Updated: Feb 15
We all experience the healing effect of Reiki. My clients with smartwatches can see changes in their heart rate immediately after a session. If my client requests, I measure blood pressure before and after a session or blood oxygen saturation. We could call Reiki a spiritual practice that restores energy flow and balance in the body. We all know Reiki reduces stress, eases a breathing pattern, and has a calming effect. Most of this happens as an effect of Reiki on the vagus nerve (VN). The VN is the unique and longest nerve in our body. All mind-body communications go through this pathway. It is recognized as Brain-Gut Axis. VN connects our brain with all major organs. Its branches extend from the brain to the heart and most major organs. VN is vital to the proper function of all of these organs and much, much more. Reiki helps activate the VN, initiate parasympathetic central nervous system (CNS) response, and restore our body's natural healing ability.
In this post, I will not go into detail about the vagus nerve and how it affects our health, from heart rate to reproductive organs. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Many science publications from the US National Library of Medicine to Mayo Clinic and countless research papers emphasize stimulating VN benefits. Benefits range from physical symptoms like seizures to mental/emotional ones like depression and PTSD. Before you consider artificial Vagus Nerve Stimulation through electrical impulses by a surgically implanted device, I would like you to give a second look at Reiki. Reiki provides a natural way to activate and stimulate VN. Reiki could be the answer. Sessions by experienced practitioners could be conducted in person or remotely.
I also would like to share a few techniques you can do by yourself to stimulate VN.
Practice Yoga, Tai Chi, or Qigong to increase heart rate variability and activate baroreceptors.
Work the vocal cord Chanting, humming, singing, even gargling activates the VN.
Meditating and praying increase the vagal tone index and enhance cardiovascular health.
Breathwork Slow, deep breathing, especially abdomen breathing that involves diaphragm, helps reset the VN.
If you practice Self-Reiki, I recommend adding this hand position to your routine — one hand on the scalp base, another on the tip of the tail bone. Initiating Reiki flow between palms of your hands along your spine is very beneficial when combined with focus breathing.
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions.
Disclosure: I am not a medical doctor or therapist. This article is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment.
With love and light,