It is a common fact and practice among treatments centers, therapist, and doctors that meditation is vastly beneficial in the recovery process. It connects the breath to the body, increases self-awareness, and reduces stress. Some groups predominately rely on meditation as a tool for recovery. There are countless medical journals, studies and of course, the trendy celebrity, pontificating about its healing powers.
So, what’s Reiki and what does it have to do with meditation? First off, here’s how Reiki breaks down – “REI” means spiritual wisdom and “Ki” means universal life force. In short, Reiki is a method of energy healing that awakens the bodies natural energy centers and gently connects the emotional, mental and physical body. During a 45-minute Reiki session a client IS MEDITATING, and doing so very deeply, but without the stigma they often have attached to it. This allows for a sense of openness that could often take a person new to meditating some time to achieve.
At Recovery Advocates, our Reiki sessions begin with a short breathing, centering, and grounding guided meditation, followed by Reiki. The clients go on a personal inner journey and because of this, we have seen incredible transformations take place. We have witnessed clients make connections and discover truths, release shame, guilt and fear. Sometimes a very well needed cry surfaces and gets its much-deserved day in the sun. But mostly what’s so powerful about the use of Reiki in the treatment model is its ability to help a client reconnect with their forgotten, sacred self and reclaim a sense of worthiness and connectedness in what is typically an isolating and humiliating disease.