Although Reiki is not an exercise type if can provide great benefits to your overall health and well-being. More people are now looking at alternative therapies when it comes to dealing with the stresses and strains associated with modern living. Is Reiki right for you? Read on and get great advice from a personal trainer in Dubai who also provides Reiki therapy.
What is Reiki?
Question: Reiki is a well known therapy but for those in Dubai and the UAE in general can you describe what Reiki is?
Some people struggle with losing weight because they absorb the stresses and negativity of others on an energetic level. Reiki is a form of energy treatment that clears blocks to self-healing.
Chakra therapy works along similar lines to clear your major energy centers. Both can help release negative energy and support your weight loss efforts.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.
If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice.
It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy.
Reiki is a great tool for stress reduction and relaxation. Many people use Reiki for wellness. Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness, but it may assist the body in creating an environment to facilitate healing.
A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional.
Who is Reiki suitable for in the UAE?
As a personal trainer in Dubai with experience in Reiki who do you think Reiki is suitable for?
Reiki may be beneficial to clients who are struggle with losing weight even pursuing a healthy eating and exercise plan due high stress level.
As a personal trainer in Dubai I’m keep seeing that obesity is a serious problem for people all across the world and particularly in the UAE.
New residents of Dubai gain between 6 and 12 kilograms on average in their first year here due to poor eating habits, lack of exercise, lack of sleep that leads to high stress levels. When stress levels are high, the body releases adrenaline, cortisol and corticotrophin releasing hormone.
If the stress continues, cortisol levels can remain high and may eventually cause an increase in appetite, as well as cravings for high-calorie “comfort” foods.
High levels of cortisol may also make fat storage more likely. Fortunately, according to reports by respected doctors and clients alike, Reiki may have the power to aid in weight loss.
Some of the ways in which Reiki may help with weight loss are detailed below: Reiki improves balance and well-being When clients undergo Reiki treatments, they often report feeling more balanced, both physically and emotionally.
Clients who are actively trying to lose weight may be more likely to stick to their weight loss plans if their sense of balance is restored.
In addition, they may experience fewer of the negative mental effects of carrying extra weight, such as depression.
Reiki reduces stress One of the primary uses of Reiki involves the reduction of stress. Stress is a common problem experienced by a significant portion of the population.
Because stress has been shown to increase cortisol levels and contribute to weight gain, it stands to reason that reducing stress could be beneficial for clients who are trying to lose weight.
Reiki may improve sleep patterns Reiki sessions may be helpful to clients who have gained some weight because they aren’t sleeping well.
Because Reiki may reduce stress and contribute to relaxation, clients may be able to get better, more restful sleep after treatment.
This may contribute to better hormonal balance and a more normal appetite, which will help to prevent further weight gain and facilitate weight loss.
Reduced Anxiety Fear, anticipation and worry all contribute to the physical reactions the body experiences when hit with psychologically charged feelings.
The fight-or-flight response kicks in, adrenalin rushes and blood pressure rises to prepare for action. Researchers at NCCAM report that Reiki therapy can reverse those psychological conditions by first helping to lower blood pressure and heart rate.
Multiple Reiki sessions can effectively remove the original fears, also referred to as trait anxiety, to combat the initial responses.
Including Reiki into your PT program
Question: Do you think Reiki could be incorporated into a personal fitness training plan and if so what benefit would it provide?
I believe that Reiki may be beneficial incorporated into a personal fitness plan in the UAE when used in conjunction with other weight loss treatments.
Other weight loss methods that clients may combine with Reiki sessions include better eating habits, increased physical activity and weight loss medication.
In my experience engaging in Reiki sessions may enhance the effectiveness of each of these other weight loss methods by making clients more aware of their bodies’ nutritional needs, stabilizing their appetites and reducing unhealthy cravings. Some of my personal training clients in Dubai have already found Reiki to be a useful weight loss aid.
In fact, celebrity singer Christina Aguilera is said to have utilized Reiki as a component of her weight loss treatment plan, and her journey was even chronicled in Women’s Health magazine.
What’s included in a Reiki session in the UAE?
Question: Can you provide an example of a standard Reiki sessions and what a client can expect?
A Reiki session is usually 60 to 90 minutes long. A discussion will usually take place during an initial session giving the client an opportunity to discuss any particular problems or issues they are experiencing and ask them what they are hoping to achieve from their session.
For the actual session, the client will rest comfortably on a massage table on their back with their shoes removed. Reiki can be performed with the client sitting comfortably in a chair as well.
Unlike massage therapy, no articles of clothing are removed and a client is always fully clothed; loose, comfortable clothing is suggested. A session can either be hands-on, where I will apply a light touch during the session, or hands-off where I will hold my hands slightly above client body.
If a client prefers not to be touched, they can indicate this before the session. The session will then proceed with moving through specific standard Reiki hand positions beginning at the person’s head or feet.
A recipient of Reiki might feel a warming sensation or a tingling during the session or nothing at all but sheer relaxation. The session should be very pleasant, relaxing and invigorating.