during pregnancy. The only adjustments necessary is proper body mechanics and positioning. For example a mom may have to sit in a chair or lay on her side rather than on her back.
It is now common knowledge that an unborn child shares an emotional state with the mother. The state of overall wellness that is created within from receiving Reiki is passed to the developing baby and in turn continues to nurture baby in the womb, during labor and after birth.
Reiki treatment is also helpful for post-partum recovery. Women’s bodies undergo tremendous change to support the new life growing inside them and it takes a while for the body’s organs and processes to return to a normal non-pregnancy state. Healing is still occurring inside a mother’s body after her baby is born, even following an uncomplicated birth. Reiki treatment can help new mothers maintain well-being and emotional balance during those first weeks of adjustment. This is especially important for the 1 out of 6 women who may experience post-partum depression.
For those women who had a difficult labor, or a cesarean birth, Reiki treatment can help facilitate healing on physical and emotional levels. Clinical studies of Reiki treatment are demonstrating benefits for reducing anxiety and pain levels. Women recovering from surgery or birth trauma can benefit from this additional source of compassionate, palliative support. The medications used to relieve post-surgical pain often have unpleasant side effects, and the discomfort from the incision can make it difficult for women to hold or breastfeed their babies. Reiki treatment supports the physical healing process, enabling women to get back on their feet sooner.
Reiki treatment honors the women we are: our bodies, our emotions and the spirit within that give us strength and purpose. Reiki treatment is a wonderful non-invasive, holistic modality that allows for pregnant and post-partum woman to nurture themselves and their babies.
Please contact me if you would like to learn more on how Reiki treatment can help support you in a healthy, happy and centered pregnancy.
*60-90 minute sessions available at standard local Orlando area pricing