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Why Reiki Meditation and Mindfulness 
What is Reiki 

Our bodies are all energy and during stressful times or challenges our vibration can be lowered and energy blocks can happen. During a reiki session we work with energy to remove the blocks.


Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a form of energy medicine or biofield therapy that reduces stress and promotes healing. It originated in Japan and was created by Mikao Usui over a 100 years ago. Its popularity and benefits are growing globally. Reiki can be defined as "universally guided life-force energy".  It’s based on the idea of channeling universal life force energy through the body to bring about emotional and physical well-being. This energy helps support the body’s health and healing by raising the vibration of the recipient in a gentle, non-invasive, but powerful way.


It is a simple yet powerful practice that reduces stress, induces deep relaxation and promotes healing of the whole person – mind, body and spirit. As well as helping with stress, it can relieve aches, pain and discomfort. It can speed up healing and create clarity and peace of mind, leaving us feeling relaxed, refreshed, re-energized and more comfortable and comforted.


Reiki can be given to pets and can be used to clear spaces. It is widely used these days in hospitals, cancer treatment centers and other health-care settings to support patients and their care givers.


During a  reiki session the client stays fully clothed on the treatment table, or seated in a chair. Reiki can also be given remotely.

Some Benefits of Reiki: 

  •  Promotes relaxation, stress reduction and symptom relief to improve overall health and well-      being

  •  Brings on a relaxing meditative state.

  •  Foster healing after injury or surgery.

  •  Stimulate your body’s immune system.

  •  Promote natural self-healing.

  •  Relieves pain and tension.

  •  Supports the well-being of people receiving traditional medical treatments such as  chemotherapy and radiation. 

  •  Helps you find your Authentic Self vs. your Culturally Created Self.

  •  Supports the body’s system to move energy towards health and healing by raising the  vibration of the recipient in a gentle, non-invasive but powerful way.

  •  Enhances creativity and intuition.

  •  Increases energy levels.

  •  Can help process difficult emotions such as loss and grief.

A reiki treatment may create feelings of:

  • Peace.

  • Relaxation.

  • Comfort.

  • Security.

  • Wellness.

What happens in a reiki session and what does reiki feel like?  

Reiki practitioners act as a conduit between the client and the source of universal life force energy. The energy flows through the practitioner’s hands to the person receiving the session. 

The energy flow is always gentle and is always what is for the best and highest good of person receiving the session. The energy goes where it is needed.

During a session, the client lies on a massage table fully clothed, as the reiki practitioner gently places their hands, palms down, on or just above the body in specific energy locations. 

Most people feel very relaxed and peaceful during a reiki session, and some people even fall asleep during the session. Sometimes, people feel sensations moving throughout the body, while other people feel nothing at all. Some people may see colors some people do not. Every session is different. 

A List of Some of the Hospitals That Use Reiki: 

  • The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Ohio 

  • The Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts 

  • Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland 

  • The Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York, New York 

  • Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut 

  • Harvard University, Harvard Medical School Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts 

  • Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York

  • New York University Medical Center

  • The Washington Hospital Center in Washington 

  • The George Washington University Medical Center

  • The Children’s Hospital Boston in Boston, Massachusetts 

What is Mindfulness


Mindfulness gives us tools to help cope with every day real life challenges.  Mindfulness is like exercise for the brain and makes us stronger and gives us tools to help change our thought patterns.

The practice of mindfulness is about observing your thoughts for exactly what they are thoughts. When you practice being mindful you begin to realize your thoughts do not define you or control you- they are simply thoughts. Once you can observe your thoughts from a detached manner you can let go of stress and anxiety. Mindfulness is kind awareness of the present moment without judgment. Focusing on the present, not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.


Each of us  have about 60,000-70,000 thoughts a day. Most of those thoughts are unconscious and negative. With mindfulness we understand that we are not our thoughts. Once we become aware of this  we realize we have the power to change our thoughts.

According to study at Harvard  our brains wander about 47% of the time. Think about what you are missing in the "now" if your mind is ruminating on something from your past or thinking or worrying about something in the future.


Practicing mindfulness helps keep our mind  in the present, in the now rather than getting lost in the past or future.  What you practice grows stronger.   Mindfulness training has shown it can lead to structural changes in the brain that develop and enhance the qualities of: attention, learning, compassion, kindness and patience.   There are continual studies that show neurons that fire together wire together. Repeated experiences shape our brain.  Practicing mindfulness helps neuroplasticity, which is the brains ability to change and grow. Neurons grow due to repeated practice. So your thoughts truly create your reality. 

Some Benefits of Mindfulness

  • Helps memory and cognitive health

  • Improves heart health , lowers blood pressure

  • Reduces stress, anxiety and depression

  • Helps with relationships, fosters kindness, empathy, compassion and non-judgment

  • Helps with inflammation and can help with chronic pain

  • Helps boost immune system

  • Helps in slowing the aging process

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Anyone can practice meditation. It's simple it can free  and it doesn't require any special equipment.  Meditation can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind.


Meditation can be done anywhere — while you are out for a walk, riding the bus, in line at the market, waiting at the doctor's office, in a classroom or even in the middle of a difficult business meeting.

Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don't end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and may help you manage symptoms of certain medical conditions.


The emotional benefits of meditation can include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations

  • Building skills to manage your stress

  • Increasing self-awareness

  • Focusing on the present

  • Reducing negative emotions

  • Increasing imagination and creativity

  • Increasing patience and tolerance

Research suggests that meditation may help people :

  • Anxiety

  • Asthma

  • Chronic pain

  • Depression

  • Heart disease

  • High blood pressure

  • Sleep problems

  • Tension headaches

What is Meditation
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