Reiki is an alternative health practice that involves the use of the practitioner’s energy to stimulate the natural healing abilities of the patient’s body. There is little to no physical contact involved; the practitioner’s hands are lightly touching or hovering just above you, projecting their energy during the treatment.
Chakra and Energy Flow
There are a variety of energy centers throughout the body called chakras. Each chakra is represented by a different color and is connected to the body’s overall being. They absorb energy in your environment, and your health and mental state affect the abundance in which they do so. Their rate of effectiveness in turn, further affects you mentally and physically as the cycle continues in an either negative or positive flow of energy. The seven main chakras are the crown, brow, throat, heart, solar plexus, spleen (also called the belly chakra) and the root. When one chakra is blocked due to illness or injury, it may affect the others causing additional problems. It’s these energy centers that practitioners must manipulate through Reiki to induce self-healing.
How Reiki Assists with Weight Loss
Each chakra is assigned responsibility for a specific body function and has an emotional anchor within as well. The three main chakras that can affect your weight are the spleen, solar plexus and throat. The spleen chakra, located on the abdomen, under the belly button also controls social and intimacy issues. An imbalance here can attribute to depression, substance abuse and impotency. The solar plexus chakra can be found on the stomach, above the navel. Your self-confidence is tied into this chakra and blockage has been found in those who also suffer with digestive problems and diabetes. The throat chakra also relates to confidence and your ability to express yourself. Physical imbalances can include thyroid irregularities, bloating and hormonal disorders.
Communicate with Your Reiki Practitioner
Before participating in Reiki consult with your practitioner. While it’s best to get full body Reiki performed, customization is also wise. All you’ll need to do is have extra focus placed on certain chakras to meet your needs when it comes to improving your daily life. Whether it is a physical issue like weight loss or a psychological imbalance like depression that you’d like to overcome, your practitioner can work that into your session.
Additional Ways Reiki Affects Weight
Reiki helps you be more aware of your body and its needs — and this includes your appetite. It aids with willpower, allowing you to make healthier choices. It also decreases stress, which lets you decompress and prevents a build up of stress hormones such as cortisol, which is known to affect weight. Reiki helps you to feel better about yourself — and whether your struggle with your weight is rooted in the physical or psychological plane Reiki can assist in weight loss and overall wellbeing.
This article was created for Livestrong.com.