Pregnancy is perhaps one of the most special journeys a woman will embark on in her lifetime. Over a short nine months women transition into mothers as their tiny baby flourishes and grows inside of them. It’s a time to celebrate, to nurture new life, to experience joy and to prepare and nest.
For many women it’s smooth sailing, but for some it can also be coupled with feelings of anxiety and fear and a whole host of physical symptoms ranging from nausea to back pain to constipation to insomnia.
Often women don’t know where to turn at this time. Firstly, they might feel guilt that they aren’t enjoying their pregnancy as much as they ‘should’. Secondly, there’s so much information out there that tells you what’s good and bad for baby it’s hard to decipher what’s true and what’s a myth.
A gentle yet effective treatment that can ease physical symptoms and assist with emotional imbalances is Reiki.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a holistic energetic treatment that helps the body to heal physical or emotional ailments and create a more balanced sense of self. Reiki originated from Japan and is now recognised and used worldwide helping many people with physical or mental imbalances. It’s a hands on or off
treatment that works with the energy of the body. It clears negative energy leaving you feeling relaxed, grounded and balanced, it’s like a warm comforting hug that will help you to find your inner calm.
Reiki has been known to help people with:
- Physical injuries
Reiki can provide emotional support for both mama and baby
A part of this beautiful journey into motherhood that’s sometimes overlooked is the fact that it is a major life-changing event. Pregnancy can often bring buried emotions, fears or insecurities to the surface and can create a sense of feeling out of control. Reiki can help to balance, ground and reinforce feelings of control helping a woman to prepare for whatever might come her way as she navigates towards birth and beyond.
Unlike prescription medications, Reiki can go beyond the physical support and provide emotional help to expectant mothers. It’s a gentle, powerful, non-invasive treatment that might work to soothe symptoms such as:
- Tiredness or exhaustion
- Lower back pain
- Morning sickness
- Mood changes
- High blood pressure
- Stress and anxiety
- Sleep disruption
- Fear or apprehension about labour or motherhood
- Poor circulation
Reiki treatments can also help to calm and settle baby and create a deeper bond between mum and bub. Some mothers have experienced their babies kick as soon as they feel the Reiki energy flow and, by working directly with the bump, Reiki practitioners can treat the baby as well as mum.
Post birth, Reiki can continue to support a new mother helping with breastfeeding struggles, faster post-birth healing, low energy levels and aches and pains. For newborn bub it can help with colic, reflux, sleep and still be used to help strengthen the emotional and spiritual bond between mum (or dad) and baby.
Reiki is by no means an instant miracle cure. It can’t guarantee a painless birth or that all pregnancy related symptoms will disappear. However, with regular treatment you might be surprised at how it can support your changing body, help it to heal and maintain itself and safely and joyfully steer you towards birth and motherhood.
If anything, it’s an hour of YOU time, to rest, restore and revitalise.