If there was ever a time in a woman’s life to explore the healing art of Reiki, motherhood would be it.
For me, my second pregnancy – rife with ever-loosening joints, a high impact Zumba teaching schedule, and the resulting aches and pains – are what drove me to finally experiment with energy healing.
The word “reiki” is Japanese, and translates to “universal life force energy”, the “ki” being the equivalent of the Chinese word “chi” and the Sanskrit word “prana”, which all translate roughly to mean “energy” or “life force”.
As discussed in my previous post, Reiki 101, Reiki is a form of energetic healing in which the therapist/healer/practitioner channels energy into the patient, thereby balancing the patient’s energy, activating the self-healing response, and restoring physical and emotional wellness.
Reiki is beneficial to anybody at any stage of life, but I believe that there is no better time to explore this ancient healing art than when in the throes of motherhood.
I honestly think that there are countless ways that Reiki complements motherhood, but for now, here are my Top 5:
Reiki Provides Safe Pain Relief
During and after pregnancy, our bodies go through so much change that aches and pains are practically inevitable, regardless of how healthy and fit you are. However, the perinatal period (encompassing pregnancy, childbirth, and the postnatal stage) is probably the most annoying time in the world to need any kind of “external” help, especially in the form of supplements.
Basically, I challenge you to find a bottle of ANYTHING that doesn’t say “not recommended if pregnant or breastfeeding”. If you want a massage, you better be prepared to pay extra for a prenatal specialist, and don’t even think about stepping into a hot tub!
And what about the nausea and general malaise that are the hallmarks of the poorly labeled affliction, “morning” sickness? Oops, sorry can’t have anything that would help a non-pregnant person, unless you’re willing to take Diclectin.
Reiki is an effective form of stress relief, pain relief, and – in my experience – a fantastic antiemetic.
Reiki Lifts Your Spirits
If you have a history of depression, especially before you’ve had children, Reiki is a powerful and crucial tool to keep in your arsenal.
Please note: I’m not saying that Reiki, or any other form of alternative healing, are meant to replace any prescribed medication you are on, including antidepressants.
However, if you are suffering from depression or the baby blues (not the same thing; the former being chronic and the latter being acute and uncomplicated), I believe that Reiki can help.
Again, Reiki’s stress-relieving effects largely come into play here. Reiki helps to calm the nerves thereby reducing anxiety, and helps you experience peace, if only for a brief period of time. This last one is very important: often, when we’re in a chronic state of anxiety and stress, we forget what peace feels like. We think that peace no longer belongs to us and that it’s totally unattainable now that we’re mothers.
The fact is, however, that inner peace is our natural state of being. Peace is innate and cannot be taken away from us, but we can certainly block it and “forget” that we have it. Reiki is one of the most efficient and effective ways to bring that feeling of peace back to us so that we know that it’s possible. Reiki lifts us up when we’re feeling hopeless.
Reiki Gives You Time for Yourself
Or rather, Reiki practice requires that you take time for yourself. Just imagine: you, by yourself, relaxing on a massage table, while a Reiki practitioner channels healing energy to you. You will come out of the session much more relaxed and at peace, and I daresay you may feel better then than you’ve ever felt in your entire life.
If you choose to practice Reiki on yourself, again, you will be “forced” to carve out time for yourself during your day. Reiki is a practice that will bring you back to your centre and allow you to zone in on the present moment. Because self-treatments require active participation on your part, you will be much more likely to zero in on your breath and focus on number one . . . YOU!
Reiki is Empowering
If you decide to become a Reiki Practitioner, you’ll need to do some studying. That in and of itself is incredibly empowering. Pursuing the Reiki path is fun, exciting, and will give a whole new sense of meaning and purpose to your life.
If all you want to do is be able to give yourself Reiki treatments, Level 1 is all you’ll need. If you want to be able to give Reiki to others (say, your children), you’ll want to pursue Level 2. Fortunately, the vast majority of Reiki trainings combine both Reiki 1 and 2, usually in a weekend. And who knows – you may decide to empower yourself further by becoming a Reiki Master and creating a whole new vocation for yourself! When you feel free and powerful, your options are endless.
Knowing that optimal health, happiness, and personal power is literally in the palms of your hands is just about as empowering as it gets!
Kids Love Reiki!
Truly, they do. Are your kids anxious and moody? Children need stress and pain relieving techniques just as much as anyone. Kids seem to learn Reiki much quicker than adults, and understand it on a deeper level. They also require much shorter sessions! Reiki is a wonderful gift to be able to give to your children.
Oh, and animals love Reiki too! Just like kids, they’re extremely receptive to Reiki energy and require shorter sessions. Children and animals are just so beautifully open-minded that energy and knowledge can flow through and from them much more freely.
I hope this article has inspired you to try Reiki, if you haven’t already. Absolutely anybody can benefit from Reiki, but I believe that mothers, being highly sensitive, often overworked and overstressed, while carrying the brunt of the childrearing responsibilities, can benefit the most. Give it a try mama, you’ll be glad you did!