Many people are familiar with reiki being combined with modalities such as massage or counseling. I’ve found it to be a wonderful addition to physical therapy treatments as well.
So what is reiki? Reiki master, Eileen Dey Wurst, describes reiki this way:
“Rei” means “Universal” and “Ki” (like “Chi”) means “Energy”. Reiki is life force energy. It flows through a person the way electricity flows through wires. This energy is often described by both the Reiki practitioner and the Reiki client as a tingly sensation that produces soothing warmth.
I’ve incorporated reiki into my practice after getting my Level 1 training in 2015 with The Reiki Training Program in West Seattle. In my practice, I’ve found that reiki facilitates healing, relaxes muscles, and leaves people feeling refreshed.
One of my patients had been dealing with a chronic shoulder pain for over 20 years that she had from a traumatic bicycle accident. Nothing had made it better and she was resigned to having pain and limited motion for the rest of her life. By using reiki with other physical therapy techniques she regained full use of her arm and is now pain free!