Re-Balance your Immune System –- with Reiki
By Pat Crawford, RN, MSN
There is a new epidemic in the U.S. – inflammation! Researchers and physicians have linked chronic inflammation to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s dementia, and autoimmune disorders. Chronic inflammation is promoted and worsened by lifestyle factors such as poor nutrition, excess weight, lack of exercise, inadequate sleep, alcohol and substance use, and smoking.
Acute inflammation (over days to weeks) occurs when our immune system sends its cleanup crews to handle “messes” we get into — helping us heal from injury or protecting us from bacteria, viruses, carcinogens, and toxins. Chronic inflammation (over months to years) results from the lifestyle factors listed above, and also from chronic stress via the sustained release of cortisol, and from our thoughts and emotions, which are stored as chemicals in our bodies. Over time, inflammation can have a detrimental effect on our health, resulting in “dis-ease” characterized by chronic pain (physical, emotional and/or spiritual pain), depression, anxiety, insomnia, and fatigue. Over a period of many years, our immune system may become overprotective, attacking our normal cells, resulting in autoimmune disorders such as asthma, arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, vasculitis, and fibromyalgia. But there’s hope! Chronic inflammation is treatable and in many cases reversible. We just need help to clean up our act and re-balance our immune system.
Re-Balance with Reiki
As a nurse, I am trained to care for the whole person with physical, mental, spiritual and emotional needs. My nursing practice promotes a holistic model of health and wellness, viewing dis-ease as an imbalance of body, mind, spirit and emotions. I have practiced many healing modalities as a nurse, and several years ago answered the calling to pursue formal training in Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation. Rei means universal, divine or higher consciousness and Ki means life force energy within all living things. Reiki healing energy work promotes self-healing through balancing of the mind, body, spirit and emotions.
As a Reiki Master, I assist clients to re-balance by helping them release whatever is no longer serving them well — physical symptoms, thoughts, memories, emotions, spiritual distress. By releasing, you create space — for change, for wellness and balance, for self-healing, for spiritual growth. During a 60-90-minute Reiki session, you remain fully clothed and lie on a massage table. I gently place my hands on, or a few inches above, various parts of your body as you draw in just the right amount of Reiki energy to accelerate your self-healing abilities.
Benefits of Reiki
Reiki works because it is divine universal energy, and your body, mind and spirit know how to direct this energy where it is most needed for your greatest healing. You will notice the full effects of Reiki within 24 hours of your session, and the benefits may last a few weeks. Healing results are unique to each person, and benefits may include:
- deep relaxation
- release of stress and tension
- improved sleep
- reduced pain and inflammation
- increased energy
- balance of the immune system
- inner peace and sense of well-being
- spiritual growth and creativity
Despite my nursing science background, it is difficult to explain exactly how Reiki works. But I have seen and heard the remarkable benefits experienced by my clients. After just three sessions, a client with fibromyalgia and lupus who had chronic fatigue and head-to-toe pain was able to run up her stairs at home for the first time in years and was pain-free for two weeks after each session. Another client with advanced dementia had not spoken nor made eye contact with his family in several years, and after a single Reiki session he looked his wife in the eyes and spoke several sentences that made perfect sense. Most of my clients tell me that they now sleep better than they have in years, that they may have the same issues at work and with their partner but they don’t feel anxious or angry, instead they feel at peace and joyful.
Pat Crawford, RN, MSN is a Certified Usui Reiki Master/Teacher with Advanced Certification in Animal Reiki, and has been a nurse for over 40 years, specializing in cancer and hospice care. Pat offers individual Reiki sessions and trainings at Four Pillars of Health, guiding clients to activate their innate healing abilities and balance their spirit, mind, body and emotions. Four Pillars is located at 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, call 941-373-3955, contact us via email at Info@FourPillarsFlorida.com or visit our website at www.FourPillarsFlorida.com