What Can be done to support Immunity

This article is taken from my Higher Nature herbal Account and it is help and advice on how you may want to boost your immune system. Prevention is better than cure.

There is a range of immune supporting supplements and I am sure you are aware of the most common ones, namely vitamins C, D, zinc and probiotics. However, there are also several other nutrients that are less well known but are particularly supportive of the immune system such as olive leaf extract, beta – (1,3-1,6) – D-glucans and grapefruit seed extract. 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is widely researched in its ability to regulate the immune system and has long been used for the treatment of colds and flu. It has been found to shorten the length of a cold and in trials was shown to prevent pneumonia. A number of studies have also demonstrated its anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. (2)

Vitamin D

Vitamin D plays a large role in the health of the body and especially in boosting immunity. As many of your clients may be deficient, especially during the winter months, supplementation is always advised for everyone. A deficiency has been implicated in immune system dysfunction and optimal doses have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects as well as enhancing the natural substances in the body that help fight infection, according to one 2018 study. (3) The British Medical Journal also found that supplementing with Vitamin D reduced the risk of respiratory infections. (4)

Zinc

Also well known in supporting immune function, zinc helps regulate the pathways between the immune cells and is known for being both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant as reported in Nutrients journal. (5) It plays a key role in the body and deficiency has been implicated in many illnesses. (6)

Beta – (1,3-1,6) – D-glucans

Beta – (1,3-1,6) – D-glucans is branded as Wellmune® which is derived from a proprietary blend of yeast known Saccharomyces cerevisiae, with many research studies to demonstrate its effectiveness on immunity. It works in the body by helping to prime the immune system by binding to the immune cells. This means that any pathogen is identified and killed off more quickly. A study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition showed that supplementing with Beta – (1,3-1,6) – D-glucans can reduce the duration and severity of respiratory tract infections. (7) In addition a 2010 study also showed a reduction on both upper respiratory tract symptoms as well as an improved mood state and increased energy levels. (8) Not only do they help support the immune system but may also help with your clients suffering from higher levels of stress, especially with the current fears felt by many people at the moment.

Olive Leaf Extract

Olive leaf extract is a lesser known supplement which may also assist immune function. Oleuropein is a polyphenolic compound from the leaves of the olive tree. It is thought to have many health promoting benefits, specifically anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial activities, as reported in the Journal of Medicinal Food. (9) Another study in Scientia Pharmaceutica reviewed its pharmacological components, showing it to have anti-viral properties. (10).

Probiotics

We know that good health begins in the gut with 70% of our immune system located in the microbiome. Probiotics will provide extra support to optimise gut health and keep the immune system functioning well. A study in BioMed Research International suggested that probiotics have the ability to prevent certain pathologies and certain strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium play important roles in immunity by potentiating the function of natural killer cells in the body. (11)

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit seed extract, available in liquid form to be diluted with water, is also known to have a variety of uses. A study in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine that it may be effective particularly as an anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-viral (12). It has also shown to be effective as a disinfectant agent against some bacteria and viruses, according to a 2019 study. (13)

Colloidal Silver

Colloidal Silver is thought to have antibacterial properties due to its silver ions which bind to the DNA of bacteria and preventing them from spreading. Before the invention of antibiotics, it was used to treat and prevent infections.

Diet and lifestyle approaches

As with all nutritional protocols, the approach has to be multi-faceted. Even though supplements are important, they work alongside the diet and lifestyle in helping your clients to stay well and maximise their immune system function. Encourage a wide range of vegetables and fruits to ensure the benefits of the vitamins and minerals they have to offer, alongside whole grains and good sources of protein, which helps provide the amino acids needed to build immune cells. It may also be helpful to include turmeric and garlic in the diet as both may have immune boosting properties.  Turmeric, specifically its compound curcumin, has been used in Eastern medicine for centuries due to its health promoting benefits. It has grown in popularity in recent years as a supplement and has been shown to play an important role in preventing and treating various illnesses, according to a 2017 study. (14) Garlic is also known to contain properties that may have a positive role on the immunity of the body. One study in the Journal of Nutrition showed that when consumed as a supplement for a 90 day period, it reduced the symptoms of cold and flu. (15)

Consumption of refined carbohydrates, sugar and alcohol should be minimal as they are highly inflammatory and can lower the body’s defences.

In terms of lifestyle, adequate rest is essential for the immune system as it gives the body time to repair so ensure your clients implement good sleep hygiene. At times like these, when stress levels tend to be high, encouraging relaxation activities and taking steps to lower stress is just as important in helping to stay well and bolster immunity.

References:

  1. The World Health Organization.
  2. Hemilä., ‘Vitamin C and Infections’. (2017) Nutrients  9(4) 339
  3. Sassi, et al., ‘Vitamin D: Nutrient, Hormone and Immunomodulator’ (2018)  Nutrients 10 (11)
  4. Martineau, et al., ‘Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory tract infections: systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data’ (2017) British Medical Journal 356:i6583
  5. Wessels et al., ‘Zinc as a Gatekeeper of Immune Function’ (2017) Nutrients (9) 12
  6. Sanna et al., ‘Zinc Status and Autoimmunity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis’ (2018) Nutrients (10) 1
  7. Dharsono et al., ‘Effects of Yeast (1,3)-(1,6)-Beta-Glucan on Severity of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study in Healthy Subjects’ (2019) Journal of the American College of Nutrition 38(1), 40-50
  8. Talbott et al., ‘Baker’s Yeast Beta-Glucan Supplement Reduces Upper Respiratory Symptoms and Improves Mood State in Stressed Women’ (2013) Journal of the American College of Nutrition 31 (4) 295-300
  9. Qabaha et al., ‘Oleuropein Is Responsible for the Major Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Olive Leaf Extract’ (2018) Journal of Medicinal Food 21 (3) 302-305
  10. Omar., ‘Oleuropein in Olive and its Pharmacological Effects’ (2010) Scientia Pharmaceutica 78 (2) 133-154
  11. Azad et al., ‘Immunomodulatory Effects of Probiotics on Cytokine Profiles’ (2018) BioMed Research International eCollection
  12. Heggers et al., ‘The Effectiveness of Processed Grapefruit-Seed Extract as An Antibacterial Agent: II. Mechanism of Action and In Vitro Toxicity’ (2004) The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 8 (3)
  13. Komura et al., ‘Inhibitory Effect of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) on Avian Pathogens’ (2019) Journal of Veterinary Medical Science 81(3) 466-472
  14. Kocaadam et al., ‘Curcumin, an Active Component of Turmeric (Curcuma Longa), and Its Effects on Health’ Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition 57 (13) 2889-2895
  15. Percival., ‘Aged Garlic Extract Modifies Human Immunity’ (2016) The Journal of Nutrition 146 (2) 433S-436S

Fibromyalgia Self-Care Workbook

Free download of my Fibro Ebook

I am a complementary energy healing therapist.  Since 2005 I have studied various healing modalities and have used my knowledge to devise specific treatments using various techniques from my training to give the best treatment to myclients.

My interest in this specific treatment is due to my close family relation having been diagnosed in 2007 with fibromyalgia.

Itec Massage/Sports Massage, Itec Reflexology advanced,  Master Reiki practitioner, Indian Head Massage, Hopi Ear Candle, Hot Stones, Master Herbalist.

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  • How They Diagnose Fibromyalgia
  • Some of the Medication you may be on
  • Your Individual Fibromyalgia Story
  • What is functional medicine
  • Fibromyalgia Natural Treatments Address the Root
  • Functional Medicine – What to do and what to get checked
  • Rest
  • Rebalance
  • Restore
  • Fibromyalgia Diet Considerations
  • Meditation
  • Adrenals
  • Conclusion

Free to download is my Fibromyalgia SelfCare Ebook.

Fibromyalgia Self Care – Diet/Allergens/Deficiencies

Fibromyalgia Self Care – Diet/Allergens/Deficiencies

  1. Eat a whole food, anti-inflammatory diet.  Include 8 to 12 servings of fresh vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains every day.  
  • Focus on anti-inflammatory foods including wild fish and other sources of omega-3 fats are flaxseeds and omega-3 eggs, red and purple berries (these are rich in polyphenols); dark green leafy vegetables; orange sweet potatoes; and nuts.
  •  Add anti-inflammatory herbs, including turmeric (a source of curcumin), ginger and rosemary, to your daily diet. Eliminate inflammatory foods such as refined, omega-6 and inflammatory oils, including corn, soy and safflower oils.
  • Check for hidden infections. These include yeast, viruses, bacteria and Lyme.
  • Check for hidden food allergies.  You can go to your doctor or you can get these done online.  Also work with a doctor to look for nutritional deficiencies such as low vitamin D.
  • Test for heavy metal toxicity. Mercury and other metals can cause autoimmunity.
  • Fix your gut. About 60 percent of your immune system lies right under the single-cell-layer lining of your gut. If this surface breaks down, your immune system will get activated and start reacting to foods, toxins and the good bugs in your gut. The easiest way to begin healing your gut involves eating a whole food, anti-inflammatory diet (see tip 1 above) and removing gluten and other foods that cause sensitivities – including corn, dairy, soy.
  • Exercise regularly. Regular exercise is a natural anti-inflammatory. You don’t have to go to the gym, run on a treadmill and pump iron to stay in shape. Just start moving around more. Go for walks with your friends or family. Go out and do some gardening. Play Frisbee in the park with your kids.  Anything you can do to get out and move your body can be considered exercise.
  • Practice deep relaxation. Stress amps up your immune system response. Incorporate calming techniques, such as yoga, deep breathing, biofeedback, or massage, daily to relax.
  • Sleep for 8 hours every night. The research is clear: Lack of sleep, or even poor-quality sleep damages your metabolism, causes cravings for sugar and carbs, makes you eat more and drives up your risk of numerous conditions from diabetes to autoimmune disease. Getting enough sleep and sleeping well are essential for vibrant health and reversing inflammation.
  • Avoid drugs: Almost all of us use drugs every day to manage our energy. These include sugar, caffeine, alcohol and more. Think about taking a “drug holiday” for six weeks and see how much better you feel.
  • Remember feeling well: When I get off track, I simply remember what it is like to feel great and what I must do to get there — eat better, sleep more, exercise more, or do nothing more!

Can Massage Help with Fibromyalgia

Can Massage Treatments Help Fibromyalgia

Firstly – What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia can be a diagnostic challenge. Fibromyalgia is medically classified as a “syndrome”, meaning it is a group of traits, signs and symptoms that occur simultaneously. Fibromyalgia symptoms vary widely from person to person, and the following is a list of possible symptoms.

  • Widespread Pain
  • Headaches
  • Painful” Tender Points”
  • Muscle Soreness
  • General Fatigue
  • Limited Tolerance to Activity
  • Trouble Concentrating
  • Anxiety
  • Disrupted Sleep
  • Digestive Problems

Can Massage Help?

A recent consumer survey, commissioned by The American Message Therapy Association (AMTA), found that 91 percent of survey respondents agreed that massage can be effective in reducing pain, and nearly half of those polled (47 percent) have had a massage specifically for the purpose of relieving pain. Massage can directly reduce muscle soreness, by cleansing muscle tissues of metabolic wastes. The application of heat help calm pain for most fibromyalgia sufferers. I tend to use an infra red sauna blanket within my treatments.

Testimonials from Massage Clients

“Before weekly massages, my muscles never knew what relaxed was. I still involuntarily tighten my muscles, but I have less pain. Now that I know what relaxed muscles feel like, I can monitor my muscles to un-tighten them.”

“The change in my body after seven months of routine massage was tremendous. My headaches are less frequent, and I take less medication than I have in years.”

“I utilize massage as a preventative therapy. By seeking help with painful areas before they become unmanageable, I’m able to keep on top of the most painful flares. I also find that when I am over-stressed, massage is a very helpful leveler.”

Having Fibromyalgia and dealing with the pain and limitations also creates a lot of mental stress. Massage can provide great relief from stress and offer a chance for someone to take charge and provide necessary self-care. Research shows that Massage can help the body achieve deeper sleep and sleep quality . During Phase IV sleep, the body’s repair mechanisms go to work, and can improve inflammation responses, digestion and cognition and emotional stability. And who doesn’t feel better after a particularly good night of rest?

What should I know before I get a massage?

Massage can help, but it can also hurt. Everyone responds differently to massage. Some people get great relief from massage with deep pressure. However, others wind up sorer after a really firm massage than they were before. This is because for some people, Deep pressure creates inflammation. It is not uncommon to be a little bit sore for 24 hours after a massage, but if you are a lot sore, or if it lasts for longer than one day, you need to tell your therapist to ease up next time. Trust that you know your body better than anyone else, and if you don’t like something, it’s probably not good for you.

When you come to me for a treatment it is very important to always speak to me during the treatment so I know what pressure is working for you and what isn’t.  There is time for a silent energy healing session at the end of the bodywork treatment to help balance the energies and nervous system.

CBD AND SKIN CANCER

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So, where does the connection between CBD and skin cancer begin? A number of studies have found a link between CBD, the body’s endocannabinoid system, and gene regulation that prevents cancer growth. Here’s an overview of the pertinent research.

CBD contains substances known as cannabinoids, natural compounds that interact with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system. This network of receptors is scattered across the body, where it regulates a wide array of functions that include mood, pain and inflammation, and cell growth. When the abnormal cells that cause skin cancer grow, the endocannabinoid system isn’t functioning properly.

Studies have shown that CBD can help endocannabinoid receptors return to normal function and halt the progress of skin cells that are turning cancerous. Early evidence indicates that cannabinoids work to “regulate cell-survival and cell-death pathways differently in tumor and non-tumor cells,” suggesting that compounds like CBD can possibly be used to target cancerous growths without damaging healthy cells. A 2013 study reported that 90% of skin cancers could be mitigated using synthetic cannabinoids. In this preliminary research, CBD has shown promising results in preventing the growth and metastasization of cancer cells, providing a potential alternative to traditional treatments like chemotherapy without harmful side effects.

It’s important to note that many of these studies have been conducted on animals, and research on the link between CBD and skin cancer remains in the very early stages of development. One 2017 report noted that “preliminary studies have suggested cannabis and its derivatives might have use in acne, dermatitis, pruritus, wound healing, and skin cancer. Further well-controlled studies are required to explore these potential uses.”

How To Use CBD Oil For Skin Cancer

CBD oil can be administered to a patient in a variety of ways. There are tinctures, which can be squirted under the tongue for quick absorption via the mucous membranes. Tincture oil can also be applied directly to the skin for absorbtion.

CBD capsules and candy edibles are also available that work from the inside out.

Topical application means that the CBD oil would mainly interact with the upper levels of the epidermis. On the other hand, taking CBD orally will allow the compound to reach more throughout the body.

It is important to note that an oral route of administration would result in higher overall levels of CBD in the patient’s bloodstream.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products discussed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Due to FDA Regulations, we recommend that you do your own research on CBD products. We also suggest that you read the reviews on our website, where our customers record their real-world results of using our products.

Qi Gong – So many forms….where to begin?

When starting out with anything, it is always best to master the very basics before moving on to the more complicated movements.

 

As Bruce Lee famously said —-Image result for bruce lee quote i fear not that man who

 

 

 

So where do we start?  

Qigong styles can be as simple as swaying one’s arms about or counting one’s breaths and as complicated as holding a difficult position (such as sitting with legs crossed in the so called ‘full lotus position’) for hours or imitating the movements of a wild animal. And there are lots of them. According to some statistics there are over 100,000 styles of chi kung (or the ‘ways to practice life energy’) in China today. Sounds like a lot when you hear it, but the truth is, there could be as many as 6 billion of them if everyone on this planet would be committed enough to develop their own unique style.

One of the main reasons why there is such a variety of techniques is undoubtedly due to its very long history. But there are many other reasons too, such as: different styles have been created for different purposes (Qigong can be used in almost every aspect of life, making it lot easier and more enjoyable); many and varied origins of the techniques (eg. styles coming from Buddhism, Taoism, Confucian, Kung Fu, Chinese medicine) and many others.

The following Qigong styles introduced here are among the most powerful and most widely practiced ones in recent years in China. Many of them were being kept secret for a very long time only to come out publicly available in theMy last couple of decades while the others were created in recent times

So where do we start?

Eight Strands of Brocade Qigong 

Eight Strands of Brocade Qigong (Ba Duan Jin) is one of the oldest Qigong styles, dating back over 3,000 years.  It is a dynamic set of eight special exercises, gentle but firm, done with natural breathing and concentration, that promotes the flow of chi and blood, stretches the muscles, strengthens the joints and bones, improves coordination, flexibility, circulation, and is beneficial to all the systems and organs – central nervous system, digestive system, respiratory system, urinary tract…

To the onlooker it may appear that the practitioner is just stretching his/her limbs, bending and twisting their body but in reality every observed physical action is an attempt to favour the flow of chi in particular meridian(s). Thus the whole set is designed to rebalance all meridians and benefit all organs.  This style is unique due to its stress on simplicity, repetition, relaxation, rhythm and harmony.

My favourite Video – just beautifully simple –

 

Spontaneous Five Animals Play Qigong

Imagine Reiki, Shiatsu, Kahuna, Rolfing, Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and Spiritual Healing all rolled into one technique, tailor made to suit your individual needs. That is exactly what Spontaneous Five Animals Play Qigong (Wuqinxi) is. It can treat a wide range of diseases, promote longevity and induce psychic abilities.

All one needs to do is focus their mind on certain acupuncture points on the body for a few minutes and the rest comes without having to consciously remember any steps or movements – making it a pure energy (chi) exercise.

The energy moves the body spontaneously according to each individual’s health needs. That means you will move your sore back or neck in the most appropriate way for its recovery. You will find the right acupuncture points and apply Chinese massage on them without any prior knowledge of Chinese medicine, do spontaneous Reiki-like energy healing and imitate some of the (or all) 5 different animals (tiger, bear, deer, crane and monkey) to get rid of your ailments. The Chinese found, thousands of years ago, that imitating certain animals’ movements is very beneficial to certain ailments, all stemming from pure observation and realisation that some animals are stronger than others, some are more agile, some faster, some see better, some hear better, live longer,…

Other spontaneous reactions that may occur during practice are: hitting or slapping certain body areas, shaking, jumping, whistling, humming, laughing, crying, reciting mantras, doing Tai Chi or Kung Fu like movements and grounding (ie lying still on the ground for a period of time allowing the Earth to pull the negative chi energy out the practitioner’s body thus assisting the healing process). For more information regarding Spontaneous Five Anim als Play Qigong, please refer to Qigong Chinese Health magazine – issue 1, page 10-15 or click on the link: Five Animals Play.

 

 

Tai Chi Qigong (Shibashi)

Tai Chi is a martial art, Qigong is a practice of Qi (life force).  Tai Chi Qigong (also known as Shibashi*) is a style of Qigong that has ‘borrowed’ the movements from Tai Chi thus it is beneficial to both Tai Chi as well as to Qigong practitioners.  This dynamic form of Qigong is a set of 18 gentle, slow paced movements that is not only easy to practice but is even pleasing to the eyes.  Invented in the late 1970’s by Lin Hou-Sheng, a well known Qigong master from Shanghai, this style is as popular in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia as it is in China.  In recent years, slowly but surely, it has spread to other Asian countries as well as to the west.

Tai Chi Qigong is very effective in strengthening muscles and joints, releasing tension, reducing stress, energizing, uplifting, regulating blood pressure… It gives a great workout without the need to do anything fast and strenuous, can improve coordination of movements and is generally beneficial to mind, body and spirit.  If done regularly over a period of time, it can bring many positive health results, even control body weight.

 

Try out these videos and get into practicing this daily, it incorporates your meditation, movement and exercise and you will start to feel your energy flowing through your body.  This will also helps in every aspect of your life.

Qi Gong and Alzheimers

Qigong is an ancient Chinese meditative moving exercise similar to, but more
profound, than T’ai Chi Ch’uan. Qigong has been practiced in China for thousands of
years to improve health and longevity. In China 70 million Chinese practice qigong
daily mainly for health maintenance. In China there are many qigong clinics, and in
some hospitals qigong is integrated with traditional Chinese medicine and
conventional Western medicine. The practice of qigong is divided into three main
applications: medical, spiritual and martial.

From his book (100 Simple Things you Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s) Jean Carper quotes the following:

As heart breaking and devastating as Alzheimer’s is, optimism is growing that we can lessen the risk and possibly save ourselves.  Experts now say that whether we develop the disease – the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 per cent of cases – is not random or fate, nor an inevitable consequence of ageing.

More interestingly for us he quotes the following:

Researchers at the University of Washington tested the physical ability of 2,288 people aged 65 or over with no signs of dementia.  After six years, 319 had developed dementia.  Those with the best balance and walking abilities at the start of the study were three times less likely to have developed dementia as those with lower physical abilities. The good news is that practicing can dramatically improve your balance within months or even weeks.  Be sure to include exercises to maintain and improve balance in your daily routine, especially after the age of 60.  Try balancing on one foot or stand up and sit down without using your hands.  Adults of all ages should make it a goal to stand on one foot, eyes open, for at least 30 seconds.

This sounds like a very good reason to me to practice Tai Chi and Chi Kung.

 

Benefits of Reflexology

Reflexology
Reflexology applies pressure to a range of particular points on your hands and feet that correspond with all the organs, glands, tissues and muscles in your body. This helps improve circulation of blood, oxygen and ‘qi’ around the body, relieving stress and healing pain in other parts of the body.

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What is reflexology?
We are all familiar with the classic ‘knee-jerk’ response – the doctor taps the patient below the knee, and his lower leg bounces up into the air – if you do something to one part of the body you can cause a reaction in another part.

Reflexology applies this response to the whole body. By applying pressure to points on your feet and hands, you can treat and heal problems elsewhere in the body.
Reflexology is based on similar principles to acupuncture and some types of massage – that our bodies are mapped by channels of energy, or “qi” (pronounced “chee’); we feel pain, or generally unwell, when the flow of that energy is blocked in some way. By putting pressure on one part of these channels, the reflexologist sends an impulse or message all the way along it, which unblocks it and encourages the energy to flow freely again.

This in turn brings us back into good health and a sense of balance and well-being, and stimulates our body’s own healing responses.

What is reflexology good for?
Many people go to see a reflexologist as they might go for a massage: to help with their general health, and to make them feel relaxed and calm. But because it is such a comprehensive treatment, reflexology can help you in many other ways, with anything from a trapped nerve to depression.
Reflexology is recommended by doctors for a variety of conditions, including:
back pain and muscle strain
sports injuries
stress
anxiety and depression
sleep and eating disorders
poor circulation
irritable bowel syndrome
migraine
pre-menstrual tension
symptoms of the menopause
breathing difficulties such as asthma

Before you go
It doesn’t really matter what you wear when you go for reflexology, as they will focus mainly on your feet, and then possibly hands. Out of courtesy and kindness of course, it is a good idea to make sure that your feet are clean and fragrant!

Precautions
You should always let your therapist know:
of any medical conditions you have, and treatment or medication you are receiving
if you are, or think you might be, pregnant
if you have recently had an operation or surgery
if you have had any injuries that might affect your treatment – such as a recently healed broken ankle
as this may affect the type of treatment you can have.
What to expect from reflexology
On the first visit, the reflexologist will chat with you about your general health and lifestyle.

Reflexology is not a foot massage. The reflexologist may massage your feet a little to relax you before they start, but the technique itself is about applying firm pressure to specific points on the foot.
The technique can feel a bit odd at first; it can also be a bit overwhelming. Imagine a pain you have had for years in your shoulder melting away in seconds as someone puts pressure on the ball of your foot! Tension can be released, and pain dissolved, very quickly.

A treatment session usually lasts for about an hour. You will probably get a lot out of a single session but you may want to have several more.

Afterwards

You are likely to feel very relaxed after a session; you may feel like having a snooze or a long bath, and luxuriating in the feeling a bit longer. On the other hand, depending on your treatment, you may feel really energised. Some people even feel tearful afterwards, just from the release of tension.

Your reaction is not always predictable but the likelihood is that you’ll feel much better when you come out than you did when you went in.

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Reiki and Meditation

Creating Focus

Usui Sensei taught his students the first pillar of Reiki, the Gassho meditation. Gassho means “two hands coming together”. Dr. Usui taught his students to place their hands in the Gassho position every morning and evening. Gassho teaches the art of quieting the mind and creating single pointed focus in meditation.

One basically places their hands in prayer position, closes their eyes, and brings all their awareness to the tip of the fire (middle) finger. When the mind wanders, gently press the fire fingers together and refocus. This technique is detailed in “Reiki the Healing Touch”.

I begin my daily sessions with Gassho, and then I offer prayers for myself, for others and the planet. Next I send distant Reiki to all who have requested it.

Below is a sample of a 21 day reiki meditation programme

A 21-Day Reiki Meditation Program

You can use this 21-day program to learn more about Reiki, develop the ability to focus, to empower my prayers, goals and visions; and to receive answers.

Days 1-7 – Begin by creating an intention or a question. Draw the Usui power symbol in front of your body and with your hands, move the energy into your solar plexus. Breathe deeply, imagining that you are breathing in the essence of the symbol. As you exhale allow the energy to permeate every cell of your body, and expand out into your emotional body, your mental body, all the way into your spiritual body.

State your intention or ask your question. Sit quietly with this energy for 5-15 minutes. If your mind wanders, simply invoke the name of the power symbol three times and visualize it.

When you finish, acknowledge that you are holding the full light of the Reiki energy and it will be with you through your day.

Write notes about your experience in a journal. Include any thoughts, words, images or feelings that came to you.

Do this even if there seems to be no logic to it. Often Reiki and the Divine speak to us in symbols, or with pieces of a puzzle that will come together later by reflecting back on your journal.

Days 8-14 – Begin by creating an intention or a question. Draw the Usui mental and emotional symbol in front of your body and with your hands, move the energy into your heart. Breathe deeply, imagining that you are breathing in the essence of the symbol. As you exhale allow the energy to permeate every cell of your body, and expand out into your emotional body, your mental body, all the way into your spiritual body.

Imagine any unhealthy mental or emotional patterns being rewoven into healthy thought, feeling and response patterns. State your intention or ask your question. Sit quietly with this energy for 5-15 minutes.

If your mind wanders, simply invoke the name of the mental emotional symbol three times and visualize it.

When you finish, acknowledge that you are holding the full love of the Reiki energy and it will be with you through your day. Write notes about your experience in a journal.


Days 15-21 – Begin by creating an intention or a question.Draw the Usui distant healing symbol in front of your body and with your hands, move the energy into your entire body beginning by moving the energy from the crown and down through your feet.

Breathe deeply, imagining that you are breathing in the essence of the symbol. As you exhale allow the energy to permeate every cell of your body, and expand out into your energy field.State your intention or ask your question.

Take a moment to imagine or visualize the symbol taking the form of a bridge of light. This bridge reaches through time and through space. Allow the bridge of light to carry Reiki energy back in time as it permeates all levels of your consciousness and the multiple dimensions of your being.

Next allow the energy to flow forward in time creating harmonious energy in your future. Now bring the energy into the present moment.

Sit quietly with this energy for 5-15 minutes. If your mind wanders, simply invoke the name of the distant symbol three times and visualize it. When you finish, acknowledge that you are holding the timeless healing power of the Reiki energy and it will be with you through your day. Write notes about your experience in a journal.

This 21 day program is designed for those who are attuned to level two Reiki. Level I practitioners could modify it using level I energy instead of the symbols. It is possible to also extend the program for another 21 days by replacing the symbols with the three Reiki Master symbols, or with the Karuna symbols of your choice.

I hope you find these suggestions helpful, and that you are willing to explore the importance of creating special time to deepen your relationship with the Divine and the love of the Reiki energy.