Published in Modern Athletic Health
Reiki is a type of gentle-touch energy work, focusing on balancing the flow of energy in a person’s physical and energetic body. When the energy is balanced, the body and mind are in a state of optimal health. When it’s out of balance, disease and discomfort begins to crop up, as well as a decline in optimal mental and physical functioning. Reiki is becoming a more commonly recognized modality, with studies about it’s amazing benefits popping up everywhere. It is currently in use in hospitals, hospices, and private practices across the world, and has even been featured by Dr. Oz! Energy work and balancing as a part of healthcare is not new, however. Both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic Medicine, in addition to many other traditional medicine systems, have a heavy focus on energy. It’s hard to argue with thousands of years of tradition backed up by modern medical studies!
There are many reasons that Reiki is an exceptional choice for athletes. For one, wear and tear on your body from training and competing is a given. It’s part of pushing harder, going further, and growing muscle. It’s a good thing! But it’s not the most comfortable thing. Reiki can reduce the negative effects of working out - the physical discomfort - helps support healthy muscle function through decreased healing times and stress and strain relief, and reduce unhealthy strain on your body, making your workout even better and more effective than normal! It’s also well-known for helping to reduce aches, pains, and inflammation in the body. This can help soothe your post-leg day (or any other especially challenging day) discomfort! Add the Universal Biomat to your next session for an added boost that will help restore your body on the cellular level! In the same way Reiki helps ease the discomfort that can be associated with pushing your body, Reiki also helps prevent injury, keeping your body in one, optimally-functioning piece.
Reiki is a fantastic choice for helping to boosting concentration, creating a positive mindset, and aiding in solid, healing, restoring sleep. Keeping focused and positive will not only improve your performance, but also help reduce incident of injury!
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the importance of sleep, especially for athletes. As we all know, sleep is one of the most important keys to health and success, no matter what you are doing! This goes double when you’re pushing your body to be the best it can be! Sleep is when your body gets to rest, repair, and re-boot. Reiki helps balance your physical and energetic body so that you can consistently, naturally achieve the sleep your body and mind need.
One of the last, and biggest, things you need to know is that study after study keep praising Reiki for it’s ability to reduce healing and recovery times after injury, illness, and surgery! It is becoming more common to find Reiki therapy as a pre- or post-surgery option in major hospitals and rehab centers around the country! Reiki is simple, painless, and non-invasive, making it a no-brainer complementary therapy.
The moral of the story is, no matter what sort of athlete you are, Reiki is a therapy you should seriously consider! Improve your performance, heal faster, get your head in the game, and manage your stress like a pro! Charles Way of the New York Giants does. So should you!
These facts and opinions are those of a certified Master Herbalist, Reiki Master Teacher, and a Natural Health Consultant, and are for educational purposes only, and not intended to replace consult with your healthcare practitioner.
If you have any questions or concerns about anything in this article, please contact me or your natural healthcare practitioner immediately.