Recovery and Reiki
Developed in Japan in 1922 by Mikao Usui, Reiki developed a strong following that continues today. Usui himself trained over 2,000 in the practice of his system. Practitioners of Reiki follow a natural treatment path that encompasses all aspects of an individual, including their spiritual, mental, emotional, physical and energetic state. Literally translated, Reiki means “spiritually guided life force energy.” This Japanese technique derives its name from two Japanese words: Rei, which means “God's Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki, which translates to “life force energy.” Because this form of treatment encompasses all aspects of one’s physiology, it has proven effective as a treatment in virtually every identified disease.
A natural therapy that reduces tension and promotes relaxation, Reiki is believed to be useful as a standalone therapy. For more serious conditions, it also works in conjunction with both traditional and alternative medicines. Furthermore, it strengthens the effects of homeopathy, meditation, aromatherapy, and other natural healing treatments. As a natural method of detoxification, evidence suggests Reiki can also help rid the body of unnatural pathogens or carcinogens, such as asbestos. When the body is unable to expel substances like asbestos fibers, dangerous disease like mesothelioma can form, which indicates just how important the functioning of this natural process is.
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Although individuals are choosing an extremely spiritual form of treatment by practicing Reiki, it remains important to note this is not a religion. This further increases its value as a complementary treatment and form of self improvement, as it is compatible with any existing beliefs one may hold. Practitioners need not adopt any new or alternative beliefs. In fact, many report feeling a greater degree of connection with their religious beliefs after practicing Reiki, as it can help take such beliefs beyond the abstract intellectual conception that is common.
Benefits of Reiki
Reiki provides a measurable benefit by improving the body's inborn immune system. This in turn allows for a greater healing capacity. Among Reiki's reported benefits include:
- Triggering self-healing by supporting the natural immune defenses
- Improving sleep, inducing relaxation, and minimizing the effects of stress
- Helping to overcome addictions
- Relief from chronic pain
- Improving long term health complications, such as asthma and autoimmune diseases
- Helping injuries heal faster
- Detoxifying the body and improving endocrine function
The practice is believed to provide a number of benefits for anyone undergoing chronic drug therapy, chemotherapy, or recovering from surgery. Reiki works with the body's natural healing function. Even when you are not sick, regular use provides valuable spiritual and mental benefits that can prevent the onset of illness.
How Reiki Works
The purpose of Reiki healing is to provide the total relief of body, mind and soul for patients suffering from serious and life-threatening illnesses like mesothelioma. According to those who practice this process, negative feelings and thoughts can lead to poor results in healing. Negative thoughts and feelings such as anger, depression, fear, excessive worry or anxiety, and the formation of damaging or toxic relationships can possibly result in a higher incidence of illnesses and slower recovery.
The actual practice of Reiki requires no instruments or medication. Reiki practitioners simply locate areas of imbalance and transfer healing energy to these vital areas through the use of their hands. This energy is transferred through light, non-intrusive contact that does not massage or manipulate the patient. Reiki treats the whole patient, rather than illness symptoms alone.
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Reiki should not be considered or confused with other medical treatments. Furthermore, many recommend a physician consultation before any forms of treatment take place, including non-invasive ones like Reiki. Alternative therapies have been proven useful for increasing the quality of life for some mesothelioma patients, and in some cases they have even aided in the increase of patient life expectancy. However, it is recommended these alternative therapies not be practiced in lieu of standard medical treatment, but rather in conjunction.