Reiki for All Life Stages: From Pregnancy to Elder Care
Reiki helps to restore and strengthen each person’s life force, also known as, CHI. No matter what the individual’s need is, Reiki will support his or her stability and well-being. Reiki does not discriminate. Its availability is constant. Treatment can be received by anyone, anywhere, anytime. The list of benefits that Reiki offers to its recipients is extensive. Any person, animal, or plant that is in need can be helped with Reiki treatments, given either through the laying on of hands or through distant healing. Reiki is for all life stages.
Reiki During Pregnancy
Reiki can be beneficial for all age groups, even for those who are not yet born. Pregnant women who are attuned to Reiki can extend love to their unborn children by laying their hands on their belly and allowing Reiki energies to be taken in by their babies. Some Reiki practitioners feel that if a woman is attuned to Reiki during her pregnancy, her baby is also attuned to the energies. What a wonderful gift to offer your child before his or her birthday!
It is perfectly safe for a pregnant woman to have a full-body Reiki treatment. Reiki will flow to both mother and child. What a bargain, getting two treatments for the price of one!
Reiki For Young Children
Reiki’s gentle and non-invasive nature is also perfect for treating the ills and upsets of young children. Children are extremely receptive to Reiki’s positive effects and will normally welcome it without any apprehension, especially when they receive Reiki treatments from their parents.
Reiki treatments are to be given to children much in the same manner as they are given to adults. The basic hand placements are the same. However, the treatment will not last as long. Reiki energies travel swiftly through a child’s body–unlike adults, children don’t yet have years of accumulated toxins or blockages that tend to sIow down the treatment process. If the child becomes restless or fidgety when receiving Reiki, the treatment should be ended; Children will often instinctively sit up and move away from the Reiki practitioner when they feel they have had enough.
Babies and toddlers can be attuned to Reiki, but they are not mature enough to learn how to practice it. Children that are younger than five years of age lack the comprehension skills to understand the concepts of Reiki. Most children between the ages of five and twelve have the ability to learn Reiki and can be attuned to the first level. One or two Reiki attunements may be all that are needed to attune children to Reiki Level I (traditionally, four attunements are required for adults). Also, young children should not be expected to sit through a full day or even a half-day of Reiki instruction, since their attention spans are meager. Teachers should attune the child and give him or her only basic instructions. Afterward, it is appropriate for the parent to carefully guide and assist the child in the use of Reiki in the home. For this reason, the only children who should be attuned to Reiki are those with a parent or other adult in the home who is an experienced practitioner of Reiki.
Children should be cautioned not to force their Reiki hands upon classmates who may not understand or appreciate what they are attempting to do. Instead, have them focus on practicing Reiki at home. It is essential that your child be ready for Reiki. Children enjoy giving Reiki to their dolls and stuffed animals, as well as to their pets and siblings.
If you are considering having your child attuned, it is a good idea to arrange a time for the child and teacher to meet with each other before the day of attunement arrives. Preferably, this meeting would take place in the same environment where the class would be held. Look to see that your child is comfortable and at ease with both the teacher and the environment. If you notice that your child shows fear or appears resistant in any way, you should hold off on scheduling a class. It is essential that your child be ready for Reiki.
Reiki For Seniors
Reiki is suitable for people of all ages. But because of Reiki’s pain management capabilities, seniors especially welcome it – probably because it offers help in alleviating the aches and pains associated with aging.
Reiki’s effectiveness varies from person to person. Some ailments respond more favorably to Reiki than others. Also, some people are more receptive to Reiki. It is theorized that both children and senior citizens, as specific age groups, are more receptive than middle-aged persons. Children are inherently more curious and trusting of the world at large. Just as they depend on their parents to feed, clothe, and take care of them, when it comes to accepting Reiki, they are naturally more amenable to the energies that are offered.
Alzheimer patients can be attuned to Reiki. Although they may not understand or remember the attunement, their caregivers can remind them each day to place their hands on their bodies. They will reap the benefits of Reiki energies flowing into their bodies whenever they touch themselves.
As children grow into adolescents and young adults, they become less dependent on their caregivers. Children anticipate the time when they will be able to make their own decisions and escape from being under the full authority of their guardians. The increasing maturity that accompanies children into their late teens and early adulthood years instills in them the desire to spread their wings and become strong and capable individuals. They become willing and satisfied to take care of themselves, no longer under the watchful eyes of their parents, If an illness or accident occurs after attaining a strong sense of self-sufficiency they often become reluctant to accept assistance for fear of losing their newly found independence.
Far too many young adults, as well as those in their middle years, will stubbornly take a determined stance, declaring “I can do it for myself” or “I don’t need any help.” Fear of losing independence is often the reason why some people don’t seek out professional medical assistance until they have become very sick. They will stubbornly refuse to ask for help until their discomforts have progressively worsened and they feel incapable of self-care. Unfortunately this reluctance to accept assistance from others can also effectively block Reiki from flowing optimally.
Many seniors, on the other hand, have come to the realization that they can no longer do everything for themselves. They have also learned that life can be easier if they stop resisting help when and where it is offered. Because of their (sometimes) diminished physical or mental capabilities, many seniors have been forced to depend on others in order for their needs to be met. As a result, seniors are normally more readily accepting of Reiki’s assistance.
A Caregiving Practice
The caregivers in our medical communities include doctors, chiropractors, nurses, counselors, therapists, nursing home aides, and hospice workers. However, the title of caregiver also applies to individuals who personally assist their relatives and friends who are aged, ailing, or indisposed. Parents are caregivers as well – they provide care for their kids. All Reiki practitioners are caregivers in the sense that they give of themselves when caring for others with Reiki treatments.
Caregivers are at high risk of physical and emotional burnout. Taking care of another person, especially if his or her needs are considerable can result in a great expenditure of one’s physical and emotional energy. Therefore, it is vital that the caregiver’s depleted energies are replenished. Fortunately caregivers can rely on Reiki not only by giving treatments to their charges, but also by carrying out self-treatments to keep themselves energized and balanced.
Reiki and Pets
Many people today look for a holistic approach to treating illnesses in their animal companions. Touch therapies, such as Reiki, Tellington TTouch, and shiatsu, are frequently sought out to help bring relief to animals that are suffering. Other complementary therapies used in holistic pet care are homeopathy, aromatherapy, and flower essence therapy.
Animal lovers are sensitive to their pets’ illnesses. Likewise, pets can be sensitive to the sufferings of their caregivers. Many dogs and cats absorb Reiki energies more quickly than humans. This could simply be the result of their size (at least for most cats and small- to medium-sized dog breeds), but more likely it is because they inherently understand what Reiki is. Most cats and dogs will accept the energies they need and allow you to place your hands on them freely. When they have had enough, they will simply walk away. A full treatment could be over in a few minutes. Treatments seldom last more than twenty minutes.
You can give Reiki to your pets by touching, stroking, or patting them. Reiki can also be sent to animals through distant healing if they are skittish or confused by your touch – or if you are allergic to an animal’s fur or dander. Distant healing is a must for treating non-domestic animals such as terrestrial wildlife, zoo animals, and aquatic creatures.
Here is how Reiki can help your pet:
- It accelerates the healing of physical injuries.
- It promotes peace and calmness.
- It treats trauma from accidents or surgery, nervousness, and fear.
- It reduces stress and suffering,
- It helps promote bonding between animal and pet owners.
- It treats behavioral problems: chewing, biting, watching, excessive barking, and so on.
- It offers comforting transitional energy when it is time for your pet to depart from this world.