One morning while waiting for the conditioner to wash from my hair, a stabbing pain exploded in my right side and I fell over in my bathtub. I somehow managed to pull my body out of the tub to the floor, where I laid on the cold tile trying not to vomit or pass out. I was alone. I thought for sure I was dying. For a fleeting moment I thought, “Oh no, I can’t die now, I’m completely naked.”
I pulled myself up and called my doctor. I knew something was wrong. That something, it turns out, was a softball sized cyst on my right ovary. I was told that surgery was typically the course of action to remove it, but there was also a possibility it could rupture or worse, damage my ovary.
Opting to avoid surgery at all costs, I went home and began researching alternative treatments. I remembered that a woman I used to work with was a Reiki practitioner. While I knew little about Reiki, I understood and believed in energy work, so I called and made an appointment. She was at my house the next day with her table. I had been in so much pain and was so dizzy that I was elated when she told me I didn’t have to leave the comfort of my own home.
She set up her table in my living room, directly in front of my fireplace. I felt warm, calm and extremely comfortable. She briefly explained that Reiki was a hands-on-body energy practice and that I might experience a warm sensation or heat during treatment. Over the next hour of treatment I was able to relax, feeling supported and pain free.
When she began to focus her treatment in the area of my cyst, I felt a whooshing of heat that spiraled around. It felt as if someone was rubbing their hand in deliberate circles on my side and belly. Reiki energy always flows into the troublesome areas and chakras of the body where it can be of most use.
Women in particular have a tendency to have stagnation in their root and sacral chakras. These are the energy centers that govern our sexuality, emotions and self-worth and are susceptible to past relationships, and experiences and even traumas. The stagnant energy flow can disrupt the natural and right balance of the body’s rhythms and cycles, it can cause manifestations of pain and illness.
During Reiki treatment, a practitioner will work to identify and clear any blockages, opening up the pathways for the energy, or chi, to flow freely again. This is a gentle and relaxing process. After my first Reiki treatment my paint and dizziness was gone.
When I returned to my doctor for a follow-up ultrasound two weeks later, I was surprised the cyst that was once larger than my fist was barely visible. With the help of Reiki I was able to avoid a surgery and heal my ovarian cysts, balance my hormones, and successfully conceive a child only two months later.
Reiki had such a profound influence on my life I simply was unable to ignore the pull to become a practitioner and help others. I now help women struggling with pain and illness from the comfort of their homes. If you are curious about Reiki or are ready to begin a new journey towards wellness, I would love to speak with you and see if in-home reiki would be right for you.