Reiki Therapy… An Option for Healing
If you’re experiencing elbow pain and are curious about reiki therapy, this article is for you.
What is Reiki Therapy?
Reiki is a gentle energy modality that can be useful for pain relief. A person who is trained in reiki therapy uses healing presence to hold space for overall healing.
Reiki has been shown to reduce pain, decrease anxiety or stress, and improve wellbeing.
During a reiki therapy session, a practitioner will ask you about your physical, mental, and/or emotional situation. He or she will take an inventory and assess what you would like to see out of your reiki experience. The practitioner may or may not place their hands on your body during a reiki appointment.
Since reiki is an energy modality, it can even be done distally. Meaning, you may not even have to be in the same room as the reiki practitioner.
Elbow Pain: Can Reiki Help?
As a person who’s experienced an elbow fracture, subsequent elbow surgery, and been diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in the elbow, I can tell you from personal experience reiki therapy could help.
I received distance reiki several times during my healing journey. My reiki practitioner and I spoke over the phone; I received distance reiki.
I attended two reiki sessions prior to my elbow surgery. I also did two sessions after the surgery. And, using an app on my phone, I’ve been performing self-reiki every single night before going to sleep.
As a reiki master and board-certified holistic nurse, I know that reiki therapy can support the healing journey.
Benefits of Reiki Therapy
Reiki is receiving greater attention within the medical community. Researchers have been studying the benefits of reiki therapy.
Insomnia, stress, depression, anxiety, and pain may all be improved by integrating reiki into a person’s care plan. Since reiki is a complementary modality, it is not to be used instead of conventional medicine. Reiki is a tool to add to what a person is already receiving via western medicine.
Reiki aids in relaxation and releases tension. Reiki can help with improving harmony and balance within the physical body. Reiki can increase focus and concentration. Reiki may allow for better rest and quality sleep. Finally, reiki has been shown to support the immune system which provides for improved healing.
Skeptical of Reiki? Give it a Try
The first time I heard of reiki therapy, I was doubtful. As a registered nurse who worked in a research role, I was all about the data. I wanted proof… evidence that it would work!
Well, what’s the best way for you to show yourself that something works or not? Give it a try!
And, that’s just what I did.
There was a health fair at my job. One of the vendors was offering reiki. I read the brochure and was like, “What?? I don’t get it!” So, I scheduled a session to try it out.
I told the reiki practitioner that I was having foot pain due to marathon training. We spoke a bit before she told me to sit quietly and just focus on being present with the music that was playing. Since my eyes were closed, I had no idea what was going on around me. And, during that actual session, I wasn’t sure if my foot pain was better or not.
But guess what? The next day, I laced up and went for a short run. I got back to my house and was resting later in the day. I realized… no foot pain! And, it stayed gone!!
So, for me, that was that. I tried it out. Experimented, so to speak. I had my own data to show me that reiki therapy helped me.
Reiki and Elbow Injuries
Let’s put it all together now.
Reiki can reduce pain. It can improve the body’s immune system, which supports healing. A session is relaxing and rejuvenating.
If you’ve experienced an elbow injury or suffer from an elbow issue, reiki therapy might just help you. There’s only one way to find out.
Try it and see for yourself. Even if you don’t feel a thing, there won’t be any harm. Reiki can never hurt, only heal. So, give it a whirl and see if it helps you.
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About the Author: Elizabeth Scala MSN/MBA, RN, HNB-BC, RYT (200) is a board-certified holistic nurse, registered yoga instructor, and reiki master.
Elizabeth received her dual master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. She is a certified coach and avid meditator.
Elizabeth lives in Maryland with her supportive husband and playful pit bull. She enjoys gardening, jigsaw puzzles, farming, music, and hiking.