The International Association of Reiki Practitioners describes reiki like this: “Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy.” Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy.” It’s a useful tool to aid in relaxation and stress relief; It’s a form of co-breathing with another grounded individual; It’s a way in which to connect to an internal process thorough a laying on of hands, breath, within a safe, nurturing space.
I’ve been working with my dear friend Kellie Jean Reiki off and on for several years, and I have deep respect for the work she does. For most of my life, I’ve been particularly sensitive to pretty much everything and I’ve tried a lot of things to help me regulate my system. Yoga, meditation, ecstatic dance and reiki have all been a part of my process.
I was attuned to Reiki 1 earlier in 2016 and I have been offering it freely to my private clients as a free add-on to our sessions if desired. It is a modality that I appreciate for its connection to mindful co-breathing and the power of touch. It is also something I regularly integrate into my own practice of self care.
When I think of the chakra system, I don’t think of something magical, but rather, I am inspired by this image by the incredible artist Alex Grey. Energy flows through us like spaghetti strands of connectivity. We are filled with multiple intersecting nerve plexus that spiral out through the rest of the body: cervical plexus (our head, neck, and shoulders) , brachial plexus (shoulders, chest, arms, hands), the lumbar plexus (back, abdomen, groin, thighs, knees, and calves), sacral plexus (pelvis, buttocks, genitals, thighs, calves, and feet), and coccygeal plexus (area above the coccyx), the celiac plexus (solar plexus) (our internal organs), meyenteric plexus, and submucous plexus (these last two relate to the gut). They correlate to the chakra system. We are alive through and through. Sometimes, that energy is stuck, clogged, blocked, however you want to look at it and Reiki helps us move that energy to where it needs to go. I’ll give you an example: I had a period of anxiety recently and I asked a friend to do reiki on me. The areas that were “cold,” so to speak, were the root chakra — that space in our bodies that says, “I am. I am present. I am safe.” It is also the space within us that gets de-activated when we are anxious. My friend worked on getting my energy to move down my body.