Reiki is a form of energy therapy. Simply put, Reiki practitioners channel or direct energy into the physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual body of an individual to achieve energetic balance and promote healing at the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. In this way, this therapy works to attain whole (body, mind, and spirit) health.
The healing frequencies of Reiki can be useful in a variety of different ways. Soothing harmonic waves may be used to relax muscles and improve the overall flow of blood and oxygen within the body system. Alternatively, powerful focused bursts of energy can also be can also be used to pinpoint and release physical or emotional scar tissue that has manifested into pain nodules, muscular knots, arthritic obstructions, organ dysfunction, or even fat pockets.
The Body as a Three Dimensional Framework
To understand this process, it might help to think of the body like a three dimensional mesh framework. When healthy, this structure is flexible and fluid. It looks exactly like a human body, except it is made of countless layers of fine filaments. The craftsmanship is so precise that you can easily make out small surface details like the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Unfortunately, this construction is extremely delicate and can be easily damaged or stretched out of shape. Gaps in the mesh can open up in some areas and bunch up in others. If the damage is particularly bad, the entire framework can become misshapen and brittle. Instead of the natural flowing shape of the healthy body, huge mountains of compressed build-up, recessed craters, and sharp cliffs begin to mar the landscape making it look less like a human being and more like the surface of the moon.
At some time in our lives, we have all received a small physical injury such as a cut lip. Although small, when we looked in the mirror, this wound was probably easy to see. The lip might have bled. Afterwards, there may have been some swelling and bruising. Fortunately, since the damage was minimal, the cut probably healed quite quickly. In fact, a few months later there was likely no sign that the incident had even happened.
Injury and Chronic Disease
Now imagine the effect this cut had on the three dimensional body framework. Like the physical body, there is noticeable damage to the fine mesh. Although subtle, the changes of this precise model are nevertheless observable. A tiny break in the otherwise seamless flow of the material is present. Around this tiny cut is a bit of tension and build-up in the layers creating a swelling appearance. Of course, once the lip has fully healed, this structure also reverts back to pre-injury state.
Given time, small injuries usually heal on their own. Even something as painful as a broken bone eventually mends. If you think about it our body has an amazing ability to heal itself.
Unfortunately, not all physical injuries heal quickly or completely. Some problems linger. Sometimes unexpected complications arise causing the original issue to affect other parts of the body.
Think about a broken collarbone that is not set properly and heals irregularly. Over time, scar tissue builds up to protect the injury site. Function may be impaired not only in twisting and turning of the neck but also in the natural flexibility of the back and shoulder extending right down the arm.
Since the natural function of the neck, shoulder and upper arm change, the musculature will also be modified. Some areas may lose muscle tone from lack of use. Other areas might gain muscle mass or bulk from increased stress or load.
Moreover, having this unhealed injury will likely cause strain on other parts of the body. Muscles along the opposite side of the collarbone, neck, back, and shoulder will automatically compensate for the injury. Unnatural movement may cause pain and muscular damage along the otherwise healthy side of the body and right down the back. Reduced function could even extend into these areas.
Like the cut lip, the remnants of this kind of chronic injury disfigure the mesh of that three dimensional framework. The immediate area of the original fracture swells with scar tissue. Surrounding areas compensate pushing and pulling the mesh out of shape. Bunched up mounds, holes, and depressions appear closely resembling the physiological changes caused directly or indirectly by the original injury.