A traditional type of Japanese energy work, Reiki (pronounced ray key) has provided healing, relief, and complete health transformations for countless people across the globe. (1) But can it be used for weight loss purposes? The answer may surprise you – read on for details.
What exactly is Reiki?
Some brief background is in order to give you a good grasp on the concepts behind this ancient form of healing work. Some say that the roots go back thousands of years ago, from Tibet. Apparently, this was rediscovered at the turn of the 20th century by Dr. Mikaso Usui, from Japan. (2)
Since that time, it crossed the globe and landed in the West, where it has been growing in popularity in recent decades as word spreads about its usefulness in achieving health-related goals.
The actual word Reiki is a combination of two Japanese terms: Rei and Ki. Translations are complex, but in essence, Rei means “Higher Power,” while Ki roughly translates to “life force energy.”
Reiki consists of using healing energy of a non-physical nature, guided by a higher intelligence. (3) Practitioners use their hands gently and safely to guide energy where it is needed, based on the body’s energy channels, aligning your energy centers and correcting imbalances. There is light touch, and sometimes just a “hovering” of the hands slightly above the body during a session. (4)
Typical uses of Reiki
Reiki has been used to correct energy imbalances in the body to promote relaxation and healing. Even animals have benefited from the use of Reiki! (5)
Common uses and goals of Reiki include (6):
- Stress reduction
- Reducing blood pressure
- Pain relief
- Emotional clearing
- Immune system support
- Depression relief
Reiki for weight loss
So now for the million-dollar question: can Reiki help you shed some unwanted pounds? The answer is a resounding YES!
As one star power example, pop superstar Christina Aguilera credits a 30 pound weight loss to the use of Reiki. (7)
Stress, weight, and Reiki
Most of us already know that stress can be a significant contributing factor when it comes to gaining unwanted weight. (8) In today’s world, stress is unfortunately becoming more commonplace, what with uber-busy schedules, smartphones constantly reminding us of incoming texts, emails, and calls, and household chores mounting up until we get some free time (which is becoming rare).
So how does Reiki help with this? A study by The Center for Reiki Research(9) followed people suffering from stress and depression. The results determined that “those who had received Reiki showed both immediate and long-term improvements in depression, stress and hopelessness.”
When you are able to reduce your stress and anxiety with Reiki, you significantly reduce your chances of weight gain caused by stress, and as a bonus – also strengthen your body’s reserves of energy and efficiency.
Self-discipline, weight, and Reiki
We know that self-discipline is crucial for any effort to get healthy, and more importantly, to stay healthy – which in some cases means shedding excess weight.
Regular use of Reiki can help you build self-discipline, a power-house trait necessary to lose unwanted pounds. This is because Reiki corrects energy imbalances, which increases your sense of self-awareness. This is a natural result of utilizing and balancing your energy life force with Reiki sessions (as mentioned above).
With reduced levels of anxiety, and greater self-awareness, you have the emotional and mental space in which to have much greater focus and clarity – and that means your ability to build a strong base of self-discipline increases greatly.
The final verdict on Reiki and weight loss
Reiki is certainly not a way to lose weight overnight – but then again, any diet that makes such claims is dubious and deserves skepticism.
Losing weight and gaining health is a lifelong journey – not something accomplished within a couple of weeks. Why not give Reiki a try for your weight-loss goals? You have nothing to lose but weight, and so much to gain: increased calm, reduced stress and tension, and acceleration of your body’s natural ability to heal itself. (10) Not a bad deal!
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