Reiki and Trauma

Reiki is a supportive energy and is hugely successful as a treatment when a person has experienced trauma.

Trauma is subjective and it isn't always the most obvious experiences which we have had that are the most devastating. Trauma can be categorized as a “deeply distressing or disturbing experience”. Grief, shock, child-birth, an accident, separation and an illness diagnosis could all be examples of trauma, basically any experience which the mind cannot process and which exudes an excessive amount of stress.

 The trauma could have happened at birth, in childhood or more recently but the person will carry that energy and it will effect there well-being or life style eventually. This will result in physical, mental and emotional issues.

 Reiki as an energy is super non-invasive. In the most simplest of terms it can offer an energetic sling in which a person can rest in, a cocoon to feel safe in and to soothe them.

I'm going to be honest and say that depending on the person or trauma experienced, that they may need a different type of therapy or practitioner or a combination of many. The client needs to be ready to begin their own journey of self discovery and healing in order for the treatment (regardless of who/what it is)to have the most effect. Healing is not easy or always comfortable as it can bring up suppressed emotions.

For all clients grounding is essential. It is the first thing that should happen for every person at the beginning of a treatment and I'll tell you why; it puts you back in your body. Trauma is shock. It is experiencing something and not being able to process it simultaneously. For example witnessing something out of your control or receiving bad news. You may of gone in to auto pilot or you may of not felt able to react at all. It is my belief that in those moments we detach from our reality and break away from our lower body (our material selves) and live in our higher chakras instead.

When we detach we do not experience. We do not experience the reality, present time, the truth. In this separated space we are then ungrounded and when we are ungrounded we are energetically open to energy vampires, energy parasites and lower vibrational energy. The practitioner should pull the energy they are channelling down from knees to feet on the client, using particular sacred mantas and symbols and once grounded, work can then begin.

The next important stage of treating trauma is clearing the energy around the client and removing static or 'spikey' energy. This is the wall in which the person has been living in. A fortress of the best armour they could find at the time of the experience in order to protect themselves. The  simple act of clearing the auric field should reduce tension, anxiety and agitation. This is the point that some people nod off.

Other important techniques that would be good for trauma would be emotional clearance and the incorporation of breathe work. I think a lot of people need to feel that they are participating in the removal of energy and they want to feel as though they haven't surrendered themselves over entirely. This changes with trust. Vulnerability, trust and trauma are all navigated by the client, at their pace, especially when a client has experienced abuse.

Interestingly I see people who are holding the same energy that they experienced at the time of their shock, especially tangible when treating grief. That raw pain has been living off of that person for possibly years. I could be the first person to have held them, touched them or it could be the first time in which that person has sat with themselves for that length of time.

 That is why every client will need a flexible, dynamic approach to their treatment. Reiki can bridge that space in a persons life before they are ready to “talk about it”, or whilst they are in therapy it could offer an energetic support. It even would be beneficial to a person after they have finished seeing a therapist as a Reiki treatment can clear the emotional energy that has been brought up from it.

Reiki offers a delicate, gentle repair to emotional, mental and physical trauma associated with that person.

It is about building trust with your client and letting them feel safe enough to be vulnerable with you and with themselves. Experiencing being present and experiencing the trauma in which they couldn't experience at the time is very challenging. Healing is about looking at the spaces between, it is about looking at our dark and knowing there is growth in doing so.