by Darlene MacAuley
What is Reiki?
The word Reiki is Japanese and means universal life force energy. A simple and profound method of healing, a Reiki practitioner places her hands on or above the client's fully clothed body and directs healing. This loving energy flows gently through the client, supporting her not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Reiki soothes and relaxes, balances the energy field, and supports the body's natural ability to heal itself.
How does it help pregnant mothers?
Reiki is a wonderful gift to expectant mothers and their babies. In early pregnancy it can reduce many of the common discomforts such as exhaustion and nausea, ease stress, and promote relaxation. Throughout pregnancy, Reiki can provide relief as the mother's body grows and changes, and can address issues such as lower back pain, tension in the neck and shoulders, and insomnia. On a mental and emotional level, Reiki can ease anxiety and fear in a woman who is unsure of herself and her body as childbirth approaches or who worries about motherhood. Relieved of some of the physical and emotional discomforts of pregnancy, the expectant mom will sleep more soundly and feel more relaxed, positive and connected with her baby.
How does it affect babies?
Reiki is also highly beneficial for babies. They are in tune with the loving energy flowing through their mothers. Growing babies have many needs and it is just as important that their energy be balanced. Connected to their mother's thoughts, moods, and emotions, babies feel the sense of calmness and peace created by Reiki. What a wonderful way for mom and baby to bond!
Can Reiki be used during labor?
During labor, Reiki is effective in easing pain and creating a peaceful atmosphere for mom and the baby. Reiki can ease muscular tension, lower blood pressure, aid in relaxation and energy conservation, help mom to focus on breathing, and provide a safe, non-invasive form of pain relief.
What about after the baby is born?
Once the baby has arrived, Reiki can assist mom with physical healing and also help her regain balance in her transition from pregnancy into motherhood. Nurturing mom with Reiki helps her nurture her infant and also affirms the importance of her continuing need for self-care as she steps into a new phase of life.
Darlene MacAuley is a Birth Doula Reiki Master and Business Coach. Visit her website at www.heartandhands.net