Reiki RX for Holiday Stress

Reiki RX for Holiday Stress

Article by Sandra Sylvester

The holidays can be a time of wonder and joy, a unique season that brings delight to our senses. We look forward to preparing for special events and festivities, spending time with those we love, and helping those in need. We may spend much of our time doing more for others and neglect taking care of ourselves.

Along with the many delightful aspects of this season come a variety of challenges. We can be overwhelmed by adding holiday activities to our already busy lives, or be lonely with the loss of loved ones, or be dealing with other stressors that make us feel blue. Whatever the challenges may be, often the last thing we may think of is to engage in a self-care activity to help us manage these stressful times.

We are all aware of how too much stress is detrimental to our health and happiness. While some stress in our everyday lives is inevitable, the holiday season can kick all that stress into high gear. It is important during these times to find a self-care practice you enjoy to bring down the engine throttle.

My unwavering suggestion is to try Reiki, a reliable, safe, and convenient self-care practice that can be enjoyed by either receiving a Reiki treatment from another, or practicing self-reiki on yourself. Reiki is your Rx for the holidays, challenging times, or for maintenance to keep the good days rolling.

Reiki treatment offers a unique, all-inclusive option for self-care. Here’s why …

  1. Treatments are relaxing. When we are over stressed, our nervous system dominance is in a ‘run for your life mode’. When we are mindful to relax, the nervous system shifts to ‘I’m all right’ mode. Equilibrium is achieved, and, consequently, we feel better.
  2. It is pleasurable. Neuropsychologists recommend one of the best ways to cope with stress is to engage in a pleasurable experience. During a Reiki treatment, you don’t need to do anything to enjoy the soothing, balancing effects.
  3. You experience something new. Your brain responds favorably when you engage in a new pleasurable activity–it boosts your energy level. Even if you have had a Reiki treatment before, your brain will still respond to the newness of the experience because each treatment is unique.
  4. You may feel a spiritual connection. A Reiki session may bring feelings of gratitude that calm your mind. You may find it easier to find inner resilience and experience a sense of peace.
  5. You recall healing emotions. Reiki practice ignites feelings of compassion and self-love. Learning to love yourself enough to practice daily self-care is not selfish. It is a way to cherish and honor you.
  6. Your body becomes physically engaged. During a Reiki treatment, you grant the body time to let down enough to stimulate your own self-healing mechanisms. You become an active participant in your own health and well-being.
  7. You establish a social connection to your Reiki practitioner. A professional Reiki practitioner genuinely cares about your wellbeing. When we feel cared about, the brain responds by releasing healthy hormones.

There is a wide array of self-care options to choose. From my experience, I have found Reiki practice to be the easiest, fastest, method to facilitate a more well-balanced state of being.


Men and Holistic Healing


Why do men have such a different attitude than women about holistic healing?  This question doesn’t apply to every male on the planet.  Of course it doesn’t.  There are men who are open to holistic, complementary, alternative modalities.  In my experience, however, they are few and far between.

I am a healer, with a focus is on Reiki, Hypnosis, and Past-Life Regression.  It was obvious that more women than men sought out my services, but it wasn’t until I began analyzing client data that I realized the full extent of the disparity.  The result of the analysis?  Females account for approximately 90% of my clients.  That was a percentage far beyond what I would have estimated.  Only 1 in 10 clients was male!  And so I was left to wonder … why?  What causes such a chasm?

One reason could be something as mundane as a wish to see a male rather than a female healer.  For instance, those less familiar with Reiki – an ancient Japanese hands-on healing technique that uses life force energy to heal the whole body by balancing the subtle energies — may not realize that they remain fully clothed for a session.  It’s therefore possible that gender preference plays a part in who chooses to see me, with the male population choosing a business offering a male healer for this modality.

A second possibility germinates from John Gray’s Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.  From the section entitled “Men Go to Their Caves and Women Talk”:  “Men like to demonstrate their abilities by being allowed to solve problems without interference.”  I know numerous men who procrastinate as long as possible before going to a doctor.  It’s certainly within the realm of possibility that some men don’t seek complimentary treatment for the same reason they don’t seek traditional Western treatment.  They view their stress, their grief, their aches and pains, etc. as something to be dealt with and resolved on their own.

In the book Archetypes: A beginner’s guide to your inner-net, author Caroline Myss says:  “Men are as attracted to a search for meaning and purpose as women.  Gender has nothing to do with our yearning for a spiritual life.”  However, she also notes that “… men peer through the window of anything spiritual – or “woo-woo”, as many like to say …”  Woo-woo?  Webster defines the term woo-woo as “dubiously or outlandishly mystical, supernatural, or unscientific.” Is it this – the mystical aspect — that deters men from seeking energy work and hypnosis?  Is it disbelief of that which they deem to be unscientific?  There’s a reason why a person who is skeptical and refuses to believe something without proof is called a Doubting Thomas – not a Doubting Tina.  It’s also synchronistic that shortly after reading the woo-woo quote referenced above, the following review was written about me:  “Although guys may think this is kinda a ‘woo-woo’ experience … you should try the hypnosis and reiki sessions. The experience is relaxing and Donna may also provide some things to think about. She is excellent!”  And yes, the review was written by a man.

Donna Dangle is a Reiki Master/Teacher , Certified Hypnotist, and business owner of Body & Soul Shepherd, LLC in Gaithersburg, MD.