What if a shift in your energy could help you feel better and lose weight? That's what Reiki, a form of energy massage, claims — and there just might be something to it.
Reiki works with your chakras, which are seven major energy systems in your body that correspond with your endocrine glands and run along your spine. When the chakras are out of alignment, it's said that you may experience a wealth of physical woes, including illness, depression, self-esteem issues, weight gain and fatigue. A traditional Reiki master uses his hands to hover, or lightly touch, the areas where your chakras are to channel positive energy and promote balance. The origins of Reiki are in Japanese culture, and are spiritual, but not religious, in nature.
Reiki and chakra healing can definitely improve your outlook and even make you feel better, but they alone aren't going to spur weight loss. What they can do is make you feel hopeful and energetic enough to take the classic measures of eating better and moving more that helps you drop the pounds.
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How Energy Affects Weight
Chakra theory attributes weight gain to imbalances in your chakra energies, particular in that of your third chakra. This energy center located right under your stomach in the area of the solar plexus has to do with your self-esteem, willpower and emotional well being. When this chakra is imbalanced, you're prone to overeating.
Healing this chakra with Reiki treatments can put your body back into balance and improve your overall sense of self. Your confidence and emotional stability improve, so you're better able to control indulgences and keep your weight at a healthy place.
So, even Reiki and chakra philosophy believes that it's by healing your state of mind that you are then able to address your weight. It's not the actual treatment that causes you to drop fat, but the mindset you gain from feeling more balanced that allows you to be more successful at dieting and exercise.
Find a Reiki Master
Your first step in using reiki to heal your chakras is to find a credentialed Reiki master. Many bodywork studios or alternative health practitioners can help direct you to such individuals. You'll undergo a treatment, which is very much like a massage without the physical adjustments, that lasts 45 to 90 minutes. You may repeat these treatments as often as you likely, similar as to how you would other bodywork treatment. You might find you need a once-per-week session to feel results — or perhaps once-per-month is enough.
Use the Power Yourself
If you find Reiki is something that makes you feel destressed and at a better emotional place, you might chose to go through an attunement. This is process by which you learn to provide Reiki energy yourself, and can treat your own chakras to keep your energy balanced and lose weight.
Following what is usually a weekend class in the basics of Reiki, a Reiki master passes on energy to you so you're able to tap into a limitless supply of "life force energy." It's an easy practice to learn. You can then focus your healing on your own third chakra by hovering your hand over of the region of the stomach and directing the life force there. Such a practice can be done as often as you need. You're also able to transfer energy to others in need.
Making Other Adjustments
If you've dieted and exercised in the past with no luck, finding that your weight plateaus or your willpower plunges — you might find the Reiki treatments are your saving grace.
You will still need to limit the unhealthy fats, processed carbs and sugar you consume, as well as moderate portion sizes, but you may find these steps easier when your energy is balanced and you're not as stressed. You may readily connect to feelings of satiation, so you just don't eat as much. In addition, the stress and poor sleep that caused you to crave extra treats should reduce, further contributing to weight loss.
Reiki and chakra balancing may help make your priorities clearer, so exercise takes precedence over television time. The practice can also help improve sleep, which means you can't use exhaustion as an excuse to skip a workout.
Energy work, like Reiki, isn't based in hard science, but plenty of people find it adds value to their self-esteem and health.
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