“Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.” http://www.reiki.org/faq/whatisreiki.html
I was first introduced to Reiki Therapy in the middle of 2014 about 6 months after my now husband and I got into a horrible car accident. I will not post pictures because they are very hard for me still to look at. Luckily it was a one car accident, the car flipped and split in half (front to back). My husband was ejected from the car 30ft away from the front of the car, he had to be life flighted to the nearest hospital for a broken pelvis and multiple other injuries. I on the other hand had no physical injuries, but waking up and experiencing the scene of seeing the love of my life face down on the cement and all the paramedics and first responders running towards me instead of him will never leave my mind. I had emotional trauma from this accident and our whole lives were flipped upside, but we were very fortunate to be alive.
After I was released from the hospital (I fainted) and was released to drive. I experienced my first anxiety attack, while driving of course. I had to pull over and eventually call my parents to come pick me up, Matt was still in the hospital. Anxiety attacks are scary no matter where they happen, but in a moving vehicle in traffic has been embedded in my mind forever. After this first anxiety attack I started getting rashes all over my body, especially under my armpits.
As you can see, this rash covered a large area and were extremely painful and itchy. And these photos didn’t even show how much of it had spread elsewhere on my body, mostly to my stomach and sometimes to my face. These rashes would get so painful and itchy that I would have to leave work and put ice packs on them, any lotion, anti itch cream, even coconut oil would make them burn worse! It was horrible. I was so self conscious because of how horrible they looked and felt. I tried to hide them at all times. I went to primary care doctors, allergy specialist, dermatologist. None could find a reason for the rash. We first assumed it was particles from the air bags, but after two months of the rash I knew that couldn’t be so. I was put on multiple steroids, meds and creams to help with the rash but it did nothing. I was able to exercise luckily since that for me is my biggest way to relieve stress, and I would notice that during my runs it would be the only time that my armpits were not stinging.
My anxiety attacks continued post accident mostly while driving, or having something involve driving. Mine and Matt’s family suggest I go to therapy to help deal with the aftermath of the accident. I will be honest I am not a fan of traditional therapy, I’ve just never been comfortable with it. And since I was asleep during the accident, it would be hard for me to explain to someone else things that I did not know myself, and honestly I just didn’t want to relive the scariest moment for me.
Thats when Matt’s dad stepped in and got me a session for Reiki therapy. I had never heard of Reiki and had no idea what to expect, but I am so thankful I went in to that appointment. After driving 45 mins to this session (igniting my anxiety), I arrived having a painful itchy flare, my armpits were on fire. I met with Janet and that experience was nothing of how I could’ve expected. It was calm, comfortable, and I felt so safe. The goal of the sessions were about releasing my bad energy and allowing my good energy to heal my body. Yes we did talk a bit about why I was there, and what had happened to lead me there, but other than that the session was pretty quiet and she worked on releasing different energies from different areas of my body and connecting my chakra’s. To explain the sensation I had during the session was a mix between warmth and relief. My body would tingle in certain places, and warm up in others, now I know this was the “Life force energies” going from low to high. When you have low life force energies, your body is not working properly which can lead to sickness, anxiety, depression, and over all vibrating at a low frequency. When that energy is transferred to a high energy your body can function at its highest potential.
This was my first spiritual experience ever and it was the biggest sense of release of so many emotions I’ve held in for years. If you know me, then you do know that I do not believe in God, I don’t have any problem with people who do, but I just can’t expect this one man/woman in Heaven to fix all my problems by praying. Saying that I do believe that there are other forces out there, mostly from nature, Yes I believe that there is energy in all objects and those have vibrations that can affect numerous things. But back to my awakening with Reiki therapy, the one thing I did not share with Janet of why I was there was my rash, when I was leaving my session I noticed that my arm pits were not on fire, and to much of my surprise the rash was almost all gone. YES! ALMOST ALL GONE! Well we found the source of my rash- STRESS! I continued to go back to Janet for sessions to help heal my mind, emotions and spirits, and in turn it got rid of my rash. I would notice at times that my rash would come back full force depending on my stress level. But 6 months after the accident I finally go ahead of my rash and by 10 months post accident my rash was completely gone. I really do believe that Reiki therapy did cure my rash by working on my mind, body, and spirit and allowed my energy vibrations to finally tune to a higher frequency. The experience itself is so hard to explain and everyone’s experience will be different. But I really do believe that if normal forms of therapy just makes you cringe, or laugh at then to try Reiki Therapy, it may do so much more than you expect. If you are in the San Diego area and need a referral I am happy to give you one.