Is Reiki right for you?

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Reiki is a natural therapy in which it is believed that energy is transferred from the...

Reiki is a natural therapy in which it is believed that energy is transferred from the hands of a practitioner to the participant. It can be used to treat a multitude of ailments, the most common being stress and fatigue. Find out if Reiki is for you by asking yourself these four questions.

1. Are you stressed?

If you find yourself stressed out and overwhelmed, then this alternative therapy may be just what you need. During a session, you will lie on a table while a practitioner places their hands on or near your body. In addition to reducing stress and encouraging relaxation, Reiki also promotes a state of peace, serenity and overall wellness. It reduces the experience of anxiety and helps relieve tensions from both your body and mind.

2. Are you generally unwell?

Practitioners report benefits to many ailments, including migraines, stomach aches, asthma, addiction and high blood pressure. The therapy is natural, safe, carries no negative side effects and can be paired with other treatments.

3. Do you seek spiritual growth?

Reiki works in the energies and psyche. Although it may improve your spiritual and religious experiences, it is not a form of religion. It is founded on common philosophies such as peace and goodwill. It encourages spiritual growth and emotional cleansing. It will increase your vitality, confidence and create a sense of harmony. Most importantly, it will open your energy channels to a number of new possibilities.

4. Can you afford it?

Every practitioner sets his or her own rate. In general a treatment will range somewhere within $25 to $100. Most insurance policies do not yet cover these treatments, though you may want to check with your provider. You may be able to snag a free or discounted session at a natural healing conference or trade fair. It is common for short sessions to be offered for as little as $5 at these events. This is a great way for you to try out Reiki before committing to a full treatment.

Contact an Atlanta physician to learn if this form of alternative therapy might be right for you.

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