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Massage, Plus Reiki

Massage, Plus Reiki… What’s it All About, Alphie?

Have you ever pondered about the healthy aspects of receiving a massage, plus Reiki or do you hold a belief that getting a massage of any kind is a luxury that only the rich and famous indulge in? It’s true, having a massage can feel like an indulgent luxury but it’s so much more than that. 

There are a variety of massage techniques or styles of delivery and a variety of benefits derived from a massage that will help foster your well-being. More about the different types of massage in a moment, but first a slight, yet significant, detour.

Stop! Is Your Massage Therapist Also a Reiki Practitioner?

Are you aware of the increased healing benefits you gain when your massage therapist is also trained as a Reiki practitioner?  No?!  Keep reading to discover why you want a dual-trained Massage-Reiki bodyworker for your next massage. Massage, plus Reiki is something everyone needs to experience!

Reiki (Ray-key) is a Japanese form of laying-on of hands energy healing. It’s soothing, relaxing, gentle and the perfect accompaniment to any form of bodywork, including massage.  The Reiki energy flows from a trained practitioner’s hands the moment they touch someone, it’s automatic and its healing to one’s body, mind and spirit.  That means when you receive a massage from a Reiki practitioner you reap the benefits of two healing modalities for the price of one! It unfolds automatically during a massage, plus Reiki session.

Reiki Energy Healing

Bodywork & Massage Services I Provide for My Clients

‘Now, lets go over the common forms of massage therapy and bodywork treatments I include within my practice.  Swedish massage, Hot Stone massage, Deep Tissue massage, Prenatal/Postnatal massage, Reiki (as a stand-alone session and it’s automatically included with every massage) and Cupping Therapy.

Here’s a brief description of each of the above referenced services:

Swedish massage is the most commonly-known form of massage, famous for inducing a sense of relaxation, peace-of-mind and inner calm.  The massage itself is conducted by using oil on the client’s bare skin and incorporating long sweeping, circular-motions and/or rhythmical massage strokes. A Swedish massage, plus Reiki takes your relaxation to a whole new level.

Hot Stone massage is a massage that incorporates the use of heated stones.  Essentially the hot stones become an enhancement to your therapist’s healing touch.  They are used to dissolve and melt-away muscle tension and to facilitate the release of trapped energy held deep within your muscles.  Hot Stone massages are particularly popular during the winter months when people frequently experience being chilled-to-the-bone. 

Deep Tissue massage introduces the application of firm pressure into your massage. This increased pressure works deeply into muscle tissue to facilitate the release of nagging, relentless muscle tension. It also stimulates blood circulation within the muscles and promotes increased flexibility and ease of mobility. A deep tissue massage, plus Reiki adds the healing properties of energy healing to your session.

Prenatal/Postnatal massage is therapeutic bodywork specifically designed to focus on a woman’s body during (prenatal) and after (postnatal) pregnancy.  When a woman becomes pregnant her body goes through many changes, relatively quickly, that impact the function of her joints, muscles, circulation, as well as cause mental and physical fatigue.  Prenatal and Postnatal massage provides noninvasive massage techniques designed to ease the discomfort associated with pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum recovery and helps the mother-to-be prepare for labor both physically and emotionally. Your prenatal/postnatal massage, plus Reiki enhances the healing properties to your session. It also helps the new mother’s body return to pre-pregnancy form and firmness.

Reiki is an ancient hands-on healing modality that is used as a complementary healing treatment throughout the world.  It is offered in hospitals, surgery centers, cancer centers, physical therapy centers etc., in addition to spas. It is gentle, subtle, relaxing, healing and pampering to your body, mind and spirit.

Cupping Therapy is an ancient Oriental healing treatment that uses suction to stimulate blood-flow in muscle tissue, which facilitates healing.  The cupping treatment provides the following healing benefits: Release of toxins, activates the lymphatic system, helps to reduce muscle soreness and pain and it also promotes increased oxygen-flow in one’s muscular tissues and fascia.  I include cupping therapy, upon request, into massage sessions at no extra cost to my clients.

Cupping Therapy

It’s no secret that receiving a massage is incredibly relaxing. It often puts people to sleep and induces a natural, euphoric high that makes you feel great and life in general is made to seem less hectic and stressful. Massage, plus Reiki adds all the additional benefits of energy healing to your massage with no additional expense.

How Bodywork & Massage Therapies… Work

You may be wondering… how, exactly, do these different therapies work? To me, the Traditional Chinese/Oriental Medicine perspective offers the most complete explanation.  Physicians who practice Oriental medicine believe that the skin and muscle stimulation that occurs during a massage and other bodywork therapies helps to rid the body of stagnation within a person’s energy field, or Chi (the Japanese call it “Ki,” Hawaiians call it “Mana” and in Sanskrit it’s called “Prana”).  They believe that blocked, locked and stocked-up energy is the primary cause of all dis-ease, be it mental, emotional, physical or spiritual. 

Any healing modality (massage, Reiki, cupping therapy, for example) that releases blockages and restores the natural flow of the body’s energy, facilitates and brings about healing on every level of existence.  As my Reiki Master, Denise Crundall, used to say, doing so “…allows your body to heal itself.”

There have been many scientific studies conducted in order to evaluate the healing benefits of massage. These are the symptoms most commonly cited as being reduced by massage and coincidentally, Reiki reduces them, too:

  • Anxiety
  • Back Pain
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress

Before you decide to get a massage there are a few health issues you need to consider, to take under advisement and/or discuss with your doctor… First.  If you have (or suspect you may have) cancer, blood disorders, open wounds, bone fractures, severe osteoporosis deep vein thrombosis or other serious health conditions must be fully evaluated between you and your doctor and then communicated to your massage therapist.  Be advised, under certain conditions your massage therapist may require written permission from your physician before they will book a session with you.

When it comes to massage, plus Reiki… the bottom line is it’s much more than a luxurious pamper session.  Massage, plus Reiki has the potential to garner far-reaching, positive effects to your overall well-being and general health status. Massage, by a dual trained Massage-Reiki practitioner, needs to be a tool in everyone’s self-care arsenal.

Those of us that work in the bodywork/massage industry often say that the world would be a much happier, healthier place if everyone could partake in a massage session once or twice a month.  When you’re ready to feel better and to have a happier personal worldview I’ve got a open massage table waiting just for you! Book your massage, plus Reiki with me, TODAY!

Reiki Energy Healing – A Gentle, Yet Powerful, Therapy Modality

What is Reiki Energy Healing?

One of the most popular, present-day, healing modalities is Reiki Energy Healing. Reiki is a Japanese form of laying-on-of-hands healing and it’s pronounced, thusly… Ray-key. We’re fortunate to live in an era where people are returning to traditional holistic forms of healing.  This phenomenon is due, in large part, to people not receiving the results they desired by today’s modern medicine therapies. In other words, people who finally get fed-up with medical treatments that aren’t working, are now turning to Reiki in search of relief and healing.

Reiki Energy Healing

Reiki isn’t new. It’s been around for centuries and its origins reside in Japan. The Reiki tradition I was taught is that of Usui Reiki.  You may read about the History of Usui Reiki and its founder, Dr. Makao Usui and the lineage of my training… here:

Every human being on planet earth, has within themselves, the power to heal. Some things seem to heal themselves, such as small cuts, blisters and the common cold. All a person needs to do is basic things like keeping a wound clean, applying an antiseptic cream or lotion and a band aid, or to rest and stay hydrated and their condition will often heal itself and disappear.  Other ailments, whether they are physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, tend to require additional healing aids to bring about the desired healing. The beauty of Reiki energy healing is that it addresses all aspects of the human condition, one’s body, mind and spirit, rather than just the person’s symptoms.  And, it’s a complimentary healing modality that does not clash with your physician’s treatment plan.

Most people are unaware of how widely accepted Reiki energy healing has become within the medical field. So much so, that Reiki energy healing is conducted in operating rooms, pre-op and post-op rooms in hospitals and surgery centers around the globe.  There have been myriad clinical trials and studies conduction on the efficacy of Reiki energy healing on everything from stress reduction to prevention of organ transplant rejection!  Many physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals are now also trained as Reiki practitioners after having witnessed, firsthand, how well their patients responded to Reiki.

In addition to hospitals and doctor’s offices, Reiki energy healing is incorporated into physical therapy sessions, gyms, chiropractic treatments and many massage therapists, as I am, are also trained and certified practitioners of Reiki.  The best part of getting a massage by a Reiki practitioner is the client automatically receives the Reiki energy healing benefits at no extra charge!  That’s because as soon as a Reiki practitioner places their hands on your body to give you your massage, the Reiki begins to flow through their hands, to you.

The most commonly known benefit of Reiki energy healing is its ability to relieve stress.  And medical science and the professionals that work within the field all know that stress is the root cause of many medical problems.  Chronic stress creates all kinds of health conditions and has been proven to shorten one’s lifespan when it goes untreated.  Stress is the underlying factor of many physical, mental, emotional and spiritual ailments. Reiki energy healing addresses the stress and once it’s neutralized, then the symptoms disappear. When you can relieve your stress without taking habit-forming prescriptions while enjoying the soothing, pampering flow of Reiki energy, why wouldn’t you?

How Does Reiki Work?

Reiki is spiritual in its essence and is part of the universal life energy of all living things.  It is gentle, soothing and loving and is experienced most frequently as varying degrees of warmth emanating from the practitioner’s hands. Other times the energy is experienced as being cool or cold, sometimes as cold as an ice pack. I find that the cooler sensations are most often experienced when my client has suffered a pulled muscle or a sprain.  The temperature the client feels is not directed by the Reiki practitioner.  The practitioner simply places their hands on the various hand positions of the client’s body and the person receiving the energy, pulls the Reiki into their body and they use it to heal whatever is out of balance or being blocked within their energy systems.  The client’s inherent “inner healer” dictates where the energy flows and how it’s experienced by the person receiving the healing treatment.  Often times the temperature the client feels, is different from what the practitioner is experiencing.

What are the Hand Positions Used During a Reiki Session?

Every Reiki practitioner follows the hand positions taught to them by their Reiki Master.  There are a variety of Reiki traditions or schools (Usui, Karuna, Imara etc.) available and each one has a different philosophy and variations of how the practitioner places their hands on (or above) the client’s body. With that having been stated, my training consists of hand positions placed directly on the torso, head and back of the body and if the client has sustained an injury to their leg(s) there are hands positions for the legs, also. 

My Reiki Masters teach their students to begin by placing their hands on the torso of the body and to keep our hands in each position until the Reiki ceases to flow, before moving to the next hand position.  The rationale behind this mandate is this: The Reiki energy inherently knows what the client’s healing needs are and, as long as the energy is flowing, healing is occurring. So, we’re taught to honor the Reiki by keeping our hands in position until it stops flowing.  My mom is a Reiki Master and did Reiki at a Cancer Center for 7+ years. When she worked on cancer patients, she would typically only get through 2-4 hand positions in an hour session.

The first position hand placement is just below the client’s breasts. From there we walk our hands down the body to the creases where the legs attach to the torso and back up the body to the heart position. (shown in the image above) .  Next, we move to the head where our hands are placed over the eyes, temples, ears and back of the head. Lastly, the client is asked to turn-over (usually with a groan and a, ‘you have got to be kidding me!’ expression) so we may work on their back. The hand positions on the back start at the shoulders and work their way down the back to the tailbone.

The hand positions are almost always the same according to the practitioner’s training.  The only thing that consistently changes is how long the hand positions are held, based on if the client is being seen for an illness or health condition versus at a spa for a stress reduction session. In most cases for person’s receiving Reiki energy healing at a spa, the practitioner will place their hands in every position on the torso, head and back for approximately 5 minutes, in each position, during a 60-minute session.

The Power of Reiki Energy Healing to Address and Relieve Pain

I mentioned earlier that Reiki is well known for relieving stress, and it’s most known, in medical circles, for its ability to relieve pain.  Some of the earliest clinical trials and studies revolved around Reiki and its ability to assist patients with pain management.  My stepdad fought cancer for 3 years and my mom did Reiki on him all the time.  He was a doctor and extolled the benefits of Reiki to the head of the Cancer Center where my mom eventually worked and spearheaded the Reiki program. He told anyone who would listen that receiving Reiki helped him with his pain and the side effects of his various cancer treatments. The patients at the cancer center often expressed their gratitude for Reiki and how it helped them with nausea, pain, anxiety, wound healing, quickly transitioning them from narcotics to over the counter pain medications and more.  One of the things they enjoyed the most is the Reiki helped them get some much needed, restful sleep!

If you are stress-out or dealing with an injury or illness you should give Reiki a try. It can’t hurt and it most certainly can be of great benefit. Remember, if you are experience mental, emotional, spiritual or physical discomfort Reiki Energy Healing can be exactly what your body, mind and spirit needs.



The Stress Reduction Benefits of Reiki

Have You Heard About The Stress Reduction Benefits of Reiki?

Stress Reduction Benefits of Reiki

If you haven’t heard about the stress reduction benefits of Reiki (pronounced… Ray-key), I have all the info you need to begin your indoctrination.

Let’s Start with Defining Reiki:

Reiki is a Japanese form of laying-on-of-hands healing that is administered by a Reiki practitioner – a person trained in this ancient healing art.  Reiki is often called an energy healing modality that treats one’s body, mind and spirit by addressing dis-ease on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels of human existence.  Its frequency is love. It is gently, subtle, comforting and naturally induces a sense of well-being and deep relaxation, all of which facilitates the stress reduction benefits of Reiki and healing of one’s entire being.

How is a Reiki Session Conducted?

The answer to that question is determined by the client’s needs. First the practitioner needs to determine if the client is wanting a Reiki session because they are 1) dealing with a health issue or 2) if they are seeking a relaxing spa experience.  The answer to that question will determine the protocol for the client’s Reiki session.  Clients dealing with health issues receive a different Reiki protocol and those seeking to experience the stress reduction benefits of Reiki, only.

Typically, the client relaxes on a Reiki or massage table during their session, while the practitioners sits or stands to place their hands on or above the person’s body.  There may be music playing softly in the background to create ambience.  In most instances it is not necessary to disrobe* for your treatment.  Reiki is energy and therefore is capable of penetrating anything. People in full body casts still reap the benefit of Reiki. If the client, due to health constraints, is unable to comfortably lie upon a massage table, Reiki may be administered while the client is seated in a comfortable chair.  My Mom is a Reiki Master and she has conducted Reiki sessions in pre-op surgery, post-op recovery rooms, hospital rooms, nursing homes and patient’s residences.

*The only exception to the ‘no need to disrobe mandate’ would be when receiving a massage by a massage therapist who also happens to be a Reiki practitioner, such as myself.  And… the extra special benefit of a dual-trained massage therapist is you get the Reiki with your massage for the price of your massage!  You might be wondering ‘why?’  Reiki energy flows from a practitioner’s hands the moment they touch someone.  That’s why they should always ask for permission before touching someone.  When you’re a Reiki practitioner/massage therapist there is no way to prevent the Reiki energy from flowing during a massage, it happens naturally.

Description of a “Relaxation” Reiki Session:

While the client relaxes on a massage table the Reiki Practitioner, depending on their training, literally places their hands upon the client’s body in strategic hand positions.  (Do keep in mind some practitioners are trained to hold their hands above the client’s body).  My training is from the traditional Usui Reiki lineage using the ‘hands-on’ method, as taught by Reiki Masters, Denise and John Crundall. **  I was taught to begin each session on the torso of the body, then the head and lastly the back.

Other Reiki Masters teach their students to begin on the head.  There is no right or wrong place to begin a Reiki Session, what’s important is receiving the Reiki energy, experiencing its nurturing, healing benefits and reaping the stress reduction benefits of Reiki in order to promote healing of the body, mind and spirit.

When experiencing a relaxing Reiki session in a spa, your practitioner will typically hold their hands in each hand position, for approximately 5-minutes, on the client’s torso, back and head.  This delivery method is most beneficial in inducing the most common talked about Stress Reduction Benefits of Reiki… deep relaxation, a sense of peace and serenity, enhanced calmness and overall stress reduction.

Description of a “Health Issues” Reiki Session:

If a client is dealing with health issues, be it an illness, disease or chronic pain, I was taught a different delivery method than the one just described.  When a client has a health issue, I have been taught to place my hands upon their body, in the first position on their torso, (below the breasts on the upper rib cage) and to listen to my hands and pay attention to the energy-flow, before moving to the next position.

Reiki practitioners can literally “feel the energy flowing from our hands” when we are giving Reiki.  When the energy stops flowing, then and only then do I move to the next position.  My Reiki Masters teach their students that the Reiki energy knows what the client/patient needs to create a space for healing to occur.  That’s why we let the flow of energy determine how to proceed.  To do otherwise serves the practitioner’s ego, not the health needs of the client/patient.

My Mom, Janice Gibson, worked in a cancer center in Oxnard, California for over seven years as their Reiki Program Coordinator.  She started the Reiki Program at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in 1998.  She taught the Reiki practitioners that volunteer at the Cancer Center that they will more than likely only get 1 or 2, possibly 3 hand positions covered in a 50-minute Reiki session.  This is because the patients are drawing so much energy that the Reiki flow takes a longer time to turn-off.  The inherent healing power of the Reiki energy and the client/patient’s inner healer know what’s best for each person.  I’ve been taught to honor the Reiki energy as well as my client’s healing journey, so I follow the clues given me by the Reiki energy when my clients request a ‘healing’ Reiki session.  It’s just that simple.   

Reiki offers a plethora of healing advantages and the stress reduction benefits of Reiki is one that is touted quite often.  A Reiki session typically lasts 50-60 minutes and induces deep relaxation and a loving sense of peace and serenity.  Most people become so relaxed during their session they fall asleep as their built-up stress and anxiety is neutralized and released.

Reiki is something that needs to be experienced in order to be understood.  No words describing the experience even comes close to the reality of having experienced a Reiki session in person.  I can honestly say I’ve never had a client that has not experienced the stress reduction benefits of Reiki.

Listed below are links the the websites of the Usui Reiki Centers in Australia, the United States and Canada that are affiliated with my Reiki Masters, Denise and John Crundall.  All of these centers offer Reiki training and sessions where persons may experience the stress reduction benefits of Reiki and Reiki healing, contact the center nearest you for further information.

** Usui Reiki Centre -Australia

Usui Reiki Center – Santa Barbara, CA

Usui Reiki Center – Toronto, Canada

Call the spa at 209-463-7706 and ask for Lorrie when you’re in Stockton, CA and want to experience the Stress Reduction Benefits of Reiki… with or without a massage!