At some point in the life of a human being there is a likely chance in today’s fast-paced world that an individual will experience some sort of trauma, whether it be physical or emotional. More often than not the effects of the traumatic incident will pass, if not immediately, then days, weeks or months later. For some individuals though, the darkness of the trauma will last for years, affecting their everyday life as well as the lives of those around them. Learn how Reiki can help reduce the emotional pain of trauma.
The wounds of physical trauma may eventually heal, but the unseen wounds of emotional or psychological trauma can last a lifetime – resulting in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an emotionally disabling condition. Left untreated, they may experience intense bouts of prolonged depression, explode unexpectedly in anger with little provocation or constantly be on edge. A person with PTSD may bounce from job to job, or even remain jobless for years. In extreme cases many end up homeless, without friends or family to support them.
Many forms of bodywork have been found to assist in restoring balance to individuals with PTSD. Various hands-on techniques help to reduce stress and lower the body’s production of cortisol. Cortisol production increases with prolonged stress and affects blood pressure, insulin levels, immune function and the body’s inflammatory response. In individuals with PTSD the result is a constant “on” of the sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system.
Someone with PTSD may not be open to certain forms of massage therapy. He or she may be reluctant to take his or her clothes off for Swedish massage for fear of being vulnerable. This is especially true of those who have suffered sexual abuse or domestic violence. For them, the answer may be to start with work that is less intrusive. One such modality is Reiki. Reiki is done with the client fully clothed and can be done seated or lying on a massage table. The practitioner may place his or her hands lightly on the client’s body, or hold them three to five inches away.
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