Here’s a fresh batch of handcrafted plantain ointment for the studio’s healing boutique, just in time for outdoor summer activities. Some may view this as a pesky summer weed but plantain (Plantago major) has a long list of medicinal uses! Some of its therapeutic actions include anti-inflammatory, analgesic, astringent, emollient, and wound healing…just to name a few! These actions make it a handy little first aid ointment for bug bites and stings and minor cuts and skin irritations. This little ointment fits perfectly into a pocket so you can take it with you on your adventures. A helpful healing plant tip: next time you get a but bite outside try picking a leaf of the plantain, crumple it a bit and then rub it on the affected area, (don’t forget to thank the plant 😉
Many ancient cultures embraced the belief that life energy flows through the body, deeply affecting our entire being. Current research strongly suggests that energy does extend throughout and beyond the physical body, and that disruptions or imbalances in its flow correlate to physical, mental and emotional illness. The healing art of Reiki (pronounced “RAY-key”) addresses these imbalances to support your good health and well-being.
What is Reiki? Reiki is a Japanese word meaning universal life energy. It is a gentle method of hands-on healing that taps into the energy referred to as ki in Japan, chi in China, and prana in India. The practice of Reiki is based on the teachings of Mikao Usui, who practiced and taught healing techniques in early twentieth century Japan.
Reiki is not massage, hypnosis or a tool for diagnosing illness. Reiki is a technique that addresses both chronic and acute conditions, gently and powerfully promoting balance among all the body’s systems and the regenerative processes of body and mind.
What is a Reiki session like? To receive Reiki, most people lie on a table fully clothed, so wear comfortable clothing. Little or no pressure is applied and no oils are used. The technique is so adaptable that you can receive it in almost any setting, in a chair or hospital bed, and through casts and bandages. Still and focused, the practitioner will simply place his or her hands on or above your head, shoulders, back, chest, stomach and limbs. Practitioners routinely follow a series of hand positions, but can place their hands anywhere you would like them to, for example over an injury or other area of discomfort. The teachings say that universal energy flows, not from the practitioner but rather through the practitioner, to you. You will receive the amount of energy you need to bring your mind and body into balance.
Though Reiki techniques appear simple, the effects can feel profound. Most people experience deep relaxation. You may also feel tingling, pulsing, a feeling of warmth and comfort, or you may fall asleep. Results can be subtle. Some recipients say they feel little during the session, but afterwards enjoy a sense of calm and well-being, and a deep, restful sleep. It is possible you could experience powerful sensations or emotions during or after a session. Your practitioner will want to hear about your responses to the degree you are comfortable sharing them.
Used by a rapidly growing number of hospitals all over the world, Reiki complements medical treatment, psychological counseling and massage therapy. Reiki is appropriate for patients in any state of health and is easily practiced in all hospital environments from outpatient clinic to intensive care.
Reiki is gentle enough to offer support and reduce the discomforts of pregnant women and can help ease the pain of childbirth. Many hospitals have Reiki practitioners available to a range of patients, including those with cancer or recovering from surgery. Reiki is especially appreciated in hospice care due to its ability to alleviate pain and anxiety for both patient and family members.
Studies of Reiki show significant reduction of pain, including cancer pain, following treatment. Patients also report increased feelings of relaxation and a sense of well-being. One study cited improvement in immune and nervous system function and increased mobility in patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, lupus and fibromyalgia. At Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire, surgical patients decreased their use of pain medications, stayed for shorter periods, and reported increased satisfaction with pre and post surgical Reiki sessions.
What Reiki can mean for you? Reiki can alleviate pain and stress, and promote restful sleep, healing and relaxation. Relaxation in itself promotes a host of benefits for the mind and body including a heightened sense of well-being, release of painful muscle tension, and relief from anxiety and depression. In addition, relaxation has been shown to help restore immune function and improve circulation, enhancing healing throughout your body.
Reiki is not only healthful, but pleasurable. One of its greatest benefits may be the opportunity to let go and enjoy the experience of being nurtured and cared for.
Schedule a Reiki session today and if you feel so lead you can even learn how to do Reiki yourself and share this wonderful healing art to benefit yourself and your loved ones.
Integrative Reiki clinics are held periodically at the studio. The summer clinics will be starting in June. This is a clinic setting with multiple tables and people in a room together. Sound healing, crystal therapy, and aromatherapy may also be used during the Reiki session. Four time slots are available to choose from and walk-ins are welcome but reserving your time slot is highly recommended since they will fill up quickly.
Fee for the clinic is $15 for 30 minutes. Dates and times will be listed on the Upcoming Events page. Contact me directly to reserve your time slot or for more information.
See The Healing Art of Reiki for more information about Reiki
My catnip plants are so big and lush this year! Catnip Nepeta cataria, belongs to the mint family and is commonly known as the herb that induces a state of euphoria in cats when they smell it. Catnip is not just for the kitties, it makes a good tea which can be helpful when you have a cold or headache and can also bring relief to stomach ailments. Catnip has a nervine action that helps you to relax, I love to combine it with a bit of lemon balm, chamomile, and lavender flowers at the end of the day. During the summer season I usually always have an abundant supply of fresh and dried catnip, make sure to grab a bunch on your next visit!