Coming from Chinese and Japanese medicine, reiki is a gentle touch therapy that promotes relaxation and a sense of calm. Its use has become increasingly popular in hospital settings as a complementary treatment for cancer patients, as well as being used by practitioners in private practice and individuals who learn reiki for self-use. The Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute offers reiki treatment to its patients, as well as a self-treatment procedure patients can use at home as follow-up. This article explains, with photos, 10 reiki hand positions and procedures that can easily be used at home. In these stressful times, reiki can be another tool you can use to reduce stress and improve general health. While these techniques will help you get through the coronavirus social distancing period we’re experiencing, your reiki practice will be greatly enhanced by taking a reiki training class with a qualified instructor when you can.
There are many relaxation techniques we can use to decrease stress and improve our general health…..guided imagery is one of those many. Guided imagery uses and integrates all of the senses in a meditation technique, and has been shown to have many benefits, including lowering anxiety and pain, heightening short-term immune cell activity, and reducing stress and blood pressure. The practice can be effective when used for as little as 5 minutes or as many as 20 minutes. This article from healthcentral.com describes 5 different, inexpensive apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices that can guide you through your practice. Set aside time for yourself each day and enjoy the benefits of guided imagery.