Reiki meaning

Reiki – What is it?

Although Reiki has been around for a long time, I am often asked, “What is Reiki?” in my clinic.

Reiki (ray-key) is an ancient healing art rediscovered in Japan in the 1800’s by Dr Mikao Usui.  It is a Japanese word for the concept of ‘universal life energy’.  I have been a Reiki practitioner for almost 20 years.

Reiki is a natural and relaxing healing modality which can be used to manage chronic diseases.  It is applied through non-invasive gentle touch.  It involves the practitioner gently laying on their hands just above or on the client’s clothed body, working over their front and back in a slow progression of hand positions from the head to the feet.  The energy then flows through their body to relieve discomfort and restore health.  A treatment increases energy levels and restores balance to the body, mind and spirit, promoting relaxation and a sense of wellbeing.  The treatment is generally one hour, with follow up sessions recommended for chronic conditions and pain management.

Client’s report being able to feel heat, sometimes quite a lot of heat from my hands.  They may feel the energy moving within their body.  They generally report feeling very relaxed afterwards and depending on their condition prior to the treatment, a reduction in pain levels.

Reiki treatment

The person being treated is not ‘healed’ by the practitioner, the person’s healing comes from the life force flowing through the practitioner to facilitate their own healing.  The person giving Reiki is not drained of his/her own life energy, but is actually energized and replenished.

Reiki has no religious doctrine and is accepted by people from all belief systems.

The Importance of Water

Water is an essential nutrient, more important to life than any of the others.  The body needs more water each day than any other nutrient.  You can survive only a few days without water.

Water constitutes about 60 per cent of an adult’s body weight and a higher percentage of a child’s.  Water makes up about three quarters of the weight of lean tissue and less than one quarter of the weight of fat, so a person’s body composition influences how much of the body’s weight is water.

In the body, water is the fluid in which all life processes occur.  The water in the body fluids:-

Carries nutrients and waste products throughout the body

Maintains the structure of large molecules such as proteins and glycogen

Participates in metabolic reactions

Serves as a solvent for minerals, vitamins, amino acids, glucose and many other small molecules so that they can participate in metabolic activities

Acts as a lubricant and cushion around joints and inside the eyes, the spinal cord and in pregnancy, the amniotic sac surrounding the foetus in the womb

Aids in regulation of normal body temperature, i.e. evaporation of sweat

Maintains blood volume

Percentage of Water in Selected Foods

100% Water
90 – 99% Strawberries, watermelon, lettuce, cabbage, celery, spinach, broccoli
80 – 89% Fruit juice, yoghurt, apples, grapes, oranges, carrots
70 – 79% Prawns, bananas, corn, potatoes, avocados, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese
60 – 69% Pasta, legumes, salmon, ice-cream, chicken breast
50 – 69% Minced beef, hot dogs, feta cheese
40 – 49% Pizza
30 – 39% Cheddar cheese, bread rolls, bread
20 – 29% Salami, cake, biscuits
10 – 19% Butter, margarine, raisins
1 – 9% Biscuits, cereals, pretzels, taco shells, peanut butter, nuts
0% Oils, sugar

So drink more water and eat more prawns!

Magnesium Supplements and Painful Muscles

Do you take magnesium supplements but still have cramps and painful muscles?

Chances are you are not absorbing the magnesium you are taking due to an adrenal imbalance.

You may have seen my earlier blog regarding chocolate cravings and magnesium.

With the way life is for a lot of people these days – fast paced and stressful, our bodies can be in permanent fight or flight syndrome.  This can be triggered by a single stressful event or long term stress in your life, or just life!

Our adrenal system goes into overdrive and the permanent fight or flight condition causes an overload of adrenalin in our system ALL of the time.  Adrenalin then prevents magnesium from being absorbed into the body as it absorbs magnesium, taking it from its bond with calcium.  No matter how many magnesium supplements you take or how much magnesium you take in from your food, your body is not able to absorb it.  You then suffer from magnesium deficiency which can cause the following symptoms:-

  • Painful muscle cramps and spasms
  • Facial tics
  • Nerve twitches around the eyes or involuntary eye movements
  • Anxiety
  • Times of hyperactivity
  • Difficulty getting to sleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • And of course, chocolate cravings!

When your body is in permanent fight or flight mode it only needs the heart and lungs to operate efficiently as your body’s response is to need to run, nothing else is required in that state.  Other systems become secondary like digestion and the reproductive system via the HPA axis (Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Adrenal).  You may then become aware of hormone imbalance causing problems with your whole reproductive system i.e. headaches, problems with periods etc.  Also that your digestive system is not working efficiently and you may develop constipation, food intolerances etc as well as the inability to absorb magnesium through your digestive system.

As well as magnesium not being utilised by the body in this state, when the magnesium is taken from it’s bond with calcium this leaves the calcium free to roam around the body and deposit in weak areas causing possible arthritis throughout the body and resulting in pain!

My training in muscle testing and adrenal balancing allows me to identify when this is happening in the body and bring the adrenal system back to balance, thus get the digestive system working again and bring the hormonal system back into balance.  This allows magnesium to be absorbed in the body and used as it should be to return the muscles to their natural pain free function and allow for better recovery after exercise.  It also allows the magnesium to bond with calcium again taking it away from the areas it shouldn’t be, therefore reducing pain.

This treatment can be done in a one hour session.  You will receive a bag of magnesium sulphate (Epsom salts) for a relaxing bath to bring your magnesium levels up quickly as you will be able to absorb it again! – and to bring your body out of magnesium deficiency.

Please call me to arrange an Adrenal Balance session.

Magnesium and Chocolate Cravings

Chocolate contains magnesium which can be why we crave it.

Our bodies are actually looking for a magnesium dose!  Clever hey?

Magnesium is required for bone mineralisation, along with calcium and phosphorus, building of protein, enzyme action, normal muscle contraction, nerve impulse transmission, maintenance of teeth and functioning of the immune system.  It is also crucial for energy metabolism, without magnesium your muscles aren’t able to make use of glucose to make them fire.  It also supports normal immune system function and regulates blood pressure.

Most people are currently deficient in magnesium as it is not present in the soil in the same levels it used to be.  It is therefore not in the foods we eat in sufficient amounts.  Magnesium is not present in high amounts of the foods we eat regularly.  There is a reasonable amount in broccoli, tomato juice, pinto beans (the beans in baked beans) and tofu.  Unless you eat a lot of these foods, chances are you are deficient.  Excellent sources are halibut, cashews and artichokes but they are not foods most people would eat regularly.


Do you experience:-

• Painful muscle cramps and spasms?

• Facial tics?
• Nerve twitches around the eyes or involuntary eye movements?
• And of course, chocolate cravings?

Neuromuscular symptoms such as these are among the classic signs of magnesium deficit.

Do you also experience:-

• Anxiety?
• Times of hyperactivity?
• Difficulty getting to sleep?
• Difficulty staying asleep?

These can also be signs of magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium is essential for gym goers, especially body builders and people doing physical work as their muscles are using more magnesium on a regular basis.

If you do not get enough dietary magnesium, you could experience muscle weakness, continual muscle contraction or twitching and fatigue.  Magnesium keeps your muscles functioning as they should.

If you are considering taking a magnesium supplement make sure you get magnesium in a form other than magnesium oxide.  Magnesium oxide is too big for it to be efficiently absorbed by the body.  A powder is more readily absorbed than a tablet.  Have a chat to someone at your local pharmacy or health food shop for a recommended supplement.  For a quick magnesium boost if you have sore, tired muscles, soak in a bath with a generous amount of Epsom salts which is basically magnesium.  As well as helping your muscles you will have an awesome nights sleep!

Another way you can help is to get a massage massage also assists these things – so book now!