I am fortunate to know and practice Reiki. I have witnessed it decrease individuals’ pain from broken bones, aid others’ with letting go during the loss of loved ones, and quickly recover a cancer patient after surgery. Of all these experiences, I have only read and not given treatments during labor. I often wonder how Reiki effects the pain that accompanies labor. And now that I am within days, even hours, of my own labor, I am excited to find out.
There are a few activities I have done to promote a positive pregnancy experience; Reiki during my “morning (but actually afternoon through evening) sickness”, regular Reiki treatments for myself and baby, cranial-sacral adjustments, and daily conversations with baby, to name a few. Now, I am planning what I can do to promote a positive labor experience.
I’ve already experienced some painful contractions; and when I place my hands on the area to give Reiki, the pain instantly softens and even diminishes. What is more, I can still feel my muscles going through the contraction without that pain. I plan to give Reiki to myself during each contraction.
Another plan is to send Reiki to where I will give birth, Bellingham Baby Center. As a Reiki Master (actually as a Level II Reiki practitioner), I am able to send Reiki to past or future events. When I send Reiki to this future event, I set an intention to have Reiki waiting for me when I arrive at the center. I also visualize a dome-shaped “field” that protects and fills the area with energy that calms and relaxes me and baby; and also moves my labor forward naturally and efficiently.
There are so many testimonials that labor can be close-to, or even painless. A woman’s body is built for it, we just have to listen, respect it, and appreciate it. If you begin to listen, no one will know more about what your body needs than you do. I have no doubt in my mind that Reiki will be there to support all those involved in the labor of baby.
Here’s to a wonderful experience!
Image from Sandra Cook, kindledspirit.com.au
Good morning readers and followers! It has been a few months since my last post, but it is for good reason. I’m pregnant! For several months, I’ve been acclimating to the changes occurring in my body as I nourish the little one. During this time, I have given myself Reiki and am excited to blog about the benefits of Reiki during pregnancy.
Throughout my first trimester, I suffered morning sickness symptoms. However, the symptoms manifested in the afternoon and lasted the entire evening. I counted the blessing that I was able to keep my foods down; but the first three months weren’t easy. I endured several ailments that made me feel miserable at times. From slight nausea and a roller coaster ride with my blood-sugar levels to mental exhaustion and irregular heart poundings.
After seeing Reiki alleviate pain in those I have treated, I couldn’t wait to feel the effects of Reiki during pregnancy. Not to my surprise, there were days when my nausea subsided after a Reiki treatment. During one of my treatments, I began my Reiki session as normal, with my hands on my head in the traditional first position. After a few minutes in this position, I decided to place my hands at locations where my immediate needs were. I placed one hand on my heart and the other hand on my stomach. At these areas, I intended for the energy to balance my heart rate and ease my nausea. After three to five minutes, I then moved both of my hands to my stomach. My hands stayed there for a longer period of time, approximately five to 10 minutes. Lastly, I moved my hands back towards my head to hand positions, two, three, and four; top of head, ears, and behind the head, respectively. At these locations, I intended the energy to balance both the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. These two glands produce and secrete the pregnancy hormones; which is the speculated reason nausea occurs during pregnancy. After my treatment, the nausea subsided and I felt more rested than when I started the treatment.
Although my pregnancy sickness was not as severe as others’, I still experienced moments when I didn’t even have strength to give myself Reiki-and giving Reiki doesn’t require a lot of work. I would have loved someone to come over and give me Reiki while I just lay there. If you or someone you know is pregnant and may be interested in trying Reiki during pregnancy, please contact me. I’d love to chat.