Modern-day hocus pocus or not? As Western medicine looks to the east, Reiki, reflexology and other holistic practices nudge their way into the mainstream.
First, what is Reiki and why try it?
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered in two ways, one is by one person actually laying their hands on another, the second is placing the hands above someone and even in some cases by sending virtual energy towards someone who has requested Reiki. The belief relies on a life force energy (aka KI or CHI) which flows through everyone. Reiki is intended to balance energy and is normally administered by a fully certified Reiki master. At some hospitals, the treatment is even administered to patients in recovery for ailments. The practice is intended to promote peacefulness and harmony. While some smirk at this practice, it assists with inner alignment. Let’s not forget, yoga was once frowned upon and is today a very popular pastime for those seeking to meditate and reduce stress.
Reflexology, just a fancy way to say foot massage or something more?
Next, we’ll move to reflexology. Popular in many spas, reflexology, also known as zone therapy, is an alternative medicine. It involves the application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. Deeper than a foot massage, reflexology pinpoints certain specific reflex points on the foot to induce a healing response in corresponding organs. For example, specific pressure to the middle of the bottom of the foot might clear your sinus or cure a headache. It is known to open up energy channels within the body and stimulate detoxification.
Are holistic remedies the real deal?
Lastly, let’s delve into holistic remedies. Today, more and more Chinese medicine doctors are popping up around the corner. Insurances are even starting to cover consultations. The interesting aspect of this practice is that it basically makes available natural herbs that are no longer part of our diet. As civilisation has evolved, fast food and frankenfood are on the rise. We are eating some foods we normally would never have been exposed to but are also not eating foods that normally would have been bioavailable to us. Chinese medicines have been used to treat a slew of ailments such as stress, anxiety, fertility and even headaches. Often acupuncture is also a readily available treatment at these facilities.
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