Find inner peace with this "new yoga"
Reiki is an ancient Japanese therapy that uses energy for relaxation and healing. Though it has been used for thousands of years, it has recently exploded in popularity.
Some are even calling it the "new yoga."
Studies suggest it can help with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, stress, depression, fatigue, hypertension, and pain.
Here's how it works:
Reiki is applied by either light touch or placing hands over the body (without making contact) to transfer energy.
As a reiki practitioner moves their hands over your body, they may hold a position for up to five minutes to keep a steady flow of energy.
Similar to most massage therapies, sessions typically last between 45 and 90 minutes.
However, many question the effectiveness of this therapy.
Is there really energy passing through a practitioner's hands, or is it the placebo effect?
The evidence is mixed…
Some scientists believe this ancient practice is the equivalent of a sugar pill. Just the belief that energy is transferring into your body may be enough to bring different forms of healing.
Others have actually put it to the test and found positive results in double-blind, placebo-controlled trials. However, researchers have no idea how to measure this energy or how it works.
Whether it's due to healing energy or just the placebo effect, what we do know is that many find reiki sessions extremely effective.
When it comes to anxiety, researchers found that reiki is more effective than a placebo.
In fact, participants in one study found this form of therapy put them in a relaxed state. It also improved their mood and physical symptoms.
Another study found that reiki can significantly reduce overall stress levels.
The participants continued to experience less stress even after a full year of treatment.
The benefits don't stop with the mind — there are physical benefits to reiki, too.
A group of 100 volunteers with fatigue experienced significant physical relief after therapy sessions. The researchers found that reiki is far more effective than a placebo, music, and meditation for soothing physical fatigue.
Reiki therapy may also be useful for pain relief. Practitioners used their techniques to reduce the intensity of pain women experienced after undergoing cesarean delivery.
They needed fewer painkillers and experienced less anxiety compared to those who didn't participate in a therapy session.
This therapy tool may be a breakthrough for those who want to avoid the side effects of medications.
Researchers have discovered zero adverse side effects.
Some studies suggest reiki can even help get hypertension under control. This could help you keep a healthy heart and reduce the need for medications that have a massive list of side effects.
Can this therapy really work for you? The only way to find out is to give it a try yourself. Worst-case scenario, you spend an hour relaxing — who couldn't use more of that?
To your health,
President, Clear Health Now