In the world that we live in, being stressed is just another every day phenomenon. We except it, deal with it and expect it just as much as the First Capital Connect Service to Wimbledon to be delayed.
Should our lives really be causing us so much stress? Does being stressed mean we are working hard, and evidently if we are not stressed, should we be working harder? Is stress now the measuring tool for bosses to walk around the office and say “Oh you look terrible. Well done! Keep up the hard work!” I really hope not.
There are many ways in which to reduce stress, as more and more people are being hit with physical manifestations of stress. I believe it is something we must really be aware of. Saying that, relaxing is not in my vocabulary. I am just not very good at it. But I understand that if I am to carry on the way I am, working hard, I need to learn to do so. So I found myself agreeing to try some Reiki.
All I knew about Reiki before last week is that it is a sort of healing or relaxing exercise that uses hands. Technical, I know. But actually Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It works by ‘laying on hands’ and is based on the idea that an unseen ‘life force energy’ flows through us. If our ‘life force energy’ is low, then we are more likely to be ill or stressed, when high, we are more likely to be happy and healthy.
Julie Davies, a mobile holistic therapist came round to my house last week to help me relax. She set up a chair and fully clothed I laid down while she put some relaxing music on. Usually I find that sort of music irritating, but it was quite soothing, and I found myself kicking all my scepticism out the window. Julie began by placing her hands on my shoulders and holding them there for a little while, before moving on to my head and mostly staying there. Apparently I am all in my head. Who would have thought it? It took a while for me to shut out the annoying, unwanted and irrelevant thoughts from my mind, but once I was able to do so, I felt more relaxed than I have in a very long time. My whole body felt light, and my arms felt as if they were floating up, away from me. The rest of the day I felt utterly peaceful and very creative. I recommend it to anyone that needs a boost, needs to relax or feels as though they are struggling with unwanted pressure.
Julie not only administers Reiki but many other holistic therapies, and is currently studying reflexology. Julie is also a Independent Consultant for Neal’s Yard Remedies. Take a look at her website here: www.calmrestored.co.uk
To make a booking call: 07979858480