How to get pain relief with reiki
Pets and people can both find relief from aches, anxiety and a range of disorders and ailments, according to a local reiki master practitioner.
Sandra Mayson offers the healing practice from her home in Corsock for both human and animal clients and says distance treatments can be just as effective as face-to-face.
“They both work just as well, I have a client who I treat remotely for pain in her knees and she always tells me that she has no pain the day after a treatment,” says Sandra (64), a former software advisor for retail till technology. “I also have a client’s dog that I treat remotely for arthritis and he does not limp now.”
Sandra turned to reiki, a Japanese form of hands-on therapy, after struggling with pain in her hips. On the waiting list for a hip replacement, and unable to take strong painkillers, she found herself needing crutches to get out of bed each morning.
“I realised I needed to try something otherwise I was going to end up in a wheelchair,” she explains. “I started looking into reiki and took the level one first degree, which means you can self-heal.
“That did start to help my hip and I saw such good results that I decided to go on to the level two degree. At the end of that you are a qualified reiki practitioner.”
Reiki is listed among the complementary medicines recommended by many NHS trusts to help to aid relaxation and help reduce pain, tension, stress, anxiety, insomnia, hot flushes, sickness and lethargy.
At a session, you will be asked what you’d like the session to help you with and together with the therapist you will agree what to focus on. You lie on a treatment couch while the therapist holds their hands lightly on or over the body in specific areas.
"Reiki works with the energetic, physical and emotional aspects of the individual to address imbalances on all levels," explains Sandra. "I have found it can help people with anxiety, pain, or just generally not feeling that their life is right. People who have a nagging feeling that something in their life, body or mind is out of balance or they feel like they are struggling within themselves and their environment.
“I have people who come back again and again and tell me they really enjoy the sessions. One client told me, ‘It does something to your mind, it is tranquil, it is just a lovely feeling’.”
And she says it is just as powerful in her pet clients, especially as it can be sent over a distance; it is a calming and non-invasive way to help promote the body’s natural process of self-healing.
“I welcome any new clients, whether they’re local or further afield, or whether they have two legs or four!” adds Sandra. “I have my own secluded reiki room here at home. Distance reiki appointments can also be booked for you or your pet at a designated time agreed between you and myself. You would sit, close your eyes and relax; with animals we always choose a time when the animal is normally resting or relaxed.”