written by Rachael Hunt
I am obsessed with getting wellness treatments. I am not one of those people who hates being touched, I have always loved getting massages (my mom always rubbed my back growing up), chiropractic treatments, mani/pedis, facials, and more recently reiki. As we get older, I think we forget to place importance on self-care and the healing powers of human contact. I was first introduced to reiki almost 2 years ago, my first treatment was very intense and brought a lot of things to light. My whole body was vibrating, as my soul was being awakened and deeply-rooted issues and insecurities were being dug up.
In the most simplest explanation, reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the master can channel energy into the patient by means of touch (or sometimes just hovering the hands above the body), to activate and balance the 7 chakras, also known as our energy centres. The ultimate aim is to restore physical and emotional well-being.
That initial treatment was magical. It really sparked my journey into deep personal growth. Since that initial experience, I believe I have grown stronger, more resilient, more self-aware and overall happier and at peace. I love the introspection aspect of it. I discovered imbalances in my throat and sacral chakra, I have been devoted to this ever since. My latest experience was with Amal of Arts of Wellness; he specializes in psychotherapeutic reiki. He reached out to me via Instagram and we began bonding immediately. He is so insightful, intuitive, gentle and kind. His aura alone can calm me. We started with hot stone massage which may be my new favourite style. The rocks are heated to allow the therapist to give a deeper treatment and it makes you so relaxed. I melted into the table and was sad when it was over.
But then reiki followed and I knew I was in for a ride! The treatment is non-invasive but you can expect to feel buzzing, twitching and perhaps slight discomfort depending on the strength of the energy being channeled. Post-session, Amal and I discussed at length what he sensed and I made sense of it all. For anyone curious about these wellness treatments, I would recommend Amal.
My takeaways were simple, but so touching:
- slow down
- keep the ego at bay (an on-going and never-ending issue), although my fight is stronger
- I need to bring into alignment my heart and my head (conflicting at times, causing inner turmoil)
- continue to pursue this path I’m on, it’s right
For any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to ask!