By Milly Cain
I work in a Natural Health Centre where I have a well established practice as a massage therapist and Reiki practitioner. It has been my experience during the last ten years especially that more and more people are willing to seek out a healing technique that will help them to balance mind, body and spirit.
A client was referred to me by a local GP practice. Mr. W. was 65 years old at the time of referral. He had been a Bank Manager for many years and had a very stressful job. He was forced to retire when he was 56 years of age after a period of poor health. He had suffered a variety of symptoms. He was not digesting his food well and was always feeling bloated and never hungry. He lost his appetite completely and a Hernia was diagnosed.
When he came to me I was asked if I could help him with relaxation after a painful bout of shingles.I assessed him and took note of what seemed to me to be intense anxiety. His breathing was very rapid and his colouring quite high. He said he was permanently uncomfortable and could not lie on his stomach. At this point I discussed treatment with him. Usually people will expect to have some form of massage with advice for nutritional or lifestyle changes as this has been my main work for many years. In his case I felt it was appropriate to offer Reiki. During his assessment it became clear to me that he had very little experience of any Complementary Medicine, least of all a healing art. So I gave him a little pamphlet to read explaining the origins of Reiki and describing a treatment and I prepared the treatment space. I offered him the choice of treatment. After only a few minutes he said he would like a Reiki treatment though he didn’t know why or if in fact it would help him. He displayed a healthy scepticism!
I started with the usual hand positions placed on the head and worked down the torso in sequence. After about ten minutes I noticed that he had relaxed and was breathing much more slowly and seemed to be drifting of to sleep. After 45 minutes it was time to ask him if he would like to turn over and lie on his front for the treatment of the back. He was not happy about lying on his front but wanted to try. Within 5 minutes ,lying on his front , he once again had relaxed and his breathing was calm.
When we finished the treatment, which lasted about 1 hour and 15 minutes, he thanked me and said it was very relaxing .No discussion ensued he was very matter of fact and said he would be in touch. He telephoned me the next day and said he felt ‘rather good’ and could he try ‘ this Reiki’ again.
I suggested he have a four day treatment I.e. a treatment each day for four consecutive days. He agreed.
He called me about a month after these treatments to say that he had been pain-free for the past month and was enjoying his food for the first time in years! His blood pressure had also stabilised.
My feeling is that Reiki helped to relieve the anxiety which had been a feature of this mans life for so long that it had begun to seriously affect his health.
His Doctor was delighted with his improvement and has supported him to continue with his exploration of the Natural Health approach.
He continues to come to the Natural Health Centre for what he refers to as an M.O.T. Reiki treatment.
[boxibt style=”success”]About the Author
Milly Cain, Reiki Practitioner and currently serving on the Reiki Association Council.
I work in a Natural Health Centre where I have a well established practice as a massage therapist and Reiki practitioner. It has been my experience during the last ten years especially that more and more people are willing to seek out a healing technique that will help them to balance mind,body and spirit.
I can be contacted through The Reiki Association.