Reiki & Trauma Healing: How can Reiki be used to heal trauma?Reiki & Trauma Healing: How can Reiki be used to heal trauma?Using Movement & Breath to Heal From Trauma
It appears every time we tune into the news, something catastrophic is happening. We are all exposed to trauma on many levels, multiple times a day. As traumatic events seem to be more prevalent or perhaps just more publicized, there is a need to understand how to cope with traumatic experiences - whether first-hand or secondary.
Trauma can affect us physically, change our behaviours, intensify our emotions, and transform our psyches. Often, our reactions to trauma can include denial, anxiety, fear and helplessness. Beliefs, views and relationships can be challenged. Healing from trauma is possible, and this healing can be fosters by bringing the body into the therapeutic process.
As we know, processing feelings and emotions is central to the therapeutic process. Such an expression can freely occur, or it can become blocked in the body. Such blocks often occur as the result of trauma, and working through the body can help to foster the expression.
Why focus on the body, breath and movement?
- to encourage feeling safe again
- to increase self awareness, present moment experience
- to integrate the verbal and non verbal experience
- to incorporate thoughts, emotions, and body-felt sensations
- to work with sensation and movement to affect symptoms and promote change
- to regain a sense of control over the body, developing skills to self regulate
- to decrease stress and increase endorphins - our feel good chemicals
Body Focused Sessions with approaches like breath work (pranayama), dynamic movement, meditation and relaxation techniques, can directly affect symptoms a person might experience following a traumatic event (symptoms such as hyper-arousal, numbing, dissociation, isolation, depression, anxiety, and feeling out of control .
It was through a combination of movement, breath, sound and energy work (Reiki) that I was finally able to FREE myself from decades and lifetimes of trauma. As I always share in my breath and movement practices.
"That which we resist persists."
"We must FEEL it in order to FREE it."
"What we GO through we GROW through. "
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are needing support. I am here to help guide and re-awaken the healer that resides within each of us. Through breath, movement, sound and stillness we can transform trauma into triumph. Returning to wholeness. That of our birthright.
Reiki & Trauma Healing: How can Reiki be used to heal trauma?
Wholistic Therapist, Reiki Master