I was going through a stressful period in my life due to moving cities and job stress. It was starting to negatively affect my ability to sleep to the point where I thought I had insomnia. I was also developing other annoying random health issues from the stress like bladder pain. I knew I didn’t want to take meds or see a family doctor, so I looked to alternative medicine. I went to the local apothecary in Geneva and they made an herbal concoction for me to take 5 times a day. I didn’t feel it was working, so I started looking into other solutions. My coworker mentioned how Reiki healed his shoulder pain. This peeked my interest.

This led me to do some research online about reiki. I learned that, while its effectiveness isn’t scientifically proven, many say reiki can help aid your body to heal itself as well as promote better sleep. I waited until my vacation in California to see a Reiki practitioner to hopefully maximize the effects by being back in a warmer, stress-free environment – away from the job stress and issues I had been dealing with in Switzerland.

First, a little information about what Reiki is and how it works. Reiki emerged in Japan in the late 1800s and is basically a form of energy healing. The energy from the practitioner’s palms is transferred to the energy field around your body. According to practitioners, the body’s energy can stagnate, and by improving the flow of energy around the body, these blocks can be removed so the body can heal. Yes it sounds hokey, but doesn’t all woo woo wellness sound that way.

I went for my Reiki session and spoke to my practitioner about what was ailing me and what I hoped the session would do for me. I was then led to a dark room to lie fully clothed on a treatment bed as soothing music played in the background. Throughout the hour she hovered her hands above various body parts – wherever she felt an energetic pull her hands were drawn to. My practitioner was a fan of crystals and crystal healing and placed several crystals along my chakras. Sadly, there was no massage involved.

At the end of the session I felt deeply relaxed and calm, and I desperately hoped that the energy she transferred to me would help relieve me of my stress and sleep issues. Results-wise that night I slept through the night for the first time since I could remember. Placebo effect or not I was grateful. But then my bouts of insomnia came back the subsequent nights, so I went in for a second session. As one month passed, then two, the sleep issues and other random issues started to subside. I don’t think the Reiki sessions alone instigated this, but an overall holistic wellness approach of trying to reduce stress, staying as active as possible, taking adaptogens and eating nourishing foods complemented by the Reiki therapy is what helped me heal.

Written By: Andrea Lee, @organicbeautylover