Reiki for pregnancy
Reiki is an ancient healing practice, which uses meditation to draw positive energy from the universe and funnel it into an individual. The power of reiki has always been used to relieve stress and fortify physical and emotional well-being, and this very power can also be extended to promote health during pregnancy.
Expectant mothers have always been advised to enjoy pregnancy, but common health issues often mar this experience. Unlike prescription medications, which just relieve symptoms, reiki goes beyond just the physical sense to provide emotional support and bring a sense of calm and positivity to both mother and her unborn child.
Health Benefits During Pregnancy
The intense bodily changes associated with pregnancy disrupt the energy balance in the body. Reiki acts at this very crux and restores balance, strengthens the spirit of a woman and alleviates common complaints such as backaches, nausea, and morning sickness and relieves every stretched and aching part of one’s body. As the pregnancy progresses, it also helps reduce pain during labour.
Reiki also instills peace and serenity in a mother and calms the fear of unknown. Studies show that reiki given during pregnancy reduced anxiety by 94 percent, nausea by 80 percent, pain by 78 percent and improved sleep by 86 percent. Studies have also shown that need for C-sections reduces in moms who have had them earlier, if they practice reiki.
A woman encounters many emotional highs and lows in her journey from conception to the birth of her child. Practice of reiki reduces the stress of adjusting to a new baby and the baby better adjusts to the world outside the womb.
Suggested Hand Positions For Reiki During Pregnancy
For one to be able to practice reiki on their own, they need to be attuned by a reiki master. Once done, here are a few reiki hand positions that can be practiced during pregnancy.
Placing one hand on sternum and the other on the back.
Placing one hand on the base of the neck and the other on the base of the spine (coccyx)
In late pregnancy, place both hands on either side of the lower abdomen. The partner can do this as well.
Always give reiki to the whole body as this will help stabilise the body equally.
Never concentrate on one single part of the body as this might imbalance the natural energies of mother or the baby.
All toxins formed during pregnancy are natural and in some manner useful to baby and mother, so one has to know what they are healing or balancing.
Reiki can do no harm. Its benefits are manifold and it is therefore gaining prominence as a healing art. More and more fathers are getting attuned to reiki so they can treat their partners during different phases of pregnancy and the child after delivery. If one is looking for a treatment beyond pills and potions, one that is more holistic in treating both mind and body, then they should turn to reiki.
Infrared Sauna Therapy
Infrared saunas are part of the new technological wave sweeping the world of holistic and alternative health. The infrared portable home sauna is being touted as a breakthrough in health technology that will allow people to experience detoxification, weight loss, better cardiovascular health, skin and beauty benefits and more right at home. But what’s the science behind these spa devices… and do they work?
What is an Infrared Sauna?
An infrared sauna – also called infra red sauna, far infrared sauna, or fir infrared sauna – is a machine built to produce infrared heat, a safe form of radiation produced by the sun.
“It makes the same rays that come from the sun and filters out the UV radiation, so it only gives you the infrared radiation,” said Dr. Oz on Oprah this spring. “It gets your heart to beat faster, and it burns calories. It raises your metabolism a little bit, and also when you sweat, you sweat out toxins through the skin.”
Far infrared saunas are available in various sizes and scales, from personal use home saunas that rest over a recumbent body to traditional-sized saunas that can hold three or more people.
What makes infrared sauna therapy special? Unlike normal steam saunas, far infrared is a type of radiation that penetrates the body more deeply than air or surface heat, releasing muscle tension, detoxing the body, easing hypertension and lowering blood pressure.
Are Far Infrared Saunas Safe?
Infrared radiation is said to be very safe – it’s the part of the sun’s rays that aren’t filtered out by sunscreen and don’t burn. In fact, according to Sunlighten (a brand that produces these saunas and other health products), infrared heat is used to warm newborn babies in hospitals.
Infrared Sauna Therapy – Health renefits
As Dr. Oz says, the infrared sauna is said to provide an amazing list of health benefits, including the following:
effortless weight loss
detoxification or cleansing of accumulated chemicals and toxins that cause disease
lower blood pressure and improved circulation
better skin and muscle tone
increased energy, stamina and vitality
Even the best infrared sauna may or may not do all of these things, but there is enough evidence to suggest that they do assist with relaxation, pain relief, and blood pressure (as a result of their relaxing benefit) at the very least.
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