Introducing Reiki Into Your Self-Care Practice

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Post By: Erica Joy Dunn, Reiki Practitioner

Reiki has been a powerful tool helping me regain my inner strength, gain clarity and find balance. This beautiful practice has given me so much light and is a true gift for expectant and new mothers. Reiki is a chance to slow down, quiet the mind and tap into sacred space.

So, what is reiki?

Reiki translates from Japanese to “Universal Life Energy”. Reiki is an incredibly high vibration, intelligent energy that purifies, balances, harmonizes and cleanses on all levels. It works on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Reiki has the ability to bring us back to our natural and whole state. During a reiki session, positive energy flows, cleansing the body of built up toxins or pain (physical and emotional). It soothes shock, calms the mind and emotions and accelerates the body’s natural ability to heal itself while promoting a state of total relaxation and well-being.

People might see a reiki practitioner to relax and strengthen overall wellbeing; reduce pain, stress, anxiety and help manage symptoms and support recovery. Reiki can be a “hands-on” or “hands-off” healing experience. It can assist in the body’s natural healing process by balancing the body’s energy centers, known as the chakras. This practice is commonly known as energy healing. A reiki practitioner acts as a guide in the energy healing process as the body knows where the healing is needed. After a session, clients usually feel very relaxed, calm and grounded. Reiki can be a beautiful gift for a mother as a way to tune inward and make time for herself.

Let reiki guide you along this incredible journey by adding the gentle healing practice to your self care routine. A prenatal or postpartum reiki session can provide clarity and a sense of connection. The reiki session provides an opportunity to open ourselves up to receiving light and energy and creates space to let go and absorb the energy that lies within.

Reiki will help you gain insight and self-awareness which will reveal something much deeper than what you think you want or need to achieve in this new phase. During a reiki session, you may experience clarity which can assist in decision making and  help strengthen your communication with others. Reiki is given by an attuned practitioner, so give yourself the opportunity to turn inward and connect with your higher self by booking a reiki session. You may explore what you want to let go of and leave behind. This is where the reiki practice will honestly guide you, to a place of discovery. When we turn inward, we notice where we have energetic blocks within the body and how to release tension while creating balance at the same time.

Set yourself up for success and think about self-care differently. Explore reiki to help you transition into this new phase with grace and ease.


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Erica Joy Dunn is a Reiki Master and Certified Holistic Health Counselor, working with people who are looking to improve and restore their vital health through spirituality. Guided by the present moment, Erica facilitates reiki sessions all over New York City and her work has been featured on mindbodygreen. Erica is an intuitive marketing and brand strategist and the Founder of The Wellness Mercantile which is a print + digital monthly magazine that celebrates women in the wellness industry and the movement towards collective consciousness.

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