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Risks of Reiki

Are there risks with Reiki? 

People curious about Reiki wonder if there are any risks associated with the treatment.  Many treatments have  benefits (which is what we want) and risks (unintended consequences of treatment).  Reiki is one of the safest healing modalities I am aware of.  I am used to prescribing medications which have considerable side effects that can be dangerous.  Any treatment can cause harm, but the question is can Reiki cause harm?

Adverse Reaction to Reiki

Emotional Release

Many people come to a Reiki session hoping for a session of relaxation.  Many clients will enjoy a relaxing session in which they drift into a light sleep or meditative state.  Some clients will not have such a peaceful session.  Reiki unblocks energy in the body, mind, and spirit.  Depending on the person’s experience,  some may have very strong emotional releases with crying or yelling.

Physical Sensations

It is fairly common to have physical sensations during a Reiki session.  Many individuals notice sensations of warmth, coolness, tingling or buzzing.  It is also very common to have muscle twitch briefly as the body makes adjustments.  Reiki is helping the body heal itself, so in particular those with painful joints may feel small movements in the affected area. 

Unfortunately, it is possible to have uncomfortable sensations that may interrupt the session.  When I’ve treated others, I’ve had clients become nauseous, vomit, or have pain.  Pain during the session may be alleviated by readjusting on the Reiki table.

Personally, when I receive Reiki sessions, it’s not unusual for me to have to use the restroom during the session as my body detoxes negative energies. 

Healing Reaction After Treatment

I advise all clients, new and returning, that there may be a delayed healing reaction.  I instruct clients after a session to avoid strenuous activities for at least 24 hours and to drink plenty of water.  The body’s energy has undergone major shifts.  This may lead to fatigue, sleepiness, or even cold-like symptoms.  I feel that it is best to let the body settle as well as the mind.

My clients frequently report vivid dreams after the session.  Many of my clients report  taking long naps after their session.  I’ve had clients who could not rest after the session but they seem to do okay.

When Reiki Doesn’t Work

Reiki simply may not work.  If the reason that brought a person to Reiki is severe, or the client is not completely open, Reiki may be ineffective. In this situation, money and time have been lost.  However, I would advise these clients to give it more time as the healing effect may be delayed.  I have had clients that did not respond and try additional treatments.  In these instances, there seems to be a response.

Understanding Expectations

In the previous podcasts, the Limits of Reiki, I discuss expectations coming to Reiki.  Reiki does not replace medical treatment.  Reiki can help any condition, but a severe condition that is rapidly getting worse will not likely respond to Reiki.  

Have a listen to the Arts of Healing Podcast to hear about the Limits of Reiki

Many individuals may seek Reiki out of desperation.  These individuals should be counseled that they may be experiencing a shock or grief response.  In these cases, I often ask for the individual to wait before deciding to initiate Reiki.  If they choose to proceed, I like to set treatment goals before starting the treatment.  

Relationship with Healer is Not Therapeutic

If you are being treated by an individual that you have not formed a therapeutic relationship with, the overall session may not be effective.  I feel that anyone that provides this healing service should be willing to have open and honest dialogue and should be available for questions after the session.

Is it Worth it to Try Reiki Again?

 If you’ve had a session that you feel did not work, I recommend using your intuition if you decide to try another session.  There may have been many factors that may have prevented the outcome you desired.  Possibly, the outcome you were pursuing may not have been in your best interest.  I feel it may be good to discuss with your practitioner the results, as you may have had a positive response that you did not originally identify. 

Reiki is a healing modality that hope becomes available to all people, but I feel it is important to understand there are limits to this healing modality, just as there are to all healing modalities.

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Reiki In Cancer Care

Inspiration for Helping Cancer Patients In Their Journey

Many people consider a healing modality such as Reiki a luxury item that’s only used for stress relief for relaxation.

In this article, I would like to share with you how Reiki can play an integral part in the care of cancer patients.

Understanding what happens to patients when they’re diagnosed with cancer helps all of us to visualize where holistic healing can help. Particularly for Reiki practitioners, I would like you to understand some of what cancer patients go through. Hopefully this will provide you inspiration to add distance Reiki for oncology patients to your services.

Can Adding Reiki Help Cancer Patients?

The answer is a resounding yes! Receiving Reiki during the cancer journey can and should be offered in modern medicine. It can help patients and families cope with the difficult journey of cancer care.

A small study performed at the University of Calgary with 16 patients sought to measure if Reiki treatments could improve Cancer Related Fatigue. The study showed that high compliance of participants (inferring increasing interest in complementary care). This study compared prescribed rest periods with Reiki sessions in patients being treated for cancer. The overall results show that repeated Reiki treatments helped to improve Cancer Related Fatigue.(1)

Practical applications of Reiki in oncology care


One of the most powerful aspects of Reiki healing is that it can be offered from a distance. Keeping in mind that moving forward social distancing and public health will remain a major concern for all of us, distance Reiki could help to augment care for cancer patients. My personal recommendation is to consider doing distance Reiki session during certain scheduled events that can help those treatments go easier.

During Surgery

One of my favorite times to provide Reiki to my clients is during surgical procedures. Healing energy can be channeled directly to the patient as well as to the surgical team. I have received positive feedback many times from the clients that this helps to speed up their recovery and also helps calm anxiety before the procedure.

I personally performed distance Reiki on my mother while she was having major surgery on her lumbar spine. Naturally, I was very nervous for her and felt very powerless before her surgery. It was one of the most powerful experiences in my life as a Reiki healer and of course as a daughter. I was able to send energy into her surgery and get a sense of what was going on in the room. It immediately helped to calm my nerves. It also seemed to make the waiting period go by much faster. Initially I had been so nervous in the waiting area I was not able to carry on conversations. Because my anxiety had improve, I ended up making a very pleasant connection with a gentleman working in the hospital and learning his story.

During Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is often a necessary part of cancer care. It’s particularly taxing due to the frequency of treatments, and dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy. One inspiration for Reiki healers is to offer Reiki healing during chemotherapy. Reiki can be delivered effectively by distance without any interference in therapy. Sending Reiki during chemotherapy can help the patient deal with the side effects of the medication. The healing energy that’s been transmitted can also help the patient fall asleep during chemotherapy which will help the whole process go faster.

During Radiation

Sending Reiki during radiation can also help reduce the stress anxiety of a frequent medical treatment. Radiation treatment tends to be shorter than chemotherapy and occurs more often possibly even daily. If a person has an agreement with a regular practitioner, sending regular treatments during chemotherapy may be worthwhile.  Reiki healing can be used for instance, to reduce the risks of side effects from the radiation treatment.

Doctor’s Visits

Interacting with physicians during the cancer journey can be physically, emotionally and spiritually taxing.  Every cancer journey is individual, but most visits are typically a turning point in what will happen next in treatment and finding out progress as well as prognosis. I often recommend and offer distance Reiki to the appointment with physicians. The reports that I’ve heard from my clients is that they felt much less anxious going into the appointment. They also felt that they understood the information they received much better and the overall visit was much calmer with the Reiki energy flowing there. In a similar fashion to surgery and chemotherapy, there’s no absolute need to send the energy if the exact same time is the appointment. This can be done ahead of schedule.

Getting Started with Reiki in Cancer Care

Reiki Healers-Offer Distance Reiki

I would like to encourage Reiki practitioners that are actively practicing to consider offering distance Reiki to oncology patients right away. As a practicing physician, I often witness how taxing and stressful the cancer journey can be. Availability of Reiki practitioners is limited. Also public knowledge of this healing modality is very limited. Therefore, I do hope to start a conversation that can spread around the world. Reiki practitioners can easily offer distance treatment to those undergoing cancer care. It’s a simple as offering the service right now.

Caregiver-Learn Reiki

If you find yourself in the position of being a caregiver of a loved one with cancer, and you are considering learning a holistic remedy to help with the care at home, I will strongly encourage you that it is worth it.  Reiki can help to protect you against caregiver stress and you will have a healing modality in your home that you can invoke at any time to help heal stress, calm anxiety, and side effects from treatments.

Cancer Patient-Learn Reiki

This may seem like the most outrageous of all the recommendations, but if you have recently been diagnosed with cancer, you may wonder if you should learn Reiki. You may wonder if you would have the energy to do this. I can tell you from personal experience and having worked with my own clients that learning Reiki when you are diagnosed with cancer can be one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself. Yes, you will have all of the taxing decisions to make about your cancer care. Yes, you will meet a new specialist and feel very uncomfortable and experience pain. You would be surprised to find that learning Reiki would help you tap into a strength you didn’t know you had. I’ve seen this in my own clients and I have been amazed. I’ve witnessed how a cancer patient learning Reiki can help themselves so much to the journey.

References

Tsang, K. L., Carlson, L. E., & Olson, K. (2007). Pilot crossover trial of Reiki versus rest for treating cancer-related fatigue. Integrative cancer therapies, 6(1), 25–35. https://doi.org/10.1177/1534735406298986

How Wounds from the Past lead to Illness in the Present

Adverse Childhood Events and Its’s relationship to illness as an adult

Purpose of a Medical History

In traditional medicine, the healing encounter starts with the recording of the medical history.  Since healthcare in the visits are problem focused, the history is directed towards the timing of the problem.  It is interesting in modern healthcare that we gather information on the past medical history but rarely do we look any deeper than that.  I ask about family history, which tells us about genetic predisposition for disease.

The healing encounter of a Reiki session may involve some history gathering, but usually the focus is on delivering healing energy.  When I’m working with Reiki clients, information about the past often plays a role in the client’s current issues.  

I’ve had many patients ask why I have interest in their past history, and if it has any relationship to why they are in my office .  It seems that an illness that has resolved two or three decades ago should not impact a person’s health later.  Beyond that, patients may wonder why I may ask about experiences in childhood, as on the surface, there should be no relationship to issues as an adult.  

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences are clinically validated experiences that have been shown to increase the chance of illness in adults.  Childhood traumatic stress increased the likelihood of hospitalization with a diagnosed autoimmune disease decades into adulthood. In this study, the majority of individuals with at least one Adverse Childhood Event  were hospitalized with an autoimmune disease (1)

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Reiki healers often confront past trauma and its result on the clients well-being. Inner Child work involves working  the client in the version of themselves that was a child that suffered childhood trauma.  The client must first be brought into a deeply relaxed state through some sort of regressive therapy. The client is then asked to recall the emotion or feeling they are having now that is causing the most suffering.  The client then explores if they have had this feeling before.  It is during this time that the client will self identify the age at which the trauma occurred. The “Inner Child” is thought to be the age at which the person suffers a major trauma that creates energetic and emotional scars.  The “Inner Child” is a subconscious precept the client holds that often reawakens as an adult, expressing strong emotions in any life event that is similar to the original trauma.  The Reiki practitioner then begins to work with the Inner Child, to help heal those  wounds and make the child feel safe.

This is a powerful healing technique, and can be quite uncomfortable. Bringing in the Inner Child often brings up very painful childhood memories. This process is almost like a surgical healing.  It is likely to be painful, but working with the Inner Child can often bring about deep, lasting healing for the client.  Clients that receive Inner Child healing often leave the encounter with a deep understanding of who they are as a person. 

The connection between childhood trauma and current medical illnesses complex. There are two general examples we can use to explore this topic.
The following examples are purely fictional.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is a complex digestive disorder that leads to many symptoms. . Many individuals living with IBS often don’t realize they are also having emotional distress that often accompany the digestive issues.  Many of my patients with IBS first began having digestive symptoms in childhood.   If the patient developed negative feelings towards school for example, it was likely not  acceptable to ask the parents to miss school because they were being bullied. It would be acceptable to ask to stay home because of a stomach ache. Over the years, subconsciously the person may learn that having a stomach ache can often help to avoid unpleasant experiences. Gradually, the brain begins to make a neural connection with stress avoidance and digestive symptoms.  The cycle perpetuates itself, eventually manifesting as severe digestive disease.

Lupus

Another example, SLE, so Systemic Erythematous Lupus may develop its roots in a person who suffered through multiple childhood traumas. A middle-aged female patient may present with lupus complicated by kidney disease, pulmonary disease, and digestive issues. She may relate to her physician that she had a tumultuous childhood including multiple stays in various foster homes. The relationship here maybe that because she did not feel rooted as a child, she has a poorly energized root chakra. As an adult, her root chakra which is the basis of the immune system never learns to work very well. She develops an immune system that is highly overactive and attacks her own body tissues.  The end result is a severe autoimmune disease.

Reincarnation, which is the process of returning to Earth multiple times in various forms, is thought to possibly lead to illness in the current life. Similar to Inner Child work, it is possible to use regression therapy to go back to past lives for healing. This can be very difficult and likely will require multiple sessions between a client and healer that have a trusting relationship.

Acknowledging this past hurts and traumas is important in healing. This does not mean that there is not hope for healing in a long time. Matter of fact, the best chance for healing is acknowledging the hurts of the past. taking inventory and looking a little bit deeper than the past medical history can pay off in unimagined ways.

References

1.Dube, S. R., Fairweather, D., Pearson, W. S., Felitti, V. J., Anda, R. F., & Croft, J. B. (2009). Cumulative childhood stress and autoimmune diseases in adults. Psychosomatic medicine, 71(2), 243–250. https://doi.org/10.1097/PSY.0b013e3181907888

Healing Beyond Space and Time

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One of the most difficult concepts to explain about Reiki to those that don’t have experience with Reiki is the concept of healing beyond space and time.  Most of us equate healing with a hands on experience that is done face to face.

It’s easy to forget that healing encounters such as Reiki are not limited to any particular place or even a particular time.  In this blog post, I will explain how Reiki in its limitless healing can be used in ways that we are normally limited to.  

I was inspired to create this post due to a recent experience with a Reiki client. While working my client in a distance session, his “Inner Child” showed up.  My client is in his 40’s, but during this Reiki session, a younger version of himself appeared in the Distance Healing Reiki space. 

Healing the Past

In Energy medicine, “Inner Child” work usually refers to focused healing of the younger version of yourself.  The concept starts with your experience with trauma.  When we suffer traumas in life, major or minor, part of us will split off, and stay in that moment. This “Inner Child” will follow you throughout your life, echoing the painful emotions of that past trauma.  Triggers that remind you of the trauma may ignite the “Inner Child” to drive strong,  uncontrollable emotions.  

My client’s Inner Child was very helpful, in that his age marked the time of trauma for my client that opened the door to serious illness as an adult.  

“Still blowing my mind what you’re telling me. I want to be empowered of my own mind, body, and spirit “

—quote from Reiki client at Healing Arts Health and Wellness

Inner Child work is one example of how Reiki Healing is able to bypass the linear passage of time to provide deep healing.  During a Reiki session, its not unusual for past traumas to arise in this way.  Once this happens, although this can be uncomfortable, allows the client to arrive at the root cause of what they are experiencing.

In modern medicine we do take into account past medical history. This is done very frequently when we’re taking a history on patients and we review past surgeries and pass diagnosis. Interestingly, we do work with the future and conventional medicine. We sometimes make predictions on prognosis but we often stop there.  Clinically, there is some integration of childhood traumas when the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are assessed.   Because of the structure of most clinical visits, although we do review past medical history we don’t coordinate issues such as past trauma and past emotional issues with ongoing medical issues. This is truly sad because we are missing one of the most important pieces of information into what’s causing someone’s illness.

A Course in Miracles Quotation

According to Dr. Richard Gerber in his book Vibrational Medicine, human anatomy is “Multi-Dimensional”. The human being is much more than the physical structures that make up the body. The energy of humans  partly exists in the physical form, but the consciousness is above, within, and below the human body. This means that interactions need not be physical to be impactful. Healing operates the same way. Clients can rest assured that an encounter for healing is not limited by a point in time or a place.

If your ready to take the next step on your journey to healing, I now have the 21 Day Meditation Course .

If you’ve been thinking about learning Reiki, I am proud to share Reiki I for Self Empowerment, a self guided Reiki Training Course is now available.

Happy Anniversary!

Healing Arts is one!

One year ago, I relaunched my website with a new name and new look.  In the past year, the gifts I have received in return have been beyond measure.  I am so excited for the future of Healing Arts and what’s coming next.

When I first created my online space, my hopes was to have a creative outlet for writing while continuing to develop my healing skills in Reiki and medicine. The online space has evolved to a podcasting platform, social media presence, and most of all creating amazing connections with other individuals.

I created a podcast thanks to the encouragement of two other entrepreneurs, Lisa Airhart, the health coach (upcoming podcast guest) and Stacey (owner of Stacey’s naturals).  Having believed for many years that no one would want to  hear my voice.

Art of Healing Podcast

Shine Your Light

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What I have learned is that if you have a calling in your heart to share your gifts you need to share it. Your fear is not real, and it’s getting in the way of letting others that need to hear what you have to say. Recording my first podcast I found gave me butterflies and at the same time to be liberating. When I received my first positive feedback, I was amazed that anyone took time to listen.

My advice to anyone who wants to start sharing your healing gifts with the world but is afraid to share: 

  • People are searching for you.  Don’t make it impossible to find you.
  • When you don’t share your gifts with the world, you’re depriving the world of your love and light.   Not to put pressure on you, but do you want to prevent humanity from moving forward? By keeping your wonderful gifts to yourself, you may be doing this.
  • Don’t worry about negative judgement.  The average person is thinking of themselves, and even if they don’t like or appreciate your work, will simply not respond to you.

Step Into the Light

If you are in The Healing Arts such as Yoga, Meditation, Reiki or other similar healing modalities, or if you were in traditional medicine such as a physician, nurse, or therapist and you are looking for a platform that is safe to share your message, I personally invite you to be a guest on my podcast. I understand the feeling of being nervous of putting yourself out there, but in the past year that I stepped outside of my comfort zone I found the rewards to far out way the risk.

Feel free to send me a comment below with your contact information if you would like to be a guest on my podcast. I believe you will find this will be a safe space to step into the light.

3 Ways to Ease Anxiety

In a recent article from the ACP internist March 2021 volume 41 number 3, an article by author Charlotte Huff states that “roughly 40% of adult women develop some type of anxiety disorder during their lifetime compared to 26.4% of men” which is a quotation taken from the international journal of methods and psychiatry research. Anxiety is a very common diagnosis. Unfortunately it is becoming more common with the meaning enforce changes we have all endured due to the pandemic.

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In my medical practice, I frequently treat patients with the diagnosis of anxiety. Unfortunately, the Pandemic of 2020 drastically increased the occurrence of anxiety in my medical practice. The Pandemic has increased worry, and there are certainly many reasons to be anxious.

My own observations, which are not necessarily quantifiable or have any research to back them up, I am witnessing a sharp increase in patients presenting with anxiety or anxiety like symptoms. Interestingly, I noticed the biggest increase after the wintertime surges.

They’re actually many forms of anxiety. Generalizes anxiety disorder is the anxiety disorder I encounter most medical practice. Other forms of anxiety include social phobias, agoraphobia, or anxiety related to public speaking. Anxiety may also be a component of another psychiatric disorder such as major depression or bipolar disorder.

Generalized anxiety disorder, is characterized by persistent worry that leads to life changing consequences that last over 6 months. The classification is important because the emotion of anxiety happens to all of us. The distinction must be made when these symptoms are impacting the quality of life.

The typical symptoms of anxiety include but are not limited to:

  • Excessive Worry
  • Inability to rest or relax
  • Hypervigilance
  • Irritability
  • Tense muscles
  • Poor quality sleep

Anxiety can lead to many physical symptoms including:

  • Palpitations
  • Tremors
  • Excessive sweating
  • Digestive issues 
  • Muscle spasms

Many factors can put a person at risk, but it seems the greatest risk factor is being female. 

Those that have never experienced anxiety and severe enough to require treatment may have trouble understanding why someone would require treatment for this condition. Anxiety can be crippling. Someone in the grips of an anxiety attack often is not unable to understand reality, which will drive severe behaviors. That is very worse anxiety can increase the risk of suicidal attempts.

We all have times we feel anxious. Having transitory “butterflies in the stomach” or feeling on edge is a normal part of the human experience. It is when these symptoms persist, occur frequently, or interrupt daily activities that it may require management by a healthcare professional.

The Suicide Prevention Line is available if you are having severe symptoms and need help now.

Where to Get Help

It is important to know where to find help to cope with anxiety. If you have a relationship with a physician or care provider such as a Primary Care  doctor, they are often more than ready to help you. This is a good time to find a primary care provider if you don’t have one if you feel you have anxiety. If you don’t have health insurance, many state agencies have helplines such as #211 that can help get you to resources. In any case, it is usually impossible to determine by yourself how to figure your symptoms truly if they require treatment.

A complete history and physical exam is recommended to make sure no medical diagnosis could be causing the symptoms. 

Once anxiety has been confirmed with the diagnosis by healthcare professional, treatment options can include but are not limited to:

  • Therapy 
  • Medications
  • Observation

These treatment options require evaluation and recommendations of a healthcare professional.  Treatment must be individualized and tailored to each person’s needs.  Once treatment is selected, monitoring will need to continue potentially for several months.

Beyond what happens in the clinic, if you have been diagnosed with anxiety or are worried you may be at risk or developing anxiety that is clinical there are things that you can do for yourself at home to improve your symptoms.

Meditation

I routinely recommend meditation to many of my patients as well as my Reiki clients.  Meditation is easily accessible, can be completely free, and requires no special equipment to get set up.



Meditation is the perfect compliment to medical treatment or therapy. Meditation often reduces the symptoms of anxiety immediately and when performed daily will help long-term.

If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of meditation I want to gently remind you that anyone can meditate.  please now that even if on the inside your thoughts are racing and you don’t think you can find peace, just the attempt at meditation will reap benefits.

Yoga

I frequently mention Yoga as a self-care modality that can be included with with meditation when managing anxiety. Yoga has been clinically proven to help reduce the symptoms of anxiety.

One of the important aspects of Yoga that can help alleviate anxiety is the focus on breath work. Individuals suffering from anxiety often have little to no awareness of how they breathe on a regular basis. Because they tend to breathe in a shallow manner they often don’t realize that they set the stage for anxiety attacks. The practice of yoga can help those suffering from anxiety learn how to work with their chest and their belly to breathe effectively in order to reduce the pulse.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has grown in popularity over the years. The science of aromatherapy involves engaging the olfactory nerve which has a strong connection to the brain to create therapeutic benefits. Aromatherapy and the form of essential oils can be therapeutic and lower anxiety. Also, aromatherapy can be pleasing and pleasurable to the senses.

Essential oils can be very expensive. Because of this, I usually limit my recommendations to a few essential oils that are relatively well tolerated and can be found in most natural food stores.

  • Lavender
  •  Frankincense 
  •  Peppermint
  • Patchouli

If you are considering using aromatherapy, I recommend diluting essential oils and a high quality carrier oil and using a roller bottle. This makes carrying aromatherapy with you throughout the day much easier and less messy. this also allows for a very light application if you’re wanting to keep the smell in a limited area.

If you are managing anxiety it is important to realize that your anxiety may take a long time to improve. You want to be patient, gentle and caring with yourself. Do not rush yourself to “get back to normal”.  

Going to level deeper, as you journey through your experience of anxiety you may want to sit with the feeling to learn what the anxiety is teaching you. Anxiety rarely occurs for no reason at all. With the help of a skilled therapist, it is likely you will learn more about yourself and the way you exist in the world that has led to your experience with anxiety.  Anxiety can become a learning opportunity for your soul. Anxiety is going to teach you something, so if possible try to learn what it is that you need to about yourself.

As a thank you for spending time learning about a difficult topic you may download my channel negative emotions meditation I created. There are many ways that you can meditate. This particular meditation I created to harness the energy of unwanted emotions and channel them for the greater good.

Anxiety-Finding Help, Living with Anxiety

In a recent article from the ACP internist March 2021 volume 41 number 3 an article by author Charlotte Huff states that “roughly 40% of adult women develop some type of anxiety disorder during their lifetime compared to 26.4% of men” which is a quotation taken from the international journal of methods and psychiatry research.

In my medical practice, I frequently treat patients with the diagnosis of anxiety. Unfortunately, the Pandemic of 2020 drastically increased the occurrence of anxiety in my medical practice. The Pandemic has increased worry, and there are certainly many reasons to be anxious.

My own observations, which are not necessarily quantifiable or have any research to back them up, I am witnessing a sharp increase in patients presenting with anxiety or anxiety like symptoms. Interestingly, I noticed the biggest increase after the wintertime surges.

They’re actually many forms of anxiety. Generalizes anxiety disorder is the anxiety disorder I encounter most medical practice. Other forms of anxiety include social phobias, agoraphobia, or anxiety related to public speaking. Anxiety may also be a component of another psychiatric disorder such as major depression or bipolar disorder.

Generalized anxiety disorder, is characterized by persistent worry that leads to life changing consequences that last over 6 months. The classification is important because the emotion of anxiety happens to all of us. The distinction must be made when these symptoms are impacting the quality of life.

The typical symptoms of anxiety include but are not limited to:

  • Excessive Worry
  • Inability to rest or relax
  • Hypervigilance
  • Irritability
  • Tense muscles
  • Poor quality sleep

Anxiety can lead to many physical symptoms including:

  • Palpitations
  • Tremors
  • Excessive sweating
  • Digestive issues 
  • Muscle spasms

Many factors can put a person at risk, but it seems the greatest risk factor is being female. 

We all have times we feel anxious. Having transitory “butterflies in the stomach” or feeling on edge is a normal part of the human experience. It is when these symptoms persist, occur frequently, or interrupt daily activities that it may require management by a healthcare professional.

Getting Help

If you’re suffering from symptoms of anxiety, it is important to know where to turn to for help. If you have a relationship with a physician or care provider such as a Primary Care  doctor, they are often more than ready to help you. If you do not, the next best step is to try to find someone to see on a regular basis. If you don’t have health insurance, many state agencies have helplines such as 211 that can help get you to resources. In any case, it is usually impossible to determine by yourself how to figure your symptoms truly if they require treatment.

A complete history and physical exam is recommended to make sure no medical diagnosis could be causing the symptoms. 

Once anxiety has been confirmed with the diagnosis by healthcare professional, treatment options can include but are not limited to:

Therapy 

Medications

Observation

These treatment options require evaluation and recommendations of a healthcare professional.  Treatment must be individualized and tailored to each person’s needs.  Once treatment is selected, monitoring will need to continue potentially for several months.

Beyond what happens in the clinic, if you have been diagnosed with anxiety or are worried you may be at risk or developing anxiety that is clinical there are things that you can do for yourself at home to improve your symptoms.

Meditation

Meditation is the perfect compliment to medical treatment or therapy. Meditation often reduces the symptoms of anxiety immediately and when performed daily will help long-term.

If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of meditation I want to gently remind you that anyone can meditate.  please now that even if on the inside your thoughts are racing and you don’t think you can find peace, just the attempt at meditation will reap benefits.

Yoga

I frequently mention Yoga as a self-care modality that can be included with medication and with meditation when managing anxiety. Yoga has been clinically proven to help reduce the symptoms anxiety

One of the important aspects of Yoga that can help alleviate anxiety is the focus on breath work. individuals suffering from anxiety often have little to no awareness of how they breathe on a regular basis. Because they tend to breathe in a shallow manner they often don’t realize that they set the stage for anxiety attacks. The practice of yoga can help those suffering from anxiety learn how to work with their chest and their belly to breathe effectively in order to reduce the pulse. In this way is how yoga will help reduce anxiety in the immediate.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has grown in popularity over the years. The science of aromatherapy involves engaging the olfactory nerve which has a very strong connection to the brain to create therapeutic benefits. Aromatherapy and the form of essential oils can be therapeutic and lower anxiety. Also, aromatherapy can be pleasing and pleasurable to the senses.

Essential oils can be very expensive. Because of this, I usually limit my recommendations to a few essential oils that are relatively well tolerated can be found in most natural food stores.

  • Lavender next paragraph
  •  Frankincense 
  •  Peppermint
  • Patchouli

If you are considering using aromatherapy, I recommend diluting essential oils and a high quality carrier oil and using a roller bottle. This makes carrying aromatherapy with you throughout the day much easier and less messy. this also allows for a very light application if you’re wanting to keep the smell in a limited area.

If you are managing anxiety it is important to realize that your anxiety may take a long time to improve. You want to be patient, gentle and caring with yourself. Do not rush yourself to “get back to normal”.  

Going to level deeper, as you journey through your experience of anxiety you may want to sit with the feeling to learn what the anxiety is teaching you. Anxiety rarely occurs for no reason at all. With the help of a skilled therapist, it is likely you will learn more about yourself and the way you exist in the world that has led to your experience with anxiety.  Anxiety can become a learning opportunity for your soul. Anxiety is going to teach you something, so if possible try to learn what it is that you need to about yourself.


As a thank you for spending time learning about a difficult topic you may download my channel negative emotions meditation I created. There are many ways that you can meditate. This particular meditation I created to harness the energy of unwanted emotions and channel them for the greater good.

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What Is Distance Reiki

Reiki is a healing modality that can be done in person or done at a distance. This can be done in a variety of ways. Distance Reiki sessions can be done by phone, video conference, email, or by setting an agreed upon date and time in which the session will be performed.  Those that are unfamiliar with the treatment modality this seems odd that something that’s meant to heal the mind, body and soul can be done without the healer and receiver being in the same room.

Due to the pandemic, we are discovering that care can happen virtually and be effective. Telemedicine which was always available prior to the pandemic became the mainstay of care throughout the pandemic. I personally cared for many patients infected with coronavirus through virtual medicine throughout the pandemic.

Reiki II Practitioner

There are three degrees of Reiki training. First degree practitioners can perform Reiki on themselves. As a secondary practitioner has the training and attunement to perform Reiki on others as well as themselves.  This separation of degrees implies that the Reiki II practitioner should have more experience, at least by treating themselves, and hopefully has experience with meditation.  The Reiki II practitioner is the level in which Reiki students learn Distance Healing.  This is important because the recipient can have trust that the healer has some experience.  Reiki II practitioners devote a significant time in their training learning how to deliver Reiki through space and time.

How Does Distance Reiki Work?

Reiki is channeling of energy that is pure, loving and healing. Reiki Energy, like any other energy, is not limited to a specific time and place. We are surrounded by energy frequencies of all kinds, from radio waves, to Wi-Fi signals to infrared waves. These energies are invisible to the human eye, just as Reiki is. It takes some acceptance of Reiki as a form of purse energy to accept that it can be delivered in person or distance with equal efficacy.

When to Consider Distance Reiki

Distance Reiki Sessions are a powerful antidote to lack of access to healing. There are no limits on how Reiki Clients may find healers, and the use of technology further eases this. Reiki can be delivered by telephone, video chat, text message, or without direct communication.

In my Reiki practice, I was able to treat clients that were infected with Coronavirus while they were infectious using Distance Reiki. This experience was powerful, knowing that I could help without putting my safety or my families safety at risk.

Distance Reiki has endless possibilities when treating hospitalized patients or patients undergoing surgery. This can be arranged before a planned surgery or procedure. If the client agrees to receive Reiki during this time, then all that’s left is for the session to start at the agreed upon time.

“What if I don’t know Reiki, can I send Healing Energy?”

Yes! Reiki is a healing modality that involves mental training. However, if you want to help someone and don’t know Reiki, yes you can send healing energy.

Healing Prayer

If you have a spiritual practice, use a prayer session to help the person. I recommend praying in the fashion you feel most comfortable. There are many clinical studies showing that prayer

Healing Intention

If you don’t engage in prayer, you can use a Healing Intention, which can send wherever it’s needed. You can write down what it is you want healing for, then meditate, visualizing

Distance Reiki’s Role in a Post Pandemic World

The healing energy of Distance Reiki can and will help many of us recover from so many changes in our world after the pandemic. As life become gradually safer, it can still be nerve wracking to think of leaving home for in person services. Have a practice such a Distance Reiki Provides the ease and security of an in person session without having to wear person protective equipment.

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Yoga Therapy for Healing and Resilience Interview with Intuitive Healer Sara Alavi

I recently had the honor of speaking with Sara Alavi.  Sara has an incredible story, having overcomes Multiple Sclerosis and heart disease by pursuing her own personal healing journey of meditation, Yoga, Reiki, and many other healing modalities.  Sara created Yoga Home of Therapeutics, a yoga studio that has trained many Yoga Instructors, Reiki Healers and other healers that have worked across the globe.  She has instructed thousands of students in Yoga meditation as well has treated thousands with her Intuitive Healing services.  Sara is my personal Guru.  I was blessed to have been introduced to her by a dear friend when I began attending her studio where I was fortunate to train as a Yoga Instructor, Reiki Healer, as well as many wonderful workshops.  Sara is now providing her amazing healing skills on her website Sara Alavi Intuitive Healer.  She is offering many powerful healing techniques, including Yoga Therapy.   I often share with my patients and clients the importance of Yoga and how it can help in bringing balance to the body.

 I really wanted to go deeper into Yoga Therapy and what is offered with this service.  The following is our discussion on the role Yoga Therapy plays in healing and resilience.

“What is Yoga Therapy?”

Sara shared with me the following:

Yoga in the West is portrayed mostly as a Yoga poses.  This is because people gravitate towards this aspect of Yoga, and rarely go into the depths of the Yoga poses. Most Yoga classes focus on the poses, mainly alignment and breathing.  Most Yoga classes tend to focus on alignment and breathing.  Most students will learn asana, meditation and relaxation.  In the west, more value is based on the physical body appearing strong, creating a strong, healthy body.  Why the west focuses so much on the poses is that in the West, we tend to focus more on external appearance on Yoga Poses.  Yoga in the west often overlooks the depths of Yoga beyond asana.

Yoga therapy looks at the person as a whole, seeing the human body as a universe. Yoga therapists view the person as a mind, body, brain, emotions, and feelings.  The Yoga Therapist sees the person as presenting with a past that includes times in the lifetime as well as past lifetimes.  

According to Sara, Yoga Therapy approaches the individual as a whole, and not only takes into account the current issues such as pain, physical illness and emotional suffering. Yoga Therapy embraces the human being as what Dr. Richard Weber, author of Vibrational Medicine, would say, “Multidimensional beings of energy.” Yoga therapy not only addresses challenges in this life, the ancient healing modality can address past life dissonance. Yoga Therapy uses energy in the physical body to heal the mind and body.

Yoga Therapy is an individualized approach to health and wellness. Rather than a classroom setting in which students follow the instructor, individuals work one on one with a highly trained instructor such as Sara to achieve results. As a practicing physician, I find this approach very attractive since Yoga can be tailored to individual needs.

Issues Addressed in Yoga Therapy

  • Mind
  • Body
  • Spirit
  • Emotions
  • Past Life

An important aspect of Yoga Therapy is consideration of personal past history as well as karmic past history.  Yoga Therapy takes into account the individuals history of reincarnation, and how that may play a role in current illness.

“What kind of conditions does yoga therapy help?”

Yoga therapy can address many different needs, from feelings of disconnection, depression, to severe autoimmune diseases such as Lupus. Sara learned Yoga herself to overcome a major neurological disorder by practicing Yoga. Her experience has translated to a Yoga practice that has not only educated and trained many instructors, but has also aided thousands through their own personal trials.

According to Sara, the Yoga Therapy Client learns about this body, both physical and energy body.  “Pranayama kosha, the energy source that sustains your life“, is used to heal the body, mind and soul naturally in Yoga Therapy.

Yoga therapy allows the person to feel at peace and calm and harmonious within themselves,” which can help with healing, living through, surviving, or accepting a difficult diagnosis. Sara has applied the healing modality even to clients who are preparing to die.

“How does yoga improve resilience?”

I have wanted to focus on resilience during the month of March 2021.

Have a listen to “Reiki as a Resilience Lifestyle” on the Art of Healing Podcast

We have all seen and been through so much. As I have posted in previous blog posts and my podcast, resilience sometimes is the last tool to helping in getting through challenges in life.
Here is Sara’s Response:

Everyone deserves prosperity, abundance of love, joy, peace and wisdom. With Yoga Therapy, you never run out of tools for healing. Because of the depth and breadth of Yoga Therapy, there is always some aspect of Yoga Therapy that can improve strength and resilience.”

Sara also shared with me something I found very interesting, and comforting. In her Yoga Therapy Practice, she has has new clients that were facing a disease that would end their lives. These students wanted to work with Sara in Yoga therapy to help in the process of dying. She shared with me that for these individuals, the practice of Yoga Therapy helped to being peace, acceptance and calm to a difficult process. This effect spread to the families of the dying individual.

Sara has an active presence on social media on Facebook, Instagram as well as her website Sara Intuitive Healer.


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