The Energetic Technique That Eased My Back Pain (When Nothing Else Could)
For those of you that have never heard of Reiki, you're not alone. Before this energy technique came into my life, I was one of those woo-woo-wary, stressed-out professionals. I liked hard, fast workouts, really deep tissue massages, strong coffee, lots of red wine, and a few Advil on any given day to numb my frequent back pain (for a little while, at least).
By the time Reiki finally came into my life, it wasn't a gift. It was a necessity.
I initially went to Reiki to help heal my back pain after years of trying multiple types of therapies with different chiropractors and naturopathic doctors. The pain was getting so bad that it was starting to affect all my decisions: where I went on vacation, how long I was willing to stand outside a café waiting for friends, and how much patience I had for others. It crept up slowly at first, but had become such a major part of me that I forgot what it felt like to live without it.
At first, I didn't really know how Reiki—the process of guiding the unseen energy, or chi, running through the body using subtle movements and touches—was working. All I knew was that I felt better after each session. I was truly becoming aware of myself and my body again.
During some sessions, I would cry; other days I would fall asleep; and sometimes I would feel deep pain arise out of nowhere, only to disappear again. Looking back on this experience now, I know that I was shifting as the energy moved through my whole body.
I started getting hooked, booking tons of private sessions of traditional Reiki as well as EFT, an emotional freedom technique that involves tapping the body's meridian points. Once my Reiki master told me she felt I was ready to receive training so I could teach this practice, the real journey began. As I learned more about Reiki, I learned so much more about myself, my limiting beliefs, and my process coping with pain.
My back pain isn't completely gone, but it's become much more manageable.
Is my back pain gone? Not at all. But thanks to my energy healing arsenal, it's become more manageable. Aside from doing Reiki on myself almost every single day, I see an acupuncturist twice a month to keep my energy flowing and my imbalances at bay. I work with a healer and receive energy work at least once a month, preferably twice. I see a chiropractor who massages me, opening my muscles and ending each treatment with—you guessed it—a Reiki session. By surrounding myself with this healing team, I'm able to stay accountable to my body. I no longer play victim or hold onto the belief that I need to be afraid of and debilitated by my back pain.
At a cellular, muscular, mental, emotional, and spiritual level, Reiki has changed the way I see and relate to my physical body. For me and for many I work with and teach, it is the portal to the vital life force energy that lives inside us all.