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What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese healing technique that helps restore physical and emotional well-being and balance within the body.

Here's a visual description that I like to use when explaining energy and how Reiki works: Think of your body and your 7 chakras as rotating balls of light. Your chakras are located at the crown of your head, third eye (between your eyebrows), throat, heart, solar plexus (above the belly button), sacral (below the belly button), and root (bottom of the spine). Imagine these chakras as spinning balls of light that are also connected by a ray of light that shines down through the crown all the way to the base of the spine.

When we are in a state of health and feeling good, all of these balls are rotating, glowing brightly and energy is freely flowing through the body. However, when we have an energetic block, one of the balls will stop rotating, and that ray of light connecting the chakras can't shine all the way through. These energy blocks typically occur because certain emotions aren't being dealt with, and ultimately it can result in physical illness or a state of dis-ease.

Think about a time you were under chronic stress - maybe something at work or a family issue - how did your body react to that stress? Maybe you got headaches, stomach aches, heart palpitations, a cold or some other physical reaction. Our emotions play a significant role in our overall health. When we don't acknowledge them, work through them, and release that energy, it gets stuck, and in turn we can feel stuck or sick.