When Jennifer, a professional massage therapist, and I spoke for the first time, she was completely burned out. While feeling grateful for having a stable practice at a local spa, she was always extremely exhausted at the end of her work day, and she seemed to have lost her passion for massage.
As we talked, the reason why soon became clear. Like many massage therapists, Jennifer had almost no breaks between appointments. With only enough time to have a drink of water while changing the sheets for her next client, she ended up giving massages every day for five to seven hours straight.
Most of the massage techniques she used required deep work and force. This type of work took a toll on her body. Although she was able to deal with a few injuries she had developed over the years, working as a massage therapist seemed to be getting harder and harder.
She called me because a friend told her that she should check out Reiki.
The following week, Jennifer participated in our Reiki class for beginners. Within a few weeks, she was already blown away with how much better she felt, physically and emotionally. She told me that, while integrating Reiki with her massages is very beneficial for her clients, she didn’t expect it to be such a life-changing tool for herself.
Jennifer now starts her day by giving herself 10 minutes of Reiki. Before she starts each massage, she connects with the pure universal energy of Reiki, and she sets the intention to become an instrument for this living energy to flow through her. Between the sessions, she uses one of the techniques she learned in class to clear unwanted energy and recharge her internal batteries.
Her clients started to ask her why her hands felt so warm and told her they felt healing and tingling sensations when she touched them. To Jennifer’s surprise, when she told her clients that she integrates Reiki into the sessions, they asked her if she could perform full Reiki sessions for them because they loved the healing touch.
Many of the more than 1,200 people who have gone through our Reiki training program are healing art practitioners like Jennifer. We receive reports from our graduates all the time about how Reiki has added another dimension to their practices in ways they didn’t expect.
Based on the experiences of many of our graduates, I have gathered 5 reasons to upgrade your massage practice with Reiki:
1. Creating a deeper holistic experience for your clients
When Reiki is deliberately used during a massage it makes people feel more relaxed and permits them to drop into a deep state of meditation.
The reason is that Reiki is a self-guided system that “knows where to go.” The energy knows how to go to the cause of the symptom without the practitioner needing to direct it or control it in any way. Allowing this healing energy to go through you and to guide you creates a deeper and more holistic experience for your clients.
2. Encouraging longer relief from worry, anxiety, and stress both for you and your clients
Release of muscular tension and pain is usually achieved with a typical massage. But many massage clients report that the deeper experience and relief they felt during a combined Reiki and massage session lasted for longer and was more noticeable on a physical and emotional level than the usual massage.
As a massage therapist, you often deal with people who are hurting physically and emotionally. But you may also develop some anxiety—perhaps around the responsibility you feel for your clients’ well-being or the stress of trying to grow your massage practice.
Reiki is one of the most effective ways to deal with anxiety. In this article that I wrote, Knock, knock, it’s your anxiety! I talk more about that.
3. Clearing energetic blocks
While massage primarily works on the physical body, Reiki works on the emotional and energetic bodies. It is normal for people to have stagnant energy stuck in certain areas in the body. When blending Reiki with massage, a gentle process of bubbling up emotions sometimes occurs that encourages shedding unwanted emotions and clearing energetic blocks. You can read more about how Reiki helped Anne, one of our graduates, to shed emotions.
4. Nourishing YOU during the massage
Tapping into the pure universal energy before and during giving a massage nourishes you as the caregiver. You no longer have to use your own energy and power. This process of aligning with the universal energy and using that energy during the session, not yours, is very harmonizing and balancing for healing practitioners.
5. Taking 5-minute Reiki breaks between sessions allows you to recharge yourself
It is normal for you to feel drained after using deep work and force to help your clients heal. Giving yourself Reiki for 5 minutes between your sessions or during your lunch break is all you need to recharge your internal batteries.
On a more personal level I want to share that Reiki has been a gift for me since I found it in 1996. What started as a practice that helped me heal my depression became my spiritual practice and a way to express my gifts.
It feels like a big privilege to be able to serve as a beacon and, with the help of Reiki, to light up the path for many people and make a difference in their lives.
We have two Reiki schools, in Atlanta and New York, and we also teach a live online Reiki class. Read more about Reiki, and register for a class here.