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Aromatherapy and Reiki
by Barbara Greenwood
Editor’s Note: Barbara Greenwood has many publications, all written with experience and knowledge. Enjoy her many teachings and gentle advice.
Although aromatherapy is generally known as an alternative therapy, the term complimentary seems more fitting as aromatherapy works along with other modalities including Reiki.
What is Reiki
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning “universal life-force energy”; the "Ki" in the word is the same as the Chinese word Chi or Qi meaning “the energy which underlies everything”. As an energy-based healing modality, the focus of Reiki is on healing the body, reducing stress and achieving relaxation. Modern Reiki techniques were developed in Japan in the late 1800”s and early 1900”s and brought to Western countries after World War Two. Reiki has gained increasing popularity and credibility in last number of years. In fact, Dr. Mehmet Oz, talk show host and renowned surgeon, is married to Lisa Oz, a Reiki master and both believe strongly in energy work. Many hospitals and health care facilities are now offering Reiki and Therapeutic Touch (TT) to their patients.
Effects of Reiki
Reiki treatments offer many benefits to the recipients. Here are some of the effects that have been reported:
* Reduces tension and stress
* Boosts the immune system
* Reduces blood pressure
* Speeds up healing
* Increases energy
The Reiki practitioner places their hands on the client using light touch and no pressure or placing their hands just above the client”s body. They work by drawing in the energy of the universe and channeling this positive, healing energy to the client. The client may feel this as a warm or tingling sensation in the body.
Reiki and Aromatherapy
Using aromatherapy essential oils can enhance Reiki treatments. Reiki will always work for the highest good, so when used with the energy contained within essential oils, it will direct the energy to where it is needed and do the most good. Use essential oils in a diffuser in the room where the Reiki treatment will be performed, create an aromatherapy blend to spray around the room while the Reiki treatment is performed.
Essential Oils Used in Reiki
* Citrus essential oils such as Lemon essential oil, Orange essential oil, Mandarin essential oil, Lime essential oil and Grapefruit essential oil.
* Lavender essential oil
* Sandalwood essential oil
* Ylang ylang essential oil
Chakras, Reiki and Aromatherapy
There are seven chakras or energy centers in different parts of the body. Each chakra is associated with a group of organs. Together, keep a person well. The hand positions used in Reiki, cover and treat all major chakras. When Reiki is used with essential oils related to the seven major chakras, together they create a powerful union. Reiki treatments clear the chakras of negative energy and blockages, restoring the ki or chi and helping the person to heal.
Essential oils and aromatherapy are increasingly being used to increase the effectiveness of other healing modalities such as Reiki.
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About the Author
Green Valley Aromatherapy has been supplying aromatherapy essential oils and aromatherapy products since 1994 and enjoys an excellent reputation in the aromatherapy industry. Aromatherapy company founder, Barb Greenwood, comes with a substantial background in Special Needs Healthcare, is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), a Registered Aromatherapist (RA™) and an Essential Oil Therapist - EOT®. Her attention to detail has ensured consistent, top quality aromatherapy products and ethical business dealings. Barb's wealth of aromatherapy knowledge is the backbone of Green Valley Aromatherapy, and is reflected in the fine essential oil products assembled under the Green Valley Aromatherapy name.
Barb hails from England where she worked in Special Needs Health Care. Already a Registered Massage Therapist, she became Certified in Aromatherapy in 1990. In 1992 Barb moved to Canada, where the idea of starting her own essential oil and aromatherapy import and export business was conceived. Today, Barb is the creative head of a dynamic and forward thinking aromatherapy company, which enjoys the highest reputation for quality of products and integrity in business. She continues to update her aromatherapy knowledge and maintains active memberships in both the BC Association of Practicing Aromatherapists (BCAPA) and BC Alliance of Aromatherapy (BCAOA). Barb has created an atmosphere in which her staff members are free to share their ideas and grow as people. Barb invites you to read her welcome letter.